Pandev with Inter Milan in 2010
|Full name||Goran Pandev|
|Date of birth||27 July 1983|
|Place of birth||Strumica, SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia
(now Republic of Macedonia)
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2002–2003||→ Spezia Calcio (loan)||22||(4)|
|2003–2004||→ Ancona (loan)||20||(1)|
|2011–2012||→ Napoli (loan)||30||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Goran Pandev (Macedonian: Горан Пандев [ˈɡɔran ˈpandɛf] ( ); born 27 July 1983) is a Macedonian footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish Süper Lig club Galatasaray. He was a key player for the Macedonian national team, being the country's all-time top scorer with 26 goals.
After establishing himself at Lazio, Pandev moved to Inter Milan in early 2010. While playing for the Nerazzurri, Pandev collected a host of honours including winning the 2009–10 Serie A, the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, and the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup.
Pandev began his football career with FK Belasica, the club with which he progressed through the youth academy. He only spent one season in the local Prva Liga, however, before being signed by Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan in the summer of 2001 when he was just 18 years old.
Inter loaned Pandev to Spezia, where he was a regular in Serie C1. The following year, he was again sent on loan, this time to newly promoted Serie A club Ancona. During his time at Ancona, the team had the worst season of any club in Serie A history.
In January 2004, Serbian player Dejan Stanković was signed by Inter from Lazio and Pandev was sent to the capital in exchange on a co-ownership deal, for a nominal fee of €500, but he remained at Ancona until end of 2003–04 season. Pandev impressed in his first year at Lazio, as he made 29 appearances, scoring three goals, which included a memorable effort away to Juventus where he beat Fabio Cannavaro, Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta before beating Gianluigi Buffon with an angled shot. In July 2005, 50 percent of his player registration rights were transferred to Udinese in exchange for David Pizarro's transfer to the Milanese club.
The following season, Delio Rossi was appointed manager of Lazio and Pandev began to form a deadly strike partnership with Tommaso Rocchi. In June 2006, Lazio bought the remaining 50 percent of his registration rights from Udinese for €4 million.
On 24 March 2009, Pandev was awarded the Medal for Service to the Country by the then-President Branko Crvenkovski in acknowledgement of his sporting achievements and his contribution to developing and popularizing sport in Macedonia as well as promoting the country abroad.
Contract dispute with Lazio
In the summer of 2009, a dispute between Pandev and Lazio President Claudio Lotito erupted, resulting in a legal battle between Pandev and his club. The ruling was announced on 23 December 2009.
The dispute started with Pandev indicating his desire to leave Lazio during the summer of 2009. President Lotito, apparently unhappy with Pandev's decision, froze him out of the squad. As a result, Pandev spent the remaining four months training on his own, without making a single appearance for his club. During this period, various clubs had indicated their interest in buying Pandev, most notably Zenit Saint Petersburg, who made an offer of €13 million for the player. Lazio President Lotito rejected the offer, demanding €15 million instead. The deal eventually fell through after both parties failed to come to an agreement on price.
On 26 September, Pandev officially filed for a termination of his contract with Lazio, having been frozen out of the squad and labelled a "rebel" by the club. Pandev argued that by freezing him out of the squad, Lazio had violated the terms of their contract with him. On 23 December 2009, the Lega Nazionale Professionisti ruled in Pandev's favor, ordering Lazio to release Pandev from his contract and pay him €170,000 for emotional distress. Lotito indicated his desire to appeal the decision.
On 4 January 2010, Pandev signed a four-and-a-half year contract with Inter Milan, wearing the number 27 shirt. He made his Inter debut as a starter in the 1–0 away win against Chievo on 6 January. His first two games for the Nerazzurri resulted in him contributing to both winners — setting up Mario Balotelli against Chievo and setting up Walter Samuel to score a last minute winner against Siena. His first goal for Inter arrived against Bari, pulling a goal back for Inter after falling behind by two goals. Three minutes later, he earned a penalty that levelled the score. In the 2–0 victory over local rivals A.C. Milan, he assisted Diego Milito with an overhead cross and scored a curling freekick to complete the win. On 22 May 2010, Inter won the UEFA Champions League in the final against Bayern Munich, with Pandev becoming the third Macedonian football player in history to ever win this championship.
On 16 December 2010, Inter had reached the final of FIFA Club World Cup. Pandev scored his first goal in FIFA Club World Cup and his first goal in a major final. He is also the first ever Macedonian to score and win the FIFA Club World Cup Championship. In the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions league, he scored Inter's third decisive goal against Bayern Munich.
On 26 August 2011, Pandev joined Napoli on a season-long loan. On 10 September, Pandev came on as a substitute to make his Napoli debut against Cesena in the 66th minute with the score tied at 1–1. Despite Napoli making it 2–1 in their favour right after the Macedonian striker came on, Pandev missed an open goal in the 85th minute, hitting the crossbar from six yards out after a square pass across the face of goal was played to him; Napoli managed to win the match 3–1.
On 29 November, Pandev came in for an injured Edinson Cavani and started a home game against rivals Juventus. He scored two goals, the first of which was his first for Napoli, and the second a volleyed goal. The two goals put Napoli up 3–1 but Juventus came back to tie the game at 3–3, the final score. Pandev then went on to score his third Serie A goal for Napoli in their 6–1 pummeling of Genoa on 21 December.
On 6 June 2012, Pandev made a permanent switch from Inter to Napoli. Later, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis noted on a radio interview that Pandev had taken a pay cut to join the Neapolitans, with the President noting this as a sign of commitment to the club and fans.
On 1 September 2014, Pandev signed a two-year contract with Turkish Süper Lig team Galatasaray.
- As of 8 March 2014
|21 August 2002||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Malta ||5–0||5'||Friendly|
|20 August 2003||Prilep, Republic of Macedonia||Albania ||3–1||36'||Friendly|
|18 February 2004||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Bosnia-Herzegovina ||1–0||22'||Friendly|
|11 June 2004||Tallinn, Estonia||Estonia ||4–2||31'||Friendly|
|18 August 2004||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Armenia ||3–0||5'||2006 FIFA World Cup Qual.|
|9 October 2004||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Netherlands ||2–2||45'||2006 FIFA World Cup Qual.|
|4 June 2005||Hanrapetakan Stadium, Armenia||Armenia ||2–1||29', 46'||2006 FIFA World Cup Qual.|
|8 June 2005||Na Stínadlech, Teplice, Czech Republic||Czech Republic ||1–6||14'||2006 FIFA World Cup Qual.|
|11 October 2006||Andorra La Vella, Andorra||Andorra ||3–0||13'||UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.|
|17 October 2007||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Andorra ||3–0||59'||UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.|
|27 August 2008||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg||Luxembourg ||4–1||6', 45'||Friendly|
|10 September 2008||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Netherlands ||1–2||77' (pen.)||2010 FIFA World Cup Qual.|
|11 February 2009||Antalya, Turkey||Moldova ||1–1||53'||Friendly|
|12 August 2009||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Spain ||2–3||8', 36'||Friendly|
|11 October 2009||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Qatar ||2–1||25', 40'||Friendly|
|14 November 2009||Strumica, Republic of Macedonia||Canada||3–0||59', 90'||Friendly|
|18 November 2009||Tehran, Iran||Iran||1–1||48'||Friendly|
|3 March 2010||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Montenegro||2–1||31'||Friendly|
|10 August 2011||Baku, Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan||1-0||58'||Friendly|
|15 August 2012||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Lithuania||1–0||54'||Friendly|
|6 February 2013||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||Denmark||3–0||9'||Friendly|