Macedonia national football team
|Association||Фудбалска Федерација на Македонија – Fudbalska Federacija na Makedonija (ФФМ/FFM)|
|Head coach||Ljubinko Drulović|
|Most caps||Goce Sedloski (100)|
|Top scorer||Goran Pandev (26)|
|Home stadium||Philip II Arena|
|FIFA ranking||103 2 (6 August 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||46 (October 2008)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||147 (May 1994)|
|Highest Elo ranking||55 (June 2010)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||104 (April 2003)|
| Slovenia 1–4 Macedonia
(Kranj, Slovenia; 13 October 1993)
| Liechtenstein 1–11 Macedonia
(Eschen–Mauren, Liechtenstein; 9 November 1996)
| Macedonia 0–5 Belgium
(Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 7 June 1995)
Macedonia 0–5 Slovakia
(Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; 7 October 2001)
Hungary 5–0 Macedonia
(Budapest, Hungary; 14 November 2001)
Czech Republic 6–1 Macedonia
(Teplice, Czech Republic; 8 June 2005)
The Macedonia national football team (Macedonian: Фудбалска репрезентација на Македонија, Fudbalska reprezentacija na Makedonija) is the national football team of the Republic of Macedonia and is controlled by the Football Federation of Macedonia. The venue for home games is the Philip II Arena in Skopje.
On 12 August 2009, as part of the 100-year anniversary of football in Macedonia, the national team played a friendly match against the current European champions Spain. Star player Goran Pandev scored two goals in the first half to give Macedonia a 2–0 lead before Spain scored three goals in the second half to record the 3–2 victory in front of a record crowd of 30,000 at the renovated Philip II Arena.
- 1 World Cup record
- 2 European Championship record
- 3 Summer Olympics record
- 4 History
- 4.1 The beginning
- 4.2 Euro 1996 qualifiers
- 4.3 1998 World Cup qualifiers
- 4.4 Euro 2000 qualifiers
- 4.5 2002 World Cup qualifiers
- 4.6 Euro 2004 qualifiers
- 4.7 2006 World Cup qualifiers
- 4.8 Iran tournament
- 4.9 Euro 2008 qualifiers
- 4.10 2010 World Cup qualifiers
- 4.11 Euro 2012 qualifiers
- 4.12 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
- 4.13 Euro 2016 qualifiers
- 4.14 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
- 5 Kit
- 6 Recent results and upcoming fixtures
- 7 Squad
- 8 All-time team record
- 9 Statistics
- 10 Coaching history
- 11 See also
- 12 Notes
- 13 External links
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930 to 1990||Was part of Yugoslavia|
|1994 to 2014||Did not qualify|
|2018||To be determined|
The Macedonia national football team has yet to qualify for a World Cup Finals tournament. In their attempt at qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, they finished fourth in Group 9 with seven points. Surprisingly, due to the closeness of the group throughout the campaign (only five teams in the group) Macedonia remained in contention to qualify until the final group game, which Macedonia lost 2–1 away to Norway.
European Championship record
|European Championship record|
|1960 to 1988||Was part of Yugoslavia|
|1992 to 2012||Did not qualify|
|2016||To be determined|
As with their World Cup campaigns, Macedonia has yet to qualify for a European Championship after three qualifying campaigns. They beat Estonia 1–0 on 16 August 2006 in the first game of the qualification campaign for Euro 2008. They drew 0–0 with England on 7 October 2006, marking one of their best results to date. Another surprising game was a 2–0 win over a strong Croatian side on 17 November 2007.
Summer Olympics record
In 1994, Macedonia became a member of FIFA and UEFA after the break-up of SFR Yugoslavia. The team began its football journey with a 4–1 win against Slovenia in a friendly on 13 October 1993 under coach Andon Dončevski. They went on to win their next two friendlies against Slovenia and Estonia before suffering their first loss against Turkey on 31 August 1994 (before this they lost to Club Atlético Peñarol 0–4 in Montevideo in February 1994). The inaugural Macedonian side featured Darko Pančev, who won the European Champions League with Red Star Belgrade in 1991 and also played for Internazionale in Italy.
Euro 1996 qualifiers
The Euro 96 Qualifiers was the first major qualifying tournament that Macedonia participated in as an independent nation and they were grouped with Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Cyprus, and Armenia. In their opening game, which was also their first ever official match, Macedonia was drawn against the reigning European Champions Denmark. The game was played in Skopje on 7 September 1994 and it finished 1–1 with Macedonia leading for most of the game after scoring in the fourth minute. In this qualifying stage, Macedonia suffered one of its worst defeats when they lost 5–0 to Belgium at home on 7 June 1995. They failed to qualify for Euro 96, finishing fourth in the group with seven points.
1998 World Cup qualifiers
Macedonia's first qualifying attempt for the World Cup saw them grouped with Romania, Ireland, Lithuania, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. The tournament began on 24 April 1996 with a 3–0 win at home against Liechtenstein. On 9 November 1996, Macedonia recorded their biggest win ever, an 11–1 thrashing of Liechtenstein. Half of the goals Macedonia scored in the entire campaign were scored in this match alone. Macedonia failed again to qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France, finishing fourth in the group on 13 points.
Euro 2000 qualifiers
Macedonia's journey to qualify for the Euro 2000 tournament in the Netherlands and Belgium saw them grouped with SR Yugoslavia, Ireland, Croatia, and Malta. They once again opened their qualifying campaign with a win after beating Malta 4–0 at home on 6 September 1998. However, they failed to qualify again, finishing fourth in the group with eight points.
2002 World Cup qualifiers
Macedonia's 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign saw them grouped with Sweden, Turkey, Slovakia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan. They were unsuccessful in their opening match, going down to Slovakia 2–0 in Slovakia on 3 September 2000. The Macedonians once again failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, which was held in Japan and South Korea, as they finished fourth in the group with seven points.
Euro 2004 qualifiers
The Euro 2004 Qualifiers saw Macedonia grouped alongside England, Turkey, Slovakia, and Liechtenstein. Despite Macedonia failing to win its first four games of the campaign, they managed to record one of its most memorable results of its short history. On 16 October 2002, Macedonia played former world champions England in Southampton, which was England's first home game in Southampton in almost 100 years. Macedonia grabbed the lead early in the first half after Artim Šakiri scored directly from a corner kick, leaving English goalkeeper David Seaman stunned. England soon leveled the game, but not before Macedonia managed to take the lead once again. However, the game ended 2–2 after England managed to score a second equalizer in the second half. Macedonia lost to England 2–1 at home in the return leg, which took place in September 2003. Macedonia's only win of the campaign came on 7 June 2003, when they beat Liechtenstein 3–1 at home. Macedonia did not qualify for the Euro 2004 tournament, which was held in Portugal, finishing fourth in the group with six points, their worst final points tally to date.
2006 World Cup qualifiers
Macedonia was drawn in Group 1 and was grouped with the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Romania, Finland, Armenia, and Andorra. They managed to open their campaign with a comfortable 3–0 win at home against Armenia on 18 August 2004. Macedonia did not win another home game for more than three years. On 9 October 2004, Macedonia managed to hold the Netherlands to a surprise 2–2 draw in Skopje in front of a crowd of 17,000 at the Skopje City Stadium, but in their next game, just four days later, they suffered one of its most embarrassing defeats, a 1–0 loss away to Andorra, one of the world's weakest teams. Also in this tournament, Macedonia set a new team record for most goals conceded in a game when they lost 6–1 away to Czech Republic on 8 June 2005. Macedonia went on to concede a further eight goals in the next two qualifying games, both against Finland. On 23 August 2005, coach Slobodan Santrač resigned as coach of Macedonia after just five months on the job due to personal problems, with former player Boban Babunski temporarily taking over as coach. The resignation came just days after they were beaten 3–0 by Finland in Skopje. Despite their poor performance during the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, Macedonia managed to end the campaign on a high with a 0–0 draw against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. This result meant that Macedonia, with the two draws against the Netherlands, was the only team in the group not to have been defeated by the Netherlands. The Netherlands won 10 of their 12 games in the 2006 World Cup campaign. Macedonia failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, finishing fifth in the group with nine points.
Following the completion of the 2006 World Cup qualifying tournament, in November 2005, Macedonia took part in a friendly tournament in Iran consisting of four teams, each team from a different continent. The teams were Macedonia, Iran, Paraguay, and Togo. In their opening match, they won 2–1 against host nation Iran, booking a spot in the final against Paraguay. They won the final against Paraguay 1–0. Macedonia was the only nation in this friendly tournament not to have qualified for the 2006 World Cup.
Euro 2008 qualifiers
On 27 January 2006 in Switzerland, Macedonia was placed in Group E for the Euro 2008 qualifiers alongside England, Croatia, Russia, Israel, Estonia, and Andorra. On 17 February 2006, former Slovenian national team coach Srečko Katanec was appointed as the head coach and was given a two-year contract. In the lead-up to the beginning of the qualifiers for Euro 2008, Macedonia managed two results against sides in friendly matches. They beat Ecuador 2–1 in Madrid, their first ever win against a South American side, and a week later, followed that up with a 1–0 win against Turkey. Macedonia opened their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a 1–0 win away to Estonia on 16 August 2006. Goce Sedloski scored for Macedonia in the 73rd minute, which meant that Macedonia was the first team to score a goal in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. Macedonia hosted England on 6 September 2006 in their second game of the qualifiers. England went on to win 1–0 after Peter Crouch scored for the away side in the 46th minute. This was the first time that Macedonia failed to score against England. A month later, on 7 October 2006, the two teams met once again in Manchester, where England was held to a 0–0 draw in front of 72,062 people. On 17 October 2007, Macedonia recorded their first win on home soil since August 2004 when they easily defeated Andorra 3–0 in Skopje in an emotional game as it was the day after the death of pop icon Toše Proeski. Macedonia then recorded one of their most impressive wins to date when they picked up a 2–0 victory over eventual group winners Croatia on 17 November 2007 causing the biggest upset of Group A and it was a milestone as this was the first win for Macedonia over a side that was ranked in the top 10 of the FIFA rankings. Despite some surprising results, Macedonia once again failed to qualify for the Euro 2008 Finals after finishing 5th in the group with 14 points.
2010 World Cup qualifiers
On 25 November 2007, just days after Macedonia completed its qualifying campaign for Euro 2008, the groups for European qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup were held in Durban, South Africa where Macedonia was seeded in Pot 4 and grouped along with the Netherlands, Scotland, Norway, and Iceland. Manager Srečko Katanec received a two-year extension on 21 December 2007 which meant he would be under contract through the end of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. In the lead up to the campaign, Macedonia played three friendlies against Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Poland which all ended in draws. Macedonia opened their campaign with a 1–0 home win against Scotland on 6 September 2008 when Ilčo Naumoski scored on a rebound after a well taken free kick by Goce Sedloski. Following these impressive results, Macedonia moved up 10 places to 46 in the FIFA World Rankings list for October 2008 which was their highest ever position on the rankings list. Srečko Katanec left the team following a 4–0 loss to the Netherlands in Amsterdam in April 2009 for allegedly getting into an argument with star player Goran Pandev. Soon afterwards, the manager of the under-21 squad, Mirsad Jonuz, became the new coach of the Macedonia national football team and was signed until the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign. On 5 September, Macedonia lost 2–0 to Scotland and then suffered another loss to Norway which meant that Macedonia once again did not qualify for the World Cup in South Africa.
Euro 2012 qualifiers
On 7 February 2010, Macedonia was placed in Group B for the Euro 2012 qualifiers alongside Russia, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Armenia and Andorra. In the lead up to the qualifiers, an under strength Macedonia side played friendlies against Azerbaijan, Romania and Malta, winning the first two of them with 3–1 and 1–0 respectively, and tied 1-1 against Malta later the summer. However, the qualifications did not go as well. Instead, Macedonia finished in a disappointing fifth position in the group with only 2 wins against the outsider Andorra and 2 draws - against Armenia and Slovakia, both at home in Skopje. Due to the poor results in the qualifications, manager Mirsad Jonuz was dismissed on 18 June 2011 and he was replaced by John Toshack who led the Macedonia national team in the last 4 matches where he collected 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
Macedonia competed in Group A in the qualifications for 2014 FIFA World Cup, together with Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland, and Wales, and finished in the last place with 2 wins, 1 draw and 7 losses.
Euro 2016 qualifiers
On 23 February 2014, Macedonia was placed in Group C for the Euro 2016 qualifiers alongside Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus and Luxembourg. However, the national team was a disastrous start against Spain in Valencia with a 1–5 loss. To date only win was against Luxembourg in Skopje. After that match, Macedonia was brought into disastrous run of a four losses. Due to the poor results in the qualifications, manager Boško Gjurovski was dismissed on 7 April 2015 and he was replaced by Ljubinko Drulović.
|1||Slovakia (X)||6||6||0||0||13||3||+10||18||Advance to final tournament||—||2–1||8 Sep||9 Oct||2–1||3–0|
|2||Spain||6||5||0||1||15||3||+12||15||5 Sep||—||1–0||3–0||5–1||9 Oct|
|3||Ukraine||6||4||0||2||9||2||+7||12||Final tournament or play-offs||0–1||12 Oct||—||5 Sep||1–0||3–0|
|4||Belarus||6||1||1||4||4||11||−7||4||1–3||0–1||0–2||—||12 Oct||8 Sep|
|5||Macedonia||6||1||0||5||6||14||−8||3||0–2||8 Sep||9 Oct||1–2||—||3–2|
|6||Luxembourg (Y)||6||0||1||5||3||17||−14||1||12 Oct||0–4||0–3||1–1||5 Sep||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(X) Assured of at least third place (and play-offs), but may still qualify directly as one of the top two teams or as the best third-placed team; (Y) Cannot qualify directly as one of the top two teams, but may still qualify as third-placed team.
2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
On 25 July 2015, at the middle of the Euro 2016 qualifying, the groups for European qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup were held in Saint Petersburg, Russia where Macedonia was seeded in Pot 5 and grouped along again with the Spain, for the first time with Italy, with a rival Albania and the other with Israel and Liechtenstein.
|1||Spain||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||2 Sep '17||6 Oct '17||24 Mar '17||12 Nov '16||5 Sep '16|
|2||Italy||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible Second round[a]||6 Oct '16||—||24 Mar '17||5 Sep '17||6 Oct '17||11 Jun '17|
|3||Albania||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9 Oct '16||9 Oct '17||—||12 Nov '16||5 Sep '16||2 Sep '17|
|4||Israel||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9 Oct '17||5 Sep '16||11 Jun '17||—||2 Sep '17||9 Oct '16|
|5||Macedonia||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11 Jun '17||9 Oct '16||5 Sep '17||6 Oct '16||—||9 Oct '17|
|6||Liechtenstein||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5 Sep '17||12 Nov '16||6 Oct '16||6 Oct '17||24 Mar '17||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the Second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.
The official kit provider is currently manufactured by German sports apparel company Jako which has signed a deal with the FFM since the starting of August 2014. Previous kit providers include Puma, Adidas, Lotto and Gems.
Recent results and upcoming fixtures
|5 March 2014 Friendly||Macedonia||2 – 1||Latvia||Skopje, Macedonia|
|19:00 UTC +1||Jovan Kostovski 29'
Agim Ibraimi 72' (pen.)
|Report||Daniel Georgievski 65' (o.g.)||Stadium: Philip II Arena
Referee: Lorens Jemini
|26 May 2014 Friendly||Cameroon||2 – 0||Macedonia||Kufstein, Austria|
|19:00 UTC +1||Pierre Webó 52'
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 84'
|Report||Stadium: Kufstein Arena
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer
|30 May 2014 Friendly||Qatar||0 – 0||Macedonia||Rieti, Italy|
|19:00 UTC +1||Stadium: Stadio Centro d'Italia – Manlio Scopigno
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento
|18 June 2014 Friendly||China PR||2 – 0||Macedonia||Shenyang, China|
|13:45 UTC +1||Yu Hanchao 57'
Gao Di 89'
|Report||Stadium: Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium
Referee: Tong Kui Sum
|22 June 2014 Friendly||China PR||0 – 0||Macedonia||Jinan, China|
|Stadium: Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium
|8 September 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Spain||5 – 1||Macedonia||Valencia, Spain|
|19:45 GMT||Sergio Ramos 16' (pen.)
Paco Alcácer 17'
Sergio Busquets 45+3'
David Silva 50'
Pedro Rodríguez 90+1'
|Report||Agim Ibraimi 28' (pen.)||Stadium: Estadi Ciutat de València
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos
|9 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Macedonia||3 – 2||Luxembourg||Skopje, Macedonia|
|19:45 GMT||Aleksandar Trajkovski 20'
Adis Jahović 66' (pen.)
Besart Abdurahimi 90+2'
|Report||Stefano Bensi 39'
David Turpel 44'
|Stadium: Philip II Arena
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni
|12 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Ukraine||1 – 0||Macedonia||Lviv, Ukraine|
|17:00 GMT||Serhiy Sydorchuk 45+2'||Report||Stadium: Ukraina Stadium
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere
|15 November 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Macedonia||0 – 2||Slovakia||Skopje, Macedonia|
|19:45 GMT||Report||Juraj Kucka 25'
Adam Nemec 38'
|Stadium: Philip II Arena
Referee: Pedro Proença
|27 March 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Macedonia||1 – 2||Belarus||Skopje, Macedonia|
|19:45 GMT||Aleksandar Trajkovski 9'||Report||Timofei Kalachev 44'
Sergei Kornilenko 82'
|Stadium: Philip II Arena
Referee: Anthony Taylor
|30 March 2015 Friendly||Macedonia||0 – 0||Australia||Skopje, Macedonia|
|20:00 GMT||Report||Stadium: Philip II Arena
Referee: Edin Jakupović
|14 June 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Slovakia||2 – 1||Macedonia||Žilina, Slovakia|
|19:45 GMT||Kornel Saláta 8'
Marek Hamšík 39'
|Report||Arijan Ademi 69'||Stadium: Štadión pod Dubňom
Referee: Ken Hansen
|5 September 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Luxembourg||v||Macedonia||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|17:00 GMT||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
|8 September 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Macedonia||v||Spain||Skopje, Macedonia|
|19:45 GMT||Stadium: Philip II Arena
|9 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Macedonia||v||Ukraine||Skopje, Macedonia|
|19:45 GMT||Stadium: Philip II Arena
|12 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Belarus||v||Macedonia||Barysaw, Belarus|
|19:45 GMT||Stadium: Borisov Arena
- Notes: Vladimir Dimitrovski was withdrawn, while Goran Siljanovski and Jovan Kostovski will not be available due to injuries. Vladica Brdarovski and Baže Ilijoski were summoned as replacements.
The following players are also eligible for the Macedonian squad and have received a call up within the past 12 months:
All-time team record
The following table shows Macedonia's all-time international record, correct as of 14 June 2015.
- Andon Dončevski (13 October 1993–15 November 1995)
- Gjoko Hadžievski (27 March 1996–9 June 1999)
- Dragi Kanatlarovski (5 September 1999–28 March 2001)
- Đorđe Jovanovski (1 May 2001–15 January 2002)
- Nikola Ilievski (27 March 2002–30 July 2003)
- Dragi Kanatlarovski (20 August 2003–13 February 2005)
- Slobodan Santrač (4 March 2005–25 August 2005)
- Srečko Katanec (17 February 2006–6 April 2009)
- Mirsad Jonuz (16 May 2009–19 June 2011)
- John Toshack (7 August 2011–13 August 2012)
- Čedomir Janevski (21 August 2012–27 September 2013)
- Boško Gjurovski (26 November 2013–7 April 2015)
- Ljubinko Drulović (23 April 2015–)
- List of Macedonia international footballers
- Macedonia national football team results (2010–)
- Macedonia national football team results (2000–09)
- Macedonia national football team results (1993–99)
- Macedonia national under-21 football team
- Macedonia national under-19 football team
- Macedonia national under-17 football team
- Macedonia women's national football team
- FFM withdraws tickets for football match with Spain, to replace them with new ones MIA – Macedonian Information Agency, 7 August 2009
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