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North Macedonia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)
  • Рисови
    Risovi (Lynxes)
  • Лавови
    Lavovi (Lions)
AssociationFootball Federation of Macedonia
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachIgor Angelovski
CaptainGoran Pandev
Most capsGoran Pandev (117)
Top scorerGoran Pandev (37)
Home stadiumToše Proeski Arena
FIFA codeMKD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 62 Increase 3 (7 April 2021)[1]
Highest46 (October 2008)
Lowest166 (March 2017)
First international
 Slovenia 1–4 Macedonia 
(Kranj, Slovenia; 13 October 1993)
Biggest win
 Liechtenstein 1–11 Macedonia 
(Eschen, Liechtenstein; 9 November 1996)
Biggest defeat
 Macedonia 0–5 Belgium 
(Skopje, Macedonia; 7 June 1995)
 Macedonia 0–5 Slovakia 
(Skopje, Macedonia; 7 October 2001)
 Hungary 5–0 Macedonia 
(Budapest, Hungary; 14 November 2001)
 Czech Republic 6–1 Macedonia 
(Teplice, Czech Republic; 8 June 2005)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2020)
Best resultTBD

The North Macedonia national football team (Macedonian: Фудбалска репрезентација на Северна Македонија, Fudbalska reprezentacija na Severna Makedonija) represents North Macedonia in men's international football, and is administered by the Football Federation of Macedonia. The team play their home matches at the Toše Proeski Arena in Skopje.

Since gaining independence from Yugoslavia, North Macedonia has achieved some impressive performances, such as two away draws against England, draws both at home and away to the Netherlands, a home draw with Slovakia, an away draw against Italy, a home wins over Serbia and Croatia, and, in 2021, a shock away win at Germany.

On 12 August 2009, as part of the 100th anniversary of football arriving in what is now North Macedonia, the team played a friendly match against Spain. The hosts lost 3–2 in front of a crowd of 30,000.[3] On 12 November 2020, North Macedonia reached their first ever major tournament, having qualified for UEFA Euro 2020 thanks to their performance in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League.

History[edit]

In the period between 1945 and 1991, SR Macedonia was ineligible to play as a team for official matches. The team had mostly played exhibition matches against teams from other republics of SFRJ and was represented by Macedonian players under the traditional red, yellow and white colors. The first football clubs were formed in Ottoman times at the beginning of the 20th century.

The beginning (1993–96)[edit]

The squad on the first official international match against Slovenia on 13 October 1993[4]

In 1994, the Republic of Macedonia became a single member of FIFA, and UEFA after the independence and split of the Yugoslavia. The national team began its football journey with a 4–1 victory against Slovenia in a friendly on 13 October 1993 under coach Andon Dončevski.[4]

They went on to win their next two friendlies against Slovenia and Estonia. The inaugural Macedonian side featured Darko Pančev, who played for Inter Milan in Italy.

Euro 1996 qualifiers[edit]

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.[5] In this qualifying stage, Macedonia suffered one of its worst defeats when they lost 0–5 to Belgium at home on 7 June 1995.[6] They failed to qualify for Euro 96, finishing fourth in the group with seven points.[7]

Hadžievski, Kanatlarovski and Jovanovski's era (1996–2001)[edit]

1998 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

Macedonia's first qualifying attempt for the World Cup saw them grouped with Romania, Republic of 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.[8] Macedonia defeated the Republic of Ireland 3–2 at home, their first win over a major European team, but failed again to qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France, finishing fourth in the group on 13 points.[9]

Euro 2000 qualifiers[edit]

Macedonia's journey to qualify for the Euro 2000 tournament in the Netherlands and Belgium saw them grouped with FR Yugoslavia, Republic of 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. Their most notable result in the campaign was a 1–1 draw against Croatia in June 1999, with an equalizer of Gjorgji Hristov 10 minutes before the end of the game. They helped Yugoslavia to qualify directly and eliminate Croatia because they drew 1–1 against the Republic of Ireland with a last-minute equalizer of Goran Stavrevski. However, they failed to qualify again, finishing fourth in the group with eight points.[10]

2002 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

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.[11]

Ups and downs (2001–06)[edit]

Euro 2004 qualifiers[edit]

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 the 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 equaliser in the second half.[12] Macedonia lost to England 2–1 at home in the return leg, which took place in September 2003.[13] 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.[14]

2006 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

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,[15] 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.[16] Also in this tournament, Macedonia set a new team record for most goals conceded in a game when they lost 6–1 away to the 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.[17]

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.[18]

Iran tournament[edit]

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 lost the final against Paraguay 0–1. Macedonia was the only nation in this friendly tournament not to have qualified for the 2006 World Cup.

Srečko Katanec's era and best FIFA ranking (2006–10)[edit]

Euro 2008 qualifiers[edit]

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 nation, and a week later, followed that up with a 1–0 win against Turkey.

Macedonia opened its UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a 0–1 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 0–1 after Peter Crouch scored for the away side in the 46th minute. This was the first time that Macedonia failed to score against England.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21]

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; it was also a first win for Macedonia over a side that was ranked in the top ten of the FIFA World Rankings.[22] Despite some surprising results, Macedonia once again failed to qualify for the Euro 2008 Finals after finishing fifth in the group with 14 points.[23]

2010 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

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.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26]

Soon afterward, the manager of the under-21 squad, Mirsad Jonuz, became the new coach of the Macedonian senior team and was signed until the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign.[27] 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.

Fall and resurgence (2010–2018)[edit]

Euro 2012 qualifiers[edit]

On 7 February 2010, Macedonia was placed in Group B for the Euro 2012 qualifiers alongside Russia, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Armenia and Andorra.[28] In the lead up to the qualifiers, an under-strength Macedonia side played friendlies against Azerbaijan, Romania, and Malta, winning the first two 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 two wins against minnows Andorra and two draws, against Armenia and Slovakia, both at home. Due to the poor results in the qualifications, the manager Mirsad Jonuz was dismissed on 18 June 2011[29] and replaced by John Toshack,[30] who led Macedonia in the last four matches to one win, one draw and two losses.

2014 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

FFM's logo until 2014

Macedonia's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign saw them grouped with Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Wales.[31] In August 2012, prior to the qualifications, John Toshack would leave as manager[32] and would be replaced by Čedomir Janevski.[33] The national team would begin the qualification round with a loss to Croatia in Zagreb and would go on to draw against Scotland in Glasgow. They lost again to Croatia and won against Serbia in Skopje after a penalty kick taken by Agim Ibraimi.[34] Later in qualification, the national team would go on to lose twice to the eventual group winners Belgium.

Macedonia would win against Wales and lose against Scotland at home. Around the end of September 2013, Janevski would leave the team for Belgian club R.A.E.C. Mons[35] and would be replaced by Zoran Stratev for the last two matches.[36] The national team would suffer a disastrous finish to their qualification campaign with away losses to Wales and Serbia. They would finish last in their group.

After the unsuccessful qualification run, Goran Pandev, Nikolče Noveski, Veliče Šumulikoski and others would retire from the national team due to turbulent relations with the Football Federation of Macedonia.[37] In November 2013, Boško Gjurovski would be appointed the new national team manager.[38]

Euro 2016 qualifiers[edit]

On 23 February 2014, Macedonia was placed in Group C for the Euro 2016 qualifiers alongside Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus and Luxembourg.[39] However, the national team had a disastrous start against Spain in Valencia with a 1–5 loss. The only win they collected 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[40] and replaced by Ljubinko Drulović.[41] The miserable run, however, continued with the losses against Slovakia and surprisingly Luxembourg by late goal of Sébastien Thill, after a missed penalty kick of Besart Abdurahimi. Their disappointing performances was continued against Spain in Skopje, beside their good game, and against, Ukraine also home.

In the last match against Belarus in Barysaw, Macedonia played a draw that broke the black streak of seven losses. The team still ended the qualifications at the last place of the group with a worse head-to-head scoring with Luxembourg.

2018 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

On 25 July 2015, in the middle of the Euro 2016 qualifying, the group draws for European qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup were held in Saint Petersburg. Macedonia was seeded in Pot 5 and grouped along with Spain again, for the first time with Italy, with the rival Albania and with Israel and Liechtenstein.[42]

In October 2015, Drulović left the national team to join Serbian club Partizan[43] and the manager place was taken over by the former manager of Rabotnički, and former assistant coach of the national team Igor Angelovski.[44] In the same month, the Macedonian football superstar Goran Pandev came back to the national team after the two years of absence.[45]

Macedonia started with another disappointing performance with a loss to Albania in Shkodër, with a goal scored by Bekim Balaj in the last moments of the game, in a match that was played over two days because of interruption in the 76th minute due to very bad weather conditions.[46][47] Later on they also lost to Israel at home by missing a penalty kick by Adis Jahović in the last moments of the game.[48] After that, the national team also lost to Italy beside their 2–1 lead with the goals scored by Ilija Nestorovski and Ferhan Hasani.[49] At the end of another forgettable year Macedonia was outclassed by Spain in Granada (4–0)[50] and after four rounds Macedonia had not scored a single point which was the worst qualifying start in the history of the national team.[51]

Finally, in March 2017, Macedonia recorded their first win in the qualifying against Liechtenstein (3–0).[52] Then again, expectantly, lost to Spain in Skopje (1–2).[53] They also defeated Israel away through the lone goal by Goran Pandev, which was also a first ever win against Israel.[54] However, in the next round Macedonia missed a good opportunity to collect yet another win, this time against Albania in Strumica, but the game ended with a draw (1–1).[55]

Nations League success, name change and first major tournament (2018–present)[edit]

2018–19 UEFA Nations League & Euro 2020 qualifiers: rise[edit]

In the first edition of the UEFA Nations League, Macedonia played in League D, the fourth and lowest division of that competition.[56] Macedonia were drawn in Group 4 with Armenia, Liechtenstein and Gibraltar.[57] The national team won the group with five wins and one loss, and were promoted to the League C for the next edition of the Nations League. Macedonia were assured of a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs place.[58]

Macedonia was renamed North Macedonia after the Prespa agreement came into force on 12 February 2019. For the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying North Macedonia were placed in Group G, along with Austria, Israel, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia.[59] North Macedonia managed two first impressive results, drawing Slovenia 1–1 away[60] and before that, defeated Latvia 3–1 at home,[61] to put their hope high to qualify for the first ever UEFA Euro. However, North Macedonia would soon face setbacks when they faced off stronger sides, with the team fell 0–1 to Poland[62] and 1–4 to Austria, both games were played in Skopje.[63] The situation got some improvement, with the team achieved a successful 1–1 away draw to Israel,[64] and more importantly, a 2–1 win over Slovenia at home soil that gave North Macedonia some chances to reach top two, and, indirectly helped to relieve pressure for Poland.[65] Yet, it was Poland that killed off Macedonia's hope to achieve a top-two finish when North Macedonia lost 0–2 away to Poland.[66] With the hope dented, North Macedonia lost 1–2 away to Austria and had to finish in third place, the highest position achieved in Macedonian football history.[67]

However, due to having successfully taken first place in the UEFA Nations League earlier, North Macedonia was able to reach the country's first ever competitive playoff in history and was scheduled against Kosovo. Eventually, in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs first game, North Macedonia overcame Kosovo 2–1 at home, thus increased the chance to make a historic Euro debut for North Macedonia when they faced Georgia in the final of Path D's play-offs on 13 November. In the Path D play-off final, North Macedonia defeated Georgia 1–0 in away fixture due to Goran Pandev's goal, with the result securing a historic first major tournament qualification for the Macedonians.[68]

2020–21 UEFA Nations League[edit]

After winning the League D group in the first edition of the UEFA Nations League, North Macedonia got promoted to the third division of the competition - League C. Macedonia was drawn in Group 2 together with Armenia, Estonia and Georgia.[69] North Macedonia has a major chance to make history by trying to reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff for the first time, and after five games, it appeared North Macedonia would be the favorite to reach the opportunity. Yet, in their decisive game, which the Macedonians only needed a draw to get promotion and the playoff opportunity, they wasted it with a disheartening 1–0 loss to Armenia, thus not just wasted the chance, but also, North Macedonia would be unable to qualify for the play-offs.

2022 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

For the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign North Macedonia was drawn in the Group J with Germany, Romania, Iceland, Armenia and Liechtenstein.[70] In their third matchday, North Macedonia inflicted a historic 1–2 defeat on Germany in Duisburg, which was Germany's first World Cup qualification defeat since 2001 and only their third in history.[71][72]

Stadiums[edit]

Stadiums which have hosted North Macedonia international football matches:

Number of
matches
Stadium First international Last international
108 Toše Proeski Arena, Skopje[73] 23 March 1994 28 March 2021
5 Stadion Goce Delčev, Prilep[74] 27 March 1996 15 November 2011
3 Stadion Mladost, Strumica[75] 14 November 2009 9 October 2017
1 Gradski stadion, Tetovo[76] 14 May 1994 14 May 1994
1 Stadion Nikola Mantov, Kochani[77] 12 April 1995 12 April 1995
1 Gradski stadion, Kumanovo[78] 29 September 1998 29 September 1998
Kit supplier Period
Germany Adidas 1950–1993
Italy Gems 1994–1998
Germany Puma 1998–2014
Germany Jako 2014–present

Recent results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

2020[edit]

5 September 2020–21 UEFA Nations League North Macedonia  2–1  Armenia Skopje, North Macedonia
15:00 CET
Report
Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
8 October UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs North Macedonia  2–1  Kosovo Skopje, North Macedonia
20:45 CET
Report Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Danny Makkelie (the Netherlands)
11 October 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Estonia  3–3  North Macedonia Tallinn, Estonia
18:00 CET
Report
Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)
14 October 2020–21 UEFA Nations League North Macedonia  1–1  Georgia Skopje, North Macedonia
20:45 CET
Report Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
15 November 2020–21 UEFA Nations League North Macedonia  2–1  Estonia Skopje, North Macedonia
15:00 CET Report
Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Marius Avram (Romania)
18 November 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Armenia  1–0  North Macedonia Nicosia, Cyprus
18:00 CET Report Stadium: GSP Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)

2021[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Romania, Liechtenstein and Germany, on 25, 28 and 31 March 2021.[79]
All caps and goals as of 31 March 2021 after the match against Germany.[80]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stole Dimitrievski (1993-12-25) 25 December 1993 (age 27) 40 0 Spain Rayo Vallecano
12 1GK Martin Bogatinov (1986-04-26) 26 April 1986 (age 34) 18 0 Cyprus Ethnikos
22 1GK Damjan Shishkovski (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 26) 6 0 Cyprus Doxa
12 1GK Risto Jankov (1998-09-05) 5 September 1998 (age 22) 0 0 North Macedonia Rabotnichki

13 2DF Stefan Ristovski (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 29) 63 2 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
4 2DF Kire Ristevski (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 30) 45 0 Hungary Újpest
8 2DF Ezgjan Alioski (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 29) 42 7 England Leeds United
6 2DF Visar Musliu (1994-11-13) 13 November 1994 (age 26) 29 1 Hungary Fehérvár
14 2DF Darko Velkovski (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 (age 25) 27 1 Croatia Rijeka
2 2DF Egzon Bejtulai (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 27) 19 0 North Macedonia Shkëndija
3 2DF Stefan Ashkovski (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 29) 4 0 Romania Botoșani

3MF Agim Ibraimi (1988-08-29) 29 August 1988 (age 32) 40 7 Albania Kukësi
11 3MF Ferhan Hasani (1990-06-18) 18 June 1990 (age 30) 40 2 Albania Partizani
20 3MF Stefan Spirovski (1990-08-23) 23 August 1990 (age 30) 39 1 Cyprus AEK
17 3MF Enis Bardhi (1995-07-02) 2 July 1995 (age 25) 34 6 Spain Levante
16 3MF Boban Nikolov (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 26) 32 2 Italy Lecce
21 3MF Elif Elmas (1999-09-24) 24 September 1999 (age 21) 25 6 Italy Napoli
5 3MF Arijan Ademi (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 29) 20 4 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
7 3MF Marjan Radeski (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 26) 17 1 North Macedonia Akademija Pandev
15 3MF Daniel Avramovski (1995-02-20) 20 February 1995 (age 26) 4 0 Turkey Kayserispor

10 4FW Goran Pandev (Captain) (1983-07-27) 27 July 1983 (age 37) 117 37 Italy Genoa
9 4FW Aleksandar Trajkovski (1992-09-05) 5 September 1992 (age 28) 63 18 Spain Mallorca
23 4FW Ilija Nestorovski (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 31) 46 10 Italy Udinese
19 4FW Krste Velkoski (1988-02-20) 20 February 1988 (age 33) 14 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
18 4FW Vlatko Stojanovski (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 23) 8 2 France Chambly

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kostadin Zahov (1987-11-08) 8 November 1987 (age 33) 1 0 North Macedonia Shkëndija Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
GK Daniel Bozhinovski (1989-07-08) 8 July 1989 (age 31) 0 0 North Macedonia Sileks v.  Georgia, 12 November 2020 WD
GK Dejan Iliev (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995 (age 26) 0 0 England Arsenal v.  Georgia, 8 September 2020

DF Gjoko Zajkov (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 26) 17 1 Belgium Charleroi v.  Romania, 25 March 2021 COVID-19 / WD
DF Tome Kitanovski (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 28) 2 0 North Macedonia Makedonija GP Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
DF Fati Ismaili (1997-08-29) 29 August 1997 (age 23) 0 0 North Macedonia Shkupi Training camp, 15–17 February 2021 INJ
DF Esmin Lichina (1998-03-20) 20 March 1998 (age 23) 0 0 North Macedonia Makedonija GP Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
DF Kosta Manev (1993-04-07) 7 April 1993 (age 28) 0 0 North Macedonia Akademija Pandev Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
DF Filip Najdovski (1992-09-13) 13 September 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Albania Tirana Training camp, 15–17 February 2021 WD
DF Blerton Sheji (2000-10-21) 21 October 2000 (age 20) 0 0 North Macedonia Struga Training camp, 15–17 February 2021 U21
DF Angelche Timovski (1994-11-13) 13 November 1994 (age 26) 0 0 North Macedonia Sileks Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
DF Kristijan Toshevski (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 26) 8 0 Albania Tirana v.  Estonia, 11 October 2020 WD

MF Tihomir Kostadinov (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 25) 8 0 Slovakia Ružomberok v.  Romania, 25 March 2021 COVID-19 / WD
MF Ljupcho Doriev (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 25) 3 0 North Macedonia Shkëndija Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
MF Ennur Totre (1996-10-29) 29 October 1996 (age 24) 2 0 North Macedonia Shkëndija Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
MF Gjorgi Stoilov (1995-08-24) 24 August 1995 (age 25) 1 0 North Macedonia Akademija Pandev Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
MF Ali Adem (2000-06-01) 1 June 2000 (age 20) 0 0 North Macedonia Shkupi Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
MF Matej Cvetanoski (1997-08-18) 18 August 1997 (age 23) 0 0 North Macedonia Shkupi Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
MF Agon Elezi (2001-03-01) 1 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Croatia Varaždin Training camp, 15–17 February 2021 U21
MF Luka Stankovski (2002-09-02) 2 September 2002 (age 18) 0 0 North Macedonia Rabotnichki Training camp, 15–17 February 2021 U21
MF Dushko Trajchevski (1990-11-01) 1 November 1990 (age 30) 6 0 Cyprus Doxa v.  Armenia, 18 November 2020
MF Darko Micevski (1992-04-12) 12 April 1992 (age 29) 2 0 Latvia RFS v.  Armenia, 18 November 2020

FW Ivan Trichkovski (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 33) 62 6 Cyprus AEK v.  Romania, 25 March 2021 INJ / WD
FW Dashmir Elezi (2004-11-21) 21 November 2004 (age 16) 0 0 North Macedonia Shkëndija Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
FW Marko Gjorgjievski (2000-04-18) 18 April 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Serbia Radnički Pirot Training camp, 15–17 February 2021 U21
FW Djemal Ibishi (2001-01-18) 18 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Croatia Dubrava Training camp, 15–17 February 2021
Notes
  • WD = The player withdrew for private reasons.
  • COVID-19 = The player is not part of the current squad due to being tested positive for COVID-19.
  • INJ = The player is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • U21 = Was called up from national U21 squad.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
Uruguay 1930 to Italy 1990 Within Yugoslavia team
1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1982, 1990
Within Yugoslavia team
4th, 5th, 7th, 5th, 4th, 7th, 16th, 5th
United States 1994 Did not enter Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 10 4 1 5 22 18 4/6
South Korea Japan 2002 10 1 4 5 11 18 4/6
Germany 2006 12 2 3 7 11 24 5/7
South Africa 2010 8 2 1 5 5 11 4/5
Brazil 2014 10 2 1 7 7 16 6/6
Russia 2018 10 3 2 5 15 15 5/6
Qatar 2022 To be determined 3 2 0 1 9 4 TBD
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/8 63 16 12 35 80 106

The North 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), North Macedonia (then the Republic of Macedonia) remained in contention to qualify until the final group game, which North Macedonia lost 2–1 away to Norway, although Norway would be the only runner up to not make the playoffs that year.

UEFA European Championship[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
France 1960 to Sweden 1992 Within Yugoslavia team
1960, 1968, 1976, 1984, 1992
Within Yugoslavia team
2nd, 2nd, 4th, 8th, disqualified
England 1996 Did not qualify 10 1 4 5 9 18 4/6
Belgium Netherlands 2000 8 2 2 4 13 14 4/5
Portugal 2004 8 1 3 4 11 14 4/5
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 4 2 6 12 12 5/7
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 2 2 6 8 14 5/6
France 2016 10 1 1 8 6 18 6/6
Europe 2020 Qualified 12 6 2 4 15 14 3/6 (PO winners)
Total 1/7 70 17 16 37 74 103

UEFA Nations League[edit]

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Position Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
Portugal 2018–19 D 4 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5 Rise 41st
Italy 2020–21 C 2 2nd 6 2 3 1 9 8 Same position 40th
2022–23 C To be determined
Total 12 7 3 2 23 13 40th

All-time head-to-head record[edit]

As of 31 March 2021, after the match against Germany.

Statistics[edit]

As of 31 March 2021[81]
Players in bold are still active with North Macedonia.

Captains[edit]

This is a list of Macedonian captains for five or more official and friendly matches. Goran Pandev is the current captain of the Macedonian national team.

Player Period Games as captain (Total caps) Major tournaments as captain (Games)
Darko Pančev 1993–1995 6 (6)
Toni Micevski 1996–2001 12 (44)
Artim Šakiri 2002–2005 10 (72)
Goce Sedloski 2004–2009 43 (100)
Veliče Šumulikoski 2009–2012 11 (84)
Goran Pandev 2010–2013 22 (75)
Tome Pachovski 2014–2015 10 (46)
Goran Pandev 2016 – 64 (117)

Note: Some of the other players to have captained the team include: Dragi Kanatlarovski (1 cap) 1993, Ilija Najdoski (3) 1994, Dančo Celeski (2) 1995, Ljupčo Markovski (4) 1995 to 1997, Mitko Stojkovski (2) 1998, Boban Babunski (2) 1996 and 1999, Gjorgji Hristov (2) 2002 to 2003, Petar Miloševski (2) 2004 and 2008, Ilcho Naumoski (1) 2008, Igor Mitreski (4) 2007 to 2010, Aleksandar Lazevski (1) 2010, Nikolče Noveski (4) 2011 to 2013, Daniel Mojsov (1) 2012, Boban Grncharov (3) 2012 to 2014, Blazhe Ilijoski (1) 2014, Blagoja Todorovski (1) 2014, Vanche Shikov (4) 2015, Ivan Trichkovski (4) 2018 to 2020, Ilija Nestorovski (1) 2019 and Stefan Ristovski (2) 2019 to 2020.

Coaching history[edit]

Updated on 26 March 2021[82]

Name First game Last game P W D L GF GA GD Win % Achievements
North Macedonia North Macedonia Andon Donchevski 13 October 1993 15 November 1995 17 5 5 7 23 23 +0 029.41
North Macedonia Gjoko Hadjievski 27 March 1996 9 June 1999 28 10 7 11 42 37 +5 035.71
North Macedonia Dragi Kanatlarovski 5 September 1999 13 February 2005 31 8 8 15 32 37 −5 025.81
North Macedonia Gjore Jovanovski 2 June 2001 10 January 2002 13 0 6 7 9 27 −18 000.00
North Macedonia Nikola Ilievski 27 March 2002 11 June 2003 13 3 4 6 23 24 −1 023.08
Serbia and Montenegro Slobodan Santrač 30 March 2005 17 August 2005 4 1 0 3 4 12 −8 025.00
North Macedonia Boban Babunski (caretaker) 7 September 2005 10 August 2011 4 2 1 1 4 6 −2 050.00
Slovenia Srečko Katanec 1 March 2006 1 April 2009 27 9 7 11 28 29 −1 033.33
North Macedonia Mirsad Jonuz 6 June 2009 4 June 2011 20 7 4 9 21 19 +2 035.00
North Macedonia Vlatko Kostov (caretaker) 7 September 2010 7 September 2010 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 000.00
Wales John Toshack 2 September 2011 29 May 2012 8 1 4 3 4 8 −4 012.50
North Macedonia Goce Sedloski (caretaker) 15 August 2012 15 August 2012 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
North Macedonia Chedomir Janevski 7 September 2012 10 September 2013 14 5 1 8 15 19 −4 035.71
North Macedonia Zoran Stratev (caretaker) 11 October 2013 15 October 2013 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 000.00
North Macedonia Boshko Gjurovski 5 March 2014 30 March 2015 11 2 3 6 7 12 −5 018.18
Serbia Ljubinko Drulović 14 June 2015 12 October 2015 5 0 1 4 1 6 −5 000.00
North Macedonia Igor Angelovski 12 November 2015 48 22 10 16 76 56 +20 045.83 UEFA Euro 2020 – TBD
Total 244 76 62 106 288 321 −33 031.15

FIFA ranking history[edit]

FIFA-ranking yearly averages for North Macedonia.[83]

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
x 90 94 86 92 59 68 76 89 85
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
92 92 87 54 58 56 65 76 103 81
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
83 100 136 162 76 68 68

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Notes[edit]

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