Macedonia national under-21 football team

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Macedonia Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Red Lions (Црвени лавови)
Association Football Federation of Macedonia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Blagoja Milevski
Captain David Babunski
Boban Nikolov
Gjoko Zajkov
Most caps Goran Bogdanović (28)
Top scorer Samir Fazli (7)
FIFA code MKD
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Macedonia 5–3  Denmark
(Kočani, 7 September 1994)
Biggest win
 Macedonia 4–0  Armenia
(Skopje, 18 August 2004)
Biggest defeat

 Macedonia 0–8  Yugoslavia
(Skopje, 7 September 1999)

Records for competitive matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 2017)
Best result Group stage, 2017

The Macedonian national under-21 football team, also known as Macedonia under-21(s) or Macedonia U21(s), is a youth association football national team which represents Macedonia at this age level and is a feeder team for the Macedonia national football team.

This team is for Macedonian players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Also in existence are teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side and again for the U21s. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible)

The under-21 age category came into existence with the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976. The Macedonia U21 team was formed following Macedonia's independence from SFR Yugoslavia in 1991 and is controlled by the Football Federation of Macedonia (from 1976 to 1992 Macedonian players played for Yugoslavia U21). A 7–0 win in a friendly against Estonia played on 31 May 1994 was Macedonia U21s' first result.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record[edit]

UEFA U-21 Championship record UEFA U-21 Championship Qualification record Manager(s)
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA GD Pld W D L GF GA GD
Spain 1996 Did not qualify 10 4 0 6 16 27 −11 Jovo Nikušev
Romania 1998 8 1 1 6 3 17 −14 Zoran Smileski
Slovakia 2000 8 1 0 7 2 25 −23 Perica Gruevski; Blagoja Kitanovski
Switzerland 2002 10 1 2 7 6 18 −12 Blagoja Kitanovski; Nikola Ilievski
Germany 2004 8 0 1 7 4 23 −19 Žarko Odžakov; Mirsad Jonuz
Portugal 2006 12 2 3 5 9 18 −9 Mirsad Jonuz
Netherlands 2007 4 2 0 2 6 6 0 Mirsad Jonuz
Sweden 2009 8 2 3 3 5 6 −1 Mirsad Jonuz
Denmark 2011 8 0 2 6 9 19 −10 Mirsad Jonuz; Boban Babunski
Israel 2013 8 3 3 2 14 15 −1 Boban Babunski
Czech Republic 2015 8 1 1 6 4 13 −13 Boban Babunski; Vujadin Stanojković
Poland 2017 Group stage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 6 3 1 13 7 +6 Blagoja Milevski
Total 1/12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 102 23 19 60 91 194 −103

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Macedonia 10 6 3 1 13 7 +6 21 Final tournament 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
2  France 10 6 2 2 17 8 +9 20 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
3  Iceland 10 5 3 2 13 9 +4 18 3–0 3–2 2–4 2–0 1–1
4  Ukraine 10 4 2 4 14 12 +2 14 0–2 1–0 0–1 4–0 1–1
5  Scotland 10 2 2 6 8 17 −9 8 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 3–1
6  Northern Ireland 10 0 2 8 6 18 −12 2 1–2 0–3 0–1 1–2 1–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Final tournament[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2  Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible qualification based on ranking
3  Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 17 June 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament 12 Oct '18 10 Oct '17 7 Sep '18 16 Oct '18 1 Sep '17
2  Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Play-offs if among four best runners-up 10 Nov '17 16 Oct '18 27 Mar '18 7 Sep '18 8 Jun '17
3  Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Sep '18 6 Oct '17 12 Oct '18 31 Aug '17 5 Sep '17
4  Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 Oct '17 14 Nov '17 23 Mar '18 11 Sep '18 16 Oct '18
5  Armenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 Nov '17 10 Oct '17 10 Nov '17 5 Sep '17 2 Oct '17
6  Gibraltar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 Mar '18 11 Sep '18 27 Mar '18 10 Oct '17 13 Jun '17
First match(es) will be played on 8 June 2017. Source: UEFA

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

Generation 1994+[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Macedonia scorer(s) Report
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
11 June 2015 Hlíðarendi, Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 0–3 UEFA.com
5 September 2015 TC Petar Miloshevski, Skopje, Macedonia  Ukraine 1–0 Radeski Goal 90+3' UEFA.com
13 October 2015 Mourneview Park, Lurgan, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 2–1 Babunski Goal 46', Markoski Goal 85' UEFA.com
15 November 2015 TC Petar Miloshevski, Skopje, Macedonia  France 2–2 Angelov Goal 19', Radeski Goal 40' UEFA.com
24 March 2016 TC Petar Miloshevski, Skopje, Macedonia  Iceland 0–0 UEFA.com
28 March 2016 MMArena, Le Mans, France  France 1–1 Angelov Goal 15' UEFA.com
27 May 2016 Valeriy Lobanovskyi Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine 2–0 Radeski Goal 18', Demiri Goal 56' UEFA.com
2 September 2016 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland  Scotland 1–0 Markoski Goal 18' UEFA.com
6 September 2016 Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia  Northern Ireland 2–0 Doherty Goal 37' (o.g.), Markoski Goal 85' UEFA.com
11 October 2016 Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia  Scotland 2–0 Markoski Goal 18', Bardhi Goal 22' UEFA.com
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
17 June 2017 Stadion GOSiR, Gdynia, Poland  Spain
20 June 2017 Kompleks Sportowy Zawisza, Bydgoszcz, Poland  Serbia
23 June 2017 Stadion GOSiR, Gdynia, Poland  Portugal
Friendly matches
13 October 2014 Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia  Romania 2–1 Babunski Goal 30', Bardhi Goal 62' FFM.mk
16 November 2014 TC Petar Miloshevski, Skopje, Macedonia  Montenegro 1–0 Zajkov Goal 38' FFM.mk
30 March 2015 Arena Petrol, Celje, Slovenia  Slovenia 1–1 Pivkovski Goal 42' FFM.mk
5 September 2015 TC Petar Miloshevski, Skopje, Macedonia Australia Australia U23 3–1 Imeri Goal 3', Angelov Goal 41', Petkovski Goal 63' FFM.mk
28 March 2017 TC Petar Miloshevski, Skopje, Macedonia  Bulgaria 1–0 Radeski Goal 43' FFM.mk

Generation 1996+[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Macedonia scorer(s) Report
2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
5 September 2017 TBD, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia
6 October 2017 TC Petar Miloshevski, Skopje, Macedonia  Serbia
10 October 2017 Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar  Gibraltar
14 November 2017 TBD, Skopje, Macedonia  Austria
23 March 2018 TBD, Skopje, Macedonia  Russia
27 March 2018 TBD, TBD, Austria  Austria
7 September 2018 TBD, TBD, Serbia  Serbia
11 September 2018 TBD, Skopje, Macedonia  Armenia
12 October 2018 TBD, TBD, Russia  Russia
16 October 2018 TBD, Skopje, Macedonia  Gibraltar
Friendly matches
1 June 2016 TC Petar Miloshevski, Skopje, Macedonia  Belarus 1–1 Markoski Goal 50' FFM.mk
24 March 2017 TC Petar Miloshevski, Skopje, Macedonia  Montenegro 2–0 Elmas Goal 31', Cheshmedjiev Goal 74' (pen.) FFM.mk
  • * Macedonia's scores are always listed first

Squad[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

Squad named for the friendly game against  Bulgaria on 28 March 2017.[1]
Caps and goals as of 28 March 2017 after the game against Bulgaria.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Igor Aleksovski (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 22) 11 0 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
12 1GK Damjan Shishkovski (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 22) 6 0 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki

5 2DF Gjoko Zajkov (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 22) 21 1 Belgium Charleroi
14 2DF Darko Velkovski (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 (age 21) 20 2 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
19 2DF Besir Demiri (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 22) 14 1 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
4 2DF Visar Musliu (1994-11-13) 13 November 1994 (age 22) 11 0 Republic of Macedonia Renova
21 2DF Mevlan Murati (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 23) 10 0 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija
6 2DF Aleksa Amanović (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Serbia Javor
2 2DF Jovan Popzlatanov (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Republic of Macedonia Pelister

10 3MF David Babunski (C) (1994-03-01) 1 March 1994 (age 23) 24 5 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos
8 3MF Boban Nikolov (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 22) 21 2 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
11 3MF Daniel Avramovski (1995-02-20) 20 February 1995 (age 22) 14 0 Slovenia Olimpija
17 3MF Filip Pivkovski (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 23) 10 1 Sweden Landskrona
20 3MF Tihomir Kostadinov (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 21) 10 0 Slovakia ViOn
15 3MF Elif Elmas (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 17) 3 1 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki
3 3MF Nicola Kuleski (1996-05-07) 7 May 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Australia Sydney Youth
23 3MF Nikola Gjorgjev (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 19) 2 0 Switzerland Grasshopper

9 4FW Marjan Radeski (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 22) 18 4 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija
18 4FW Viktor Angelov (1994-03-27) 27 March 1994 (age 23) 13 3 Hungary Újpest
16 4FW Petar Petkovski (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 20) 5 1 Republic of Macedonia Vardar

Recent call-ups[edit]

Players that have been called up within the past 12 months and are stll eligible for the 2017 European U21 Football Championship Qualifiers.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Senad Mujovikj (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Switzerland Baden v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
GK Filip Ilikj (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Armenia Gandzasar v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
GK Bekim Rexhepi (1996-10-27) 27 October 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of Macedonia Teteks v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017

DF Egzon Bejtullai INJ (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 23) 6 0 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija v.  Bulgaria, 28 March 2017 (withdrew)
DF Konstantin Cheshmedjiev (1996-01-29) 29 January 1996 (age 21) 2 1 Republic of Macedonia Makedonija Gj. P. v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
DF Din Alomerovikj (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 19) 2 0 Republic of Macedonia Makedonija Gj. P. v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
DF Alex Simovski (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Sweden Akropolis v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
DF David Atanaskoski (1996-10-21) 21 October 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Republic of Macedonia Akademija Pandev v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
DF Filip Stojanovski (1996-12-01) 1 December 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Albania Apolonia v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
DF Stefan Kostov (1996-10-31) 31 October 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of Macedonia Bregalnica v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
DF Besart Krivanjeva (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Republic of Macedonia Shkupi v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
DF Kristijan Toshevski A (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Republic of Macedonia Pelister v.  Scotland, 11 October 2016

MF Kire Markoski INJ (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 22) 13 5 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki v.  Bulgaria, 28 March 2017 (withdrew)
MF Benjamin Demir (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
MF Ennur Totre (1996-10-20) 20 October 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
MF Davor Zdravkovski (1998-03-20) 20 March 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Republic of Macedonia Makedonija Gj. P. v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
MF Stefan Jevtoski (1997-09-02) 2 September 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
MF Enis Bardhi INJ (1995-07-02) 2 July 1995 (age 21) 11 2 Hungary Újpest v.  Scotland, 11 October 2016
MF Kristijan Filipovski (1996-10-02) 2 October 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Republic of Macedonia Sileks v.  Scotland, 11 October 2016
MF Liridon Ilazi (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Republic of Macedonia Renova v.  Belarus, 1 June 2016
MF Petar Krstić (1997-09-03) 3 September 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Serbia Radnički Niš v.  Belarus, 1 June 2016
MF Gjorgji Stoilov (1995-08-25) 25 August 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Republic of Macedonia Akademija Pandev v.  Belarus, 1 June 2016

FW Dorian Babunski (1996-08-29) 29 August 1996 (age 20) 7 0 Slovenia Radomlje v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
FW Emil Abaz (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Serbia Spartak Subotica v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
FW Remzifaik Selmani (1997-05-05) 5 May 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Republic of Macedonia Renova v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
FW Rok Taneski (1996-07-18) 18 July 1996 (age 20) 1 0 United States Dayton Flyers v.  Belarus, 1 June 2016

Current First Squad[edit]

Statistics[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]