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 3 0 1 2 4 11 −7 10 6 3 1 13 7 +6 Blagoja Milevski
Total 1/12 3 0 1 2 4 11 −7 102 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  Spain 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9 Knockout stage
2  Portugal 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6
3  Serbia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
4  Macedonia 3 0 1 2 4 11 −7 1
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  Armenia 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Final tournament 10 Oct '17 14 Nov '17 10 Nov '17 5 Sep '17 2 Oct '17
2  Austria 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Play-offs if among four best runners-up 7 Sep '18 10 Nov '17 16 Oct '18 27 Mar '18 3–0
3  Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 Oct '18 12 Oct '18 10 Oct '17 7 Sep '18 1 Sep '17
4  Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 Aug '17 6 Oct '17 11 Sep '18 12 Oct '18 5 Sep '17
5  Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Sep '18 14 Nov '17 6 Oct '17 23 Mar '18 16 Oct '18
6  Gibraltar 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0 0–3 11 Sep '18 23 Mar '18 27 Mar '18 10 Oct '17
Updated to match(es) played on 13 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
17 June 2017 Stadion GOSiR, Gdynia, Poland  Spain 0–5 UEFA.com
20 June 2017 Kompleks Sportowy Zawisza, Bydgoszcz, Poland  Serbia 2–2 Bardhi Goal 64' (pen.), Gjorgjev Goal 83' UEFA.com
23 June 2017 Stadion GOSiR, Gdynia, Poland  Portugal 2–4 Bardhi Goal 40', Markoski Goal 80' UEFA.com

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 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal  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 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in June 2017.[1]
Caps and goals as of 23 June 2017, after the game against Portugal.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Igor Aleksovski (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 22) 13 0 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
12 1GK Damjan Shishkovski (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 22) 7 0 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki
13 1GK Filip Ilikj (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Armenia Gandzasar

5 2DF Gjoko Zajkov (C) (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 22) 24 1 Belgium Charleroi
14 2DF Darko Velkovski (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 (age 22) 22 2 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
19 2DF Besir Demiri (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 22) 16 1 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
4 2DF Visar Musliu (1994-11-13) 13 November 1994 (age 22) 12 0 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
21 2DF Mevlan Murati (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 23) 12 0 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija
15 2DF Egzon Bejtullai (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 23) 8 0 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija
3 2DF Jovan Popzlatanov (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 20) 4 0 Republic of Macedonia Pelister
6 2DF Aleksa Amanović (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Serbia Javor

10 3MF David Babunski (C) (1994-03-01) 1 March 1994 (age 23) 27 5 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos
8 3MF Boban Nikolov (C) (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 22) 24 2 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
17 3MF Kire Markoski (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 22) 16 6 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki
11 3MF Daniel Avramovski (1995-02-20) 20 February 1995 (age 22) 15 0 Slovenia Olimpija
7 3MF Enis Bardhi (1995-07-02) 2 July 1995 (age 21) 14 4 Hungary Újpest
20 3MF Tihomir Kostadinov (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 21) 11 0 Slovakia ViOn
2 3MF Elif Elmas (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 17) 6 1 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki
22 3MF Nikola Gjorgjev (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 19) 5 1 Switzerland Grasshopper
3MF Davor Zdravkovski (1998-03-20) 20 March 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Republic of Macedonia Makedonija Gj. P.

9 4FW Marjan Radeski (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 22) 21 4 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija
18 4FW Viktor Angelov (1994-03-27) 27 March 1994 (age 23) 15 3 Hungary Újpest
23 4FW Filip Pivkovski (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 23) 11 1 Sweden Landskrona
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 eligible for the 2019 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 20) 1 0 Switzerland Baden v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
GK Bekim Rexhepi (1996-10-27) 27 October 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017

DF Konstantin Cheshmedjiev (1996-01-29) 29 January 1996 (age 21) 2 1 Republic of Macedonia Akademija Pandev 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

MF Nicola Kuleski (1996-05-07) 7 May 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Australia Sydney Youth v.  Bulgaria, 28 March 2017
MF Benjamin Demir (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Unattached 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 Stefan Jevtoski (1997-09-02) 2 September 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.  Montenegro, 24 March 2017
MF Kristijan Filipovski (1996-10-02) 2 October 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Republic of Macedonia Sileks v.  Scotland, 11 October 2016

FW Dorian Babunski (1996-08-29) 29 August 1996 (age 20) 7 0 Unattached 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

Current First Squad[edit]

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Switzerland
Mujovikj
Republic of Macedonia
Cheshmedjiev
Sweden
Simovski
Republic of Macedonia
Totre
Republic of Macedonia
Zdravkovski
Republic of Macedonia
Petkovski
Current First Squad (96+) with the Club Leagues they play in

Past squads[edit]

Statistics[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]