Macedonia national football team

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Macedonia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)
  • Црвени Рисови
    Crveni Risovi (Red Lynxes)
  • Црвени Лавови
    Crveni Lavovi (Red Lions)
Association Фудбалска Федерација на Македонија – Fudbalska Federacija na Makedonija (ФФМ/FFM)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Igor Angelovski
Captain Goran Pandev
Most caps Goce Sedloski (100)
Top scorer Goran Pandev (29)
Home stadium Philip II Arena
FIFA code MKD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 166 Decrease 1 (9 March 2017)[1]
Highest 46 (October 2008)
Lowest 166 (March 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 103 (26 March 2017)[2]
Highest 55 (June 2010)
Lowest 113 (January 2017)
First international
 Slovenia 1–4 Macedonia 
(Kranj, Slovenia; 13 October 1993)
Biggest win
 Liechtenstein 1–11 Macedonia 
(EschenMauren, Liechtenstein; 9 November 1996)
Biggest defeat
 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 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.[3]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA Position
United States 1994 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 TBD 5 1 0 4 7 11 5/6
Total 0/5 0 0 0 0 0 0 55 12 10 33 64 100

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[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA Euro Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
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
Total 0/6 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 11 14 33 59 90

Summer Olympics record[edit]

Macedonia was part of the Yugoslavia until Seoul 1988. After that, they never managed to qualify from Barcelona 1992 to Rio 2016.

History[edit]

The beginning (1993–96)[edit]

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

In 1994, Macedonia became a member of FIFA and UEFA after the break-up of 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.[4]

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 Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991 and also played for Internazionale 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, 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] 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.[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, 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 a equalizer of Gjorgji Hristov 10 minutes before the end of the game. They were helped Yugoslavia to qualify directly and eliminate Croatia, because were drawn 1–1 against 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 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.[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 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 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.

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 their 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 afterwards, 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.

Decline into the abyss (2010–present)[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, manager Mirsad Jonuz was dismissed on 18 June 2011[29] and replaced by John Toshack,[30] who led the Macedonia in the last four matches to one win, one draw and two losses.

2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers[edit]

Macedonia logo until 2014

Macedonia's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign saw them grouped with Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Wales.[31] Before that qualifications in August 2012, Toshack was leaved the manager place[32] and then was replaced by Čedomir Janevski.[33] The national team was lose in the beginning by Croatia in Zagreb and was drawn with Scotland in Glasgow. Then was again lost by Croatia at the home and was win against Serbia in Skopje after the taken penalty kick by Agim Ibraimi.[34] In March 2013, the national team was lose twice to the eventually group winners Belgium.

They win against Wales and lost against Scotland at the home. After that matches, in the end of September 2013 Janevski was left to Belgian club R.A.E.C. Mons[35] and was replaced by caretaker Zoran Stratev for the last two matches.[36] The national team was haven the disastrous finish of the qualification that seemed to be foreshadowed how it will look in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying. By the losses away against Wales and against Serbia in Jagodina, Macedonia was finished at the last place.

After the end of unsuccessful qualifications, Goran Pandev, Nikolče Noveski, Veliče Šumulikoski and the other players retired from the national team due to disrupted relations with the Football Federation of Macedonia.[37] In November 2013, the manager Boško Gjurovski was 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 which 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 FIFA 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 Serbian club Partizan[43] and the manager place took the 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] Later on, 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 the another year to forget Macedonia was outclassed by Spain in Granada (4–0)[50] and after played four games did not win a single point which is by far the worst start in qualifying 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]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 5 4 1 0 19 2 +17 13 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2 Sep 4–1 6 Oct 4–0 8–0
2  Italy 5 4 1 0 13 4 +9 13 Possible second round[a] 1–1 5 Sep 2–0 6 Oct 11 Jun
3  Israel 5 3 0 2 9 9 0 9 9 Oct 1–3 11 Jun 2 Sep 2–1
4  Albania 5 2 0 3 4 8 −4 6 0–2 9 Oct 0–3 2–1 2 Sep
5  Macedonia 5 1 0 4 7 11 −4 3 11 Jun 2–3 1–2 5 Sep 9 Oct
6  Liechtenstein 5 0 0 5 1 19 −18 0 5 Sep 0–4 6 Oct 0–2 0–3
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2017. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.

Recent results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad named for the friendly match against Belarus on 28 March 2017.[53]
Caps and goals as of 28 March 2017 after the game against Belarus.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stole Dimitrievski (1993-12-25) 25 December 1993 (age 23) 9 0 Spain Gimnàstic
22 1GK Filip Gachevski (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Republic of Macedonia Vardar

6 2DF Vanche Shikov (vice-captain) (1985-07-19) 19 July 1985 (age 31) 54 4 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki
5 2DF Daniel Mojsov (1987-12-25) 25 December 1987 (age 29) 37 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
13 2DF Stefan Ristovski (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 25) 31 0 Croatia Rijeka
4 2DF Kire Ristevski (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 26) 17 0 Hungary Vasas
2 2DF Kristijan Toshevski (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Republic of Macedonia Pelister

7 3MF Ivan Trichkovski (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 29) 43 4 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
17 3MF Ostoja Stjepanović (1985-02-17) 17 February 1985 (age 32) 16 0 Poland Śląsk Wrocław
20 3MF Stefan Spirovski (1990-08-23) 23 August 1990 (age 26) 14 1 Republic of Macedonia Vardar
8 3MF Ezgjan Alioski (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 25) 11 1 Switzerland Lugano
15 3MF Dushko Trajchevski (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 26) 4 0 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki
21 3MF Darko Churlinov (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 16) 1 0 Germany Köln U-19

10 4FW Goran Pandev (Captain) (1983-07-27) 27 July 1983 (age 33) 85 29 Italy Genoa
9 4FW Aleksandar Trajkovski (1992-09-05) 5 September 1992 (age 24) 33 8 Italy Palermo
11 4FW Besart Ibraimi (1986-12-17) 17 December 1986 (age 30) 14 0 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija
23 4FW Ilija Nestorovski (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 27) 13 5 Italy Palermo
19 4FW Muzafer Ejupi (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 28) 2 0 Croatia Osijek

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players are also eligible for the Macedonian squad and have received a call up within the past 12 months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Igor Aleksovski (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Republic of Macedonia Vardar v.  Liechtenstein, 24 March 2017
GK Martin Bogatinov (1986-04-26) 26 April 1986 (age 30) 18 0 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna v.  Italy, 9 October 2016
GK Kostadin Zahov (1987-11-08) 8 November 1987 (age 29) 1 0 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija v.  Italy, 9 October 2016
GK Damjan Shishkovski (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki v.  Italy, 9 October 2016

DF Darko Velkovski (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 (age 21) 5 0 Republic of Macedonia Vardar v.  Liechtenstein, 24 March 2017
DF Egzon Bejtulai INJ (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija v.  Liechtenstein, 24 March 2017 (withdrew)
DF Leonard Zuta (1992-08-09) 9 August 1992 (age 24) 15 0 Croatia Rijeka v.  Spain, 12 November 2016
DF Gjoko Zajkov (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Belgium Charleroi v.  Spain, 12 November 2016
DF Besir Demiri (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Republic of Macedonia Vardar v.  Iran, 2 June 2016

MF Ferhan Hasani INJ (1990-06-18) 18 June 1990 (age 26) 27 2 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija v.  Belarus, 28 March 2017 (withdrew)
MF David Babunski (1994-03-01) 1 March 1994 (age 23) 9 0 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos v.  Liechtenstein, 24 March 2017
MF Marjan Radeski (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 22) 7 1 Republic of Macedonia Shkendija v.  Liechtenstein, 24 March 2017
MF Nikola Gjorgjev (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 19) 5 0 Switzerland Grasshopper v.  Liechtenstein, 24 March 2017
MF Boban Nikolov (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 22) 3 1 Republic of Macedonia Vardar v.  Liechtenstein, 24 March 2017
MF Enis Bardhi INJ (1995-07-02) 2 July 1995 (age 21) 6 0 Hungary Újpest v.  Spain, 12 November 2016
MF Kire Markoski (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki v.  Spain, 12 November 2016
MF Milovan Petrovikj (1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 27) 9 0 Croatia Osijek v.  Italy, 9 October 2016
MF Agim Ibraimi (1988-08-29) 29 August 1988 (age 28) 39 7 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Albania, 5 September 2016 (withdrew)
MF Bojan Najdenov (1991-08-27) 27 August 1991 (age 25) 4 0 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnichki v.  Iran, 2 June 2016
MF Dejan Peshevski INJ (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Slovakia Podbrezová v.  Iran, 2 June 2016

FW Adis Jahović (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 30) 15 3 Turkey Göztepe v.  Italy, 9 October 2016

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Macedonia's all-time international record, correct as of 28 March 2017.[54]

Statistics[edit]

See all-time players list.
Updated as for 28 March 2017

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 – 32 (85)

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, Ilčo Naumoski (1) 2008, Igor Mitreski (4) 2007 to 2010, Aleksandar Lazevski (1) 2010, Nikolče Noveski (4) 2011 to 2013, Daniel Mojsov (1) 2012, Boban Grnčarov (3) 2012 to 2014, Baže Ilijoski (1) 2014, Blaže Todorovski (1) 2014 and Vance Sikov (4) 2015.

Coaching history[edit]

Updated on 28 March 2017 [55]

Name First game Last game Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
Republic of Macedonia Republic of Macedonia Dončevski, AndonAndon Dončevski 13 October 1993 15 November 1995 17 5 5 7 23 24 −1 29.41%
Republic of Macedonia Hadžievski, GjokoGjoko Hadžievski 27 March 1996 9 June 1999 28 10 7 11 42 37 +5 35.71%
Republic of Macedonia Kanatlarovski, DragiDragi Kanatlarovski 5 September 1999 28 March 2001 18 3 3 11 15 26 −11 16.67%
Republic of Macedonia Jovanovski, GjoreGjore Jovanovski 2 June 2001 10 January 2002 13 0 6 7 9 26 −17 0%
Republic of Macedonia Ilievski, NikolaNikola Ilievski 27 March 2002 11 June 2003 15 3 6 6 26 26 0 20%
Republic of Macedonia Kanatlarovski, DragiDragi Kanatlarovski 20 August 2003 9 February 2005 16 5 5 6 17 15 +2 31.25%
Serbia and Montenegro Santrač, SlobodanSlobodan Santrač 30 March 2005 17 August 2005 4 1 0 3 4 12 −8 25%
Republic of Macedonia Babunski, BobanBoban Babunski (caretaker) 7 September 2005 12 November 2005 3 1 1 1 3 6 −3 33.33%
Slovenia Katanec, SrečkoSrečko Katanec 1 March 2006 1 April 2009 27 9 7 11 28 29 −1 33.33%
Republic of Macedonia Jonuz, MirsadMirsad Jonuz 6 June 2009 4 June 2011 20 7 4 9 22 20 +2 35%
Republic of Macedonia Kostov, VlatkoVlatko Kostov (caretaker) 7 September 2010 7 September 2010 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0%
Republic of Macedonia Babunski, BobanBoban Babunski (caretaker) 10 August 2011 10 August 2011 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
Wales Toshack, JohnJohn Toshack 2 September 2011 29 May 2012 7 1 3 3 4 8 −4 14.29%
Republic of Macedonia Sedloski, GoceGoce Sedloski (caretaker) 15 August 2012 15 August 2012 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
Republic of Macedonia Janevski, ČedomirČedomir Janevski 7 September 2012 10 September 2013 14 5 1 8 15 18 −3 35.71%
Republic of Macedonia Stratev, ZoranZoran Stratev (caretaker) 11 October 2013 15 October 2013 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0%
Republic of Macedonia Gjurovski, BoškoBoško Gjurovski 5 March 2014 30 March 2015 12 2 3 7 5 17 −12 16.67%
Serbia Drulović, LjubinkoLjubinko Drulović 14 June 2015 12 October 2015 5 0 1 4 1 6 −5 0%
Republic of Macedonia Angelovski, IgorIgor Angelovski 12 November 2015 12 4 0 8 18 20 −2 33.33%

FIFA ranking history[edit]

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

Source:[56]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1] FIFA Rankings. FIFA. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  2. ^ [2] Elo Rankings Europe. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  3. ^ FFM withdraws tickets for football match with Spain, to replace them with new ones MIA – Macedonian Information Agency, 7 August 2009
  4. ^ a b "SVN – MKD match report". MacedonianFootball.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "MKD – DEN match report". MacedonianFootball.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "MKD – BEL match report". MacedonianFootball.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "EURO 1996 Qual's". MacedonianFootball.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "LIE – MKD match report". MacedonianFootball.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "WC 1998 Qual's". MacedonianFootball.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "EURO 2000 Qual's". MacedonianFootball.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
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