Philip II Arena
|Former names||City Stadium of Skopje
|Field size||105 x 68 meters|
Macedonia national football team
2017 UEFA Super Cup
Philip II National Arena (Macedonian: Филип Втори Арена , Philip II Arena), formerly also known as the Telekom Arena (Macedonian: Телеком арена) for sponsorship reasons, is a multi-purpose stadium in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. It is currently used mostly for football matches, but sometimes also for music concerts or other events. It is the home stadium of FK Vardar and FK Rabotnički from Skopje, both of which compete in the Macedonian First League, as well as the home ground of the Macedonia national football team on almost all occasions (the other venues rarely chosen being the Goce Delčev Stadium in Prilep, or SRC Biljanini Izvori in Ohrid). On 30 June 2015 the UEFA announced that the National Arena Philip II of Macedonia will host the 2017 UEFA Super Cup, Macedonia's first UEFA club competition final.
Reconstruction and expansion
The project for the south stand was designed in 1977 by architects Dragan Krstev and Todorka Mavkova from Beton. Construction of the stadium in its present form began in 1978, with the building of the south stand, which took two years to finish. The reconstruction and expansion started after a long delay in project implementation in January 2008. The construction of a new north stand was finished in August 2009 and was put in use on 2 August 2009, the Macedonian national holiday "Ilinden". Ten days later, on 12 August, the Macedonia national football team played a friendly match against then World Champions Spain, as part of the 100-year anniversary of football in Macedonia. The reconstruction of the southern stand started in 2009, which was put into operation on 30 July of that year for the match between FK Rabotnički and FC Liverpool. Soon after, the construction of the new western and eastern stands started. By mid July 2012, the majority of the stadium was completed with the reconstruction of the new pitch and athletic track. On 25 July 2012, FK Vardar played FC BATE Borisov in the 2nd qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League to re-open the stadium. In November 2016, the Philip II Arena was renamed to Telekom Arena due to the sponsorship agreement with Makedonski Telekom.
Since 2008, the stadium has seen investment of about two billion denari, or €32 million. The second phase, which got underway in November 2011, is the planned reconstruction of the pitch and athletic track. The athletic track around the pitch, from the original 6 will be extended to 8 running tracks and it will use Tartan track surface. Total cost for this phase is €3.5 million. By 2013 it should be finished with the completion of a new illuminated outer facade. The total construction cost for all actions related to the stadium in the period 2008-2013 is estimated to reach over €60 million.
- 1985–86 UEFA Cup First round, Second leg - 2 October 1985 between FK Vardar and FC Dinamo Bucureşti.
- 1987–88 European Cup First round, Second leg - 30 September 1987 between FK Vardar and FC Porto.
- 1992–93 Macedonian Cup Final - 23 May 1993 between FK Vardar and FK Pelister.
- UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying - 7 September 1994 between Macedonia and Denmark.
- UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying - 12 October 1994 between Macedonia and Spain.
- 2000–01 UEFA Cup First round, First leg - 14 September 2000 between FK Pobeda and AC Parma.
- 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round, Second leg - 6 August 2003 between FK Vardar and CSKA Moscow.
- 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round, First leg - 13 August 2003 between FK Vardar and AC Sparta Prague.
- UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying - 6 September 2003 between Macedonia and England.
- 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round, Second leg - 15 October 2003 between FK Vardar and AS Roma.
- 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification - 9 October 2004 between Macedonia and Netherlands.
- 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round, First leg - 27 July 2005 between FK Rabotnički and Lokomotiv Moscow.
- 2006–07 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round, Second leg - 23 August 2006 between FK Rabotnički and LOSC Lille.
- 2007–08 UEFA Cup First round, First leg - 20 September 2007 between FK Rabotnički and Bolton Wanderers.
- UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying - 17 November 2007 between Macedonia and Croatia.
- 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - 6 September 2008 between Macedonia and Scotland.
- 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round, First leg - 29 July 2010 between FK Rabotnički and Liverpool.
- UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying - 4 June 2011 between Macedonia and Republic of Ireland.
- 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-offs, Second leg - 25 August 2011 between FK Rabotnički and SS Lazio.
- 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round, Second leg - 25 July 2012 between FK Vardar and BATE Borisov.
- 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round, Second leg - 21 July 2015 between FK Vardar and APOEL.
- 2015–16 UEFA Europa League Play-offs, First leg - 20 August 2015 between FK Rabotnički and Rubin Kazan.
- UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying - 8 September 2015 between Macedonia and Spain.
- 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification - 9 October 2016 between Macedonia and Italy.
- 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification - 11 October 2016 between Macedonia and Scotland.
- 2017 UEFA Super Cup - 8 August 2017 between Real Madrid and Manchester United
- 2017–18 UEFA Europa League Play-offs, First leg - 17 August 2017 between FK Vardar and Fenerbahçe.
- 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage - 14 September 2017 between FK Vardar and Zenit Saint Petersburg.
- 1995 – Lepa Brena held a concert in front of 35,000 people.
- 1996 – Dragana Mirković held a concert in front of 15,000 people.
- 2005 – Svetlana Ražnatović held a concert in front of 30,000 people.
- 2007 – Toše Proeski held a concert in front of 40,000 people.
- 2007 – Pink held a concert in front of 20,000 people.
- 2007 – Tarkan held a concert in front of 6,000 people.
- 2009 – Carlos Santana held a concert in front of 15,000 people.
- 2012 – Garo & Tavitjan Brothers with the project Macedonian heart beats in 7/8 featuring Nina Badrić, Željko Bebek, Dado Topić, Tereza Kesovija, Josipa Lisac, Kaliopi, Hari Varešanović, Sergej Ćetković, Goran Karan, Jelena Tomašević, Antonija Šola, and Aki Rahimovski, held a concert in front of 61,000 people honoring the 21 years of Macedonian independence.
- 2014 – Željko Joksimović held a concert in front of 50,000 people.
- 2016 - David Guetta held a concert in front of 30,000 people.
View from Skopje Fortress
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
- "Арената "Филип II" се ребрендира во "Телеком арена"". Utrinski vesnik (in Macedonian). MPM Makedonija. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
- Liverpool Echo
- UEFA.com Vardar-BATE 0:0
- Vardar-Dinamo Bucureşti 1:0; UEFA Cup First round
- Vardar-Porto 0:3; European Cup First round
- Vardar-Pelister 1:0; Macedonian Cup final
- Macedonia-Denmark 1:1; UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
- Macedonia-Spain 0:2; UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
- Pobeda-Parma 0:2; UEFA Cup First round
- Vardar-CSKA Moscow 1:1; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
- Vardar-Sparta Prague 2:3; UEFA Champions League 3rd qual. Round
- Macedonia-England 1:2; UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
- Vardar-Roma 1:1; UEFA Cup First Round
- Macedonia-Netherlands 2:2; FIFA World Cup qualification
- Rabotnički-Lokomotiv Moscow 1:1; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
- Rabotnički-Lille 0:1; UEFA Champions League 3rd qual. Round
- Rabotnički-Bolton 1:1; UEFA Cup First Round
- Macedonia-Croatia 2:0; UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
- Macedonia-Scotland 1:0; FIFA World Cup qualification
- Rabotnički-Liverpool 0:2; UEFA Europa League 3rd qual. Round
- Macedonia-Ireland 0:2; UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
- Rabotnički-Lazio 1:3; UEFA Europa League Play-offs
- Vardar-BATE Borisov 0:0; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
- Vardar-APOEL 1:1; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
- Rabotnički-Rubin Kazan 1:1; UEFA Europa League Play-offs
- Macedonia-Spain 0:1; UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
- Macedonia-Italy 2:3; FIFA World Cup qualification
- Macedonia-Scotland 2:0; UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
- Vardar-Fenerbahçe 2:0; UEFA Europa League Play-offs
- Vardar-Zenit 0:5; UEFA Europa League Group stage
- Шекеровска, Катерина (19 June 2007). "Таркан - професионалец за спектакли". Utrinski vesnik. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- "61.000 гледачи на Филип Втори - спектакуларна прослава на Денот на независноста". Bukvar.mk. 9 September 2012. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Category:Philip II Arena.|
- Nacionalna Arena "Filip II Makedonski" - Skopje (in German)
- Национална арена „Филип II Македонски" (in Macedonian)
- Philip II Arena at WorldStadiums.com (in English)
- Arena Philip II of Macedon at MacedonianFootball.com (in English)
- Новиот градски стадион (photo gallery) (in Macedonian)
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|UEFA Super Cup
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