Philip II Arena

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Philip II of Macedonia (Macedonian: "Филип Втори Македонски")
Philip II Arena 2017.jpg
Former names City Stadium of Skopje
Location Skopje, Macedonia
Coordinates 42°0′20.64″N 21°25′32.13″E / 42.0057333°N 21.4255917°E / 42.0057333; 21.4255917Coordinates: 42°0′20.64″N 21°25′32.13″E / 42.0057333°N 21.4255917°E / 42.0057333; 21.4255917
Operator JPSSO
Capacity 33,460[1]
Field size 105 x 68 meters
Surface Grass
Scoreboard LED
Opened 1947
Expanded 2011
FK Vardar
FK Rabotnički
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,[2] 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.[3]

Reconstruction and expansion[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7] In November 2016, the Philip II Arena was renamed to Telekom Arena due to the sponsorship agreement with Makedonski Telekom.[2]

Construction cost[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9]

Notable matches[edit]




  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Арената "Филип II" се ребрендира во "Телеком арена"". Utrinski vesnik (in Macedonian). MPM Makedonija. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
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  5. ^ Liverpool Echo
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  7. ^ Vardar-BATE 0:0
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  10. ^ Vardar-Dinamo Bucureşti 1:0; UEFA Cup First round
  11. ^ Vardar-Porto 0:3; European Cup First round
  12. ^ Vardar-Pelister 1:0; Macedonian Cup final
  13. ^ Macedonia-Denmark 1:1; UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
  14. ^ Macedonia-Spain 0:2; UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
  15. ^ Pobeda-Parma 0:2; UEFA Cup First round
  16. ^ Vardar-CSKA Moscow 1:1; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
  17. ^ Vardar-Sparta Prague 2:3; UEFA Champions League 3rd qual. Round
  18. ^ Macedonia-England 1:2; UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
  19. ^ Vardar-Roma 1:1; UEFA Cup First Round
  20. ^ Macedonia-Netherlands 2:2; FIFA World Cup qualification
  21. ^ Rabotnički-Lokomotiv Moscow 1:1; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
  22. ^ Rabotnički-Lille 0:1; UEFA Champions League 3rd qual. Round
  23. ^ Rabotnički-Bolton 1:1; UEFA Cup First Round
  24. ^ Macedonia-Croatia 2:0; UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
  25. ^ Macedonia-Scotland 1:0; FIFA World Cup qualification
  26. ^ Rabotnički-Liverpool 0:2; UEFA Europa League 3rd qual. Round
  27. ^ Macedonia-Ireland 0:2; UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
  28. ^ Rabotnički-Lazio 1:3; UEFA Europa League Play-offs
  29. ^ Vardar-BATE Borisov 0:0; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
  30. ^ Vardar-APOEL 1:1; UEFA Champions League 2nd qual. Round
  31. ^ Rabotnički-Rubin Kazan 1:1; UEFA Europa League Play-offs
  32. ^ Macedonia-Spain 0:1; UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
  33. ^ Macedonia-Italy 2:3; FIFA World Cup qualification
  34. ^ Macedonia-Scotland 2:0; UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
  35. ^ Vardar-Fenerbahçe 2:0; UEFA Europa League Play-offs
  36. ^ Vardar-Zenit 0:5; UEFA Europa League Group stage
  37. ^ Шекеровска, Катерина (19 June 2007). "Таркан - професионалец за спектакли". Utrinski vesnik. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  38. ^ "61.000 гледачи на Филип Втори - спектакуларна прослава на Денот на независноста". 9 September 2012. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 


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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Lerkendal Stadion
UEFA Super Cup
Host Venue

Succeeded by
A. Le Coq Arena