Republic of Macedonia national football team
Infobox National football team
Name =FYR Macedonia
Badge = Macedonian Football Federation.png
FIFA Trigramme = MKD
Nickname= "Црвени Лавови
The Red Lions"
Football Federation of Macedonia
Coach = flagicon|SLO
Most caps =
Top scorer = Gjorgji Hristov (16)
Home Stadium =
Skopje City Stadium
FIFA Rank = 46 | 1st ranking date = May 1994
FIFA max = 46
FIFA max date = October 2008
FIFA min = 147
FIFA min date = May 1994
Elo Rank = 70
First game = fb|Slovenia 1 - 4 FYR Macedonia flagicon|Republic of Macedonia|1992
Kranj, Slovenia; October 13, 1993)
Largest win = fb|Liechtenstein 1- 11 FYR Macedonia flagicon|Republic of Macedonia
Eschen- Mauren, Liechtenstein; November 9, 1996)
Largest loss = flagicon|Republic of Macedonia|1992 FYR Macedonia 0 - 5 fb-rt|Belgium
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; June 7, 1995)
World cup apps =
World cup first =
World cup best =
Regional name = European Championship
Regional cup apps =
Regional cup first =
Regional cup best =
The Republic of Macedonia national football team is the national football team of the
Republic of Macedoniaand is controlled by the Football Federation of Macedonia. They compete in FIFAand UEFAtournaments as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, often abbreviated to FYR Macedonia. [ FYR Macedonia football Federation in Fifa.com [http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=mkd/index.html] ] [Football Federation of F.Y.R. of Macedonia in Uefa.com [http://www.uefa.com/footballeurope/countries/association=59205/index.html] ] They usually play their home games at Skopje City Stadium.
World Cup record
The FYR Macedonia national team are yet to qualify for a World Cup Finals tournament. In their most recent attempt, they finished 5th in Group 1 with 9 points and only 2 wins from 12 games. Their campaign ended on a positive note with a surprise 0-0 draw in
Amsterdamagainst the Netherlands on 12 October 2005.
* 1930 to 1990 - "was part of Yugoslavia"
* 1994 - "Did not enter"
* 1998 to 2006 - "Did not qualify"
European Championship record
As with their World Cup campaigns, FYR Macedonia are yet to qualify for a European Championship after 3 qualifying campaigns. They beat Estonia 1:0 on
August 16, 2006in the first game of the qualification campaign for the 2008 European Football Championship. They drew 0-0 with England on October 7, 2006, marking one of their best results to date. Another surprising game was a 2-0 win over a strong Croatian side on November 17, 2007.
* 1960 to 1992 - "was part of Yugoslavia"
* 1996 to 2008 - "Did not qualify"
Nikola Ilievski(2002-2003) [http://www.uefa.com/news/kind=1/newsid=39905.html]
In 1994, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia became a member of
FIFAand UEFAafter the break-up of Yugoslavia.
The team began its football life with a 4-1 win against Slovenia in a friendly on
13 October 1993under coach Andon Dončevski. They went on to win its next 2 friendlies against Slovenia and Estonia before suffering its first ever loss, a 2-0 loss at home to Turkey on 31 August 1994(before this they lost to Peñarol0-4 in Montevideoon February 1994). The inaugural Macedonian side featured Darko Pancev, who won the European Champions Leaguefor Red Star Belgradein 1991 and also played for Internazionale in Italy.
Euro 96 Qualifiers
The Euro 96 Qualifiers was the first qualifying tournament that FYR Macedonia took part in, in which they were grouped with Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Cyprus and Armenia. In their opening game, which was also their first ever official match, FYR Macedonia was drawn against the reigning European Champions, Denmark. The game was played in
Skopjeon 7 September 1994and finished 1-1 with FYR Macedonia leading for most of the game after scoring in the 4th minute. In this qualifying stage, FYR Macedonia suffered one of its worst defeats, a 5-0 loss to Belgium at home on 7 June 1995. They failed to qualify for Euro 96, finishing 4th in the group on 7 points.
1998 World Cup Qualifiers
FYR Macedonia first qualifying attempt for the World Cup saw them grouped with Romania, Ireland, Lithuania, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The tournament began on
24 April 1996with a 3-0 win at home to Liechtenstein. On 9 November 1996, FYR Macedonia recorded their biggest ever win, an 11-1 thrashing of Liechtenstein. Half of all the goals FYR Macedonia scored in the whole campaign were scored in this match alone. FYR Macedonia failed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, finishing 4th in the group on 13 points.
Euro 2000 Qualifiers
FYR Macedonia campaign to qualify for the
Euro 2000tournament in Netherlandsand Belgiumsaw them grouped with 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. However, they failed to qualify again, finishing 4th in the group on 8 points.
2002 World Cup Qualifiers
FYR Macedonia 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
Slovakiaon 3 September 2000. The Macedonians once again failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup which was held in Japanand South Korea, once again finishing 4th in the group on 7 points.
Euro 2004 Qualifiers
The Euro 2004 Qualifiers saw FYR Macedonia grouped alongside England, Turkey, Slovakia and Liechtenstein. Despite FYR Macedonia failing to win its first 4 games of the campaign, they managed to record one of its most memorable results of its short history. On
16 October 2002, FYR Macedonia played former world champions England in Southampton, which was England's first home game in Southampton in almost 100 years. FYR Macedonia grabbed the lead early in the first half after Artim Sakiriscored directly from a corner kick, leaving English goalkeeper David Seamanstunned. England soon leveled the game, but not before FYR Macedonia managed to get in the lead once again. However, the game ended 2-2 after England managed to score a second equaliser in the second half. FYR Macedonia lost to England 2-1 at home in the return leg which took place in September 2003. Macedonian only win of the campaign came on 7 June 2003, when they beat Liechtenstein 3-1 at home. FYR Macedonia did not qualify for the Euro 2004tournament which was held in Portugal, finishing 4th on 6 points, their worst final points tally to date.
2006 World Cup Qualifiers
FYR 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 3-0 win at home to Armenia on
18 August 2004. FYR Macedonia would not win another home game for more than 3 years. On 9 October 2004, FYR Macedonia managed to hold European giants the Netherlands to a surprise 2-2 draw in Skopjein front of a crowd of 17,000 at the Gradski Stadium, but in their next game, just 4 days later, they suffered one of its most embarrassing defeats, a 1-0 loss away to Andorra, one of the world's weakest teams. Also in this tournaments, FYR 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. FYR Macedonia went on to concede a further 8 goals in the next 2 qualifiers, both were against Finland. On 23 August 2005, coach Slobodan Santracresigned as coach of FYR Macedonia after just 5 months into the job due to personal problems, with former player Boban Babunskitemporarily 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, FYR Macedonia managed to end the campaign on a high, with a 0-0 draw against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. This result meant that FYR Macedonia, with the 2 draws against the Netherlands, was the only team in the group not to have been twice defeated by group winners the Netherlands. The Netherlands won 10 of their 12 games in the 2006 World Cup campaign. FYR Macedonia failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, finishing 5th in the group on 9 points.
Following the completion of the 2006 World Cup Qualifying tournament, in November 2005, FYR Macedonia took part in a friendly tournament in
Iranconsisting of 4 teams, each team from a different continent. The teams were FYR 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 lost the final match against Paraguay 1-0. FYR Macedonia was the only nation in this friendly tournament not to have qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Euro 2008 Qualifiers
17 February 2006, Former Slovenian national coach Srečko Katanecwas appointed as the head coach under a 2 year contract.
In the lead up to the beginning of the qualifiers for
Euro 2008, FYR Macedonia managed 2 impressive results against quality sides in friendly matches. They beat Ecuador 2-1 in Madrid, their first ever win against a South American side, and a week later, followed that up with a 1-0 win against Turkey.
16 August 2006, FYR Macedonia opened their Euro 2008qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win away against Estonia. Goce Sedloskiscored for FYR Macedonia in the 73rd minute. Sedloski's milestone goal meant that the Macedonia was the first team to score a goal in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
6 September 2006,FYR Macedonia hosted England in their second game of the qualifiers. England went on to win 1-0 after Peter Crouchscored for the away side in the 46th minute. This was the first time they failed to score against England. A month later, on 7 October, the 2 teams met once again in Manchester. They surprisingly held England to a 0-0 draw in front of 72,062 people.
17 October 2007, FYR Macedonia beat Andorra 3-0 in Skopje, giving them their first win on home soil since August 2004
17 November 2007,FYR Macedonia caused the biggest upset of the group A, 2-0 win in Skopjeover eventual group winners Croatia, who suffered their first loss since the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The win was also Croatia's only loss of their campaign, as well as Macedonian first ever win over a side ranked in the Top 10 in the FIFA Rankings.
FYR Macedonia failed to qualify to the
Euro 2008Finals after finishing 5th on 14 points, despite their highest points accumulation for a qualifiers tournament.
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
25 November 2007, just days after FYR Macedonia completed its qualifying campaign for Euro 2008, The groups for European qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cupwere allocated in Durban, South Africa. FYR Macedonia was seeded in Pot 4 and was grouped along with the Netherlands, Scotland, Norway and Iceland.
21 December 2007, coach Srečko Katanecagreed to a 2 year contract extension which would see him coach FYR Macedonia through the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers.
In the lead up to the campaign, FYR Macedonia played 3 friendlies against Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Poland throughout
2008, all of which ended in draws.
6th September 2008, FYR Macedonia opened its campaign with a 1-0 win against Scotland at home. Ilčo Naumoskiscored for the Macedonians in the 5th minute off a Goce Sedloski free-kick.
Following these impressive results, Macedonia moved up 10 places to #46 on the FIFA World Rankings list for October 2008, their highest ever position on the rankings list.
In their most recent qualifier, FYR Macedonia lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in
Skopjeon 10th September 2008.
15 October 2008- Iceland v FYR Macedonia - Iceland- FIFA World CupQualifier
19 November 2008- Montenegro v FYR Macedonia - Podgorica, Montenegro- Friendly
1 April 2009- Netherlands v FYR Macedonia - Netherlands- FIFA World CupQualifier
6 June 2009-FYR Macedonia v Norway - Skopje, Republic of Macedonia- FIFA World CupQualifier
10 June 2009-FYR Macedonia v Iceland - Skopje, Republic of Macedonia- FIFA World CupQualifier
5 September 2009- Scotland v FYR Macedonia - Scotland- FIFA World CupQualifier
9 September 2009- Norway v FYR Macedonia - Norway- FIFA World CupQualifier 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 9
expanded = yes
fixtures = yes
Squad named for World Cup 2010 Qualifiers against Iceland on
October 15, 2008.
* [http://www.ffm.com.mk/eng/info.asp?kat=26 Official website of the Football Federation of Macedonia]
* [http://www.rsssf.com/tablesf/fyrom-intres.html RSSSF archive of results 1993-]
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