Eternal derby (North Macedonia)

Eternal derby (Macedonian: Вечно дерби), also known as the Macedonia derby (Macedonian: Македонско дерби), is the name given to matches between the two most popular clubs from North Macedonia, the Skopje-based FK Vardar and Bitola-based FK Pelister,[1] supported by Komiti and Čkembari respectively, with fans at times infamously engaging in hooliganism during the derby.[2][3]

Eternal derby
Macedonian derby
Other namesВечно дерби
Македонско дерби
LocationNorth Macedonia North Macedonia
(Skopje and Bitola)
TeamsVardar
Pelister
First meeting5 August 1990 (official)
Latest meetingPelister 0–0 Vardar
(Macedonian Cup)
(15 December 2021)
Next meetingTBD
StadiumsToše Proeski Arena (Vardar)
Stadion Tumbe Kafe (Pelister)
Statistics
Meetings total76
Most winsVardar (42)
Largest victoryVardar 7–0 Pelister
(8 May 1996)
Vardar
Pelister

The rivalry can be traced back to the 1989–90 season and a match in Skopje, between FK Vardar and Red Star Belgrade. A conflict occurred between the "Skopje fans" and a few Bitola fans who went to cheer for Vardar, who at that time was the most popular Macedonian football club in the former Yugoslavia. On 5 August 1990 in Bitola, Pelister and Vardar met in the Yugoslav second league and the first incident occurred. From that day forward, started the big rivalry between Komiti and Chkembari along with the Vardar-Pelister match becoming the Eternal derby of Macedonia.

However, the rivalry is playing at the stands but not much at the ground because Vardar there are many more honours than a rival from Bitola. In a present time there is a small number of attendance and Pelister were many times and Vardar once relegated to the Macedonian Second League so the rivalry has lost its formerly importance.[4] As of May 2018, there have been 68 derbies played in total since the establishment of the Macedonian championship in 1992, with Vardar winning 38 and Pelister 14 games, while 16 matches ended in a draw.

StatisticsEdit

The records does not include the awarded matches and a matches decided by a one goal difference.

Head-to-headEdit

Competition Played Vardar wins Draws Pelister wins Vardar goals Pelister goals
Yugoslav championship (1990–1992)
First League 2 2 0 0 5 1
Second League 2 1 1 0 2 1
Yugoslavia totals 4 3 1 0 7 2
Macedonian championship (1992–present)
First League 58 30 16 12 89 63
Macedonian Cup 14 8 3 3 21 11
Macedonia totals 70 38 17 14 107 71
All Time 76 42 18 16 117 76

Last updated on 15 December 2021.

RecordsEdit

  • Bigger grade difference
    • Vardar
      • Point system 3–1–0: +44 (72 vs 28), 2002–03
    • Pelister

Official match resultsEdit

KeyEdit

Colors

  Vardar win
  Draw
  Pelister win

Competitions
  • SF = Semi-finals
  • QF = Quarter-finals
  • R16 = Round of 16

ResultsEdit

1 Vardar won 4–2 on penalties and won the one point.
2 Match suspended after 45 minutes (score: 0–0) due to the crowd trouble. Vardar were awarded a 0–3 win.
3 Match suspended before the kick-off due to the crowd trouble when Čkembari burned seats, collapsed the protective fence and clashed with the police. Vardar were awarded a 0–3 win.
4 The 2000–01 Macedonian Cup quarter-final tie was won by Pelister on away goals rule.
5 Pelister was played in the Second League in that season.
6 Vardar was played in the Second League in that season.
7 Pelister won 3–2 on penalties.

Players who have played for both clubs (senior career)Edit

Players who have scored for both clubs in the derbyEdit

Managers who have worked at both clubsEdit

HonoursEdit

These are the major football honours of Vardar and Pelister.

Competition Vardar Pelister
Yugoslav Championship (1947–1992) 0(1) 0
Macedonian Championship (1992–present) 11 0
Yugoslav Cup (1947–1992) 1 0
Macedonian Cup (1992–present) 5 2
Macedonian Supercup (2011–2015) 2 0
Total 19(20) 2

Head-to-head league rankingEdit

The table lists the place each team took in each of the seasons.

P. 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 07 08 09 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 21 23
1st 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2nd 2 2 2
3rd 3 3
4th 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
5th 5 5 5 5
6th 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
7th
8th 8
9th 9 9
10th 10 10 10 10 10 10
11th 11 11 11
12th 12
13th
14th
15th 15

Key

Source: rsssf.com

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Пелистер е преслаб и за комбинираниот тим на Вардар". Sportmedia.mk (in Macedonian). 21 October 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ "ЕКИПА ОДБЛИСКУ: Лудо дерби! (ФОТО)". Ekipa.mk (in Macedonian). 30 September 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Прекин во Прилеп: Пресметка Чкембари - Комити, фрчeа камења и столчиња на сите страни! (ФОТО)". Sportmedia.mk (in Macedonian). 21 October 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Сакаме да е дерби, ама не е (ФОТОГАЛЕРИЈА)". Ekipa.mk (in Macedonian). 30 September 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.

External linksEdit