North Macedonia national football team
The North Macedonia national football team (Macedonian: Фудбалска репрезентација нa Северна Македонија, romanized: Fudbalska reprezentacija na Severna Makedonija) represents North Macedonia in international football, and is controlled by the Football Federation of North Macedonia. The national team plays its home matches at the Toshe Proeski Arena in Skopje.
|Association||Football Federation of North Macedonia|
|Head coach||Igor Angelovski|
|Most caps||Goran Pandev (110)|
|Top scorer||Goran Pandev (34)|
|Home stadium||Toshe Proeski Arena|
|Current||66 2 (17 September 2020)|
|Highest||46 (October 2008)|
|Lowest||166 (March 2017)|
|Current||67 8 (16 September 2020)|
|Highest||41 (12 April 2018)|
|Lowest||113 (January 2017)|
Vojvodina 3–1 Macedonia
(Novi Sad, Yugoslavia; 3 September 1945)
Slovenia 1–4 Macedonia
(Kranj, Slovenia; 13 October 1993)
| Liechtenstein 1–11 Macedonia |
(Eschen–Mauren, Liechtenstein; 9 November 1996)
| Macedonia 0–5 Belgium |
(Skopje, Macedonia; 7 June 1995)
Macedonia 0–5 Slovakia
(Skopje, Macedonia; 7 October 2001)
Hungary 5–0 Macedonia
(Budapest, Hungary; 14 November 2001)
Czech Republic 6–1 Macedonia
(Teplice, Czech Republic; 8 June 2005)
North Macedonia, since independence, has been regarded as the weakest and least successful post-Yugoslav national teams, with the team often performs below expectation. North Macedonia has achieved some impressive performances, however, such as two draws against England away, two draws to the Netherlands both away and home, a draw to Slovakia at home, a draw to Italy away, and a win against Serbia at home.
On 12 August 2009, as part of the 100-year anniversary of football on its current territory, 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.
North Macedonia national football team represents North Macedonia in international football, and its controlled by the Football Federation of North Macedonia. In the period between 1945 and 1991, SR Macedonia was ineligible to play as team for official matches. The team had mostly played exhibition matches against teams from other republics of SFRJ and was represented by Macedonian players under the traditional red, yellow and white colors. The first football clubs were formed in Ottoman times at the beginning of the 20th century.
The beginning (1993–96)Edit
In 1994, Macedonia became a single member of FIFA, and UEFA after the independence and split of the Yugoslavia. The national team began its football journey with a 4–1 victory against Slovenia in a friendly on 13 October 1993 under coach Andon Dončevski.
Euro 1996 qualifiersEdit
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. In this qualifying stage, Macedonia suffered one of its worst defeats when they lost 0–5 to Belgium at home on 7 June 1995. They failed to qualify for Euro 96, finishing fourth in the group with seven points.
Hadžievski, Kanatlarovski and Jovanovski's era (1996–2001)Edit
1998 World Cup qualifiersEdit
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. 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.
Euro 2000 qualifiersEdit
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 an equaliser 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 equaliser of Goran Stavrevski. However, they failed to qualify again, finishing fourth in the group with eight points.
2002 World Cup qualifiersEdit
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.
Ups and downs (2001–06)Edit
Euro 2004 qualifiersEdit
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 levelled 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 equaliser in the second half. Macedonia lost to England 2–1 at home in the return leg, which took place in September 2003. 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.
2006 World Cup qualifiersEdit
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, 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. 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.
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.
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 lost the final against Paraguay 0–1. 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 qualifiersEdit
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.
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. 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.
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. Despite some surprising results, Macedonia once again failed to qualify for the Euro 2008 Finals after finishing fifth in the group with 14 points.
2010 World Cup qualifiersEdit
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Fall and resurgence (2010–2018)Edit
Euro 2012 qualifiersEdit
On 7 February 2010, Macedonia was placed in Group B for the Euro 2012 qualifiers alongside Russia, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Armenia and Andorra. 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 and replaced by John Toshack, who led Macedonia in the last four matches to one win, one draw and two losses.
2014 World Cup qualifiersEdit
Macedonia's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign saw them grouped with Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Wales. In August 2012, prior to the qualifications, John Toshack would leave as manager and would be replaced by Čedomir Janevski. The national team would begin the qualification round with a loss to Croatia in Zagreb and would go on to draw against Scotland in Glasgow. They lost again to Croatia and won against Serbia in Skopje after a penalty kick taken by Agim Ibraimi. Later in qualification, the national team would go on to lose twice to the eventual group winners Belgium.
Macedonia would win against Wales and lose against Scotland at home. Around the end of September 2013, Janevski would leave the team for Belgian club R.A.E.C. Mons and would be replaced by Zoran Stratev for the last two matches. The national team would suffer a disastrous finish to their qualification campaign with away losses to Wales and Serbia. They would finish last in their group.
After the unsuccessful qualification run, Goran Pandev, Nikolče Noveski, Veliče Šumulikoski and others would retire from the national team due to turbulent relations with the Football Federation of Macedonia. In November 2013, Boško Gjurovski would be appointed the new national team manager.
Euro 2016 qualifiersEdit
On 23 February 2014, Macedonia was placed in Group C for the Euro 2016 qualifiers alongside Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus and Luxembourg. 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 and replaced by Ljubinko Drulović. 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 World Cup qualifiersEdit
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.
In October 2015, Drulović left the national team to join Serbian club Partizan and the manager place was taken over by the former manager of Rabotnički, and former assistant coach of the national team Igor Angelovski. In the same month, the Macedonian football superstar Goran Pandev came back to the national team after the two years of absence.
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. Later on they also lost to Israel at home by missing a penalty kick by Adis Jahović in the last moments of the game. After that, the national team also lost to Italy beside their 2–1 lead with the goals scored by Ilija Nestorovski and Ferhan Hasani. At the end of the another year to forget Macedonia was outclassed by Spain in Granada (4–0) and after four rounds Macedonia had not scored a single point which was the worst qualifying start in the history of the national team.
Finally, in March 2017, Macedonia recorded their first win in the qualifying against Liechtenstein (3–0). Then again, expectantly, lost to Spain in Skopje (1–2). They also defeated Israel away through the lone goal by Goran Pandev, which was also a first ever win against Israel. However, in the next round Macedonia missed a good opportunity to collect yet another win, this time against Albania in Strumica, but the game ended with a draw (1–1).
Country's name change and recent years (2018–present)Edit
2018–19 UEFA Nations League & Euro 2020 qualifiersEdit
In the first edition of the UEFA Nations League, Macedonia played in League D, the fourth and lowest division of that competition. Macedonia were drawn in Group 4 with Armenia, Liechtenstein and Gibraltar. The national team won the group with five wins and one loss, and were promoted to the League C for the next edition of the Nations League. Macedonia were assured of a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs place.
|1||Macedonia||6||5||0||1||14||5||+9||15||Promotion to League C||—||2–0||4–0||4–1|
- Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, the second-placed teams in each group and the best third-placed team among all groups were also promoted.
Macedonia was renamed North Macedonia after the Prespa agreement came into force on 12 February 2019. For the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying North Macedonia were placed in Group G, along with Austria, Israel, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia. North Macedonia managed two first impressive results, drawing Slovenia 1–1 away and before that, defeated Latvia 3–1 at home, to put their hope high to qualify for the first ever UEFA Euro. However, North Macedonia would soon face setbacks when they faced off stronger sides, with the team fell 0–1 to Poland and 1–4 to Austria, both games were played in Skopje. The situation got some improvement, with the team achieved a successful 1–1 away draw to Israel, and more importantly, a 2–1 win over Slovenia at home soil that gave North Macedonia some chances to reach top two, and, indirectly helped to relieve pressure for Poland. Yet, it was Poland that killed off North Macedonia's hope to achieve a top two finish, when North Macedonia lost 0–2 away to Poland. With the hope dented, North Macedonia lost 1–2 away to Austria and had to finish in third place, the highest position achieved in North Macedonian football history.
However, due to having successfully taken the first place in the UEFA Nations League earlier, North Macedonia was able to reach the country's first ever competitive playoff in the history, and was scheduled against Kosovo.
|1||Poland||10||8||1||1||18||5||+13||25||Qualify for final tournament||—||0–0||2–0||3–2||4–0||2–0|
- Head-to-head points: North Macedonia 4, Slovenia 1.
2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
After winning the League D group in the first edition of the UEFA Nations League, North Macedonia got promoted to the third division of the competition - League C. Macedonia was drawn in Group 2 together with Armenia, Estonia and Georgia.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or qualification|
|1||North Macedonia||2||1||1||0||3||2||+1||4[a]||Promotion to League B||—||14 Oct||2–1||15 Nov|
|2||Georgia||2||1||1||0||2||1||+1||4[a]||1–1||—||15 Nov||18 Nov|
|3||Armenia||2||1||0||1||3||2||+1||3||18 Nov||11 Oct||—||2–0|
|4||Estonia||2||0||0||2||0||3||−3||0||Qualification to relegation play-outs||11 Oct||0–1||14 Oct||—|
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
- Ranked on head-to-head away goals: North Macedonia 1, Georgia 0.
Stadiums which have hosted North Macedonia international football matches:
|Stadium||First international||Last international|
|104||Toshe Proeski Arena, Skopje||23 March 1994||5 September 2020|
|5||Stadion Goce Delčev, Prilep||27 March 1996||15 November 2011|
|3||Stadion Mladost, Strumica||14 November 2009||9 October 2017|
|1||Gradski stadion, Tetovo||14 May 1994||14 May 1994|
|1||Stadion Nikola Mantov, Kochani||12 April 1995||12 April 1995|
|1||Gradski stadion, Kumanovo||29 September 1998||29 September 1998|
Recent results and upcoming fixturesEdit
|10 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||North Macedonia||2–1||Slovenia||Skopje, Macedonia|
||Stadium: Toshe Proeski Arena|
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
|13 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Poland||2–0||North Macedonia||Warsaw, Poland|
|18:45 GMT||Report||Stadium: National Stadium|
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
|16 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Austria||2–1||North Macedonia||Vienna, Austria|
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
|19 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||North Macedonia||1–0||Israel||Skopje, Macedonia|
||Report||Stadium: Toshe Proeski Arena|
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)
|5 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||North Macedonia||2–1||Armenia||Skopje, Macedonia|
||Stadium: Toshe Proeski Arena|
Referee: Peljto (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
|8 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Georgia||1–1||North Macedonia||Tbilisi, Georgia|
||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Peter Kjærsgaard-Andersen (Denmark)
|8 October 2020 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs||North Macedonia||v||Kosovo||Skopje, Macedonia|
|19:45 GMT||Stadium: Toshe Proeski Arena|
|11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Estonia||v||North Macedonia||Tallinn, Estonia|
|20:45 GMT||Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena|
|14 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||North Macedonia||v||Georgia||Skopje, Macedonia|
|18:00 GMT||Stadium: Toshe Proeski Arena|
|15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||North Macedonia||v||Estonia||Skopje, Macedonia|
|20:45 GMT||Stadium: Toshe Proeski Arena|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Martin Bogatinov||26 April 1986||18||0||Ethnikos|
|22||GK||Damjan Shishkovski||18 March 1995||2||0||Doxa|
|12||GK||Dejan Iliev||25 February 1995||0||0||Arsenal|
|13||DF||Stefan Ristovski (Vice-captain)||12 February 1992||54||2||Sporting CP|
|4||DF||Kire Ristevski *||22 October 1990||39||0||Újpest|
|6||DF||Visar Musliu||13 November 1994||22||1||Fehérvár|
|14||DF||Darko Velkovski||21 June 1995||21||0||Rijeka|
|2||DF||Egzon Bejtulai||7 January 1994||12||0||Shkëndija|
|11||DF||Gjoko Zajkov||10 February 1995||12||0||Charleroi|
|3||DF||Kristijan Toshevski||6 May 1994||8||0||Tirana|
|8||MF||Ezgjan Alioski||12 February 1992||35||6||Leeds United|
|20||MF||Stefan Spirovski||23 August 1990||33||1||AEK|
|17||MF||Enis Bardhi||2 July 1995||29||5||Levante|
|16||MF||Boban Nikolov||28 July 1994||24||2||Fehérvár|
|21||MF||Elif Elmas||24 September 1999||20||4||Napoli|
|5||MF||Arijan Ademi||29 May 1991||16||3||Dinamo Zagreb|
|10||FW||Goran Pandev (Captain)||27 July 1983||110||34||Genoa|
|9||FW||Aleksandar Trajkovski||5 September 1992||56||15||Mallorca|
|23||FW||Ilija Nestorovski||12 March 1990||38||9||Udinese|
|19||FW||Krste Velkoski||20 February 1988||12||0||Sarajevo|
|18||FW||Vlatko Stojanovski||23 April 1997||2||1||Chambly|
- Kire Ristevski was avaliable only for the match against Armenia as he withdrew from the squad for the game against Georgia due to an injury.
The following players have also been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Stole Dimitrievski||25 December 1993||34||0||Rayo Vallecano||v. Georgia, 8 September 2020 WD|
|DF||Mario Mladenovski||16 September 2000||1||0||Fremad Amager||v. Israel, 19 November 2019 U21|
|MF||Daniel Avramovski||20 February 1995||4||0||Kayserispor||v. Georgia, 8 September 2020 WD/INJ|
|MF||Nikola Gjorgjev||22 August 1997||5||0||Grasshoppers||v. Israel, 19 November 2019|
|MF||Tihomir Kostadinov||4 March 1996||2||0||Ružomberok||v. Israel, 19 November 2019 INJ|
|MF||Marjan Radeski||10 February 1995||16||1||Akademija Pandev||v. Poland, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Ljupcho Doriev||13 September 1995||1||0||Shkëndija||v. Poland, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Gjorgi Stoilov||25 August 1995||1||0||Akademija Pandev||v. Poland, 13 October 2019|
|FW||Ivan Trichkovski (3rd captain)||18 April 1987||56||5||AEK||v. Georgia, 8 September 2020 WD/INJ|
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Within Yugoslavia team||Within Yugoslavia team|
|1994||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||10||4||1||5||22||18||4/6|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
The North 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, although Norway would be the only runner up to not make the playoffs that year.
UEFA European ChampionshipEdit
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|1960 to 1992||Within Yugoslavia team||Within Yugoslavia team|
|1996||Did not qualify||10||1||4||5||9||18||4/6|
|2020||To be determined||10||4||2||4||12||13||3/6|
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
All-time head-to-head recordEdit
- As of 8 September 2020, after the match against Georgia.
|Macedonia all-time head-to-head record|
|Against||Region||P||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Win %||First match||Last match|
|Albania||UEFA||10||4||4||2||12||7||+5||40%||14 May 1994||5 September 2017|
|Andorra||UEFA||6||4||1||1||9||1||+8||66.67%||13 October 2004||6 September 2011|
|Angola||CAF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0%||29 May 2012|
|Armenia||UEFA||9||4||2||3||15||16||−1||44.44%||10 May 1995||5 September 2020|
|Australia||AFC||2||0||1||1||0||1||−1||0%||12 March 1997||30 March 2015|
|Austria||UEFA||2||0||0||2||2||6||−4||0%||10 June 2019||17 November 2019|
|Azerbaijan||UEFA||7||5||2||0||14||5||+9||71.43%||26 July 2000||27 March 2018|
|Bahrain||AFC||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||0%||7 January 2001|
|Belarus||UEFA||3||1||1||1||4||2||+2||33.33%||27 March 2015||28 March 2017|
|Belgium||UEFA||4||0||1||3||1||9||−8||0%||16 November 1994||26 March 2013|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||UEFA||5||1||3||1||8||8||0||20%||3 June 1998||26 March 2008|
|Bulgaria||UEFA||7||2||1||4||3||7||−4||28.57%||12 April 1995||29 March 2016|
|Cameroon||CAF||2||0||0||2||0||3||−3||0%||9 February 2011||26 May 2014|
|Canada||CONCACAF||2||1||0||1||3||1||+2||50%||18 May 1998||14 November 2009|
|China PR||AFC||5||0||2||3||0||4||−4||0%||27 January 2004||22 June 2014|
|Croatia||UEFA||8||1||2||5||9||12||−3||12.5%||14 October 1998||12 October 2012|
|Cyprus||UEFA||2||1||1||0||4||1||+3||50%||17 December 1994||11 October 1995|
|Czech Republic||UEFA||3||0||1||2||2||9||−7||0%||28 February 2001||8 June 2005|
|Denmark||UEFA||3||1||1||1||4||2||+2||33.33%||7 September 1994||6 February 2013|
|Ecuador||CONMEBOL||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1||100%||28 May 2006|
|Egypt||CAF||1||0||1||0||2||2||0||0%||29 September 1998|
|England||UEFA||4||0||2||2||3||5||−2||0%||16 October 2002||7 October 2006|
|Estonia||UEFA||4||3||1||0||8||3||+5||75%||1 June 1994||12 September 2007|
|Finland||UEFA||5||1||1||3||2||11||−9||20%||10 January 2002||23 March 2018|
|Georgia||UEFA||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||0%||8 September 2020|
|Gibraltar||UEFA||2||2||0||0||6||0||+6||100%||6 September 2018||19 November 2018|
|Hungary||UEFA||2||0||1||1||0||5||−5||0%||22 April 1998||14 November 2001|
|Iceland||UEFA||4||2||1||1||4||2||+2||50%||1 June 1996||10 June 2009|
|Iran||AFC||3||0||1||2||3||7||−4||0%||9 June 2000||2 June 2016|
|Israel||UEFA||7||2||1||4||7||9||−2||28.57%||20 November 2002||6 September 2019|
|Italy||UEFA||2||0||1||1||3||4||−1||0%||9 October 2016||6 October 2017|
|Jamaica||CONCACAF||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1||100%||20 April 1998|
|Latvia||UEFA||3||3||0||0||7||2||+5||100%||5 March 2014||9 September 2019|
|Lebanon||AFC||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||0%||17 November 2015|
|Liechtenstein||UEFA||9||8||1||0||33||5||+28||88.89%||24 April 1996||16 November 2018|
|Lithuania||UEFA||3||1||0||2||2||4||−2||33.33%||6 September 1997||15 August 2012|
|Luxembourg||UEFA||4||2||0||2||8||6||+2||50%||20 August 2008||5 September 2015|
|Malta||UEFA||6||5||1||0||15||2||+13||83.33%||27 March 1996||11 August 2010|
|Moldova||UEFA||3||0||3||0||3||3||0||0%||11 October 2000||11 February 2009|
|Montenegro||UEFA||3||2||0||1||7||3||+3||66.67%||19 November 2008||15 August 2012|
|Netherlands||UEFA||4||0||2||2||3||8||−5||0%||9 October 2004||1 April 2009|
|Nigeria||CAF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0%||22 August 2007|
|Norway||UEFA||4||1||1||2||3||4||−1||25%||6 June 2009||11 November 2017|
|Oman||AFC||1||0||0||1||0||2||−2||0%||30 December 2001|
|Poland||UEFA||5||0||1||4||2||11||−9||0%||14 February 2003||13 October 2019|
|Portugal||UEFA||2||0||1||1||0||1||−1||0%||2 April 2003||26 May 2012|
|Qatar||AFC||3||1||1||1||2||2||0||33.33%||25 July 2001||30 May 2014|
|Republic of Ireland||UEFA||6||1||1||4||5||11||−6||16.67%||9 October 1996||4 June 2011|
|Romania||UEFA||5||1||0||4||5||11||−6||20%||14 December 1996||2 June 2010|
|Russia||UEFA||4||0||0||4||0||7||−7||0%||15 November 2006||2 September 2011|
|Saudi Arabia||AFC||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||0%||1 August 2001|
|Scotland||UEFA||4||1||1||2||3||5||−2||25%||6 September 2008||10 September 2013|
|Serbia||UEFA||3||1||1||1||2||6||−4||16.67%||6 February 2008||15 October 2013|
|Slovakia||UEFA||8||0||2||6||3||16||−13||0%||3 September 2000||14 June 2015|
|Slovenia||UEFA||6||4||1||1||12||6||+6||66.67%||13 October 1993||10 October 2019|
|South Korea||AFC||2||0||1||1||3||4||−1||0%||18 April 1998||7 June 2000|
|Spain||UEFA||7||0||0||7||3||20||−16||0%||12 October 1994||11 June 2017|
|Sweden||UEFA||3||0||0||3||1||4||−3||0%||24 March 2001||3 June 2013|
|Turkey||UEFA||8||1||2||5||9||14||−5||12.5%||31 August 1994||5 June 2017|
|Ukraine||UEFA||4||1||1||2||1||3||−2||25%||11 October 2003||9 October 2015|
|United States||CONCACAF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0%||16 May 1998|
|Wales||UEFA||2||1||0||1||2||2||0||50%||6 September 2013||11 October 2013|
|Yugoslavia||UEFA||3||0||0||3||4||9||–5||0%||5 September 1999||23 February 2000|
See all-time players list.
Updated as for 8 September 2020
This is a list of Macedonian captains for five or more official and friendly matches. Goran Pandev is the current captain of the North Macedonia 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 –||57 (110)|
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, Ilcho Naumoski (1) 2008, Igor Mitreski (4) 2007 to 2010, Aleksandar Lazevski (1) 2010, Nikolče Noveski (4) 2011 to 2013, Daniel Mojsov (1) 2012, Boban Grncharov (3) 2012 to 2014, Blazhe Ilijoski (1) 2014, Blagoja Todorovski (1) 2014, Vanche Shikov (4) 2015, Ivan Trichkovski (1) 2018, Ilija Nestorovski (1) 2019 and Stefan Ristovski (2) 2019 and 2020.
Updated on 9 September 2020
|Name||First game||Last game||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Win %|
|Andon Donchevski||13 October 1993||15 November 1995||17||5||5||7||23||23||0||29.41%|
|Gjoko Hadjievski||27 March 1996||9 June 1999||28||10||7||11||42||37||+5||35.71%|
|Dragi Kanatlarovski||5 September 1999||13 February 2005||31||8||8||15||32||37||−5||25.81%|
|Gjore Jovanovski||2 June 2001||10 January 2002||13||0||6||7||9||27||−18||0%|
|Nikola Ilievski||27 March 2002||11 June 2003||13||3||4||6||23||24||−1||23.08%|
|Slobodan Santrač||30 March 2005||17 August 2005||4||1||0||3||4||12||−8||25%|
|Boban Babunski (caretaker)||7 September 2005||10 August 2011||4||2||1||1||4||6||−2||50%|
|Srečko Katanec||1 March 2006||1 April 2009||27||9||7||11||28||29||−1||33.33%|
|Mirsad Jonuz||6 June 2009||4 June 2011||20||7||4||9||21||19||+2||35%|
|Vlatko Kostov (caretaker)||7 September 2010||7 September 2010||1||0||1||0||2||2||0||0%|
|John Toshack||2 September 2011||29 May 2012||8||1||4||3||4||8||−4||12.5%|
|Goce Sedloski (caretaker)||15 August 2012||15 August 2012||1||1||0||0i||1||0||+1||100%|
|Chedomir Janevski||7 September 2012||10 September 2013||14||5||1||8||15||19||−4||35.71%|
|Zoran Stratev (caretaker)||11 October 2013||15 October 2013||2||0||0||2||1||6||−5||0%|
|Boshko Gjurovski||5 March 2014||30 March 2015||11||2||3||6||7||12||−5||18.18%|
|Ljubinko Drulović||14 June 2015||12 October 2015||5||0||1||4||1||6||−5||0%|
|Igor Angelovski||12 November 2015||39||17||8||14||58||45||+13||43.59%|
FIFA ranking historyEdit
FIFA-ranking yearly averages for North Macedonia.
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