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North Macedonia national under-21 football team

The North Macedonia national under-21 football team is a youth association football national team which represents North Macedonia at this age level and is a feeder team for the North Macedonia national football team. It was formerly known as the Macedonia national under-21 football team.

North Macedonia Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Red Lions (Црвени лавови)
AssociationFootball Federation of North Macedonia
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachBlagoja Milevski
CaptainDavor Zdravkovski
Most capsGoran Bogdanović (28)
Top scorerSamir Fazli (7)
FIFA codeMKD
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Macedonia 5–3  Denmark
(Kočani, 7 September 1994)
Biggest win
 North Macedonia 6–1  Gibraltar
(Skopje, 16 October 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Macedonia 0–8  Yugoslavia
(Skopje, 7 September 1999)
Records for competitive matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2017)
Best resultGroup stage, 2017

This team is for Macedonian players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Also in existence are teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side and again for the U21s. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible).

The under-21 age category came into existence with the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976. The Macedonia U21 team was formed following Macedonia's independence from SFR Yugoslavia in 1991 and is controlled by the Football Federation of North Macedonia (from 1976 to 1992 Macedonian players played for Yugoslavia U21). A 7–0 win in a friendly against Estonia played on 31 May 1994 was Macedonia U21s' first result. Four months later, Macedonia also had their first competitive match which ended in a 5-3 win against Denmark.

So far, the team has qualified for one final tournament, the one being the 2017 Euro U21 held in Poland for players born 1994 or later. They ended the tournament on the 11th position with 1 draw and 2 losses over the group stage.

Contents

UEFA U-21 Championship RecordEdit

UEFA U-21 Championship record UEFA U-21 Championship Qualification record Manager(s)
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA GD Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1996 Did not qualify 10 4 0 6 16 27 −11 Jovo Nikushev
  1998 8 1 1 6 3 17 −14 Zoran Smileski
  2000 8 1 0 7 2 25 −23 Perica Gruevski, Blagoja Kitanovski
  2002 10 1 2 7 6 18 −12 Blagoja Kitanovski, Nikola Ilievski
  2004 8 0 1 7 4 23 −19 Zharko Odjakov, Mirsad Jonuz
  2006 12 2 3 5 9 18 −9 Mirsad Jonuz
  2007 4 2 0 2 6 6 0 Mirsad Jonuz
  2009 8 2 3 3 5 6 −1 Mirsad Jonuz
  2011 8 0 2 6 9 19 −10 Mirsad Jonuz, Boban Babunski
  2013 8 3 3 2 14 15 −1 Boban Babunski
  2015 8 1 1 6 4 13 −13 Boban Babunski, Vujadin Stanojković
  2017 Group stage 3 0 1 2 4 11 −7 10 6 3 1 13 7 +6 Blagoja Milevski
   2019 Did not qualify 10 2 1 7 17 24 −7 Blagoja Milevski, Dobrinko Ilievski
   2021 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Blagoja Milevski
Total 1/13 3 0 1 2 4 11 −7 112 25 20 67 108 218 −110

2017 UEFA European Under-21 ChampionshipEdit

QualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Macedonia 10 6 3 1 13 7 +6 21 Final tournament 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
2   France 10 6 2 2 17 8 +9 20 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
3   Iceland 10 5 3 2 13 9 +4 18 3–0 3–2 2–4 2–0 1–1
4   Ukraine 10 4 2 4 14 12 +2 14 0–2 1–0 0–1 4–0 1–1
5   Scotland 10 2 2 6 8 17 −9 8 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 3–1
6   Northern Ireland 10 0 2 8 6 18 −12 2 1–2 0–3 0–1 1–2 1–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Final tournamentEdit

Group stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Spain 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9 Knockout stage
2   Portugal 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6
3   Serbia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
4   Macedonia 3 0 1 2 4 11 −7 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

2021 UEFA European Under-21 ChampionshipEdit

QualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 6 Final tournament 6 Sep '19 10 Sep '19 8 Oct '20 3 Sep '20 13 Oct '20
2   Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
31 Mar '20 13 Oct '20 14 Nov '19 10 Sep '19 8 Oct '20
3   Israel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Sep '20 19 Nov '19 31 Mar '20 14 Nov '19 15 Oct '19
4   North Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Oct '19 8 Sep '20 26 Mar '20 13 Oct '20 10 Sep '19
5   Montenegro 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 1–2 15 Oct '19 8 Oct '20 10 Oct '19 6 Sep '19
6   Faroe Islands 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 1–3 26 Mar '20 2 Sep '20 19 Nov '19 31 Mar '20
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2019. Source: UEFA

Recent results and fixturesEdit

Generation 1998+Edit

Date Venue Opponents Score Macedonia scorer(s) Report
2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
10 September 2019 TBA, Skopje, North Macedonia   Faroe Islands
10 October 2019 TBA, TBA, Montenegro   Montenegro
15 October 2019 TBA, Skopje, North Macedonia   Kazakhstan
14 November 2019 TBA, TBA, Spain   Spain
19 November 2019 TBA, TBA, Faroe Islands   Faroe Islands
26 March 2020 TBA, Skopje, North Macedonia   Israel
31 March 2020 TBA, TBA, Israel   Israel
8 September 2020 TBA, Skopje, North Macedonia   Spain
8 October 2020 TBA, TBA, Kazakhstan   Kazakhstan
13 October 2020 TBA, Skopje, North Macedonia   Montenegro
Friendly matches
24 May 2018 Dalga Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan   Azerbaijan 1–1 Trajanovski   87' affa.az
27 May 2018 Dalga Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan   Azerbaijan 1–0 Krivotsyuk   24' (o.g.) affa.az
16 November 2018 Camp FSCG, Podgorica, Montenegro   Serbia 0–1 fss.rs
19 November 2018 Camp FSCG, Podgorica, Montenegro   Montenegro 2–0 Abaz   21'50' fscg.me
22 March 2019 Bellis SC, Belek, Turkey   Ukraine 1–3 Krstovski   85' ffm.mk
24 March 2019 Limak Arcadia SC, Belek, Turkey   Latvia 0–1 lff.lv
26 March 2019 Limak Arcadia SC, Belek, Turkey   Estonia 1–1 Ristovski   26' jalgpall.ee
6 June 2019 Červeník Stadium , Trnava, Slovakia   Finland 1–0 Jovanov   4' ffm.mk
  • * Macedonia's scores are always listed first

SquadEdit

Current squadEdit

Squad named for the friendly game against   Finland on 6 June 2019.[1]
Caps and goals as of 6 June 2019, after the game against Finland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Risto Jankov (1998-09-05) 5 September 1998 (age 20) 9 0   Rabotnichki
12 1GK Tomás Bozhinoski (1999-04-10) 10 April 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Feirense U23

2 2DF Vane Jovanov (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 20) 11 1   Akademija Pandev
4 2DF Todor Todoroski (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 20) 9 0   Osijek
5 2DF Agron Rufati (1999-04-06) 6 April 1999 (age 20) 8 1   Istra 1961
6 2DF Esmin Lichina (1998-03-20) 20 March 1998 (age 21) 6 0   Makedonija GP
3 2DF Filip Antovski (2000-11-24) 24 November 2000 (age 18) 3 0   Dinamo II
18 2DF Nikola Serafimov (1999-08-11) 11 August 1999 (age 19) 1 0   Vardar
14 2DF Denis Stoshikj (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Spielberg

10 3MF Davor Zdravkovski (C) (1998-03-20) 20 March 1998 (age 21) 18 2   AEL
21 3MF Dimitar Mitrovski (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 20) 9 3   Sporting U23
20 3MF Daniel Milovanovikj (1998-08-10) 10 August 1998 (age 20) 8 0   Akademija Pandev
11 3MF Kristijan Trapanovski (1999-08-14) 14 August 1999 (age 19) 8 0   Slavoj Vyšehrad
8 3MF Milosh Tosheski (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 21) 6 0 Unattached
19 3MF Kristijan Ackovski (1999-02-15) 15 February 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Rabotnichki
17 3MF Mile Todorov (1999-08-20) 20 August 1999 (age 19) 3 0   Osijek II
15 3MF Agon Elezi (2001-03-01) 1 March 2001 (age 18) 1 0   Vëllazërimi 77
16 3MF Ensar Luma (2000-06-17) 17 June 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Shkëndija

7 4FW Milan Ristovski (1998-04-08) 8 April 1998 (age 21) 12 1   Nitra
9 4FW Mario Krstovski (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 21) 10 2   Akademija Pandev

Recent call-upsEdit

Players that have been called up within the past 12 months and are eligible for the 2021 European U21 Football Championship Qualifiers.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Daniel Kotevski (1999-08-16) 16 August 1999 (age 19) 1 0   Ohrid v.   Finland, 9 June 2019 PRE
GK Filip Trajchevski (1998-09-08) 8 September 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Pelister v.   Montenegro, 19 November 2018
GK Hristijan Stevkovski (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Skopje v.   Gibraltar, 16 October 2018

DF Filip Trajanovski INJ (1999-03-21) 21 March 1999 (age 20) 7 1   Borec v.   Finland, 9 June 2019 WD
DF Mihail Manevski (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 20) 7 0   Akademija Pandev v.   Finland, 9 June 2019 PRE
DF Nehar Sadiki (1998-03-16) 16 March 1998 (age 21) 6 0   Renova v.   Finland, 9 June 2019 PRE
DF Vane Tasevski (2001-05-31) 31 May 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Sassuolo U19 v.   Finland, 9 June 2019 PRE
DF Oliver Stoimenovski (1999-03-26) 26 March 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Borec v.   Montenegro, 19 November 2018

MF Jani Atanasov INJ (1999-10-31) 31 October 1999 (age 19) 10 1   Bursaspor v.   Finland, 9 June 2019 WD
MF Tomche Grozdanovski INJ (2000-03-14) 14 March 2000 (age 19) 0 0   ViOn v.   Finland, 9 June 2019 WD
MF Emil Abaz (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 21) 12 2 Unattached v.   Estonia, 26 March 2019
MF Marco Ferukoski (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 20) 6 0   Differdange 03 v.   Estonia, 26 March 2019
MF Beyhan Ametov (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Wuppertaler SV v.   Estonia, 26 March 2019
MF Besard Sabovic (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Dalkurd v.   Estonia, 26 March 2019
MF Kristian Trajcheski (1998-11-15) 15 November 1998 (age 20) 5 0   Oliveira do Hospital v.   Montenegro, 19 November 2018
MF Andrej Todoroski (1999-04-19) 19 April 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Floridsdorfer AC v.   Montenegro, 19 November 2018
MF Darko Churlinov A (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 19) 4 1   Köln v.   Armenia, 11 September 2018
MF Enis Fazlagikj INJ (2000-03-27) 27 March 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Žilina v.   Armenia, 11 September 2018
MF Agon Hani (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Jablonec U21 v.   Armenia, 11 September 2018

FW Xhemal Ibishi INJ (2001-01-18) 18 January 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Vardar v.   Finland, 9 June 2019 WD
FW Erdon Daci (1998-07-04) 4 July 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Konyaspor U21 v.   Estonia, 26 March 2019

Current First SquadEdit

 

Jankov
Lichina
Jovanov
Todoroski
Mitrovski
Current First Squad (96+) with the Club Leagues they play in

Past squadsEdit

StatisticsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit