Tuesday, 5 August 2008

The Low-down - Macedonia

So, with little over a month until our World Cup qualifying campaign begins, here is the low-down on our first opponents, Macedonia.

Macedonia became a member of FIFA and UEFA in their own right in 1994 after the breakup of the former Yugoslav Republic.

Since, the Nation has been through 4 Euro Championship Qualifying campaigns and 3 World Cup Qualifying campaigns, failing to make it through to any of the competitions.

There most memorable result to date, certainly for those in Britain, was a 0-0 draw with England in October 2006.

They have also picked up impressive results against the Netherlands and Croatia in recent years, with a 0-0 and 2-0 win respectively.

The current Macedonia squad is a good mix of young talent and experienced players, with their most notable player being Lazio Striker Goran Pandev. The Serie A striker has notched up 12 goals in 38 caps.

A very hard working and hard to break down team, this could be the first potential banana skin in a very tough Qualifying for us Scots.

Macedonia Facts

  • Coach Srecko Katanec
  • Most Caps Goce Sedloski (84)
  • Most Goals Gjorgji Hristov (16)
  • FIFA Ranking 56
  • Highest Rank 49
  • Lowest Rank 147

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