- Best Euros
- Tournament debut
- 2016 Euros
- Did not qualify
North Macedonia's Euro Schedule
|13th June 5pm||Austria v North Macedonia||Bucharest|
|17th June 2pm||Ukraine v North Macedonia||Bucharest|
|21st June 5pm||North Macedonia v Netherlands||Amsterdam|
Road to the Euros
North Macedonia make their Euro debut after sneaking through the qualifying back door via a Nations League playoff. Vital home wins against Kazakhstan (4-0), Slovenia (2-1 ) and Israel (1-0) provided the bulk of their 14 points, while they also won in Latvia and produced crucial draws on their trips to Israel and Slovenia, whom they edged out thanks to a better head-to-head record. Third place behind Poland and Austria earned them a playoff spot, of which they took advantage in two tense victories over Kosovo (2-1) and then in Georgia (1-0).
North Macedonia's Nations League campaign saw them remain unbeaten in their opening five games (Won 2, Drew 3), but the whole group was decided by their final game in Armenia, who won narrowly 1-0 to top the group by two points. In their recent World Cup qualifiers, they were edged out 3-2 in Romania before bouncing back with a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein. They saved their best ever performance for their trip to Duisburg, where they produced one of the shocks of the century to topple Germany 2-1 on their own soil. That result alone should give North Macedonia belief, and they will come into the tournament in high spirits after thrashing Kazakhstan 4-0 again in their final warm-up friendly.
Despite North Macedonia's good form and that memorable win in Germany, their coach Igor Angelovski will be concerned by a defence that can be sorely exposed at times. We can expect him to set up defensively with a 3-4-2-1 or a 3-5-2 formation that will be built to protect his team's defensive frailties. Going forward, his team is more blessed with attacking talent, with young Napoli midfielder, Elif Elmas, having already shown his colours with four goals during the qualifying campaign, as well as the winner against Germany and another in a recent friendly against Slovenia. He will add some extra zest to a front line that depends heavily on the proven abilities of veteran striker Goran Pandev.
Elmas might emerge as a rising star iif North Macedonia are able to get a foothold in the tournament, but most of their hopes rest on experience of their talisman and captain, Goran Pandev. He was a national legend even before he scored the playoff winner to bring his team to the finals, and at 37 years old, he will be keen to use his long-term Serie A experience to make an impact on the international stage. .
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