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Goce Sedloski

Published: Wednesday 31 August 2011, 11.42CET
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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Published: Wednesday 31 August 2011, 11.42CET

Goce Sedloski

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Clubs: FK Bratstvo, FK Pitu Guli, FK Pobeda Prilep, HNK Hajduk Split, Sheffield Wednesday FC, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Vegalta Sendai, Diyarbakırspor, SV Mattersburg

• The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's outstanding defender, Sedloski started his career in 1991 with Bratstvo, based in his birthplace of Golemo Konjari. Three years later he joined Pobeda and spent a season in the Macedonian top flight before moving to Croatia with Hajduk ahead of the 1996/97 campaign.

• After a season and a half on the Dalmatian coast, Sedloski joined England’s Sheffield Wednesday for €1.5m but returned to Croatia with Dinamo in January 1999 having made only four Premier League appearances. Sedloski enjoyed the most successful spell of his career with the capital side, winning three league titles, as many Croatian Cups and featuring in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 1998/99 and 1999/2000.

• Dinamo's 11-goal top scorer in 2003/04, Sedloski opted to try his luck in Japan with Vegalta Sendai but was back at his previous team a few months later. A single campaign in Turkey followed before Sedloski exported his talents in 2006 to the Austrian Bundesliga and Mattersburg, the final club of his career.

• From the moment he made his international debut aged 21 on 27 March 1996, in a 1-0 friendly victory against Malta, Sedloski became an indispensable player for eight coaches until his retirement 14 years later. On 29 May 2010, he made history as the first Macedonian player to win 100 caps − a record which still stands − when he skippered his country for the last time in a 3-1 friendly triumph over Azerbaijan.

• To mark the occasion, the Football Federation of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FFM) presented Sedloski with a gold plaque and a commemorative national team shirt sporting the number 100 on the back. "Every single match in the Macedonian jersey represented a great honour and satisfaction for myself," said Sedloski, who scored eight goals for his country.

• On 15 November 2011 Sedloski received a commemorative cap and medal from UEFA to mark his century of international appearances. "One hundred games in the national jersey is a big landmark for every player and this is a very proud moment for me," he said, before watching FYROM's 0-0 draw with Albania in Prilep. "Every match I played for Macedonia was a great pleasure."

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