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UEFA EURO: Austria - North Macedonia Match press kits

UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits

AustriaAustriaNational Arena Bucharest - BucharestSunday 13 June 2021
18.00CET (19.00 local time)
Group C - Matchday 1
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Match background Only this chapter

North Macedonia kick off their first ever major tournament in Bucharest against an Austria side who beat them twice in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020.

• While North Macedonia are one of two teams making their EURO debut at these finals, along with Finland in Group B, Austria are taking part for the third time in four editions of the UEFA European Championship and are looking to reach the knockout stages for the first time.

Previous meetings
• The teams had never met before being paired together in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020, Austria winning both home and away on their way to finishing second in Group G on 19 points, five more than third-placed North Macedonia.

• Austria came from behind to win 4-1 at the National Arena Todor Proeski in Skopje on 10 June 2019, Martin Hinteregger's 18th-minute own goal having given the home side the lead. Valentino Lazaro (39) equalised before the break and Marko Arnautović's second-half double (62 pen, 82) put the visitors in charge before an Egzon Bejtulai own goal four minutes from time wrapped up Austria's first away win in the section.

• The teams reconvened at Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion on 16 November 2019, Austria booking their finals place with a 2-1 victory – their sixth win in seven matches. Early goals in each half from David Alaba (7) and Konrad Lainer (48) – his first for Austria – secured the victory, Austria holding on despite Vlatko Stojanovski's consolation goal on his international debut three minutes into added time.

EURO facts: Austria
• This is Austria's third EURO finals appearance, all in the last 12 years. Having appeared as co-hosts at UEFA EURO 2008 but failed to win in three games, they qualified for the tournament for the first time for UEFA EURO 2016 but again bowed out without recording a victory.

• Austria's record in EURO final tournaments is D2 L4 F2 A7.

• At UEFA EURO 2016, Austria finished bottom of Group F, losing to Hungary (0-2) and Iceland (1-2) either side of a goalless draw against eventual champions Portugal.

• Austria's greatest achievement is a third-place finish at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in neighbouring Switzerland. They last qualified for a World Cup in 1998, when the tournament was staged in France.

• Austria have not won a game at a major finals since a 2-1 defeat of the United States in the 1990 World Cup group stage.

• Franco Foda's side booked their place at UEFA EURO 2020 as Group G runners-up behind Poland, winning six of their ten qualifiers (D1 L3). They lost their first two matches and, with their finals place already secured, the last, 1-0 in Latvia.

• Austria's record in Romania is W1 D2 L1, all those games against the host nation. Their last trip brought a first victory, a 1-0 UEFA Nations League success at the Stadionul Ilie Oană in Ploieşti on 14 October 2020 with Alessandro Schöpf scoring the only goal; that was their first competitive international in the country outside Bucharest.

• This is Austria's first game at the Arena Națională.

EURO facts: North Macedonia
• This is North Macedonia's first final tournament. Before UEFA EURO 2020 they had never finished higher than fourth in their qualifying section for a UEFA European Championship or a World Cup.

• Igor Angelovski's side were third in Group G behind Poland (25 points) and Austria (19) in their UEFA EURO 2020 section. North Macedonia picked up 14 points from their ten games (W4 D2 L4), level with Slovenia but with a superior head-to-head record despite losing two of their final three matches, away to Poland (0-2) and Austria (1-2).

• North Macedonia qualified for the EURO play-offs having topped their 2018/19 UEFA Nations League section ahead of Armenia, Gibraltar and Liechtenstein, winning five of their six matches (L1) to finish five points clear at the head of the standings.

• Angelovski's team were 2-1 winners at home to Kosovo in the play-off semi-finals, Krste Velkovski's first international goal deciding the contest, before captain Goran Pandev's strike proved enough to win the final in Georgia 1-0.

• Having beaten Israel 1-0 in their final Group G game, those play-off results made it three successive EURO qualifying wins for North Macedonia for the first time.

• North Macedonia are the 35th country to have qualified for the EURO.

• North Macedonia's sole previous game in Bucharest before 2021 was a 4-2 defeat by the home side at the Stadionul Steaua in qualifying for the 1998 World Cup in August 1997. Their only other visit to Romania came more recently, in Craiova on 4 September 2004, when they lost another World Cup qualifier 2-1 to their hosts. They are also scheduled to travel to Romania in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on 25 March 2021.

Links and trivia
• Marko Arnautović and Pandev were team-mates at Internazionale in 2010.

• Ivan Tričkovski scored as AEK Larnaca won 2-0 at Sturm Graz in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg on 9 August 2018, and followed up with a hat-trick in AEK's 5-0 home success a week later.

• An Arijan Ademi goal was not enough to prevent Dinamo Zagreb suffering a 4-2 loss away to Salzburg in the UEFA Europa League group stage on 23 October 2014.


Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: Austria

2016 – group stage
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – group stage
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – last 16
1960 – quarter-finals

Final tournament win

Final tournament defeat
Austria v Hungary, 14/06/16

Qualifying win
twice, most recently Austria v San Marino, 28/04/99

Qualifying defeat
9-0: Spain v Austria, 27/03/99

Final tournament appearances
5: Martin Harnik
4: Christian Fuchs
4: Sebastian Prödl
3: 16 players

Final tournament goals
Ivica Vastic
1: Alessandro Schöpf

Overall appearances
Marko Arnautović
28: Julian Baumgartlinger
26: Aleksandar Dragović
24: David Alaba
24: Christian Fuchs
23: Martin Harnik
21: Bruno Pezzey
20: Andreas Herzog
20: Friedrich Koncilia
20: Toni Polster

Overall goals
Toni Polster
13: Marko Arnautović
Marc Janko
9: Hans Krankl
8: Walter Schachner
6: Andreas Herzog
Ivica Vastic


UEFA European Championship records: North Macedonia

2016 – did not qualify
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify

Qualifying win
4-0: North Macedonia v Malta, 06/09/98

Qualifying defeat
North Macedonia v Belgium, 07/06/95

Overall appearances
29: Goran Pandev
28: Veliče Šumulikoski
23: Goce Sedloski
20: Igor Mitreski
20: Nikolče Noveski
20: Aleksandar Trajkovski
19: Petar Miloševski
18: Ilčo Naumoski
18: Artim Šakiri
18: Vanče Šikov
17: Stefan Ristovski

Overall goals
5: Artim Šakiri
5: Ilčo Naumoski
4: Eljif Elmas
4: Goran Pandev
4: Goce Sedloski
3: Risto Božinov
3: Saša Ćirić
3: Boško Djurovski
3: Georgi Hristov



:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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