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UEFA Nations League: Armenia - FYR Macedonia Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

ArmeniaArmeniaVazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht - YerevanTuesday 16 October 2018
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group D4 - Matchday 4
FYR MacedoniaFYR Macedonia
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Head to Head

UEFA Nations League
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/09/2018GS-FTFYR Macedonia - Armenia2-0
SkopjeAlioski 14 (P), Pandev 59
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/10/2011QR (GS)Armenia - FYR Macedonia4-1
YerevanPizzelli 28, Mkhitaryan 34, Ghazaryan 69, Sarkisov 90+1; Sikov 86
07/09/2010QR (GS)FYR Macedonia - Armenia2-2SkopjeGjurovski 42, Naumoski 90+6 (P); Movsisyan 41, Manucharyan 90+1
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
04/06/2005QR (GS)Armenia - FYR Macedonia1-2
YerevanManucharyan 55; Pandev 29, 46
18/08/2004QR (GS)FYR Macedonia - Armenia3-0
SkopjePandev 5, Sakiri 37, Sumulikoski 90
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/09/1995PR (GS)FYR Macedonia - Armenia1-2
SkopjeMicevski 56; Grigoryan 61, Shahgeldyan 78
10/05/1995PR (GS)Armenia - FYR Macedonia2-2YerevanGrigoryan 21, Shahgeldyan 49; Hristov 59, Markovski 70
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
FYR Macedonia31113111110073221311

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Squad list Only this chapter

Armenia - Squad list
League phase
1Arsen Beglaryan18/02/199325Liepāja - 00
12Anatoli Aivazov08/06/199622Banants - 00
16Aram Airapetyan22/11/198631Banants - 30
2Artyom Khachaturov18/06/199226Lori - 00
3Varazdat Haroyan24/08/199226Ural - 30
4Taron Voskanyan22/02/199325Alashkert - 00
17Gagik Daghbashyan19/10/199027Alashkert - 00
19Hovhannes Hambartsumyan04/10/199028Paralimni - 30
5Artak Grigoryan19/10/198730Alashkert - 10
6Karlen Mkrtchyan25/11/198829Pyunik*20
7Edgar Malakyan22/09/199028Zhetysu - 00
8Marcos Pizzelli03/10/198434Aktobe - 31
9Gor Malakyan12/06/199424FC Ararat-Armenia*30
10Gevorg Ghazaryan05/04/198830Chaves*30
13Kamo Hovhannisyan05/10/199226Zhetysu - 10
18Henrikh Mkhitaryan21/01/198929Arsenal - 30
20Tigran Barseghyan22/09/199325Vardar*31
21Rumyan Hovsepyan13/11/199126Pyunik - 00
23Petros Avetisyan07/01/199622Pyunik - 00
11Artur Sarkisov01/07/198731Yenisey*20
14Yura Movsisyan02/08/198731Chicago Fire - 10
15Ivan Yagan11/10/198929Eupen - 10
22Sargis Adamyan23/05/199325Jahn - 20
-Armen Gyulbudaghyants19/12/196651 - 10
FYR Macedonia - Squad list
League phase
1Stole Dimitrievski25/12/199324Rayo Vallecano - 30
12David Mitov Nilson12/01/199127Norrköping - 00
22Damjan Siskovski18/03/199523Lahti - 00
2Kristijan Toševski06/05/199424Vardar - 00
3Gjoko Zajkov10/02/199523Charleroi - 10
4Kire Ristevski22/10/199027Újpest - 20
6Visar Musliu13/11/199423Shkëndija - 30
8Egzijan Alioski12/02/199226Leeds*33
13Stefan Ristovski12/02/199226Sporting CP - 30
14Mite Cikarski06/01/199325Giannina - 00
15Egzon Bejtulai07/01/199424Shkëndija - 30
5Arijan Ademi29/05/199127Dinamo Zagreb - 00
7Enis Bardi02/07/199523Levante - 30
11Feran Hasani18/06/199028Al-Raed FC - 10
16Boban Nikolov28/07/199424Vidi*30
20Stefan Spirovski23/08/199028Ferencváros - 30
21Eljif Elmas24/09/199919Fenerbahçe - 30
9Aleksandar Trajkovski05/09/199226Palermo*32
10Goran Pandev27/07/198335Genoa - 32
23Ilija Nestorovski12/03/199028Palermo - 30
-Igor Angelovski02/06/197642 - 30

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Head coach Only this chapter

Armen Gyulbudaghyants

Date of birth: 19 December 1966
Nationality: Armenian
Playing career: Spartak Hoktemberyan, Lori, Banants, Homenetmen Lebanon
Coaching career: Banants (twice), Armenia Under-19, Armenia U21, Pyunik (twice), Impuls, Alashkert, Gol Gahar (assistant), Padideh (assistant), Armenia

• A powerful and creative midfielder, Gyulbudaghyants spent the early part of his career in the USSR lower leagues before joining Banants in 1992, finishing third in the league and winning the Armenian Cup in the first post-independence season. He scored 17 goals in 61 appearances for the club before retiring aged 29 after suffering a knee injury that also restricted him to a single senior cap for Armenia.

• Switched to coaching and in 2001 returned to Banants, combining his new role with gaining coaching qualifications. In 2007 he went to Moscow to study, becoming the first Armenian coach to acquire a UEFA Pro Licence.

• His most successful spell followed at Pyunik between May 2007 and July 2008, players such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Gevorg Ghazaryan and Karlen Mkrtchyan breaking through and going on to become the backbone of the national side.

• Gyulbudaghyants guided Pyunik to the 2007 league title and took Impuls to the Armenian Cup final four years later, his most notable coaching achievements; however, he also has a fine record in improving his sides' results and developing young players.

• Stepped up to take charge of Armenia in October 2018 following the departure of Vardan Minasyan.


Igor Angelovski

Date of birth: 2 June 1976
Nationality: Macedonian
Playing career: Makedonija Gjorce Petrov, Pelister, Publikum, Cementarnica (twice), Pobeda
Coaching career: Rabotnicki, FYR Macedonia (assistant), FYR Macedonia

• A former midfielder, Angelovski spent most of his playing career in his homeland, his highlight coming in 2002/03 when he lifted the Macedonian Cup with Cementarnica.

• After retiring in 2007, he served as sporting director at Rabotnicki for five years before becoming a surprise choice to replace Zhikica Tasevski as the club's head coach aged 37 prior to 2013/14.

• Angelovski wasted no time showing his coaching potential by becoming the youngest coach to win the Macedonian championship, leading the Skopje-based side to a domestic double in his debut season – aged 38. He repeated his Macedonian Cup success with Rabotnicki the following year, and won consecutive awards for best domestic coach in 2014 and 2015.

• While continuing in his Rabotnicki job, he served as Ljubinko Drulović's assistant with FYR Macedonia from July to October 2015 while studying for his UEFA Pro licence.

• Angelovski took temporary charge of the national team in October 2015 and enjoyed a winning debut in a 4-1 friendly win against Montenegro in Skopje the following month. He was appointed coach on a permanent basis shortly afterwards and oversaw the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in which the team picked up 11 points from ten matches.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeMartin Strömbergsson (SWE)
  • Assistant refereesDaniel Gustavsson (SWE) , Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
  • Additional assistant refereesBojan Pandžić (SWE) , Johan Hamlin (SWE)
  • Fourth officialMagnus Sjöblom (SWE)
  • UEFA DelegateBakar Jordania (GEO)
  • UEFA Referee observerDavid Malcolm (NIR)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Martin Strömbergsson01/04/1977039

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

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Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group D4 - Group Standings
    FYR Macedonia3300819
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Armenia 2-1 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Pizzelli 30, 1-1 Wolfinger 33, 2-1 Barseghyan 76
    Airapetyan, Haroyan, Manucharyan (42 Artak Edigaryan), Mkrtchyan, Pizzelli, G. Malakyan, Calisir, Yagan (55 Barseghyan), Mkhitaryan, Hambartsumyan, Özbiliz (83 Ghazaryan)
  • Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    FYR Macedonia 2-0 Armenia
    1-0 Alioski 14 (P) , 2-0 Pandev 59
    Airapetyan, Ishkhanyan, Haroyan, Mkrtchyan, G. Malakyan (68 Özbiliz), Ghazaryan, Calisir, Mkhitaryan, Hambartsumyan, Barseghyan (77 Sarkisov), Adamyan (46 Pizzelli)
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
    Armenia 0-1 Gibraltar
    0-1 J. Chipolina 50 (P)
    Airapetyan, Haroyan, A. Grigoryan, G. Malakyan (46 Pizzelli), Ghazaryan, K. Hovhannisyan, Movsisyan (69 Adamyan), Mkoyan, Mkhitaryan, Hambartsumyan, Barseghyan (60 Sarkisov)
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
    Armenia-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 5 (16/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)

FYR Macedonia

  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Gibraltar 0-2 FYR Macedonia
    0-1 Tričkovski 19, 0-2 Alioski 35
    Dimitrievski, Ristevski, Musliu, Tričkovski, Alioski, Trajkovski (68 Elmas), Pandev (46 Nestorovski), Bardi (85 Bejtulai), Ristovski, Nikolov, Spirovski
  • Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    FYR Macedonia 2-0 Armenia
    1-0 Alioski 14 (P) , 2-0 Pandev 59
    Dimitrievski, Ristevski, Musliu, Tričkovski (56 Trajkovski), Alioski, Pandev (69 Nestorovski), Bardi (74 Nikolov), Ristovski, Bejtulai, Spirovski, Elmas
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
    FYR Macedonia 4-1 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Trajkovski 10, 2-0 Trajkovski 30, 3-0 Pandev 36, 3-1 Yildiz 37, 4-1 Alioski 67
    Dimitrievski, Zajkov, Musliu, Bardi, Alioski, Trajkovski, Pandev (68 Nikolov), Hasani, Bejtulai (77 Ristovski), Elmas, Nestorovski (83 Spirovski)
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
    Armenia-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 5 (16/11/2018)
    Liechtenstein-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)
    FYR Macedonia-Gibraltar

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