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FYR MacedoniaFYR MacedoniaNacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski - SkopjeSunday 9 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group G - Matchday 3
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Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

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Squad list Only this chapter

FYR Macedonia - Squad list
Current season
-Martin Bogatinov26/04/198630Ethnikos Achnas - 1000
-Kostadin Zahov08/11/198728Shkëndija - 1000
-Damjan Siskovski18/03/199521Rabotnicki - 0000
-Vance Sikov19/07/198531Neftçi - 2000
-Daniel Mojsov25/12/198728AEK Larnaca - 2000
-Kire Ristevski22/10/199025Vasas - 2000
-Stefan Ristovski12/02/199224Rijeka - 2000
-Egzijan Alioski12/02/199224Lugano - 2100
-Leonard Zhuta09/08/199224Rijeka*2000
-Ivan Tričkovski18/04/198729AEK Larnaca - 0000
-Stefan Spirovski23/08/199026Vardar - 2000
-Dusko Trajcevski01/11/199025Rabotnicki - 0000
-Milovan Petrovikj23/01/199026Osijek - 2000
-Goran Pandev27/07/198333Genoa - 2000
-Ostoja Stjepanovic17/01/198531Śląsk*1000
-Adis Jahović18/03/198729Krylya Sovetov - 1000
-Ilija Nestorovski12/03/199026Palermo - 1100
-Besart Ibraimi17/12/198629Shkëndija - 1000
-Feran Hasani18/06/199026Shkëndija - 2000
-Nikola Gjorgjev22/08/199719Grasshoppers - 1000
-Igor Angelovski02/06/197640 - 2000
Italy - Squad list
Current season
-Gianluigi Buffon28/01/197838Juventus - 2000
-Mattia Perin10/11/199223Genoa - 0000
-Gianluigi Donnarumma25/02/199917Milan - 0000
-Domenico Criscito30/12/198629Zenit - 0000
-Andrea Barzagli08/05/198135Juventus - 2000
-Davide Astori07/01/198729Fiorentina - 0000
-Matteo Darmian02/12/198926Man. United - 0000
-Angelo Ogbonna23/05/198828West Ham - 1000
-Leonardo Bonucci01/05/198729Juventus*2000
-Mattia De Sciglio20/10/199223Milan - 1000
-Alessio Romagnoli12/01/199521Milan - 1000
-Daniele De Rossi24/07/198333Roma - 1100
-Antonio Candreva28/02/198729Internazionale - 1100
-Giacomo Bonaventura22/08/198927Milan*2000
-Marco Verratti05/11/199223Paris - 1000
-Marco Parolo25/01/198531Lazio*2000
-Alessandro Florenzi11/03/199125Roma - 2000
-Federico Bernardeschi16/02/199422Fiorentina - 0000
-Marco Benassi08/09/199422Torino - 0000
-Éder15/11/198629Internazionale - 2000
-Ciro Immobile20/02/199026Lazio - 2100
-Nicola Sansone10/09/199125Villarreal - 0000
-Andrea Belotti20/12/199322Torino - 1000
-Gian Piero Ventura14/01/194868 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Igor Angelovski

Date of birth: 2 June 1976
Nationality: Macedonian
Playing career: FK Makedonija Gjorce Petrov, FK Pelister, NK Publikum, FK Cementarnica 55 (twice), FK Pobeda
Coaching career: FK 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 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.



Gian Piero Ventura

Date of birth: 14 January 1948
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: FS Sestrese Calcio, USD Enna, SSDU Sanremo, USD Novese
Coaching career: UC Sampdoria (youth), ASD Albenga, ACD Rapallo Ruentes, Virtus Entella, Spezia Calcio, US Centese, US Pistoiese, ASD Giarre Calcio, Venezia FC, US Lecce, Cagliari Calcio (twice9, UC Sampdoria, Udinese calcio, SSC Napoli, ACR Messina, Hellas-Verona FC, AC Pisa, FC Bari, Torino FC, Italy

• Born in Genoa, Ventura started his playing and coaching careers in the youth system of Sampdoria. As a midfielder he made nine appearances for Sicilian outfit Enna in Serie C, the highest level he played at.

• Began coaching in the Sampdoria academy in 1976 and worked for several teams in the lower divisions before finally making his Serie A debut more than two decades later after leading Cagliari to promotion in 1998. He had done the same the previous season with Lecce, only to be replaced by Cesare Prandelli before the campaign started.

• He continued to move between posts in Serie A and Serie B, but his stock rose considerably after he replaced Antonio Conte at Bari ahead of the 2009/10 season. Ventura guided Bari to tenth place with a club record 50 points in Serie A, drawing twice against José Mourinho's FC Internazionale Milano and defeating Juventus 3-1.

• In 2011 he accepted the call from Torino, then in Serie B. "I could take a mid-table team in Serie A but trying to take Torino back to Serie A is the real libido," he famously said. He not only achieved that but also led the Granata into Europe. Under Ventura, Torino reached the UEFA Europa League round of 16 in 2014/15 after a memorable 3-2 win at Athletic Club.

• After becoming the trainer with most consecutive games on the Torino bench (217), third overall behind Luigi Radice and Emiliano Mondonico, Ventura was announced as Conte's successor as Italy coach in June 2016.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeDanny Makkelie (NED)
  • Assistant refereesMario Diks (NED) , Hessel Steegstra (NED)
  • Fourth officialRichard Liesveld (NED)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerKris Bellon (BEL)
  • Referee observerKonrad Plautz (AUT)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Danny Makkelie28/01/1983238

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

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

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

FYR Macedonia

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group G - Group Standings
    FYR Macedonia2002240
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Albania 2-1 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Sadiku 9, 1-1 Alioski 51, 2-1 Balaj 89
    Zahov, L. Zhuta, Ristevski, Mojsov (89 B. Ibraimi), Sikov, Alioski, Pandev, Hasani (74 Gjorgjev), Ristovski, Stjepanovic (61 Petrovikj), Spirovski
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    FYR Macedonia 1-2 Israel
    0-1 Hemed 25, 0-2 Ben Chaim 43, 1-2 Nestorovski 63
    Bogatinov, L. Zhuta, Ristevski, Mojsov, Sikov (51 B. Ibraimi), Alioski, Nestorovski, Pandev (76 Jahović), Hasani, Ristovski, Petrovikj (46 Spirovski)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    FYR Macedonia-Italy
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Spain-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Liechtenstein-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Spain
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Israel-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Albania
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Italy-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Liechtenstein


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Israel 1-3 Italy
    0-1 Pellè 14, 0-2 Candreva 31 (P) , 1-2 Ben Chaim 35, 1-3 Immobile 83
    Buffon, Chiellini, Candreva (67 Florenzi), Bonaventura (63 Ogbonna), Pellè, Verratti, L. Antonelli, Barzagli, Parolo, Éder (70 Immobile), Bonucci
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Italy 1-1 Spain
    0-1 Vitolo 55, 1-1 De Rossi 82 (P)
    Buffon, De Sciglio, Romagnoli, Florenzi, Pellè (59 Immobile), Barzagli, De Rossi, Éder, Montolivo (30 Bonaventura), Bonucci, Parolo (76 Belotti)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    FYR Macedonia-Italy
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Italy-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

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


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on