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UEFA EURO 2020 contenders in focus: North Macedonia

UEFA EURO 2020 will be North Macedonia's first outing at a major tournament.

North Macedonia celebrate qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020
North Macedonia celebrate qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020

EURO pedigree

Final tournaments: 0
EURO best: N/A

UEFA EURO 2020 will be North Macedonia’s first appearance at a major finals event.

Key players

Every goal on North Macedonia's road to EURO 2020
Every goal on North Macedonia's road to EURO 2020

Goran Pandev (114 caps, 36 goals)
North Macedonia's captain scored the play-off final winner against Georgia to cement his status as a national hero. A team leader as well as a creative and hard-working left-footed forward, the 37-year-old has great technique and can create goals as well as score them. The Genoa man is both his country's most-capped player and their all-time leading marksman.

Enis Bardhi (31 caps, 5 goals)
The Levante midfielder provides good passing, creativity and a goalscoring threat, not least from his set pieces; according to the statistics, he is the joint-best free-kick taker in the Spanish Liga, alongside Lionel Messi. Having featured at the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Poland, he also possesses final tournament experience.

Memorable EURO goals

Watch historic Pandev strike for North Macedonia
Watch historic Pandev strike for North Macedonia

North Macedonia's first EURO qualifying goal was scored on 7 September 1994 by Mitko Stojkovski, against Denmark in Skopje; however, Pandev's unanswered 56th-minute strike in the play-off final against Georgia in Tbilisi is without question the most important goal in North Macedonian football history.

Memorable moments

Since North Macedonia made their international debut with a 4-1 win against Slovenia on 13 October 1993 – Zoran Boskovski getting their first goal – there have been some bright moments. Artim Šakiri scoring straight from a corner against England in EURO 2004 qualifying was one; the 11-1 victory over Liechtenstein in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in 1996 was another highlight.

Did you know?

• Goalkeeper Blagoje Vidinić was the only player of North Macedonian origin to have played at a EURO, having figured in the Yugoslavia side that took on the Soviet Union in the inaugural final in Paris in 1960.

Watch North Macedonia sing anthem
Watch North Macedonia sing anthem

• Current boss Igor Angelovski has been in charge of more North Macedonia matches than any other coach. His record after 45 games is: W20 D10 L15.

• Angelovski is the 17th coach to have managed the national team since 1993 (including four interim bosses). Only four of those coaches have been foreigners: Slobodan Santrač (SRB, 2005), Srečko Katanec (SVN, 2006–09), John Toshack (WAL, 2011–12) and Ljubinko Drulović (SRB, 2015).