Srečko Katanec, the coach of the Macedonian national team, announced the 20-men squad for the WC 2010 qualification matches against Scotland and Netherlands.
With a good performance that lasted only for one half and a victory over the 152nd ranked Luxembourg that can bring only a small motivational boost and nothing else, Macedonia finished the preparations for the World Cup qualifications.
20th August 2008, 20.00 CET LUXEMBOURG 1:4 MACEDONIA HT 0:3 Goals: 73′ Joël Kitenge – 6′, 45′ Goran Pandev, 33′ Vlatko Grozdanoski, 49′ Ilcho Naumoski Stadium: Josy Brathel in Luxembourg Attendance: 885 LUX MKD 1. Jonathan Joubert (GK) 1. Petar Miloshevski (GK) 46′ 2. Eric Hoffman 2. Nikolche Noveski 64′ 3. Jeff Strasser (C) 46′
The Macedonian national team has finished the preparations before the start of the WC 2010 qualifications, with a 1:4 win on the friendly match away to Luxembourg. Read the minute-after-minute live update by MacedonianFootball.com
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Srecko Katanec, the coach of the Macedonian national team, announced the 18-men squad for the friendly match against Luxembourg for the final preparations before the WC 2010 qualifications.
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According to the August 2008 FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking list, Macedonia moved up for 2 position on the ranking and is now placed on the 54th position.