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Season 2011/12: Best 18 players

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Macedonian First LeagueMacedonian First LeagueMacedonianFootball.com chose the team of the season, including the starting 11 to go along with 7 substitutions. 

Although all eyes are currently glued to EURO 2012 and Paddy Power's football betting options, MacedonianFootball.com officially concludes the past season with the choice of the team of the year featuring the best starting 11 to go along with 7 substitutions.

We have taken into account consistency, performance, goals, assists, titles... and created what we think was the most deserving group of players for the 2011/12 season in the First League.

The starting 11 of the 2011/12 First League best teamThe starting 11 of the 2011/12 First League best team
 

As you can see from the photo above, we have decided to field a 4-3-3 formation. 

Our goalkeeper choice was Kostadin Zahov from Vardar.  He was reliable between the posts, rarely committed major blunders and was one of the most responsible pieces in Vardar clinching the title.

From left to right on defense we chose Aleksandar Milushev from Horizont Turnovo, a fast player who was equally good on his defensive tasks as he was dangerous with his offensive runs.  Next to him is Darko Stojanov, Bregalnica's central defender who had a very solid season for the Shtip based team.  Tall, strong player who was even efficient in attack having scored 4 goals during the season.  His CB partner is experienced defender Sashko Ristov who won the Macedonian Cup with Renova and featured in all 33 league matches for the club.  In addition, he also scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist.  At right back, we chose Vardar's Milan Ilievski who scored 2 goals, contributed 4 assists and was always threatening with his powerful shots and precise crosses from the right side.

In midfield, we have Renova's playmaker Muharem Bajrami and Rabotnicki's talented youngster Darko Velkovski.  Having scored 13 goals for Renova, Bajrami was efficient and brought stability and creativity to Renova's midfield.  Velkovski, chosen as the best young player in the first half-season and also the entire season by MacedonianFootball.com was one of the logical choices.  He netted 2 goals, provided 5 assists and was consistent throughout the year.  A good passer with great vision.  In front of them we have Hristijan Dimoski.  Ohrid's best player during the first half eventually moved to Metalurg in the winter transfer window where he became one of the best players for his new club.  He scored 8 goals and added 6 assists for a great season and deserved place in the starting 11.

As left winger in the formation, we have Vardar's Filip Petrov.  He provided the most assists in the whole league, having created 10 goals.  Additionally, he also scored 3 goals and was one of Vardar's key players throughout the season.  On the right wing, we've selected Renova's Ardjent Gafuri who was credited with 5 goals and 8 assists.  He played attractive football and was often called Renova's Messi by the fans of the club.  As for the lone striker, there was only one choice.  The best goalscorer of the league, the best player of the season - Filip Ivanovski.  24 goals are more then enough for this choice.  He was consistent, productive and scored many important goals for Vardar.

Substitutes
Marko Jovanovski
Sedat Berisha
Goran Siljanovski
Riste Markoski
Aleksandar Temelkov
Krste Velkoski
Genc Hyseni

We also chose seven players for the bench.  The backup keeper is Shkendija's Marko Jovanovski who recently signed a deal with Ethnikos Achnas from Cyprus.  Just like Zahov, he had a good season and had few blunders.  His teammate Sedat Berisha was chosen as the third central defender - a player who was solid and played routinely in the back for the third placed side.  The third player on the bench is Renova's Goran Siljanovski.  A versatile player makes him even more valuable as he scored 3 goals and added 5 assists this past season, featuring in 31 matches.

Napredok's Riste Markoski is the next player on the bench.  He was one of the most important players for the Kichevo based club, scoring 4 goals, contributing 5 assists and proving dangerous with his spectacular shots from distance.  Aleksandar Temelkov of Sileks was one of the best players for the team that ended in 6th place, compiling 7 goals and 3 assists.  Krste Velkoski of Rabotnichki is the 6th player on the bench.  He was efficient with 8 goals and 9 assists.  He can easily adapt to play several offensive positions, and was a bright spot in Rabotnichki's rather disappointing season, if we exclude the European matches.  Finally, for the backup striker to Ivanovski, we chose Genc Hyseni of Bregalnica.  With 12 goals and 6 assists, he immediately became a fan favorite in Shtip and was one of the most deserving players for Bregalnica's most successful season in club history.

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