Macedonian UEFA participants friendlies roundup

Shkendija, Vardar, Rabotnichki and Shkupi have all finished playing friendly test matches as their European summer starts on Tuesday. This is the roundup of their results.

photo by KF Shkendija: moment of the match against Osijek


Champions League participants Shkendija played only three friendly games during their preparations in Slovenia recording a draw and two wins. They are the first Macedonian club to open the European season as they welcome Welsh champions The New Saints on Tuesday night in Skopje.

1:1 vs Domžale Slovenia
3:1 vs Osijek Croatia
3:1 vs Vorskla Ukraine

Runners-up Vardar travels to Armenia to face Pyunik on Thursday in the Europa League. Together with Rabotnichki they ended the preparations with their last friendly on Sunday in Skopje. Vardar played the highest number of matches, 8 with 7 taking place in Slovenia. They recorded 3 wins, 3 draws and lost twice.

4:1 vs Šampion Slovenia
2:1 vs Domžale Slovenia
3:3 vs Maribor Slovenia
0:1 vs Orenburg Russia
2:4 Balzan Malta
0:0 vs Hermannstadt Romania
1:1 vs Celje Slovenia
6:0 vs Rabotnichki Macedonia (played in Macedonia)

In the game against Domžale the players of Vardar faced Agim Ibraimi (right); photo: FK Vardar


Third-placed Rabotnichki trained in Slovenia as well. On Wednesday they are hosting Hungarian side Honvéd in the Europa League qualifications and for that occasion they played 7 friendlies of which 5 in Slovenia. Seeing the results, we can easily say that Rabotnichki had disastrous preparations as they failed to win a game, played one draw and lost 6 times! Have in mind that the heavy defeat by Vardar was a game in which Rabotnichki fielded pretty much a youth squad.

0:3 vs Slavia Bulgaria (played in Macedonia)
0:4 vs Dinamo Croatia
1:2 vs Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina
1:3 vs Luftëtari Albania
0:3 vs Radnički Niš Serbia
1:1 vs Domžale Slovenia
0:6 vs Vardar Macedonia (played in Macedonia)

Moment of the match between Rabotnichki and Dinamo; photo: GNK Dinamo Zagreb/Dalibor Urukalović


Only fourth-placed Shkupi did not go to Slovenia and instead went to Turkish resort of Antalya. There they played 5 matches, all against teams from different countries. Their record is one win, one draw and 3 defeats. Shkupi visits Scottish giant Rangers on Thursday night in the Europa League.

2:0 vs Drita Kosovo
0:2 vs Neftçi Azerbaijan
1:1 vs Levadia Estonia
0:3 vs Čelik Bosnia and Herzegovina
1:3 vs Dunărea Romania

Moment of the game that Shkupi played against Dunărea; photo: FC Shkupi

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