Goran Pandev is the new Macedonian hero, the third Macedonian ever that has won the Champions League after his Inter defeated Bayern München with 2:0 at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. Pandev played until the 78th minute.
After 45 years of waiting, Inter Milano is again on the top of the European football, and together with the rest of the Nerazzurri there is one Macedonian, the one and only Goran Pandev.
José Mourinho decided to put Pandev to play from the beggining and he did the right thing. Pandev played his new role on the left side with many difensive tasks, doubling Arjen Robben together with Cristian Chivu, but also being useful in the attack. He had one attemp on goal in the 47th minute when Hans-Jörg Butt saved his great shot. He suffered five fouls and together with Robben he was the most fouled player in the final. In the 78th minute he was substituited with Suley Muntari.
With the win in this Champions League final, Pandev became the third Macedonian with the title Champions League winner since legendary Darko Pancev and Ilija Najdoski did the same in 1991 with Serbian side Crvena Zvezda.
Since he joined Inter in January, this is his third trophy since in the past weeks he also won the Serie A and the Coppa Italia. Next season Pandev will have a chance to win another three trophies as Inter will play the UEFA Super Cup, the Supercoppa Italiana and the FIFA Clubs World Cup.
"I arrived here in January and it has been a marvellous season for me. I have settled in very well and I thank everyone. We played a great match tonight and we deserved to win this Champions League after knocking out Barcelona and Chelsea. Let’s enjoy this trophy now and let’s hope that Mourinho stays so we can win it again." – said Pandev for Rai Sport.
CONGRATULATIONS PANDEV AND GOOD LUCK!