Five new players have so far joined Rabotnichki among which well-known Dejan Blazhevski and Bazhe Ilijoski, two Bulgarian players (midfielder and defender) as well as a Brazilian winger.
photo by FK Rabotnichki Skopje: Emil Viyachki, Juninho, Dejan Blazevski & Nikolay Dyulgerov (from L to R)
Left winger Dejan Blazhevski joins center forward Bazhe Ilijoski as the two most famous signings in the 1.MFL this winter. Shile comes back to Macedonia after spending the half-season at Albanian side Tirana where he moved from Vardar last summer. He is first time at Rabotnichki after previously playing for Vardar, Horizont, Pelister and Skopje. He signed on one year. Previously, Ilijoski signed as the first winter signing immediately after he left Shkupi. Unlike Dejan, Bazhe is much familiar face at Debar Maalo having won 4 league and 2 cup titles wearing the red top.
The Bulgarian international is 30-year-old defensive midfielder Nikolay Dyulgerov who signed only until the end of the season with an option for an additional one year. He comes from second league side Tsarsko Selo and has previously played more Bulgarian giants Slavia, Ludogorets, CSKA and Lokomotiv (Plovdiv). He has also made short stuns in Kazakhstan, Italy and Israel. Almost ten years ago, he was part of the Bulgarian U21 national team.
Jacinto Júnior Conceição Cabral is a 26-year-old Brazilian attacker who in the past 3,5 season has been playing in the Maltese top flight with his last team being Floriana. Nicknamed Juninho, he is expected to spice up the attacking line of the Reds. He signed a year-long contract.
The last signing is 28-year-old Bulgarian central defender Emil Viyachki. He comes from second league side Lokomotiv (Sofia) where the past half-season was teammate with our international Strahinja Krstevski. Rabotnichki is his first challenge abroad as so far he has only played within Bulgaria. Maren and Pirin were the clubs he played at before becoming part of Loko in 2016.
Adding five newcomers meant that Rabotnichki had to release some of the players. Youth players Andrej Lazarov and Mario Stankovski got sent on loan at 2.MFL East side Tikvesh. Striker Filip Petkovski joined 2.MFL West side Teteks, winger Blagoja Todorovski got back at Shkendija after his loan ended but the clubs may make a new deal so he could finish the season at Rabotnichki. Others who departed are captain and midfielder Ostoja Stjepanovikj, Serbian internationals Ljubomir Stevanović (midfielder) and Dušan Stević (right back) as well as both central defenders Dean Mitrev and Leon Najdovski.
With these changes, especially looking at the signings, at this moment Rabotnichki looks like has the second-best team after leaders Shkendija. The winter transfer period is still open so things may change.