Despite that defender Nikolce Noveski scored a goal for Mainz, the 1.Bundesliga pretenders lost the derby of the 2.Bundesliga with the current table leader Freiburg. The same story happened in the Czech Republic where Riste Naumov scored in his team’s defeat. The match of the weekend for the Macedonian internationals was played in South Korea
Kemal Alomerovik scored one of the two goals in his team’s victory in Hungary, Filip Ivanovski brought the win to his team in Poland, Boban Grncarov also scored but failed to win in Israel, while Velice Sumulikoski played his first game for Ipswich after a long absence.
The Macedonian national team has been preparing in Soestduinen, near Utrecht in the Netherlands since 26th. With ten trainings before the match on Wednesday, the players and the coach Katanec hope that Macedonia can surprise the Netherlands for the third time.
Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk has announced the 25-men-squad for the following qualifying matches for Netherlands. Macedonia will meet Netherlands on 1st of April at 20.45 CET on Amsterdam ArenA as part of the 9th qualification group for WC 2010.
UEFA Qualifications Tournament Group 1 MP W D L GD P Netherlands 12 10 2 0 27:3 32 qualified Czechia 12 9 0 3 35:12 27 play-off (won) Romania 12 8 1 3 20:10 25 Finland 12 5 1 6 21:19 16 Macedonia 12 2 3 7 11:24 9
Another good performance by the Macedonian national team against big team, but still Holland proved to be a big favorite and succeed to get the first points in Skopje in the WC 2010 qualifications.
UEFA Qualifications Tournament Group 9 MP W D L GD P Netherlands 8 8 0 0 17:2 24 qualified Norway 8 2 4 2 9:7 10 Scotland 8 3 1 4 6:11 10 Macedonia 8 2 1 5 5:11 7 Iceland 8 1 2 5 7:13 5 Results: 06.09.08 Macedonia
According to the September FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings List, Macedonia moved down for 2 positions and is now in the 56th place.
Srečko Katanec, the coach of the Macedonian national team, announced the 20-men squad for the WC 2010 qualification matches against Scotland and Netherlands.
The football federation of Macedonia has published an official announcement regarding the tickets sale for the two upcoming qualifying matches against Scotland and Netherlands.