Rabotnicki and Makedonija Gjorce Petrov secured wins over their visiting rivals in the first leg of the cup semi-final matches. Rabotnicki won over Shkendija with 3:1, while Makedonija defeated Milano with 2:0.
UEFA has announced today that FK Pobeda, its president and one of the players have been charged for breaching the principles of integrity and sportsmanship with manipulation of the outcome of the match between Pobeda and Pyunik from Armenia on 13 July 2004.
Srečko Katanec, the Macedonian national team coach, was one of the not too many visitors on Philip II of Macedon Arena in Skopje on the match between Rabotnicki and Renova. He still has not announced the squad for the following qualifier against Netherlands, so a player from the championship is still not excluded.
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.
The football federation of Macedonia has prolonged Vardar's suspension, which means Vardar will start the spring season. On the other hand, Pobeda, Vardar Negotino, Ohrid and Kozuf will have to pay. Milano and Madzari have payed their debts.
Goran Popov was arrested for drunk-driving last Saturday, Dutch media reported. It looks like Heerenveen defender has exaggerated a bit in celebrating the victory of his club against Ajax.
According to the IFFHS (International federation of football history and statistics) the Macedonian first league is rated 78th on the table of 100 national strongest leagues. England, Italy and Argentina are the top 3 leagues for 2008.
Zlatko Tanevski with Lech Poznan will be the only Macedonian that will continue with UEFA cup matches after the group stage. Cadikovski's, Popov's and Toleski's teams are eliminated.
Dragan Cadikovski did not played for Partizan in their 3-0 defeat to Sevilla. Goran Popov played 90 minutes for Heerenveen and Zlatko Tanevski played 90 minutes for Lech Poznan. Goce Toleski played the last 20 minutes for Slavia Praha.
Lazio played a cup match against Milan yesterday and Goran Pandev was the man who made the difference. He earned a penalty first and then scored the decisive goal in the extra time.