U17: squad for EURO qualifiers announced

Out U17 national team on Saturday starts the qualifications for the 2019 U17 EURO and for that occasion coach Mario Vujovikj announced a 20-players squad.

photo by LFF: the team on a friendly match last month

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Macedonia will be host of the qualifying tournament that also features the national teams of Spain, Israel and the Faroe Islands. The top two in each qualifying group along with the four third-placed teams with the best record against the leading pair will join top seeds England and Germany in the elite round that will be played in March next year. The U17 EURO will be held in Ireland in May 2019.

This is the match schedule. All games (except for the last round match involving Israel and Spain) will be played at the Petar Miloshevski training center in which both stadiums will be used.

Saturday, 20th October:
11.00 CET: Faroe Islands Faroe Islands vs. Israel Israel
15.15 CET: Spain Spain vs. Macedonia Macedonia

Tuesday, 23rd October:
11.00 CET: Spain Spain vs. Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
15.15 CET: Israel Israel vs. Macedonia Macedonia

Friday, 26th October:
14.30 CET: Macedonia Macedonia vs. Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
14.30 CET: Israel Israel vs. Spain Spain (at National Arena Philip II of Macedon)

Here is the list of the 20 players that coach Mario Vujovikj called up for this qualifying tournament:

Marko Alchevski – Akademija Pandev Macedonia
Filip Vanevski – Nju Stars Macedonia

Spase Terziev – Akademija Pandev Macedonia
Anatolij Petejchuk
– Vardar Macedonia
Ali Asani
– Vardar Macedonia
Besfort Arifi
– MVV Maastricht Netherlands
Aleksandar Gjurkovski
– Vardar Macedonia
Ivan Nikolov – Akademija Pandev Macedonia
Gorazd Stoimenov
– Nju Stars Macedonia
Neshat Murati – Shkendija Macedonia

Dimitar Todorovski – Rabotnichki Macedonia
Mario Ilievski
– Septemvri Bulgaria
Filip Andonovski
– Vardar Macedonia
Luka Stankovski – Rabotnichki Macedonia
Vlada Novevski – Vojvodina Serbia

Behar Fetai – Nju Stars Macedonia
Sava Avramovski
– OFK Beograd Serbia
Mario Kosteski
– Rabotnichki Macedonia
Metodi Maksimov – Rabotnichki Macedonia
Azer Omeragikj
– Vardar Macedonia

Regarding Nikola Sekulov from Italian side Juventus who was constantly refusing Vujovikj’s call, the coach gave the following statement: “I believe that Nikola Sekulov could have boosted the quality of this team if he was with the national team. However, despite I was inviting him at every friendly match until these qualifiers, he was rejecting the calls. He did not want to play for Macedonia. At the end, the Federation was even given an ultimatum by his parent that Sekulov would accept the call but only if we summon his brother as well.”

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