Vlade Lazarevski; photo: amiensfootball.com

From fifth division to senior national team

Vlade Lazarevski; photo: amiensfootball.comOn Saturday, 5 November, Vlade Lazarevski played for SC Amiens 2, an amateur club that competes in the French fifth division.

This leads to a serious question, how is it possible for a player in the fifth division to be summoned to any senior national team who is serious about turning things around?  That is the case with current Macedonian international Vlade Lazarevski.  This past Saturday, on 5 November, he played all 90 minutes for Amiens 2 in the CFA 2 which is the fifth division of French football.  CFA 2 stands for Championship of French Amateurs 2.  It is below Ligue 1, Ligue 2, National, and CFA.

Amiens 2 defeated Rouen 2 4:2 with Vlade Lazarevski playing the entire game at RB for Amiens.

Here were the complete lineups of the game:

AMIENS (2) – ROUEN (2) 4-2 (2-1)

Goals: Koubemba (13′), Moison (39′), Atlan (87′), Raynier (90′) for Amiens; Arbaud (32′, pen), Chaussidière (53′) for Rouen.

AMIENS (2): Lefebvre; Lazarevski, Atlan, Durimel, Baudry; Kodjia, Mohamed, Meliani, Moison (Aboué, 65′); Koubemba (Lelo, 88′), Raynier.

ROUEN (2): Mermillod; Bernard, Cantareil (Da Silva, 78′), Gantier, Thierry; Chaussidière, Schianchi, Lemoine (Gabe, 66′), Arbaud (Avenel, 90′); Zerdab, Breton.

Lazarevski signed with Amiens earlier in the summer but has yet to make a league appearance for the club.  He has never been called up by Amiens for league play while his only appearance for the first team this season came during a Coupe de la Ligue match when Amiens had several players out with injuries and suspensions.  Yet, despite these facts, Lazarevski has been included in the Macedonian squad for the past couple of months.  How is this possible? 

John Toshack has made excuses in the past that part of the problem on the national team is that numerous players are not playing for their club teams.  That is a valid argument but why include Lazarevski when you already have two more deserving options at RB in Aleksandar Todorovski and Daniel Georgievski.  It just creates controversy when you include a player who has fallen so far from the first team of Amiens that he is now playing in the fifth division of French football.

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