Squad for Finland & Azerbaijan friendlies revealed

Macedonian senior national team coach Blagoja Milevski summoned 26 players for the upcoming friendly matches at home against Finland and Azerbaijan, which will be last for this year.

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Eventually back in the team is striker Ilija Nestorovski who wasn’t summoned since Milevski took over the coaching role in August 2021. Arijan Ademi is injured, again, while Darko Churlinov, Tihomir Kostadinov and Dejan Iliev remain sidelined.

Back in the team is captain Stefan Ristovski, as well as Kire Ristevski, Boban Nikolov and David Babunski who were left out of the September matches due to lack of playing time.

However, additionally Aleksandar Trajkovski and Milan Ristovski were forced to withdrew due to injuries, so Milevski decided to give a debut call for Martin Mirchevski as well as returnee Dorian Babunski. Mirchevski has been in great form in the Serbian top flight this season with 6 goals scored and 2 assists made, but as an attacking winger he is not really suitable for Milevski’s formation.

Stole Dimitrievski – Rayo Vallecano Spain
Damjan Shishkovski – Doxa Cyprus
Kristijan Naumovski – Shkupi Macedonia
Igor Aleksovski – Rabotnichki Macedonia

Darko Velkovski – Al-Ettifaq Saudi Arabia
Visar Musliu
– Ingolstadt o4 Germany
Ezgjan Alioski – Fenerbahçe Turkey
Todor Todoroski – Sumqayıt Azerbaijan
Stefan Ashkovski – Lamia Greece
Nikola Serafimov – MOL Vidi Hungary
Kire Ristevski – Pyunik Armenia
Stefan Ristovski – Dinamo Croatia

Enis Bardhi – Trabzonspor Turkey
Agon Elezi – Varaždin Croatia
Jani Atanasov – Hajduk Croatia
Stefan Spirovski – Pyunik Armenia
David Babunski – Mezőkövesd Hungary
Boban Nikolov – Steaua Romania
Elif Elmas – Napoli Italy

+Milan Ristovski – Spartak Slovakia
Bojan Miovski – Aberdeen Scotland
+Aleksandar Trajkovski – Al-Fayha Saudi Arabia
Valon Ethemi – Istanbulspor Turkey
Ljupche Doriev – Shkendija Macedonia
Ilija Nestorovski – Udinese Italy
*Martin Mirchevski – TSC Serbia
*Dorian Babunski – Debreceni Hungary

+ Withdrew due to injury
* Additionally summoned

The team will gather on Monday the 14th at noon and will train in Skopje.

Macedonia will first host Finland on Thursday the 17th at 18.00 CET, while four days later, on Sunday the 20th, will host Azerbaijan at 14.00 CET. The early kick-off is due to the opening of the 2022 FIFA Would Cup in Qatar later the same day at 16.00 CET. Both matches will be played at the National Arena Todor Proeski is Skopje.

Past encounters:

vs. Finland Finland (G5 W1 D1 L3 GD 2:11)
10.01.2002 0:3 defeat (match report) F
17.04.2002 1:0 win (match report) F
17.08.2005 0:3 defeat (match report) Q
07.09.2005 1:5 defeat (match report) Q
23.03.2018 0:0 draw (match report) F

vs. Azerbaijan Azerbaijan (G7 W5 D2 L0 GD 14:5)
26.07.2000 2:1 win (match report) F
06.10.2000 3:0 win (match report) Q
05.09.2001 1:1 draw (match report) Q
29.05.2010 3:1 win (match report) F
10.08.2011 1:0 win (match report) F
29.05.2016 3:1 win (match report) F
27.03.2018 1:1 draw (match report) F

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