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.
Macedonian national team coach, Srečko Katanec, announced a squad of 23 players for the FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifier against the Netherlands away in Amsterdam. There is one new name in the squad, the 30-years-old midfielder Vulnet Emini from Macedonian First League member Renova.
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.
Nikolce Noveski with his Mainz is heading good for the promotion to the 1.Bundesliga, Petar Milosevski didn't had much work as his team won 4:0, Vance Sikov and Sasa Ognenovski lost, while all the others who played this weekend draw with their teams.
First goal for Goran Popov at Heerenveen as they got back on the wins. Dimitrija Lazarevski had his debut for Dender, Goran Pandev and Lazio are still searching for a win, Nikolce Noveski with only a point from a home game, Aleksandar Vasoski finaly came back on the green field, while Sasa Ognenovski lost in
Five Macedonian internationals played on the last weekend of the year 2008. Velice Sumulikoski, Goran Popov and Sasa Ognenovski have won with their teams, all three away, while Vance Sikov and Petar Milosevski both lost with their Cypriot teams.
Only Ivan Trickovski, Stevica Ristic and Muharem Bajrami scored this weekend. Vanco Trajanov was red carded in Bulgaria, Nuri Mustafi and Nuredin Bakiu got relegated with their teams in Sweden, Kemal Alomerovik assisted, while Velice Sumulikoski and Vlade Lazarevski are taking back their places into the first eleven.
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.
According to the September FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings List, Macedonia moved down for 2 positions and is now in the 56th place.
All 5 teams from the 9th Qualification group for WC 2010 have used 20th of August to play friendlies that will serve as last preparations before the start of the qualification tournament.