U21: Milevski announces squad for Azerbaijan challenge

Outgoing Blagoja Milevski has announced his last squad list as U21 national team coach. He will lead the team in two road friendlies against Azerbaijan later this month.

photo by Filip Zdraveski: Milevski (R) with spokesman Zlatko Andonovski


The U21s are free from qualifications duty in the following period so they have arranged two test matches against their Azeri counterparts. Both games will be played in the opponents’ capital city of Baku with the first scheduled for the 24th, while the second for the 27th, both this month.

But what is important for us is that these games will be last for coach Blagoja Milevski. He lead the U21s for 4 years in which he put his name into the Macedonian football history by taken the previous generation to the 2017 U21 EURO in Poland. He decided to end the national team challenge and take over a club. He already signed with Israeli top flight team Ashdod for whom he played three seasons as a player in the beginning of this century.

For this occasion 22 players have been summoned. Esmin Lichina, Emil Abaz  Elif Elmas and Dimitar Mitrovski were planned for these matches but due to injuries had to cancel.

“I feel that I need a new challenge in my career. I had two other offers earlier that I have rejected, but now I simply have the feeling that I have reached the maximum here.” – Milevski explained the main reason why he leaves the national team.

There is a possibility for Milevski not to lead the team in these two matches. FFM will decide, if they appoint a new coach on time the newcomer will have his debut in Azerbaijan, if not than Milevski will remain in charge. At the moment there are no firm favorites for taking the coaching position.

Riste Jankov – Rabotnichki Macedonia
Tomás Martins Bozhinovski – Paços de Ferreira Portugal
Hristijan Stevkovski – Skopje Macedonia

Agron Rufati – Lokomotiva Croatia
Nehar Sadiki – Rabotnichki Macedonia
Filip Trajanovski – GAIS Sweden
Oliver Stojmenovski – Borec Macedonia
Todor Todoroski – Vardar Macedonia
Mihail Manevski – Bregalnica Macedonia
Vane Jovanov – Bregalnica Macedonia
Filip Antovski – Vardar Macedonia

Davor Zdravkovski – AEL Cyprus
Daniel Milovanovikj – Akademija Pandev Macedonia
Jani Atanasov – Akademija Pandev Macedonia
Mile Todorov – Novi Grad Croatia
Kristian Trajcheski – Gafanha Portugal
Omar Imeri – Shkupi Macedonia

Milan Ristovski – Rijeka Croatia
Kristijan Trapanovski – Tatran Slovakia
Marco Ferukoski
– Kickers Offenbach Germany
Darko Churlinov – Köln Germany
Stefan Bogdanovski – Spartak Slovakia

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