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Sunday, September 03, 2006
Let me present you the Macedonian NT and the reasons why I think that Macedonian NT is ready for surprises
First of all, the Macedonian NT is getting better and better on every match. You all remember those matches against Andorra and you probably say "Oh Macedonian lost and drew against Andorra and they are very poor". But you can forget about that because matches like that happen once in 100 years and also happen to much stronger NT (remember England-Macedonia 2:2 ). Now we even have new coach, the famous Srecko Katanec who took Slovenia in the sky by leading them to the WC and EC. Changes happened in the Macedonian NT after his arrival and I can say on better. We saw that by the 2 great results from the friendlies against Ecuador and Turkey and in the first official match against Estonia. I think that this trend will continue. The main reasons for that are that we have great coach (probably the best so far) and also the current team is probably the best team that has ever played for the Macedonian jersey:
Goalkeepers: Nikoloski and Pacoski; Nikoloski is excellent and very experienced goalkeeper who's probably the best player and named as MOM in 3 matches so far played by Slaven Belupo in the Croatian championship. Pacovski is the best goalkeeper in the Macedonian league and probably very soon he'll be transfered in some foreign team. He's the one to blame that Rabotnicki didn't lose from Dudelange, Debrecen and for the 3:0 against Lille (it could have been 10:0)
Defenders: Noveski-Sedloski-Mitreski-Vasoski - the best part of the team. Noveski and Vasoski are leaders of the defence in Mainz and Frankfurt, Mitreski has just been transfered in Cottbus and Sedloski is the new (and probably the best) defender of Mattersburg.
Midfield: This is our weakest part, but it's being improving in the last few matches. Sakiri (remember him? Seaman remembers him very well ) is back in the team and he'll help with his experience but I'm not sure about his playing because he was out of club for some time and probably he's out of form now.
Attack: Pandev is in excellent form now and he's been scoring goals on every friendly match for Lazio this summer and in the Italian Cup (15 so far). Maznov or Naumoski will join him up front. Both players will be good addition for Pandev in the attack. Both of them are tall players and with good long balls from our wings I think that they could be serious threat to the opponents goal.
Macedonia had serious problem in the past with the stamina and concentration in the 2nd half and we always were losing the points in the last minutes. But now I see that even that is improved. Katanec is like magician. He knows how to work with mediocre teams with no stars and knows how to make them stars.
He even worked on the confidence and the motivation. All the players are now extra motivated for this match.
The players will give 100% on the field on Wednesday and they will die to take some point(s) from this match and I wouldn't be so surprised if the Albion leaves Macedonia with their head down.
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