North Macedonia Team Guide for the Euro 2021 tournament. | North Macedonia want to make history at their first international tournament.
North Macedonia were victorious in their League of Nations playoff game against Georgia to reach the Euro 2020 Championship. This is their first-ever major tournament. They will join Finland as one of two teams who are playing in the Euros for the first time in their history. Like Finland, nobody will be expecting North Macedonia to win the tournament, but they certainly will not be rolling over for any teams.
- North Macedonia are in Group C, where they will be facing Austria, the Netherlands and Ukraine.
- North Macedonia’s football team is currently 65th in the FIFA rankings, but the team was 162nd just five years ago.
- The Republic of Macedonia only became a member of FIFA and UEFA in 1994.
North Macedonia Team Guide: Tactics
North Macedonia generally use a 3-4-1-2 formation and allow the passing abilities of their creative players to do the work. They will likely utilise more defensive tactics during the group games. They will be looking to hit teams on the counter while conceding a lot of possession.
Goran Pandev is a legend of Macedonian football, with the most caps and most goals. He currently plays for Serie A side Genoa and can play in a variety of positions. Pandev usually plays as part of a front three. He is North Macedonia’s main goal threat and he can link up with other players to set up goals. Pandev took a two-year break from International football but was persuaded back by the head coach to have one last chance of qualifying.
Igor “Mrme” Angelovski is the head coach of North Macedonia. Despite his inexperience in management, he’s managed to turn the fortunes of his national side around. When Angelovski took over in 2015, North Macedonia were at their lowest point in history. The coach has helped to instil a winning spirit in the team, using the experience of heroes like Pandev and adding youth to create a refreshed team that look ready to take on the world.
North Macedonia Team Guide: Player Profile
Bardhi is an attacking midfielder who plays for Levante in La Liga. Since moving to Levante, Bardhi has scored 19 goals in 103 appearances and has recently solidified his place as a starter in a team that has been punching above its weight in La Liga. Bardhi is known as a set-piece specialist and equalled Lionel Messi’s free-kick goal tally in the 2017-18 season. His free-kick skills will be invaluable to North Macedonia, who may not get many chances from open play.
North Macedonia Team Guide: North Macedonia Euro 2021 Odds to win
North Macedonia have the longest odds of any team in the Euro 2021 tournament. This is based on their world ranking and the fact that this is their first tournament. While the bookies may not favour them to win, there’s a good possibility that they could get out of their group if other teams slip up. The North Macedonia Euro 2021 odds are currently:
All odds were correct at time of publication on 23/04/21. Odds are subject to change.