The current crop
As is typical of all of the constituent nations of the former Yugoslavia, Macedonia rely on players that are technically gifted. Their key performers have gained a wealth of experience in major European leagues – none more so than forward Goran Pandev, who has enjoyed great success in Italy – a factor that often enables the eastern Europeans to raise their game against the more established nations. The only attribute the Macedonians appear to lack is consistency, something they will hope to correct as they attempt to secure their passage to Brazil 2014.
The key players
Pandev’s goals and medal haul have made him a veritable national hero, but Macedonia can also count on some loyal servants in defence, such as Goce Sedloski and Goran Popov.
Coach: John Toshack
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Gjorgji Hristov, Darko Pancev