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After the end of unsuccessful qualifications, Goran Pandev, Nikolče Noveski, Veliče Šumulikoski and the other players retired from the national team due to disrupted relations with the Football Federation of Macedonia.[37] In November 2013, the manager Boško Gjurovski was appointed the new national team manager.[38]

The winner came soon after and with Slimani's switch to Leicester already agreed, there were tears from the big forward at full-time. It was a fine way to say goodbye to the Sporting supporters. For the Porto fans, the farewell hasn't been nearly long enough.

In 1994, Macedonia became a member of FIFA and UEFA after the break-up of Yugoslavia. The team began its football journey with a 4–1 win against Slovenia in a friendly on 13 October 1993 under coach Andon Dončevski.[4]

On 9 October 2004, Macedonia managed to hold the Netherlands to a surprise 2–2 draw in Skopje in front of a crowd of 17,000 at the Skopje City Stadium,[15] but in their next game, just four days later, they suffered one of its most embarrassing defeats, a 1–0 loss away to Andorra, one of the world's weakest teams.[16] Also in this tournament, Macedonia set a new team record for most goals conceded in a game when they lost 6–1 away to Czech Republic on 8 June 2005.

Squad named for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against  Israel on 6 October 2016, and  Italy on 9 October 2016 Caps and goals as of 6 October 2016 after the game against Israel.

The game was played in Skopje on 7 September 1994 and it finished 1–1 with Macedonia leading for most of the game after scoring in the fourth minute.[5] In this qualifying stage, Macedonia suffered one of its worst defeats when they lost 0–5 to Belgium at home on 7 June 1995.[6] They failed to qualify for Euro 96, finishing fourth in the group with seven points.[7]

After failing to find the net against Porto in the 2014/15 season, Slimani more than made up for it in the following campaign. That didn't seem particularly likely given that Porto had not lost a league game in almost a year ahead of their trip to Lisbon in January 2016.

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"Obviously the manner in which we have lost is not good but to say we prefer being underdogs isn't really true. We go into every game the same. In the Champions League, it will be no different. We are probably underdogs again but it will play no part in our mindset. We will try and win the game as we always do."

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Referees have been told to stamp down on holding and grappling in the box this season and while Ranieri insisted it is not a new rule, he admitted his players are now scared about conceding penalties.

Turkish official Cuneyt Cakir, who takes charge on Tuesday, has handed out 11 yellow cards and one red in his last two games.

Leicester are tipped to get out of the group following their opening win in Belgium where Marc Albrighton scored their first-ever Champions League goal before Riyad Mahrez's double settled the game.

This result meant that Macedonia, with the two draws against the Netherlands, was the only team in the group not to have been defeated by the Netherlands. The Netherlands won 10 of their 12 games in the 2006 World Cup campaign. Macedonia failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, finishing fifth in the group with nine points.[18]

Leicester won their opening Champions League game 3-0 at Club Brugge two weeks ago, as Porto drew 1-1 with FC Copenhagen, after a heavy 4-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Even last season Sporting coach Jorge Jesus felt moved to describe Slimani as "a player full of technical and tactical defects" so there's no denying that the 25-year-old who arrived in Portugal in the summer of 2013 was a raw talent indeed.

The forward's intensity made the difference with 'Super Slim' making the most of his opportunities to silence the crowd. Sergio Pires of Maisfutebol praised the striker's "ferocity, efficiency and selflessness" identifying him as the clear man of the match.

Wales suffered a World Cup qualifying shock as they were held 1-1 at home by Georgia - a team ranked 127 places below them in the FIFA rankings.

The facility would also mean building a new access road linking it to the A508.

He netted in his final appearance for Sporting, against Porto, when they won 2-1 last month before he completed a club record £29million move to Leicester on deadline day.

To the supporters of Sporting, Islam Slimani was the Lion King because of his old club's nickname. But when the Lions of Sporting played against the Dragons of Porto in one of Portugal's biggest fixtures, the Algerian went by another name: The Dragon slayer.

However, the qualifications did not go as well. Instead, Macedonia finished in a disappointing fifth position in the group with only two wins against minnows Andorra and two draws, against Armenia and Slovakia, both at home. Due to the poor results in the qualifications, manager Mirsad Jonuz was dismissed on 18 June 2011[29] and replaced by John Toshack,[30] who led the Macedonia in the last four matches to one win, one draw and two losses.

Pete Winkelman, club chairman, said: "It's been a long missing component of the development of the club."

On 12 August 2009, as part of the 100-year anniversary of football in Macedonia, the national team played a friendly match against the current European champions Spain. Star player Goran Pandev scored two goals in the first half to give Macedonia a 2–0 lead before Spain scored three goals in the second half to record the 3–2 victory in front of a record crowd of 30,000 at the renovated Philip II Arena.[3]

The Macedonia national football team has yet to qualify for a World Cup Finals tournament. In their attempt at qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, they finished fourth in Group 9 with seven points. Surprisingly, due to the closeness of the group throughout the campaign (only five teams in the group), Macedonia remained in contention to qualify until the final group game, which Macedonia lost 2–1 away to Norway.

"Yes, we concede a lot of goals," Ranieri said. "I spoke to players yesterday and they were scared. What the referees speak about is not a new rule, it's something we're used to doing. I said why change?


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On 7 February 2010, Macedonia was placed in Group B for the Euro 2012 qualifiers alongside Russia, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Armenia and Andorra.[28] In the lead up to the qualifiers, an under-strength Macedonia side played friendlies against Azerbaijan, Romania and Malta, winning the first two 3–1 and 1–0 respectively, and tied 1–1 against Malta later the summer.

That didn't happen with Benfica winning their last dozen league games to ensure Sporting's wait for a first title since 2002 goes on. But Slimani was able to get his first goals in the Estadio do Dragao, scoring twice against Porto in a 3-1 victory.

It would include four first-team, 11 academy, three community and two 3G artificial pitches.

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Macedonia's first qualifying attempt for the World Cup saw them grouped with Romania, Ireland, Lithuania, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

England take on Slovenia in Ljubljana on Tuesday, looking to make it three wins from three in World Cup qualifying.

The Macedonia national football team (Macedonian: Фудбалска репрезентација на Македонија, Fudbalska reprezentacija na Makedonija) is the national football team of the Republic of Macedonia and is controlled by the Football Federation of Macedonia. The venue for home games is the Philip II Arena in Skopje.

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