Thursday, October 13, 2016

13 October 1993 - Alexander Would Have Been Proud

On 13 October 1993, two former Yugoslavian countries reunited briefly for a football match, with Macedonia beating Slovenia 1-4.

It was the first match in Macedonia's history, coming two years after both Macedonia and Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia. Slovenia got a slightly earlier football beginning, playing a total of four matches (a win, a loss, and two draws) before hosting the Macedonian team in Kranj.

But although Macedonia's national football program may have gotten off to a slow start, the team did not, going up 0-1 in the third minute with a goal from striker Zoran Boškovski. They doubled their lead with a 37th-minute penalty kick from forward Darko Pančev. Pančev was Macedonia's highest-profile player, having moved to Inter the previous year after a four-year tenure with Red Star Belgrade where he was Europe's top scorer in the 1990-91 season and won both the European Cup and Intercontinental Cup in 1991.

Another penalty kick followed from defender Čedomir Janevski (48'), then midfielder Dragan Kanatlarovski provided their final goal in the 51st minute. (Kanatlarovski went on to manage the team from 2003 to 2005).

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