A FIFA member since 1994, FYR Macedonia have never reached the finals. They came close on the road to the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™, but fell short despite racking up four wins in their group. They have not been in contention to progress to the tournament since, although they did cause a stir by holding the Netherlands to two draws in qualifying for Germany 2006.
Macedonia rose to a record high of 54th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in 2006, but languished outside the top 100 in the lead-up to the Preliminary Draw for Russia 2018. Their key figures boast experience in Europe's top leagues, including notably Goran Pandev, who has won the lot in Italy, but the new generation has not blossomed as had been hoped. Besides the evergreen Pandev, defender Goran Popov is another mainstay.
Diminutive former left winger Ljubinko Drulovic may stand just 5'7 tall, but he was a player of some stature, gracing Partizan Belgrade, Benfica and Porto among others. He was appointed on 23 April 2015 following a five-month stint coaching his native Serbia.
1 - FYR Macedonia's first official match, against Slovenia on 13 October 1993, ended in a promising 4-1 victory.
The former stars
Gjorgji Hristov, Darko Pancev