North Macedonia are preparing for their first major international tournament. And the country’s 37-year-old captain Goran Pandev has talked about it. No matter how they fare in Euro 2020, Pandev says North Macedonia have made history.
North Macedonia secured a place in a major international tournament for the first time when they beat Georgia in the play-offs.
And now, their national team captain believes they can survive the group stage.
By qualifying for Euro 2020, Pandev says North Macedonia have made history.
Now, their goal is to progress beyond the group stage, and Pandev hopes they can put in a strong performance.
Pandev is confident about the team’s ability but he says his country should be proud just to reach the finals.
“It means a lot, it is an immense source of pride for us, because until recently it was unthinkable that a national team like North Macedonia could participate in such an important competition,” he told Goal.
“We, on the other hand, have always believed in it,” he went on. “This generation made history. We have had other strong players in the past, but only we have managed to accomplish this feat. Nobody will ever be able to take this away from us.”
“Our ambitions are great, we hope to do well and win a few games,” he then added. “The goal is to pass at least the group stage: we know it will not be easy, but we are also aware of our strength so we will try to do this too.”