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Croatia 2002

From January 25th till February 11th, FC Vardar will prepare in Croatia for the second part of the season 2001/2002. The whole expedition firstly from January 25th till February 5th will stay in the region of Istria and then it will leave on south in the region of Dalmatia, where it will stay till February 11th.

January 25th

Today the whole expedition of FC Vardar left for Croatia with a bus. Today they will be accomodated in the city of Rovinj and already on Sunday (January 27th) they will have their first match against the second placed team in the Croatian championship, the team of Varteks Varazdin which this season succeed to eliminate the famous Aston Villa and in the second round they failed against the Danish side of Brondby.

January 26th

The whole expedition of FC Vardar today arrived in Rovinj and already tomorrow at the "Green Lagoon" stadium in Porec they will have their first match against Varteks. We hope that our players will show good play, even this is only a start of the preparations.

January 27th

FC Vardar played draw 1:1 against Varteks in the first control match at the preparations in Croatia. The game at the "Green Lagoon" stadium in Porec was followed by 100 spectators and the goal scorer for Vardar was Mario Petkov in the 28th minute. The match started with a domination of Varteks and with their lead already in the 3rd minute, but then our players succeed to equalize in the 28th minute, which was the final result of the game. Gjoko Hadzievski started the game with these 11 : Zekir, Veselinovski, Gjosevski, Stojanov, Janev, Gosev, Braga, Panov, Bozinov, Zaharievski and Petkov. In the second half also played : Ilic, Elmazovski, Tasevski, Vasoski, Simonovski, Dimov, Novakov, Ristovski, Georgievski, Nacevski and Bajevski. The coach Hadzievski after the game said the he is satisfied with the play, especially with the debut of the young Darko Tasevski who played in the second half.

January 28th

Today the team will have only an easier training before the tomorrow's second match at the preparations against another Croatian first division side NK Osijek.

January 29th

Vardar again played draw on the preparations in Croatia. In today's match against Osijek which was played at the City Stadium in Rovinj, Vardar played 1:1. The team of Osijek took the lead in the 81st minute by Ljubenovic, while Vardar succeed to equalize by a penalty-kick which was executed by Zaharievski in 88th minute. The starting line-up of Vardar was : Zlatanovic, Elmazovski, Gjosevski, Simonovski, Vasoski, Dimov, Ristovski, Novakov, Bajevski, Georgievski and Nacevski. In the second half also played : Zekir, Veselinovski, Tasevski, Stojanov, Janev, Braga, Gosev, Zaharievski, Panov, Petkov and Bozinov.

January 30th

For today the coach Gjoko Hadzievski said that the team will have only trainings before the tomorrow's third game at the preparations against the Korean side of Pohang Steelers for which plays the former forward of Vardar, Goran Petreski.

January 31st

In the third game on the preparations in Croatia, Vardar again played draw 1:1. At the city stadium in Porec in front of 300 spectators today our team played 1:1 against the Korean side of Pohang Steelers for which played the former forward of Vardar, Goran Petreski. The goal scorers on this match were Lee in the 28th minute for Pohang and Petkov in the 47th minute for Vardar. The coach Hadzievski started the game with : Zekir, Veselinovski, Gjosevski, Stojanov, Janev, Gosev, Braga, Panov, Bajevski, Zaharievski and Petkov. In the second half on the places of : Gjosevski, Panov, Bajevski and Petkov in the play entered : Vasoski, Novakov, Nacevski and Ristovski.

February 1st

Today the team will have only trainings in Porec before the tomorrow's match against the first placed team after the first part of the championship in Slovenia, Primorje Ajdovscina.

February 2nd

Vardar marked the first defeat at the preparations in Croatia. Today we are defeated with 0:1 by Primorje Ajdovscina, the team which is first placed in Slovenia after the autumn part of the championship. The only goal on the match was scored by Vogric in 24.minute and the game at the stadium in Porec was followed by 300 people. Gjoko Hadzievski started the game with these 11 : Zekir, Elmazovski, Donev, Simonovski, Vasoski, Dimov, Ristovski, Novakov, Bajevski, Georgievski and Tasevski. In the second half on the places of : Elmazovski, Donev, Simonovski, Dimov, Novakov, Bajevski and Tasevski the game entered : Braga, Gosev, Stojanov, Janev, Veselinovski, Petkov and Zaharievski. Today and the youth team of Vardar played a friendly match against the Croatian third division side of Vodnjan and the match finished with a 3:2 victory of Vodnjan.

February 3rd

Today the players will have only easier trainings before the tomorrow's fifth match on the preparations against the Croatian first division side of Cibalia Vinkovci.

February 4th

Vardar played draw for the fourth time on the preparations in Croatia. Today our team in Medulin in front of 100 spectators played 0:0 against Cibalia and the coach Hadzievski started the game with the next 11 : Zekir, Veselinovski, Gjosevski, Stojanov, Janev, Gosev, Elmazovski, Ristovski, Bozinov, Zaharievski and Petkov. In the second part on the places of Gosev, Elmazovski and Bozinov in the game entered Dimov, Braga and Nacevski. Tomorrow the whole expedition leaves on south for Makarska.

February 5th

Today the players and the team staff of FC Vardar moved to the "Biokovo" hotel in Makarska, on the south of Dalmatia. The next control matches which will be the last at the preparations are planned for the "Gojko Susak" memorial tournament in Siroki Brijeg on 9th and 10th February.

February 6th

For today the coach Hadzievski had planned only easier trainings which are supposed to be a refreshment to the team in the front of the following matches on the tournament in Siroki Brijeg (Bosnia - Herzegovina).

February 7th

There are only 2 days left till the memorial tournament "Gojko Susak" in Siroki Brijeg and there's already known the opponent of Vardar in the 1/2 finals. It is the former Croatian champion Dinamo Zagreb and the match will be played at the "Pecara" stadium in Siroki Brijeg. In the second 1/2 final match which will be played already tomorrow will meet the home team Siroki Brijeg and the current Croatian champion Hajduk Split.

February 8th

In the first 1/2 final match at the tournament "Gojko Susak", Hajduk beat Siroki Brijeg and the second semifinal between Dinamo and Vardar will be played tomorrow.

February 9th

Dinamo beat Vardar with 2:0 in the second 1/2 final at the "Gojko Susak" memorial tournament in Siroki Brijeg. The match at the "Pecara" stadium was followed by 4,000 people and the goal scorers for Dinamo Zagreb were : Landeka in the 12th minute and Zahora in the 68th minute from a penalty-kick. The coach Hadzievski started the match with the next 11 : Zekir, Veselinovski, Gjosevski, Stojanov, Janev, Vasoski, Nacevski, Panov, Bozinov, Zaharievski and Petkov. In the second half on the places of Gjosevski, Nacevski, Panov and Petkov in the play entered Georgievski, Braga, Ristovski and Bajevski. In the match for the third place tomorrow our opponent will be the home side of Siroki Brijeg.

February 10th

Vardar lost 0:3 against the home side of Siroki Brijeg in the third place match of the memorial tournament "Gojko Susak". The goal scorers for the home team were : Lovrekovic in 4' and 17' and Katic in 78'. This was the last match of Vardar at the preparations in Croatia and the coach Hadzievski took this squad : Zekir, Veselinovski, Vasoski, Simonovski, Dimov, Novakov, Panov, Ristovski, Georgievski, Braga and Bajevski. In the second half also played : Elmazovski, Petkov, Janev and Stojanov. In the final match of the tournament Dinamo beat Hajduk on penalties. Tomorrow the complete expedition of Vardar is coming back to Skopje.

February 11th

Today the players and the team staff of FC Vardar came back home from the preparations in Croatia. In Croatia the team played seven matches and we had no win, we played 4 draw matches and we lost 3 times. Even the results were weak, the opinion of the management of the club and the team staff is that the results at the preparations are not the most important and that they will be the most important when the championship will continue.