From July 5th till the 17th the whole FC Vardar team of 30 members including the players and team staff will stay in Zrece, little place on the Rogla Mountain in Slovenia. There will be played 7-8 control matches and through them our new head coach Gjoko Hadzievski expects to compose the team for the new season. On this page you will be informed for all the interesting details which will happen on the preparations and of course for the results of all the control matches. We hope that the preparations will be successful and FC Vardar will be ready for all the challenges in the new season including the matches in the Macedonian national league and the UEFA Cup of course.
Today the whole expedition of FC Vardar went to Slovenia with a bus. They will stay in the "Dobrava" Hotel in Zrece. There will have excellent conditions and the we hope that the preparations will be successfully accomplished.
The team arrived in Zrece and already dealt the first friendly match. Tomorrow (July 6th) our opponent will be the Croatian first division member Rijeka. For Monday (July 9th) we'll have friendly match against the Croatian first division member Zagreb, while for the other opponents we will inform you additionally. On Rogla there are lot of teams of western Europe which are on preparations, so Vardar will have strong opponents. The match against Rijeka will be played in Slovenske Konjice and the kick-off is at 6 PM CET.
FC Vardar beat HNK Rijeka with 1:0 in the first preparing match in Slovenia. The only goal for FC Vardar was scored by Mario Petkov in 68th minute with a wonderful lob-kick from 16 metres. The first 11 for Vardar were these : Zekir, Janev, Stojanov, Vasoski, Veselinovski, Zaharievski, Braga, Bajevski, Georgievski, Nacevski and Bozinov. In the second half also played : Ilic, Stamenovski, Simonovski, Bozinovski, Belcev, Kotevski, Angelov, Spasovski, Petkov and Ristovski. The next match of Vardar is on Monday (July 9th) against the Croatian first division side of Zagreb.
Today the players of FC Vardar had only easier training after the yesterday's match against Rijeka.
Today the coach Gjoko Hadzievski try out some variants for the tomorrow's second match on the preparations against Zagreb.
FC Vardar won again on the preparations in Slovenia. Today in the second match we were better than the Croatian first division side of Zagreb with 1:0. The goal scorer was Saso Janev in the 65th minute with a header. Vardar started match with these 11 : Ilic, Stamenovski, Vasoski, Stojanov, Veselinovski, Zaharievski, Kotevski, Georgievski, Bajevski, Nacevski and Bozinov. In the second period also played : Janev, Abazi, Petkov, Ristovski, Bozinovski, Angelov, Belcev and Braga. It's expected tomorrow on the preparations that Vlatko Gosev will join the team and he comes from Germany.
Vardar is defeated for the first time on the preparations in Slovenia. Today our team in Kranj lost 3:1 from the Slovenian vice champion, the team of Olimpija Ljubljana. The first half ended with a lead of Olimpija with 2:0 and in the second half Vardar with the goal of Risto Bozinov decreased on 2:1. But after that Olimpija scored one ore goal and the match finished 3:1. On this match the home referees were totally on the side of Olimpija and that stated the Vardar coach, Gjoko Hadzievski too. The next match of Vardar is on July 12th (Thursday) against the Slovenian first division side, the team of Mura.
Today the Vardar players trained more relaxed after the yesterday's match against Olimpija. They feel fatigue from the traveling to Kranj where the match against Olimpija was played, so the coach Hadzievski did not want to risk anything because of the eventually hurts.
Vardar won for the third time on the preparations in Slovenia. Today in Murska Sobota, Vardar beat the home side of Mura with 1:0. The scorer of the only goal was Mario Petkov and from the 35th minute Igor Stojanov was sent out. Vardar started the match with these 11 : Ilic, Stojanov, Janev, Vasoski, Veselinovski, Zaharievski, Gosev, Bajevski, Bozinov, Georgievski and Petkov. In the second half also played : Stamenovski and Abazi. The next match on the prepations is against the Slovenian second division side of Dravograd on Saturday, July 14th.
Today the players trained in Zrece and according to the opinion of Hadzievski, the newest enforcement Vlatko Gosev excellent vovetailed in the team. Tomorrow Vardar will play the fifth match on the preparations against the team of Dravograd.
FC Vardar beat the Slovenian second division member NK Dravograd with 1:0. The match was played in Slovenske Konjice and the goal scorer of the only goals was the youngster Nikola Gligorov in 80th minute. Vardar started the match with the next 11 : Zlatanovic, Simonovski, Bozinovski, Belcev, Stamenovski, Abazi, Braga, Kotevski, Spasovski, Angelov and Ristovski. In the second part also played : Ilic, Cvetanovski, Gligorov, Petkov, Gosev and Bajevski. This was fourth victory of Vardar in the five up to now matches in Slovenia.
Today the players had 2 trainings in the expecting for tomorrow's match against Dinamo Zagreb. Tomorrow's opponent will be strongest against which Vardar played until today in Slovenia, so we expect good play from all the players of Vardar who will oppose the Croatian vice-champion and the national cup winner in 2001.
Vardar lost 0:3 against Dinamo Zagreb in the sixth match on the preparations in Slovenia. The match was played in Kidricevo and the first half finished 0:0. In the second period there was fatigue at the players of Vardar and the Dinamo's players punished that. However this result is not so important, the most important is that the new team was made which is connection of youth and experience and in which the young players are dominating. Today's match started these eleven : Ilic, Janev, Stojanov, Stamenovski, Vasoski, Gosev, Georgievski, Veselinovski, Zaharievski, Petkov and Bozinov. In the second half in the game entered also : Ristovski, Bozinovski, Braga and Abazi.
Today the players only trained before the tomorrow's last seventh match on the preparations in Slovenia, against the champion of Bosnia - Herzegovina in the season 1999/2000, the team of NK Brotnjo Citluk.
FC Vardar in the last seventh match on the preparations in Slovenia noticed the fifth victory. Today the team of NK Brotnjo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) was beated with 3:0. The goal scorers for Vardar were : Braga 61', Ristovski 74', Nacevski 80'. Vardar started the match with these 11 : Ilic, Veselinovski, Vasoski, Stojanov, Janev, Georgievski, Gosev, Bozinov, Bajevski, Zaharievski and Petkov. In the second period also played : Stamenovski, Nacevski, Braga, Spasovski, Bozinovski and Ristovski. The final results from these preparations are 7 matches played with 5 wins and 2 losts. The management and the team staff of the club are satisfied with these results and we hope that these good plays will continue in the next friendly matches in Skopje until the start of the new season on August 5th in the 1/16 finals of the Macedonian national football cup.
Today the complete expedition of FC Vardar is coming back to Skopje where Vardar will continue the preparations until the start of the new season.