PAND OF GOD
Goran Pandev had already cemented his status as a North Macedonian football legend long before he scored his country’s first ever goal at a major tournament at the age of 37 against Austria eight days ago.
Widely accepted to be North Macedonia’s greatest ever played, Pandev has confirmed that he will retire from international football after today’s game which will be his 122nd cap.
Pandev first represented his country 2001, and has scored a record 38 goals for them in the two decades since, including North Macedonia’s first ever goal against the Dutch in a 2-2 draw back in 2004.
He had originally planned to retire from international football in 2015, but was talked into a return by the current coach Igor Angelovski in 2016. The North Macedonia boss is also expected to vacate his role following today’s game.