MACEDONIA DRAWN IN GROUP B FOR EURO 2012
Macedonia is drawn in the Group B in the qualifications for the EURO 2012, together with Russia, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Armenia and Andorra.
The Macedonian national team was drawn in a good group with familiar opponents. Macedonia already played against all of the teams from the qualifying group B and knowing the opponents and their skills, advantages and disadvantages, Macedonia has the biggest chances for winning at least the second position which will take us in the play-off.
Russia is the leader and favourites in this group, while Macedonia will fight for the second position with Slovakia and Republic of Ireland while Armenia and Andorra are the underdogs.
The group winner qualify automatically same as the best-placed runner up, while the remaining second-place finishers will face each other in the play-offs.
EURO 2012 QUALIFYING GROUPS
Group A: Germany, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan
Group B: Russia, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Macedonia, Armenia, Andorra
Group C: Italy, Serbia, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, Estonia, Faroe Islands
Group D: France, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Albania, Luxembourg
Group E: Holland, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Moldova, San Marino
Group F: Croatia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Georgia, Malta
Group G: England, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Wales, Montenegro
Group H: Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Iceland
Group I: Spain, Czech Republic, Scotland, Lithuania, Liechtenstein
MD: This can be pulled off. We think Macedonia has now the best chances they have ever gotten to make it to a tournament. We are able to beat them all, only Russia should be a problem.