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List of the players called up under Gjurovski

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Boshko GjurovskiBoshko GjurovskiBoshko Gjurovski summoned 61 different players in the eleven games that he managed the Macedonian national team.

After the dismissal of Boshko Gjurovski on Tuesday, we decided to go back and examine how many players were called up under his watch. Our analysis determined that he tested 61 players in those eleven games.

We came to that number by looking at the squad lists prior to each friendly and qualifier, and also taking into consideration withdrawals and additions to the roster.

These were our findings (each position group goes from most call-ups to least):

Goalkeepers:
1) Tome Pachovski (called up 7 times, played 7 times)
2) Kristijan Naumovski (called up 7 times, played 3 times)
3) Andreja Efremov (called up 6 times, played 2 times)
4) Martin Bogatinov (called up 4 times, played 1 time)
5) Darko Tofiloski (called up 2 times, did not make an appearance)

Defenders:
6) Vanche Shikov (called up 8 times, played 7 times)
7) Ardian Cuculi (called up 7 times, played 6 times)
8) Aleksandar Damchevski (called up 7 times, played 4 times)
9) Darko Velkovski (called up 7 times, played 3 times)
10) Stefan Ristovski (called up 6 times, played 6 times)
11) Daniel Georgievski (called up 6 times, played 5 times, scored 1 own goal)
12) Daniel Mojsov (called up 6 times, played 4 times)
13) Kire Ristevski (called up 6 times, played 4 times)
14) Ezgjan Alioski (called up 4 times, played 4 times)
15) Aleksandar Todorovski (called up 4 times, played 2 times)
16) Boban Grncharov (called up 3 times, played 2 times)
17) Goran Siljanovski (called up 3 times, played 2 times)
18) Goran Popov (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
19) Blagoja Ljamchevski (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
20) Djelil Abdula (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
21) Bojan Markoski (called up 2 times, played 1 time)
22) Vladica Brdarovski (called up 2 times, played 1 time)
23) Gjoko Zajkov (called up 2 times, withdrew both times due to injuries)
24) Darko Glishikj (called up 2 times, did not make an appearance)
25) Mite Cikarski (called up 1 time, did not make an appearance)

Midfielders:
26) Aleksandar Trajkovski (called up 8 times, played 8 times, scored 2 goals)
27) Agim Ibraimi (called up 8 times, played 7 times, scored 2 goals)
28) Stefan Spirovski (called up 6 times, played 4 times)
29) Arijan Ademi (called up 5 times, played 3 times)
30) Muhamed Demiri (called up 4 times, played 4 times)
31) Blagoja Todorovski (called up 4 times, played 4 times)
32) Ferhan Hasani (called up 4 times, played 2 times)
33) David Babunski (called up 3 times, played 3 times)
34) Muarem Muarem (called up 3 times, played 2 times)
35) Taulant Sulejmanov (called up 3 times, played 2 times)
36) Nikola Gligorov (called up 3 times, played 1 time)
37) Artim Polozhani (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
38) Enis Bardi (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
39) Daniel Avramovski (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
40) Bojan Najdenov (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
41) Nijaz Lena (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
42) Kire Markoski (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
43) Besmir Bojku (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
44) Dushko Trajchevski (called up 2 times, played 1 time)
45) Riste Markoski (called up 2 times, played 1 time)
46) Mario Gjurovski (called up 2 times, withdrew both times due to alleged injuries)
47) Ostoja Stjepanovikj (called up 1 time, played 1 time)
48) Uroš Matić (called up 1 time, ruled not eligible by FIFA)

Attackers:
49) Krste Velkoski (called up 9 times, played 8 times)
50) Besart Abdurahimi (called up 8 times, played 8 times, scored 1 goal)
51) Jovan Kostovski (called up 7 times, played 5 times, scored 1 goal)
52) Marjan Radeski (called up 7 times, played 4 times)
53) Adis Jahovikj (called up 6 times, played 5 times, scored 1 goal)
54) Bazhe Ilijoski (called up 4 times, played 4 times)
55) Mirko Ivanovski (called up 4 times, played 3 times)
56) Ivan Trichkovski (called up 3 times, played 3 times)
57) Dejan Blazhevski (called up 3 times, played 2 times)
58) Borche Manevski (called up 3 times, played 1 time)
59) Aco Stojkov (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
60) Marko Simonovski (called up 2 times, played 2 times)
61) Besart Ibraimi (called up 1 time, played 1 time)

Keep in mind that many of the little known names on this list made their two appearances against China (friendlies held on June 18 and June 22 of 2014). The roster for those China friendlies was made up primarily of domestic league players, thus why you see some of the players above.

Interestingly, Mario Gjurovski found himself on the initial squad list twice (versus Latvia in March of 2014 and Belarus in March of 2015), but he withdrew both times. Mario is the nephew of Boshko.

Excluding the two China friendlies, Krste Velkoski was the only player to be called up for the other nine games that Gjurovski managed. In his eleven games in charge, Macedonia was outscored by ten goals (scored 7 goals and conceded 17 goals).

This long list of players illustrates one of the main problems for Gjurovski. He was constantly shaking up the squad and changing formations on the fly. He played with five defenders against Spain, then went to a 4-2-3-1 formation for some games, before deciding to go without a classic CF altogether. That led to a lack of continuity and chemistry that eventually resulted in his dismissal.

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