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List of Vardar's friendly results this summer

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Vardar before their departure; photo: VardarVardar before their departure; photo: VardarVardar concluded its training camp in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria by playing five friendlies over the past two weeks.

After spending the previous 14 days in Austria, Vardar returned to Skopje on Friday. The club played five friendlies to get ready for APOEL, their opponent in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

The players worked on getting in tip-top shape, while manager Sergey Andreyev installed a new system. The past two weeks were crucial in having the players adapt to a new formation. Vardar mostly played with 3 defenders in the friendlies, so every indication is that a 3-4-3 look will be used against APOEL as well.

Boban Grncharov, Darko Velkovski and Nemanja Mijuskovic are expected to make up the 3 men defense, while wing-backs Hovhannes Hambardzumyan (on the right side) and Vlatko Grozdanoski or Goran Popov (on the left side) will be given more freedom to attack. Popov would normally start, but he has missed large part of these qualifications with an undisclosed injury. That's why maybe Grozdanoski, who started at that position against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday, will be fielded there.

Friendly results:

Vardar - Terek Grozny 0:1

Vardar - Kapfenberg 2:1

Vardar - Wolfsberger 1:1

Vardar - Puskás Academy 1:1

Vardar - Dinamo Zagreb 1:4

Once APOEL was drawn as Vardar's opponent, Andreyev played cat and mouse games in not wanting to disclose much to the Cypriot side. APOEL sent scouts to watch their friendlies, but Vardar often used backups in some of them to throw off APOEL.

Andreyev remains very unpopular among Vardar fans who can't believe that he is still the club's manager. Vardar will now resume its preparations for APOEL in Skopje. The first leg takes place on the road, on July 14, in Nicosia.

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