Aleksandar Trajkovski – Who is the one who hit the pride of the Italian team?

25 Mar 2022 | 10:40

 Aleksandar Trajkovski silenced Italian fans and brought his country closer to its first World Cup.

Italy before the match against North Macedonia

Aleksandar Trajkovski made history for North Macedonia on Thursday night when his late goal sealed a surprise 2022 World Cup play-off victory over EURO 2020 winners Italy. North Macedonia entered the match as the most underrated team in their group, spending most of the 90 minutes fighting against the domination of the blue shirt team. Italy had 32 shots, compared to just 4 for the opponent. 

But it was Trajkovski, who is familiar with Palermo’s home ground, who appeared in the final seconds to break the Italians’ hearts and score the winning goal that sent them into the final against Portugal.
Eliminate Italy, North Macedonia celebrate as if winning the World Cup - Football

 Trajkovski scored the winning goal for the home team.


Now 29 years old, Trajkovski is one of North Macedonia’s biggest football stars. With 20 goals in 75 appearances for the team, he is second behind Goran Pandev in this country’s all-time top scorer list, with four of those goals coming from the World qualifying campaign. Cup 2022 to help them take second place in Group J, behind Germany, and advance to the play-offs for the first time.

As a teenager, Trajkovski was trialled with Chelsea, and helped the Blues’ youth team win the 2010 Copa Amsterdam with a late goal against Brazil’s Botafogo. He went on to spend time in Croatia and Belgium before becoming a favorite at Palermo.

The striker spent a total of four seasons in Sicily, before leaving in 2019 with the rest of the club’s professional squad when they were relegated due to serious financial irregularities. . He then had a stint in Spain with Mallorca and currently plays for Al Fayha in Saudi Arabia.

 The EURO champion cannot attend the World Cup.

Like five years ago, when the final whistle blew, the Italian players fell to the ground in disbelief and frustration – with some of them in tears – while the opposition celebrated wildly. heat. The team also failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after losing to Sweden in the two-legged play-off in November 2017. Missing two consecutive World Cups was an unprecedented disaster for the home team. won the World Cup four times, especially just a few months after they won Euro 2020.