The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Macedonian Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Macedonian Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Macedonian Soccer Players.
With an HPI of 68.12, Dragoslav Šekularac is the most famous Macedonian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 27 different languages on wikipedia.
Dragoslav Šekularac (Serbian Cyrillic: Драгослав Шекуларац, pronounced [drǎgoslaʋ ʃekulârats]; 8 November 1937 – 5 January 2019) was a Serbian professional footballer and coach. Nicknamed Šeki, he was quick and crafty with the ball, displaying creative skills which turned many heads. Possessing supreme self-confidence along with impeccable technical ability, he was one of the biggest showmen and crowd draws in the history of Yugoslav football. His enormous popularity throughout FPR Yugoslavia during the early 1960s transcended sports as he easily became one of the most recognizable individuals in the country. As a coach, he led several clubs in Canada, Colombia, Australia, Serbia, Mexico, and Spain, as well as the Guatemala national team in the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification. Šekularac is considered one of the most important players in the history of Red Star Belgrade: he is the second (and one of only five players) to have been awarded the Zvezdina zvezda status.
With an HPI of 63.55, Darko Pančev is the 2nd most famous Macedonian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.
Darko Pančev (Macedonian: Дарко Панчев, Macedonian pronunciation: [ˈdarkɔ ˈpantʃɛf]; born 7 September 1965) is a Yugoslav and Macedonian former professional footballer who played as a forward. He helped Red Star Belgrade win the European Cup in 1990–91, and was awarded the European Golden Boot in 1991.
With an HPI of 59.89, Goran Pandev is the 3rd most famous Macedonian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 42 different languages.
Goran Pandev (Macedonian: Горан Пандев, pronounced [ˈɡɔran ˈpandɛf] (listen); born 27 July 1983) is a Macedonian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Genoa. After establishing himself at Lazio, Pandev moved to Inter Milan in early 2010. While playing for the Nerazzurri, Pandev collected a host of honours including winning the Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League in 2010 as part of a treble for the club. On 22 April 2021, he became the first Macedonian to score 100 goals in one of the top five European football leagues. He was the captain of the North Macedonia national team until deciding to retire from international football in 2021, following UEFA Euro 2020. He is the country's all-time top scorer with 38 goals.
With an HPI of 59.26, Boban Babunski is the 4th most famous Macedonian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 52 different languages.
Boban Babunski (Macedonian: Бобан Бабунски; born 5 May 1968) is a Macedonian retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a coach.
With an HPI of 57.07, Kiril Dojčinovski is the 5th most famous Macedonian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Kiril "Kiro" Dojčinovski (Macedonian: Kиpил Kиpo Дojчинoвcки; born 17 October 1943) is a Macedonian former footballer.
With an HPI of 56.96, Boško Gjurovski is the 6th most famous Macedonian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 36 different languages.
Boško Gjurovski (Macedonian: Бошко Ѓуровски, Serbian: Бошко Ђуровски / Boško Đurovski; born 28 December 1961) is a Macedonian professional football manager and former player who played as a midfielder. He also holds Serbian citizenship. He is currently the head coach of Grafičar, which play in the second tier of Serbian football. He is the elder brother of Milko Gjurovski and the uncle of Mario Gjurovski.
With an HPI of 55.75, Goce Sedloski is the 7th most famous Macedonian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 51 different languages.
Goce Sedloski (Macedonian: Гоце Седлоски; born 10 April 1974) is a Macedonian professional football manager and former player. He is the current manager of Macedonian First League club Shkupi. He earned 100 caps for the Macedonia national team.
With an HPI of 54.63, Blerim Džemaili is the 8th most famous Macedonian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 44 different languages.
Blerim Džemaili (Albanian: Blerim Xhemaili, pronounced [blɛˈɾim dʒɛˈmaili]; Macedonian: Блерим Џемаили; born 12 April 1986) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays for Super League club Zürich as a midfielder. He began his career at FC Zürich, where he won the Swiss Super League twice. He subsequently spent most of his career in Italy, making 280 Serie A appearances for Torino, Parma, Napoli, Genoa and Bologna. Džemaili made his debut for the Switzerland national team in March 2006 and went on to make over 65 appearances. He was selected for their squads at the FIFA World Cup in 2006, 2014 and 2018, as well as UEFA Euro 2016.
With an HPI of 53.92, Gjoko Hadžievski is the 9th most famous Macedonian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.
Gjoko Hadžievski or Ǵoko Hadžievski (Macedonian: Ѓоко Хаџиевски; born 31 March 1955) is a football coach from North Macedonia who is the current manager of Hajer. He coached teams from Bulgaria (CSKA Sofia, Vihren Sandanski), Greece (Kastoria, Doxa Drama), Azerbaijan (FK Baku), Japan (Júbilo Iwata), Saudi Arabia (Najran SC), and North Macedonia.
With an HPI of 53.17, Milko Djurovski is the 10th most famous Macedonian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Milko Djurovski (Macedonian: Милко Ѓуровски, romanized: Milko Gjurovski, Serbo-Croatian: Milko Đurovski / Милко Ђуровски; born 26. January 1963) is a Macedonian former professional footballer and the current manager of NŠ Roho. He was regarded as one of the most talented Yugoslav players of his generation. Djurovski started out at Red Star Belgrade, making his senior debut in 1979, aged 16. He spent a total of seven seasons in their first team, winning two national championships (1981 and 1984) and two national cups (1982 and 1985). In the summer of 1986, Djurovski made a surprising and controversial move to Red Star's bitter rivals Partizan. He stayed for four years at Stadion JNA, including an inactive season because of his compulsory military service. Some of his most memorable performances with the Crno-beli include a 1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup tie against Groningen, which eventually secured him a transfer to the Dutch club in 1990. In his later years, Djurovski went on to play for several Slovenian clubs. Internationally, Djurovski represented both Yugoslavia and Macedonia. He earned six caps for Yugoslavia between 1984 and 1985, scoring two goals. After the dissolution of the former country, Djurovski briefly played for his native Macedonia, making three appearances in 1994. He had previously won the bronze medal for Yugoslavia at the 1984 Summer Olympics. His older brother is Boško Djurovski, while his younger son is Mario Djurovski.
Pantheon has 34 people classified as soccer players born between 1937 and 1999. Of these 34, 33 (97.06%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Darko Pančev, Goran Pandev, and Boban Babunski. The most famous deceased soccer players include Dragoslav Šekularac. As of October 2020, 9 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Kiril Dojčinovski, Igor Mitreski, and Aleksandar Vasoski.
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