I can't refer them as macedonians when they are albanians, they feel albanians and even they represent Macedonia that doesn't make them macedonians. You know better than me that albanians doesn't "represent" Macedonia because it was their dream to honor macedonian flag and you also know that Macedonia doesn't invite albanians because they believe that albanians should be represented, simply is mutual interest. I have many friends, albanians from Mk and if you call them o maqedon they get really pissed off and that's because interethnic tensions. I have nothing against Macedonia and i don't consider albanians who play there as traitors but not all albanians don't agree with me. I know also that not all macedonians like the fact that albanians play in MK national and appreciate their contribution as you do. I remember reactions after Ibrahimi goal against Denmark, i think that was one of weirdest reactions i ever saw in football match.
For the record i have always referred to them as Albanian-Macedonians or Albanians
I misunderstood one of LoL's posts where i though he wanted me to call them Macedonians and was therefore confused
And for the 100th time - it's not an ethnic national team
The Macedonian FA calls up the best players regardless of their ethnicity - and that's the way it should be. You are looking into it way too much by referring to such things as a 'dream' and 'honour' - let's face it, modern footballers don't know the meaning of those 2 words - even when it comes down to International football. The whole world revolves around mutual interest.
Oh and if they didn't call up Albanians (what your fellow posters are leaning towards) then i bet you all the money in the world there would be a backlash from the Albanian community in Macedonia. Our FA would be labelled a racist organisation and the Albanian-Macedonians would be saying that as a constitute people they are again not being represented in the country etc.
Is it true that Macedonian fans boycott the national team just because ethnic Albanian are playing for it? I mean i saw first half vs Belarus and the Arena Philip II was almost empty. Or it has to do with the poor performance of the national team ,because i remember those years when Artim Shaqiri was playing for Macedonia and the stadium was always full even though was the old stadium and with less capacity.
Mate, where do you get your information from?
The Macedonian fans boycott the national team because 1) The results are poor 2) The coach is shit and doesn't select the best players and 3) The tickets are overpriced for that quality of football
We've had Albanians play for our NT ever since we became independent from Yugoslavia and ethnic tensions have been much higher in the past than right now so why would our fans start boycotting the NT because of selecting Albanians now?