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Goran Pandev

Goran Pandev ( ; born 27 July 1983 in Strumica, Socialist Republic of Macedonia, Yugoslavia), is a Republic of Macedonia footballer who plays as a Forward (association football) for Italy Serie A club S.S.C. Napoli on loan from F.C. Internazionale Milano. Goran Pandev is also considered a key player for the Macedonia national football team.

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Goran Pandev biography

Goran Pandev ( ; born 27 July 1983 in Strumica, Socialist Republic of Macedonia, Yugoslavia), is a Republic of Macedonia footballer who plays as a Forward (association football) for Italy Serie A club S.S.C. Napoli on loan from F.C. Internazionale Milano. Goran Pandev is also considered a key player for the Macedonia national football team.

Club career

Early career

Pandev began Goran Pandev football career with FK Belasica, the club with which Goran Pandev progressed through the youth academy. Goran Pandev only spent one season in the local Makedonska Prva Liga
though, before being signed by major Italy Serie A club F.C. Internazionale Milano in the summer of 2001 when Goran Pandev was just 18 years old.
The following year, Goran Pandev was again sent on loan, this time to newly promoted A.C. Ancona. During Goran Pandev time at Ancona, the team had the worst season of any club in Serie A history.


In January 2004, Serbian player Dejan Stanković was signed by Inter from S.S. Lazio and Pandev was sent to the capital in exchange on a co-ownership deal, for a nominal fee of €1,000, which Pandev was remained at Ancona until end of 2003-04 seasaon. Pandev impressed in Goran Pandev first year at Lazio, as Goran Pandev made 29 appearances, scoring 3 goals including a memorable effort away to Juventus F.C. where Goran Pandev beat Fabio Cannavaro, Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta, before beating Gianluigi Buffon with an angled shot. In July 2005 another half of registration rights was transferred from Internazionale to Udinese for David Pizarro's transfer.

The following season, Delio Rossi was appointed manager of Lazio, and Pandev began to form a deadly strike partnership with Tommaso Rocchi. In June 2006 Lazio bought the remains 50% registration rights from Udinese for €4 million.

On the 11 January 2009 Goran Pandev scored Goran Pandev first hat-trick in Serie A against Reggina.

On 24 March 2009, Pandev was awarded the Medal for Service to the Country by the then-President of the Republic of Macedonia Branko Crvenkovski in acknowledgement of Goran Pandev sporting achievements and Goran Pandev contribution to developing and popularizing sport in Macedonia as well as promoting the country abroad.

Contract dispute with Lazio

In the summer of 2009, a dispute between Pandev and Lazio president Claudio Lotito erupted, resulting in a legal battle between Pandev and Goran Pandev club. The ruling was announced on 23 December 2009.

The dispute started with Pandev indicating Goran Pandev desire to leave Lazio during the summer of 2009. Club president Lotito, apparently unhappy with Pandev's decision, froze Goran Pandev out of the squad. As a result, Pandev spent the remaining four months training on Goran Pandev own, without making a single appearance for Goran Pandev club. During this period, various clubs had indicated their interest in buying Pandev, most notably Zenit St. Petersburg, who made an offer of 13 million euros for the player. Lazio president Lotito rejected the offer, demanding 15 million euros instead. The deal eventually fell through after both parties failed to come to an agreement on price.

On 26 September, Pandev officially filed for a termination of Goran Pandev contract with Lazio, having been frozen out of the squad and labelled a 'rebel' by the club. Pandev argued that by freezing Goran Pandev out of the squad, Lazio had violated the terms of their contract with him. On 23 December 2009, Lega Calcio ruled in Pandev's favor, ordering Lazio to release Pandev from Goran Pandev contract and pay Goran Pandev 170,000 euros for emotional distress. Lotito indicated Goran Pandev desire to appeal the decision.


On 4 January 2010, Pandev signed a 4½-year contract with F.C. Internazionale Milano, wearing the number 27 shirt. Goran Pandev made Goran Pandev Internazionale debut as a starter in the 1–0 away win against A.C. ChievoVerona on January 6. Goran Pandev first two games for the Nerazzurri resulted in Goran Pandev contributing to both winners — setting up Mario Balotelli against Chievo, and setting up Walter Samuel to score a last minute winner against A.C. Siena. Goran Pandev first goal for Inter arrived against A.S. Bari, pulling a goal back for Internazionale after falling behind by two goals. Three minutes later, Goran Pandev earned a penalty that levelled the score. In the 2–0 victory over local rivals A.C. Milan, Goran Pandev assisted Diego Milito with an overhead cross, and scored a curling freekick to complete the win. On 22 May 2010 F.C. Internazionale Milano won the UEFA Champions League final against F.C. Bayern Munich, with Pandev becoming the third Macedonian football player in history ever winning this championship.

On 16 December 2010 FC Internazionale Milano had reached the final of FIFA Club World Cup. Goran Pandev scored Goran Pandev first goal in FIFA Club World Cup, and Goran Pandev first goal in a major final. Goran Pandev is the first ever Macedonian to score and win the FIFA Club World Cup Championship. In the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions league, Goran Pandev scored Inter's third decisive goal against FC Bayern Munich.


On 26 August 2011, Pandev joined S.S.C. Napoli on a season-long loan. On 10 September, Pandev came on as a substitute to make Goran Pandev Napoli debut against A.C. Cesena in the 66th minute with the scores tied at 1–1. Despite Napoli making it 2–1 in their favour right after the Macedonian striker came on, Pandev missed an open goal in the 85th minute, hitting the crossbar from 6 yards out after a square pass across the face of goal was played to Goran Pandev but Napoli managed to win the match 3–1.

On 29 November, Pandev came in for an injured Edinson Cavani and started a home game against rivals Juventus. Goran Pandev scored two goals, the first of which was Goran Pandev first for Napoli, and the second a volleyed goal. The two goals put Napoli up 3-1 but Juventus came back to tie the scores at 3-3. Pandev then went on to score Goran Pandev third Serie A goal for Napoli in their 6-1 pummeling of Genoa C.F.C. on 21 December.

Following the winter break, Pandev netted Goran Pandev side's opening goal in a 3-1 win in Sicily over US Palermo on 8 January 2012.

International career

Pandev, so far, has won 61 caps for Goran Pandev country and scored 24 goals. With Goran Pandev 2 goals against Spain, Goran Pandev has become Macedonia national football team all-time leading scorer, surpassing Gjorgji Hristov.

International goals

Club statistics



- Coppa Italia: Coppa Italia 2008-09


- Serie A: Serie A 2009-10
- UEFA Champions League: UEFA Champions League 2009-10
- Coppa Italia: Coppa Italia 2009-10, Coppa Italia 2010-11
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2010 Supercoppa Italiana
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2010 FIFA Club World Cup


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