North Macedonia reach Euro 2020 – first major tournament in 27-year history | Football News

first_imgEljif Elmas broke down the left and slipped the ball to Ilija Nestorovski inside the penalty area and he found Pandev, who beat Giorgi Loria for his 36th international goal.The former Yugoslav republic will face Austria and Ukraine in Bucharest in Group C before taking on the top-seeded Netherlands in Amsterdam.Currently No. 65 in FIFA’s world rankings, North Macedonia will be the biggest outsider at Euro 2020 and the second newcomer, joining Finland.- Advertisement – The game was perhaps the biggest in the history of two young soccer nations, but no fans were allowed into the 54,000-seater national stadium in Tbilisi because of coronavirus restrictions in Georgia.With so much at stake, the match was predictably cagey and it took 28 minutes before either goalkeeper had to make a save when Georgian playmaker Tornike Okriashvili tested Stole Dimitrievski with a long-range shot.There were 29 fouls in a stop-start match and only four shots on target but the neatly-worked winning goal was in contrast to the general scrappiness.- Advertisement – Veteran forward Goran Pandev scored the decisive goal to send North Macedonia to Euro 2020 – the major tournament in their 27-year history. The 37-year-old – North Macedonia’s most capped player and all-time leading scorer – flicked the ball home in the 56th minute to see off Georgia in Thursday’s play-off final.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

The city of Vukovar will get a new museum, library and wine shop and souvenir shop within the Franciscan monastery

first_imgToday, the Franciscan Monastery of Vukovar presented the project “Integration of the cultural and historical heritage of the Franciscan monastery Vukovar into the tourist offer of the city of Vukovar ” which will open new tourist and educational potentials of the city of Vukovar and the entire Vukovar-Srijem County through investments in the restoration and revitalization of cultural assets within the Franciscan Monastery.The project Integration of Cultural and Historical Heritage of the Franciscan Monastery Vukovar into the Tourist Offer of the City of Vukovar, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of the City of Vukovar, will restore and preserve one immovable cultural property Franciscan Monastery Vukovar and four movable cultural goods ( 3 collections of books comprising books from the 1th, XNUMXth, XNUMXth centuries and registers and XNUMX collection of monastery inventories).The Guardian of the Franciscan Monastery Vukovar, Fr. Ivica Jagodić, pointed out on this occasion: “Since its founding in 1723, the Franciscan monastery has been and remains a hotbed of religion, education and culture and a guardian of the Croatian language and identity. Despite numerous occupations and weather uncertainties, the Franciscans managed to preserve cultural and artistic treasures, and the complexity and integrity of the heritage of the Franciscan monastery is one of the most valuable monuments of continental Croatia and is registered as a cultural monument of high A (I) category. Thanks to the project Integration of Cultural and Historical Heritage of the Franciscan Monastery Vukovar into the Tourist Offer of the City of Vukovar, whose implementation was contributed by key stakeholders and partners – the City of Vukovar, Vukovar-Srijem County, Vukovar Tourist Board, Vukovar City Museum , the city of Vukovar will show its richest treasury of treasures, while the Franciscan monastery with the already dedicated church of St. Philip and James to take on a new dimension that is reflected in the rich cultural heritage.”In addition, by the end of the year, the Franciscan Museum will house the Franciscan Museum, which will show the rich cultural and artistic heritage preserved in the monastery’s architectural habitus, while the reconstruction and arrangement of the attic will create adequate space for scientific and educational activities and adequate care. Marko Kurolt. Last but not least, the unused cellar of the Franciscan monastery will be replaced by a wine shop and souvenir shop where designed souvenirs and museum brochures will be available, as well as souvenirs and other products of local producers (winemakers, souvenir crafts, beekeepers, etc.). good monasteries provide additional, market value.last_img read more

Sweed eyes breakthrough with Steelers

first_imgThe fourth-year pro nods his head when asked if there was a part of him that wanted to raise his hand and say, “remember me? I’m 6-foot-4. I can run. I can catch. I can play.”Yet he understands why he’s become a forgotten man at best and a draft bust at worst. Struggle as the former Texas star has since being taken in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft and it’s hard to avoid labels such as “injury-prone” and “underachiever.”He has all of seven receptions in three years, only one since Thanksgiving 2008. He was put on injured reserve in 2009 after being diagnosed with depression and missed all of last season when he tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg in minicamp.Was it tough? Of course. Yet he remains upbeat, a sign the emotional distress he went through two years ago is behind him.Still, he’s only too happy to remind critics he’s 26, not 46. There’s still time to turn things around.“I’m ready to show them I’m that guy,” Sweed said. “I’m that big guy and fill in the way they want me to fill in.”Pittsburgh could certainly use a receiver with Sweed’s skill set, particularly the skill that comes with being 6-4 and having a 37-inch vertical leap. Wallace, Ward and company can do fast. They can’t do big. Sweed can, though he knows he’ll have to do it now if he wants the breakthrough to happen while he’s wearing black-and-gold.“I have a chip on my shoulder,” he said. “I feel like I have something to prove to the coaches and to myself and I’m ready to be here and I’m ready to play. It’s just a matter of time and a matter of it showing.”Sweed has shown brief flashes of turning the corner during the opening 10 days of camp. Sweed outjumped two members of the Pittsburgh secondary for a deep ball during a seven-on-seven drill last weekend only to grab his left hamstring has he sprinted toward the end zone. He sat out a couple of days before returning to the field only to head back to the trainer’s room with a shoulder sprain. Asked about Sweed’s progress, coach Mike Tomlin says, “I’m here to talk about the guys that are working, not those that aren’t.”Sweed says he’s fully healed from the Achilles injury and the hamstring issue is just one of those things that pops up in camp. He’s spent too much time away from the game to let a cramp stop him.“The (NFL) lockout, it felt like a lifetime,” he said. “Now that it’s over with and I’m back out here running with the team it’s just a great feeling.”One he hopes doesn’t fade too quickly. LIMAS SWEED by Will GravesLATROBE, Pa. (AP)—Limas Sweed tried not to pay attention when the Pittsburgh Steelers unsuccessfully courted Plaxico Burress a week ago.Sure, Sweed heard all the chatter about how the Steelers needed a big wide receiver to complement the swift if undersized quartet of Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.last_img read more