and Official Preston Website....
Preston Lions 2 v Altona Magic 0
Kliment 2 (PL )
Preston Lions are
the proud holders of the Traianedes - Micevski Cup after winning
the Macedonian derby 2-0 over Altona Magic at BT Connor Reserve.
It was the home
team who outwitted Altona scoring two second half goals, as
Preston continue their great revival. Preston has now secured 10
points from the past 4 games, as the Lions continue to surge up
Preston took out
bragging rights in this very physical contest that was fairly
even in a scoreless first half.
Magic had a couple
of good opportunities when Koce Delev was through on goal but
was denied by a good save by Hamid Kamali. At the other end
Magic’s Tommy Tomich was called into action saving a certain
goal. George Papdopoulos also saw his effort thwarted by the
The home crowd was
in full voice 5 minutes into the second half when a quickly
taken free kick by John Sapazovski caught the Altona Magic
defence napping. Kliment Dimitrieski was found free and he
opened the scoring to give Preston the lead. Preston was happy
to play on the break relying on the wily skills of John
Sapazovski up front.
combined well with Tony Sterjovski allowing Kliment Dimitrieski
to get on the end of a cut back to score his second for the
Altona tried to
get back into the game, but Preston had their measure, with the
Magic making little impression in attack.
Sapazovski was awarded the Sasa Ognenovski medal.
By Nome Risteski....
Fawkner 1 v Preston Lions 3
Kliment (42) (PL )
Johnny (54) (PL)
By Nome Risteski....
Preston Lions 3 v W Suburbs 3
Neceski, Tony (PL)
By Nome Risteski....
Heidelberg Stars 1 v Preston Lions 7
Nth Geelong 1 v Preston Lions 4
2 (PL )
Branov, Andrew 1
The long awaited
opening home game of the 2011 season disappointed the North
Geelong Warriors faithful, with the home team crashing 4-1 to
the rampant Preston Lions. The visitors turned on the style
after losing their opening 3 games of the season, as they
bounced back in no uncertain manner.
Two goals in each
half secured the Lions first win. The home team felt aggrieved
at the decisions that allowed two of Preston’s goals, as appeals
for offside fell on deaf ears. North Geelong didn’t do
themselves any favours by paying too much respect to Preston.
This was a totally
different performance by North Geelong from the week before when
the Warriors defeated the Georgies away from home by having a
go. They must adopt this attitude in all matches in order to
move away from the bottom places. On this performance Preston
Lion’s fans can look forward to much better times.
By Nome Risteski....
Southern Stars 2 v Preston Lions 1
Kearney, Alan (SS
By Nome Risteski....
Pasco Vale 6 v Preston Lions 0
Micovski, Bale (PV
Santilli, Luca (PV
By Nome Risteski....
Preston Lions 1 V Whittlesea Zebras 2
Preston Lions came
into this game with great expectations, but a lacklustre first
half performance was not what Lions coach Cucalevski was looking
for. Apart from 2 first half penalty appeals there wasn't much
for either coach to enthusiase about.
The second half
was a stark contrast to the first, both teams pushed bodies
forward with the Zebras looking the more dangerous, while their
defense kept Sapazovski and Ehmetovic quiet for periods of time.
52 minutes into
the contest Preston's favourite son Sapazovski playing his first
game for the club since resigning from Bentleigh Greens latched
onto a through ball and got the ball before the Zebras keeper
Santilli and lobbed him to put Preston in the lead.
Instead of taking
advantage of the situation and press for the second killer goal
the Lions played a deep defensive game which suited the Zebras,
as they ploughed forward looking the equalizer, which duly came
in the 62nd minute when Zebra forward Sayeed Hossaini got the
ball past Preston keeper Kamali.
Things were not
going Preston's way as Branov came off injured in the 69th
minute, and to make matters worse the Lions went down 2-1
in the 72th minute from a strike from Flaherty.
It became apparent
it would not be Prestons day when captain Sterjovski limped off
the ground in the 74th minute with corked thigh.
Preston in the game in the last 15 minutes or so with a couple
of brilliant saves, but all in all a very disappointing day for
the Lions and fans.
Foto's From The
By Nome Risteski
By Nome Risteski....
Former Preston Captain Sapazovski Returns to BT Connor Reserve
for Season 2011
son John Sapazovski has returned to BT Connor Reserve for season
2011, giving the club another dimension in its attacking
Great to see some
of the Preston Greats getting back to the club and helping them
get back to where the club belongs.
By Nome Risteski....
Preston Lions FC 3 v St. Albans Saints FC 1
Preston got of to
good start in it preseason preparation by downing new VPL outfit
St. Albans Saints Fc by 3 goals to 1.
Its early days yet
but the Lion's are hoping to do a whole lot better than they did
last season when they only survived the drop to the 2nd Division
by the skin of their teeth in a playoff with Diamond Valley.
|15-12-2010| Article From
Ognenovski To Line Up Against Inter Milan
Ognenovski with his 2010 Asian Player Of The Year Award.
By: Kamarul Akhir
defender Sasa Ognenovski’s dream ride on football’s magic
carpet will reach another milestone this week when he
locks horns with one of the game’s most lethal strikers.
Seongnam Ilhwa of Korea Republic will meet European champion
Inter Milan in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup in
Abu Dhabi on Thursday (AEDT).
And leading the
Italian club’s attack will be none other than Cameroon forward
Samuel Eto’o, who is expected to be named 2010 African
footballer of the year - which would be a record fourth award.
captain and central defender, Ognenovski will have his work cut
out to contain the Nerazzurri, particularly Eto’o who is
arguably Inter’s most menacing player.
fresh from leading his club to AFC Champions League glory, being
named 2010 Asian player of the year and making his debut for the
Socceroos against Egypt, is undaunted by the prospect.
"The boys are
pumped up for Inter and we can’t wait for Wednesday,” Ognenovski
told The World Game.
is a gap between Asian and European football but in a one-off
game anything is possible.
"So we are hoping
to cause an upset. The team has a strong self-belief that we can
beat Inter because on our day we can beat anyone.
"It’s the same
belief we have had all year and if we can transfer that belief
onto the park we will give Inter a good run for their money."
declared his team will not be afraid to play its natural game
against Rafa Benitez's side.
"We won’t be
holding back or playing for penalties. It’s just not our style.
We’ll go for it and see what happens," he said.
"I can’t wait to
face Eto’o and test myself against the best in the world to see
where I’m at.
"I love a
challenge and the prospect of marking Eto’o for 90 minutes is a
dream for me.”
the right to face Inter by beating Al Wahda 4-1 in the
quarter-finals, Ognenovski on the scoresheet with a thumping
"It was not that
easy against Al Wahda because we didn’t play our best football,”
"We watched them
play (against Hekari United) on Wednesday night and we thought
that if we move the ball around fast enough we’d score some
goals because their defence did not look too strong.”
So what would
Ognenovski give for a goal against Inter?
Inter would be nice," he said in a classic under-statement.
"I’ll be going up
for the set-pieces, that’s for sure, but I think if anyone of us
scores that would be nice too.”
tournament's other semi-final, African champion TP Mazembe of
Congo faces South American champion Internacional of Brazil.
Ognenovski, who is
playing in his second Club World Cup after being a member of
Adelaide United’s side that finished fifth in 2008, hopes his
current form will earn him a call-up for the AFC Asian Cup in
Qatar in January.
The Socceroos were
on the receiving end of a 3-0 thrashing in their last match in
Cairo and Ognenovski hopes the adverse result won’t affect his
chances of selection.
"It was not the
best game I’ve played in my life but it was not the worst
either,” he said.
"The whole team’s
performance was not the best so that did not help but personally
I think my game was solid and I don’t think I made too many
Osieck will name his squad for Qatar on December 28 with
Ognenovski waiting patiently for the call.
"Did I do enough
to be picked? You’ll have to ask the boss about that," the
"Maybe I’ve done
just enough to scrape into the squad of 23.”
|25-10-2010| Article From Preston Lions Official Website....
Sasa Ognenovski Named Asain Player Of The Year 2010
Ognenovski in Action For The Lions v Oakleigh's Panapolous
The Preston Lions Football Club would like to
congratulate former defender Sasa Ognenovski on becoming the
first Australian to take out the prestigious Asian Football
Confederation's (AFC) Player of the Year award.
Ognenovski, 31, fresh from making his Socceroo
debut last week against Egypt, was chosen as Asia's best player
during a gala awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on
"To be named in the initial list of 15 players
alongside the likes of Australia's Tim Cahill and Manchester
United's Park Ji-Sung was a big honour. To win the award was
unbelievable and humbling," Ognenovski said.
The award caps off a stellar month for the former
Lion who also captained his South Korean club Seongnam Ilwha
Chunma to victory in the Asian Champions League final in Japan
and was named that competition's most valuable player following
Ognenovski played all his junior football with
Preston before being promoted to the senior team in 1997 where
he played over 100 Victorian Premier League games for the club
over six seasons. His success caught the eye of A-League club
Queensland Roar in 2006 where he became one of the competition’s
toughest defenders. In 2008 he transferred to fellow A-League
club Adelaide United where he participated in their AFC
Champions League campaign, before joining his current club
Seongnam in 2009.
|24-10-2010| Article From Preston Lions Official Website....
Preston Lions confirm
coaching appointments for 2011
The Preston Lions Football Club is pleased to confirm the
re-appointment of both Nick Cuculeski as Senior Coach and Chris
Emsovski as Under 21s Coach for the upcoming 2011 season.
Cuculeski, who had been the club's Under 21s coach since 2007,
took over the senior position mid way through the 2010 season
with the Lions struggling at the foot of the State League
Division 1 table and staring at relegation for the second time
in two years. However with a fresh approach and some inspired
recruiting during the mid-season registration period, Cuculeski
was able to turn the club's fortunes around by amassing 18
points from their last nine games and guided the Lions to an
unlikely victory against Diamond Valley in a do-or-die play-off
to secure the final State League Division 1 spot for 2011.
Cuculeski played most of his career with Preston throughout the
90s and early 2000s, and is perhaps best known for his magical
golden goal in extra time of the 2002 Victorian Premier League
Grand Final when the Lions defeated Fawkner 2-1.
Emsovski, who captained the Lions to that famous Grand Final
victory in 2002 and served the club for over 10 years, stepped
up to the Under 21s post last season following Cuculeski's
promotion to the senior role, himself having coached the club's
Under 15s and Under 18s teams for the past two years. Emsovski
was also instrumental in the Lions' survival from relegation
last season having assumed the senior assistant coaching role on
Significantly, both Cuculeski and Emsovski are themselves
products of the Preston Lions junior program having played all
of their junior football with the club. These appointments will
serve to further reinforce the strong links that exist between
the senior and junior structures and the continued investment in
the club's development pathways for both players and coaches.
|5-10-2010| Article From Preston Lions Official Website....
Branov awarded Best and Fairest
Branov In Action
Against Diamond Valley
The Preston Lions
Football Club would like to congratulate
Andrew Branov for taking out the club's 2010 Best and
Hamid Kamali and
Aleksandar Petrovski were joint winners of the Most Improved
Nick Bogeski and
Andrew Theodore are joint winners of the Best and Fairest award
for the Under 21's squad, while
Aleksandar Rostankoski was awarded
Most Improved Player.
was awarded the Top Goalscorer award with
eight goals for the season, while
Aguek Aguek was the winner for the Under 21's squad.
Best & Fairest -
Top Goalscorer - Edin Ahmetovic
Most Improved Player - Hamid Kamali and Aleksandar Petrovski
Best & Fairest -
Nick Bogoeski and
Top Goalscorer - Aguek Aguek
Most Improved Player - Aleksandar Rostankoski
|30-09-2010| Foto's By MakLion.....
Foto's Preston Lions v Diamond Valley
|30-09-2010| Article From Goal Weekly Website....
PRESTON LIONS 1 - 0 DIAMOND VALLEY
It’s all over for
the gallant Diamond Valley boys after losing by the only goal of
On a beautiful spring day , the Valley faithful made their way
to Keysborough by bus and car to cheer the boys on. We were
reminded of the enormity of the task ahead when several coaches
transporting the colourful and vocal Macedonian support – no
doubt about it, they are a big club with history !!!
Conservative estimate would put the crowd at approx 1200, so
quite an atmosphere was created.
However, our Valley boys have shown time and again this season
that they can mix it with best of them, and their was no reason
to think otherwise on this, the biggest day in the Clubs
After a bit of a shaky start, the boys weathered an early
onslaught for the first 10 – 15 minutes but then settled and
looked to be matching the Lions. Valley almost took an early
lead when Simon ZAPPIA worked his way towards goal, his shot
just off target, but encouraging signs none the less.
The mid field and defence were working hard to repel the Lions
forwards but were caught out when Lions went 1-0 up and took
that lead into the half time break.
It was evident that for Valley to get a result, we were going to
have to make the best of the opportunities when they came along.
In the second half the chances did come, but sadly we lacked
quality in front of goal and just could not put the ball in the
Big Manni PAPASTAMATIS in goal looked comfortable all day, he
was well protected by Glen DAVIE , Adam RAYNES and Jerry LAZARIS
in defence. The midfield bust a gut all day, The LAGANA boys,
Rossi and Frankie , along with Toni GIULIANO , Mario LADNJAK and
Elias TSINTZAS never stopped . Up front Leigh MINOPOULOS was
finding it difficult to get a run at goal, Simon ZAPPIA was
getting himself into good positions but couldn’t break the
deadlock. Nino called the changes with the introduction of Dejan
MILEVSKI, Anthony HAMMER and Rob ARDESI but to no avail. Things
took a turn for the worse, or so we might have expected, when
Jerry LAZARIS was shown a red card …… questionable choice of
card with the forward running away from goal. However, even when
reduced to 10 men, Valley were still very competitive and Lions
resorted to some tactics to wind down the clock.
|27-09-2010| From The Official FFV Website....
Retain Division One Status
The Preston Lions have
retained their place in the Men's State League One competition after
a hard fought 1-0 win over Diamond Valley United in the Men's State
League Playoff Final last weekend.
A Robert Najdovski volley after 27 minutes was enough to separate
the two teams, after a colossal battle in sunny conditions at White
More than 750 people attended the match, creating an atmosphere
built for finals football. Both team's supporters were in full voice
trying to get their side over the line to earn that valuable final
spot in the 2011 Men’s State League One competition.
Diamond Valley were left to rue their chances, after having several
opportunities to get themselves on the scoreboard in a performance
that showed they were more than capable of matching it with their
higher league opponents. However, in the end the travelling faithful
for Preston were left to celebrate a stunning fight back to remain
in the competition, after languishing at the bottom of the table for
much of the season.
|6-09-2010| Story By Aritro Abedin From Goalweekly Website....
Preston Lions 2
Clifton Hill 2
match of the round was the relegation six pointer at BT Connor
Reserve, with Preston and Clifton Hill facing off in the contest
that will all but decide the make up of next year’s division 2.
Both sides went into the game riding the wave of late revivals,
with Clifton Hill being undefeated in four games and Preston
having achieved huge wins against Whittlesea Zebras and Western
A big crowd was expected for the contest, and the Macedonian
community didn’t let the Lions down as an impressive number of
them roared the club on towards victory.
They were sent into raptures early in the contest, when a
questionable hand-ball decision saw the referee point to the
spot, with Ahmetovic, Edin making no mistake with the penalty to
send his team 1-0 up.
However a determined Clifton Hill muscled their way back into
the contest, seizing control of the position for much of the
middle period of the game. Eventually they were rewarded for
their endeavour when Frank Drakopolous got onto the end of a
long-ball into the box and headed it in at the far post to
silence the expectant Preston crowd.
However, the Preston fans were to end the game experiencing
the sort of joy and relief that can only be induced by the
avoidance of relegation, when a hopeful shot into the box
pinballed around a sea of Clifton Hill bodies and was somehow
scrambled into the back of the net with Andrew J Branov getting
the credit for the goal.
BT Connor Reserve exploded into a pandemonium, the despondent
Clifton Hill coach Alex Kiratzoglu was left to lament on a
result that slipped away in the most heart breaking of
circumstances. ‘We’re shattered, just shattered. It was
always going to be a tough match with so much riding on the
result. l can’t fault the boys, though I think a bit more
composure in defence would have been the order of the day, I
think the effort was there and I’m really proud of the
|9-08-2010| Story By Aritro Abedin From Goalweekly Website....
Embark On A Great Escape
North Geelong 1 v Preston
North Geelong faced off against
cellar-dwellers Preston Lions on Friday night in a match that
they probably would have banked on as a relatively trouble-free
three points as they mounted a serious challenge for one of the
two available promotion spots in this year’s SL1.
However, no one at Elcho Park would have forseen the shambles
that was to follow for the home side as a rampant Lions outfit
completed a 4-1 drubbing to take themselves off the bottom of
The Lions were gifted an own goal on the way to the shock
result, but much credit is due to livewire attacker Edin
Ahmetovic who display class, poise and composure as he completed
the stunning-hatrick that could keep his side in this division
for another season.
The Lions now sit in 10th place, two points ahe
of both Clifton Hill and Malvern City, and what once looked like
a season almost certainly condemned to relegation appears to
have been salvaged with four games left to play.
The legion of Preston fans who remember their club’s halcyon
days in the National Soccer League must be breathing a huge sigh
of relief at the prospect of avoiding the ignominy of seeing
their club battling it out in SL2 next season.
|24-06-2010| From Preston Lions Official Website.....
Ins and Outs At
Preston Lions FC
Edin Ahmetovic (Hume United)
Adis Sehic (Maribyrnong Greens)
Zeljko Popovic (Preston Lions FC (2009))
Lupce Koceski (Preston Lions FC (2009))
Matthew Vrbec (Melbourne Knights) (GK)
Teo Kohonen (Melbourne University Soccer Club)
Giordano Caputo (St Kevin’s Old Boys SC (2009))
Zarko Tomovski (Lalor United Seniors SC)
Israel Carter (St Albans Saints SC)
Bale Micovski (Pascoe Vale)
Damir Salcin (Bentleigh Greens)
Martin Hana (St Albans Saints SC)
|1-06-2010| Article From Preston Lions Official Website....
Cuculeski Takes The Reigns
Preston Lions Football Club has appointed former championship
player, Nick Cuculeski, as its senior coach for the remainder of
the 2010 season.
Cuculeski, who has been the club’s Under 21s coach since 2007,
took charge of his first senior game two weeks ago against
Whittlesea and followed it up with a hard fought nil-all draw
last weekend away to Western Suburbs, earning the Lions their
first points of the year.
effort was all the more encouraging considering the team was
missing many first team regulars through injury including
captain Tony Sterjovski, Bale Micovski, and former goalkeeper
Damir Salcin who has transferred to VPL club Bentleigh Greens.
the mid-season registration period opening next week, Cuculeski
will be looking to bolster his playing stocks and guide the team
away from the relegation zone.
|02-02-2010| Article From Macedonian Cup Comp Website....
Bringing the Macedonian
On December 22 2009 & January 8 2010 the Macedonian Clubs of
Victoria met and agreed to resurrect the annual tournament of
The tournament aims to bring together all the Macedonian Clubs
to build a better cohesion between our clubs, so we can continue
to work collectively towards building and uniting our community
and the continued success and support of our clubs.
The motto for this year’s cup will be “Bringing the
Macedonian Community together”
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Sterjovski Returns To Preston Makedonia For Season 2010
Former club captain and championship winning player, Tony ‘British’
Sterjovski, will once again pull on the Preston Lions jersey this
season to spearhead the club’s Victorian State League One campaign.
The 32-year old
returns to BT Connor Reserve after spending a year with Victorian
Premier League outfit, Hume City, where he was instrumental in
helping them to reach a preliminary final last season.
According to Sterjovski, the aim of achieving promotion back into
the Victorian Premier League was one of his main motivations for
returning to the club.
“Preston is unarguably one of the biggest and most successful clubs
in Victoria and I am absolutely committed to making sure we reclaim
our rightful position in the highest possible level of competition
in this state.”
“My achievements at
Preston so far include a Victorian Premier League championship, club
Best and Fairest award, club captaincy and Bill Fleming Medal as
player of the year as voted by the media. Having followed Preston as
a kid during the National League days and spent all of my junior
years at the club, I have always considered Preston to be my home as
playing for the club has always brought out the best in my football
“So I consider this coming season in State League One to be another
special challenge of what I can hopefully achieve at Preston.”
Coach Zeljko Gagula said he is thrilled with Sterjovski’s signing.
“One of my major aims during this pre-season was to recruit a senior
player capable of injecting some much needed leadership, experience
and firepower to our young up and coming squad. And we’ve certainly
been able to achieve that with British who in my opinion is one of
the most gifted and dedicated footballers
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President Receives Preston Lions Jersey
Foto: By Igor Pavlovski
Monday 26th October Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd officially
welcomed Nikola Gruevski, the Prime Minister of Macedonia to
27th October Prime Minister Gruevski meet with the Macedonian
community of Melbourne, where officials of the Preston Lions
Football Club had the opportunity to thank the Prime Minister for
his visit to Australia and for meeting with the community.
club then proudly presented the Macedonian Prime Minister a Preston
Lions FC 50th Anniversary jersey with his name and favourite number.
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