AC Milan face KF Shkendija at the San Siro in a Europa League qualifier tomorrow evening, but you’d be forgiven for not knowing too much about the outfit hailing from Tetovo on the fringes of Macedonia.
The Red and Blacks audaciously claim the Rossoneri stole their kit, but sharing same coloured vertical stripes is pretty much where the similarities end for these two completely polarised teams.
For starters, having been founded in 1979 but then disbanded until the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Shkendija’s exposure to European football is rather limited, thus far making just two appearances in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League, a competition Milan have won three times, and 20 outings in the Europa League.
Since its second incarnation in 1992, however, Shkendija have been on a persistent rise, climaxing with the Macedonian top flight title in 2011 and consecutive runner-up finishes over the last two seasons. Meanwhile, Milan have been on a downward trajectory over the last five years, although some staggering spending this summer appears to have put them back on the right path.
For more on Shkendija, check out their Facebook page. And for more on the vast differences between the Macedonian outfit and their opponents tomorrow night, check out the video below…