Darko Churlinov

Kaminski celebrates World Cup qualification, Churlinov and North Macedonia miss out

Kaminski celebrates World Cup qualification, Churlinov and North Macedonia miss out

Two Schalke 04 first-team players are experiencing mixed emotions – whilst Marcin Kaminski and Poland sealed their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday (29/3), Darko Churlinov was on the losing side with North Macedonia in their play-off final against Portugal. Elsewhere, Blendi Idrizi and Kerim Calhanoglu also featured for their national teams.

Darko Churlinov and North Macedonia’s World Cup dream lives on after win over Italy

Darko Churlinov and North Macedonia’s World Cup dream lives on after win over Italy

Darko Churlinov and North Macedonia secured a shock victory over European champions Italy in their World Cup play-off semi-final on Thursday (24/3). Kerim Calhanoglu got some game time for the Germany U20s, whilst Blendi Idrizi and Marcin Kaminski did not feature for their national teams. Here is a round-up of how the quartet has got on in international action this week.

Darko Churlinov helps keep North Macedonia’s World Cup dream alive

Darko Churlinov helps keep North Macedonia’s World Cup dream alive

Three Schalke 04 players enjoyed successful evenings with their national teams: Darko Churlinov’s North Macedonia picked up a win in World Cup qualification, as did Ko Itakura’s Japan, and Mehmet Can Aydin was part of the Germany’s U20 squad who won an international friendly: only one Royal Blue actually featured in any of these fixtures, however.

Darko Churlinov plays the full 90 minutes against Germany

Darko Churlinov plays the full 90 minutes against Germany

Darko Churlinov played the entire match for North Macedonia, who were unable to produce another shock result against Germany in Skopje on Monday 11th October, suffering a 4-0 defeat in their World Cup qualifier.

Starts but no wins for Victor Pálsson and Darko Churlinov

Starts but no wins for Victor Pálsson and Darko Churlinov

Two Royal Blues made appearances for their national teams on Wednesday evening. Pálsson’s Iceland were well-beaten by Germany, whereas North Macedonia with Churlinov earned a draw against Romania.