The Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MANU) marked 1,000 years of the Belasica
Battle and the death of Tsar Samuil with a conference held on Thursday.
Two hundred kilometers to the south of Skopje, in Novo Selo Municipality near Strumica, on the northern slopes of Mount Belasica
, there begins the story of the Smolare Waterfall set above the small town of Smolare and hidden among the centuries-old oak trees.
In the east river Vardar basin stretches near the Macedonian-Bulgarian border, with basins of rivers Dvoriska and Strumica, until mountain Belasica
and Dojran lake.
"It's a long way from FK Belasica
- my first club - to Lazio but it hasn't changed me.
He was spotted by Italian scouts when he became a regular with Macedonian team Belasica
at the age of 16.
Levadia Tallinn (Estonia) v Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel); Leixoes (Portugal) v Belasica
(Macedonia); Stabaek (Norway) v LINFIELD (Northern Ireland); Sigma Olomouc (Cezch Republic) v Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina); Zimbru Chisinau (Moldova) v IFK Gothenburg (Sweden); Ujpest (Hungary) v Klaksvik (Faroe Islands); Myllykosken Pallo-47 (Finland) v Odense (Denmark).
After a series of successes against the Byzantine empire, Macedonian czar Samuil's forces met defeat in on the slopes of the Belasica
mountains at Vodca: "the place where the eyes were taken out." According to legend, Byzantine emperor Basil II, known more commonly as "Basil, the Bulgar Slayer," blinded all but every tenth man of Samuil's 14,000 soldiers.
Principal battles: Sofia (981); Chrysopolis (Uskudar) (988); Abydos (989); siege of Aleppo (Halab) (995); the Spercheios (Sperkhios) (996); Skopje (1004); Balathista (Belasica
, downstream of the Smolare River, a right tributary of the Strumica River, at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level, in the region of the village of Smolare.
Str., Skopje 1130, until November 13 2010.
UEFA Cup first qualifying rnd, 1st leg - AIK v Fylkir (7.30), Apoel Nicosia v DERRY CITY (5.30), Artmedia v Dudelange (5.00), Birkirkara v Ferencvaros (6.45), Brondby v Dinamo Minsk, Publikum v Belasica
(4.30), Cementarnica v Dospel- Katowice (4.00), COLERAINE v Uniao Leiria (7.30), Crvena Zvezda v Nistru Otaci, CWMBRAN v Maccabi Haifa (5.45),
1, Leixoes 2 (agg 3-4); Partizani Tirana 1, Hapoel Tel-Aviv 4 (agg 1-5); Dundalk 0, Varteks 4 (agg 0-9).