I am fairly certain that I had heard of FK Vardar before I had bought this shirt. So I wasn't all that surprised to find out that it was the only Macedonian club with an online store that would easily ship to the UK. It took two weeks to hear anything from FK Vardar but eventually they said it had been shipped and 5 days later it arrived. Luckily it did have the tags attached. The design is nice and simple. The black and red stripes work well together. The Macedonian flag on the back of the neck is nice to see. Especially as this confirms that I do in fact own a shirt from North Macedonia.
Design Rating: 5/10
Rarity Rating: 9/10
RANDOM CLUB FACT
FK Vardar supporters are known as "Komiti". Komiti are the first organized supporters group of Vardar and they were founded on 4 June 1987 in Skopje, at the match between FK Vardar and Red Star Belgrade. Throughout their existence, they left significant seal in the history of Vardar and with their support becoming the 12th player of the team. FK Vardar as a club is supported by most Macedonians worldwide. The Ultras group KOMITI was noticed for the first time in the year 1985, on 'Zapad' (West Stand), where the most fanatic fans of Vardar always operated. Two years later, in God’s summer of 4 June 1987 at the City Stadium in Skopje was a derby match of the Yugoslav league at that time between Vardar Skopje and Red Star Belgrade (3:1). On 'Zapad' for the first time since existence of the club a banner with the writing 'KOMITI' was noticed. The idea contained the establishment of a massive and strong Macedonian ultra scene. The goal was for 'KOMITI' to make the prominent post of all activities and events on the West Stand. As the most acceptable name of the group was selected 'KOMITI'.
The reason for it was simple: When the Balkans were in the Middle Ages under occupation by the Ottomans, young Macedonians under the name 'KOMITI' had organized themselves, in order to fight against the tyranny. This name is very strong and the meaning of the name is closely linked with their goals, this is why they decided not to use one like the standard unimaginative names such as Brigate, Commando, Ultras, Boys etc. And so, the name 'KOMITI' was selected for the new born Ultra group.