( ; born 27 July 1983 in Strumica
, Socialist Republic of Macedonia
), is a Macedonian
footballer who plays as a forward
for Italian Serie A
. He is also considered a key player for the Macedonian national team
Pandev began his football career with FK Belasica
, the club with which he progressed through the youth academy. He only spent one season in the local Prva Liga
though, before being signed by major Italian Serie A
in the summer of 2001 when he was just 18 years old.
Inter loaned Pandev to Spezia
, where he was a regular in Serie C1
.The following year, he was again sent on loan, this time to newly promoted Ancona
. Despite the Dorici having a nightmare of a season, the worst of any club in Serie A history.
In January 2004, Serbian
star Dejan Stanković
was signed by Inter from Lazio
and Pandev was sent to the capital in exchange on a co-ownership deal, which Pandev was remained at Ancona until end of 2003-04 seasaon. Pandev impressed in his first year at Lazio, as he made 29 appearances, scoring 3 goals including a memorable effort away to Juventus
where he beat Fabio Cannavaro
, Lilian Thuram
and Gianluca Zambrotta
, before beating Gianluigi Buffon
with an angled shot. In July 2005 another half of registration rights was transferred from Internazionale to Udinese for......