Ten things that Barnsley's Macedonian Georgi Hristov might be missing today

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1 Drama - a region of Macedonia that has a rich history of theatre.

2 The inspirational legacy of Alexander the Great.

3 Skiing in the resorts of Grevena, Florina, Emathia, Kavala and Serres. (Although he may have had enough of slippery slopes in the Premiership.)

4 Hundreds of kinds of kebab.

5 His hometown, Skopje, ravaged in the past by earthquakes, but rebuilt by Kenzo Tango, a Japanese urban planning specialist.

6 Anastasia. Not the long-lost daughter of a Tsar, but the Macedonian folk group whose "Before the Rain" album is legendary - throughout Macedonia.

7 Pretty girls. Hristov was reported as saying Yorkshire lasses could not compare to Skopje's beauties.

8 Sophisticated girls. Apparently Hristov dislikes the amount of beer that Barnsley women quaff.

9 Fans. He has not been the most admired man in south Yorkshire.

10 The 14th century St. Andrew's monastery, 17km from Skopje. The ideal place for contemplation of his recent statements.

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