Albania national football team

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Albania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Kuq e Zinjtë (The Red and Blacks)
Shqiponjat
(The Eagles)
Association Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Italy Gianni De Biasi
Asst coach Albania Altin Lala
Italy Paolo Tramezzani
Captain Lorik Cana
Most caps Lorik Cana (80)
Top scorer Erjon Bogdani (18)
Home stadium Elbasan Arena
FIFA code ALB
FIFA ranking 58 Decrease 8 (18 December 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 37 (July 2013[1])
Lowest FIFA ranking 124 (August 1997[1])
Elo ranking 72 [2]
Highest Elo ranking 52 (13 October 1946 [2])
Lowest Elo ranking 127 (14 & 18 December 1994 [2])
First colours
Second colours
First international
Albania Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(Tirana, Albania; October 7, 1946)[3]
Biggest win

 Albania 5–0 Vietnam 
(Bastia Umbra, Italy; February 12, 2003)

 Albania 6–1 Cyprus 
(Tirana, Albania; August 12, 2009)[3]
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 12–0 Albania 
(Budapest, Hungary; September 24, 1950)[3]
European Championship
Appearances 0
Best result

The Albania national football team is the national association football team of Albania and it has represented the Albanian nation since 1932.

Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before FSHF was created. This is witnessed by the registration of the team in the Balkan Cup tournament of 1929-1931, which started in 1929 (although Albania eventually retired from the competition, before the competition started).[4] FSHF was founded on June 6, 1930, and Albania had to wait 16 years to play its first international match, debuting against Yugoslavia in 1946. In 1932, Albania joined FIFA (during the congress June 12 — June 16) and in 1954, it was one of the founding members of UEFA.

Results in History[edit]

Recent developments[edit]

In December 2007, Football Association of Albania's president, Armand Duka, announced Arie Haan would replace Croatian-Austrian Otto Barić as Albania's head coach. Haan signed a two-year contract on January 4, 2008.[5]

On March 14, 2008, Albania was suspended from international football (FIFA and UEFA), due to heavy political interference in the Football Association. The suspension lasted 46 days.[6][7][8]

Haan was replaced by Croatian coach Josip Kuže in May 2009.[9] Kuže parted ways with Albania almost three years later, in December 2011, when coach Gianni de Biasi replaced him.[10]

The Albania national team has recently had an unprecedented high number of players, who although are Albanian by ethnicity, were not born in Albania, but either in Kosovo, or outside of Kosovo, while hailing from Albanian Kosovar parents. As of August 13, 2013, 14 Albanians of Kosovo origin were either part of the start-up team, or have received recent call-ups.[11]

Significant presence at the 2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Before the World Cup in 2014 a significant presence of Albanians had been noted in several national teams. In March 5, 2014 54 Albanians were called up by 7 different national teams Albania (19), Kosovo (22), Switzerland (5), Macedonia (4), Finland (2), Germany (1), and Montenegro (1).[12]

The Catalan newspaper El Mundo Deportivo reported a significant presence of Albanians in the World Cup, thanks to an article published by it. The article emphasized how Albania is not in the World Cup 2014, as a result of the "originating stars who are springing up in major competitions on the globe", especially emphasizing Xherdan Shaqiri. According to the newspaper if Gianni De Biasi had been able to use Swiss representative footballers and Adnan Januzaj of Belgium, at the 1/8 finals against Argentina would not be Switzerland, but the Red & Blacks of Albania. According to the article, a country with three million inhabitants, which had never previously participated in a major tournament, could have been present in the Brazilian World Cup if the stars of Albanian origin had chosen to wear the jersey of their own country. The article noted that Xherdan Shaqiri, currently the star of the Swiss youth was too ambitious to play for the Albania in the past, and holds two passports, the Swiss and Albanian. Born in Gjilan, Kosovo, in the end he decided to wear the shirt of Switzerland, the country where he trained as a footballer. The second name that could have do the job for De Biasi, according to Catalan daily, was Adnan Januzaj of Belgium, which the label as a great talent. For the latter, "El Mundo Deportivo" writes that he was born in Brussels but emphasizes the origins of his father, who is an Albanian from Kosovo. The article also mentions how the two brothers Xhaka are split: The younger one, Granit, plays for Switzerland and the edler one, Taulant, for Albania, whereas the Macedonian Albanians such as Blerim Dzemaili, Admir Mehmedi and Valon Behrami, according to "El Mundo Deportivo" would make the team of Albania one of the most talented in Europe.[13]

In September 2014, it was reported that 80 Albanians played with foreign (thus excluding Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia) senior and youth national teams, out of which 46 with Switzerland only.[14]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Switzerland 10 7 3 0 17 6 +11 24
 Iceland 10 5 2 3 17 15 +2 17
 Slovenia 10 5 0 5 14 11 +3 15
 Norway 10 3 3 4 10 13 −3 12
 Albania 10 3 2 5 9 11 −2 11
 Cyprus 10 1 2 7 4 15 −11 5
  Albania Cyprus Iceland Norway Slovenia Switzerland
Albania  3–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–2
Cyprus  0–0 1–0 1–3 0–2 0–0
Iceland  2–1 2–0 2–0 2–4 0–2
Norway  0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–2
Slovenia  1–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–2
Switzerland  2–0 1–0 4–4 1–1 1–0


UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Denmark Portugal Albania Serbia Armenia
1  Denmark 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7 Advance to final tournament 0–1 4 Sep '15 13 Jun '15 2–1
2  Portugal 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1 6 8 Oct '15 0–1 29 Mar '15 1–0
3  Albania[a] 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4 Final tournament or play-offs 1–1 7 Sep '15 8 Oct '15 29 Mar '15
4  Serbia[a] 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 1 1–3 11 Oct '15 3–0[a] 4 Sep '15
5  Armenia 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1 7 Sep '15 13 Jun '15 11 Oct '15 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 2014. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Serbia were awarded a 3–0 win for their abandoned home match against Albania, but were also deducted three points because home fans invaded the pitch and attacked Albania players when a drone carried a pro-Albanian flag over the stadium.[15] The decision was appealed by both Serbia and Albania,[16][17] but was upheld by UEFA.[18]

After the game Serbia v Albania, the national team of Albania was awarded by the cities of Tirana, Vlora, Kamëz, and Bajram Curri awards of honor and city recognition for protecting the national symbols.[19]

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the Friendly against France and Italy on 14 & 18 November 2014.[20] note: Taulant Xhaka & Ergys Kaçe withdrew.[21]
Caps and goals as of 18 November 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Etrit Berisha (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 25) 22 0 Italy Lazio
12 1GK Orges Shehi (1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 37) 5 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
23 1GK Stivi Frashëri (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Albania Tirana
5 2DF Lorik Cana (Captain) (1983-06-27) 27 June 1983 (age 31) 80 1 Italy Lazio
7 2DF Ansi Agolli (1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 (age 32) 52 2 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
2 2DF Andi Lila (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 28) 51 0 Italy Parma
6 2DF Debatik Curri (1984-12-28) 28 December 1984 (age 29) 43 1 Albania Tirana
15 2DF Mërgim Mavraj (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 28) 21 2 Germany Köln
4 2DF Elseid Hysaj (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 20) 11 0 Italy Empoli
3 2DF Ermir Lenjani (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 25) 7 1 Switzerland St. Gallen
17 2DF Arlind Ajeti (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Switzerland Basel
8 3MF Ervin Bulku (1981-03-03) 3 March 1981 (age 33) 56 1 Albania Tirana
11 3MF Emiljano Vila (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 26) 27 3 Albania Partizani Tirana
21 3MF Odise Roshi (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 23) 21 1 Germany FSV Frankfurt
10 3MF Valdet Rama (1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 27) 14 3 Germany 1860 München
22 3MF Amir Abrashi (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 24) 11 0 Switzerland Grasshopper
13 3MF Burim Kukeli (1984-01-16) 16 January 1984 (age 30) 8 0 Switzerland Zürich
14 3MF Ledian Memushaj (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 28) 7 0 Italy Pescara
20 3MF Armando Vajushi (1991-12-03) 3 December 1991 (age 23) 6 1 Bulgaria Litex Lovech
24 3MF Herolind Shala (1992-02-01) 1 February 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Norway Odd
25 3MF Erando Karabeci (1988-09-06) 6 September 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Albania Tirana
18 4FW Hamdi Salihi (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 30) 49 11 Israel Hapoel Acre
9 4FW Edmond Kapllani (1982-07-31) 31 July 1982 (age 32) 41 6 Germany FSV Frankfurt
19 4FW Bekim Balaj (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 23) 8 1 Czech Republic Slavia Prague

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Alban Hoxha (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Albania Partizani Tirana v.  Serbia, 14 October 2014
DF Taulant Xhaka (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Switzerland Basel v.  France, 8 November 2014 (Withdrew)
DF Amir Rrahmani (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Albania Partizani Tirana v.  Denmark, 11 October 2014 (preliminary squad)
DF Fidan Aliti (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Switzerland Luzern v.  San Marino, 8 June 2014
DF Kristi Qose (1995-06-10) 10 June 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Greece Apollon 1926 v.  San Marino, 8 June 2014
DF Renato Arapi (1986-08-28) 28 August 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
MF Ergys Kaçe (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 21) 11 1 Greece PAOK v.  France, 8 November 2014 (Withdrew)
MF Alban Meha (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 28) 6 2 Germany Paderborn 07 v.  Serbia, 14 October 2014
MF Shkëlzen Gashi Injured (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 26) 5 0 Switzerland Basel v.  Denmark, 11 October 2014 (preliminary squad)
MF Jahmir Hyka (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 26) 38 2 Switzerland Luzern v.  Portugal, 7 September 2014 (preliminary squad)
MF Sabien Lilaj (1989-02-10) 10 February 1989 (age 25) 10 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë v.  San Marino, 8 June 2014
MF Albi Dosti (1991-09-13) 13 September 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Albania Kukësi v.  San Marino, 8 June 2014
MF Migjen Basha Injured (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 (age 27) 8 2 Italy Torino v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
FW Armando Sadiku Injured (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 23) 11 1 Switzerland Zürich v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
  • INJ Withdrew because of injury.
  • Injured = Not called-up due to injury


Coaching staff[edit]

Current coaching staff as of 12 August 2014:

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Gianni De Biasi
Assistant Coach Italy Paolo Tramezzani
Assistant Coach Albania Altin Lala
Fitness Coach Italy Alberto Belle
Goalkeeping Coach Albania Ilir Bozhiqi
National Team Manager Albania Alban Bushi
National Team Scouter Albania Erjon Bogdani
Manager of the Young Talents Albania Redi Jupi
Team Doctor Albania Arben Celiku

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Elbasan Arena
Old Qemal Stafa Stadium as seen from the Sheraton hotel.

As of November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards.[22] In fact, not a single stadium in Albania fulfills FIFA standards for international competitions. As a result, the Albanian government is upgrading Ruzhdi Bizhuta stadium of Elbasan named Elbasan Arena in time for the Euro 2016 qualifiers beginning in September 2014.[23]

Supporters[edit]

Main article: Tifozat Kuq e Zi

Kit History[edit]

The Albanian kit has been mostly red and black with few changes throughout the years.

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit provider Period
Germany Adidas 1980-1991
Germany Uhlsport 1992–1995
Germany Puma 1996–2004
United Kingdom Umbro 2004–2008
United States Nike 2008–2010
Italy Legea 2010–2012
Germany Adidas 2012–present

Managerial History[edit]

This is a chronological list of the managers who have guided Albania since 1946.[24]

  1. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubiša Broćić (1946–1947)
  2. Albania Adem Karapici (1947–1949)
  3. Albania Sllave Llambi (1949)
  4. Albania Ludovik Jakova (1949–1950)
  5. Albania Myslim Alla (1952)
  6. Hungary Vadas Miklós (1953)
  7. Albania Loro Boriçi (1957–1963)
  8. Albania Zyber Konçi (1963–65)
  9. Albania Loro Boriçi (1965–1972)
  10. Albania Myslym Alla (1972–1973)
  11. Albania Ilia Shuke (1973)
  12. Albania Loro Boriçi (1976)
  13. Albania Zyber Konçi (1980)
  14. Albania Loro Boriçi (1981)
  15. Albania Shyqyri Rreli (1982–1985)
  16. Albania Agron Sulaj (1985–1988)
  17. Albania Shyqyri Rreli (1988–1989)
  18. Albania Bejkush Birçe (1990)
  19. Albania Agron Sulaj (1990–1991)
  20. Albania Bejkush Birçe (1991–1994)
  21. Albania Neptun Bajko (1994–1996)
  22. Albania Astrit Hafizi (1997–1999)
  23. Albania Medin Zhega (2000–2001)
  24. Albania Sulejman Demollari (2001–2002)
  25. Italy Giuseppe Dossena (2002)
  26. Germany Hans-Peter Briegel (2002–2006)
  27. Croatia Austria Otto Barić (2006–2007)
  28. Netherlands Arie Haan (2008–2009)
  29. Croatia Josip Kuže (2009–2011)
  30. Italy Gianni De Biasi (2011– )

Individual all-time records[edit]

Below are two lists of the top 10 players with the most caps and goals for Albania.

As of 18 November 2014.[25]
  Active players are highlighted
  Part of the squad who won 1946 Balkan Cup

[26]

  Part of the squad who won Malta Rothmans International Tournament 2000

[27]

Appearances records[edit]

Lorik Cana is the most capped player in the history of Albania with 80 caps.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1
Lorik Cana
2003– 80 1
2
Altin Lala
1998–2011 79 3
3
Klodian Duro
2001–2011 77 6
4
Ervin Skela
2000–2011 75 13
5
Erjon Bogdani
1996–2013 74 18
6
Foto Strakosha
1990–2004 73 0
7
Igli Tare
1997–2007 68 10
Altin Haxhi
1995–2009 68 3
9
Alban Bushi
1995–2007 67 14
10
Armend Dallku
2005–2013 64 1

Top goalscorers[edit]

Hamdi Salihi is the fourth-top goalscorer in the history of Albania with 11 goals.
# Name Career Goals Caps
1
Erjon Bogdani
1996–2013 18 74
2
Alban Bushi
1995–2007 14 67
3
Ervin Skela
2000–2011 13 75
4
Altin Rraklli
1992–2005 11 63
Hamdi Salihi
2006– 11 49
6
Sokol Kushta
1987–1996 10 31
Igli Tare
1997–2007 10 68
8
Adrian Aliaj
2002–2006 8 29
9
Bledar Kola
1994–2001 6 40
Klodian Duro
2000–2011 6 77
Edmond Kapllani
2004– 6 41
Loro Boriçi
1946–1958 6 24
Qamil Teliti
1946–1952 6 13

Honours[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did Not Qualify 4/4 6 0 1 5 2 12
Mexico 1970 Entry Not Accepted[29]
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify 4/4 6 1 0 5 3 13
Argentina 1978 Did Not Participate
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify 4/5 8 1 0 7 4 22
Mexico 1986 3/4 6 1 2 3 6 9
Italy 1990 4/4 6 0 0 6 3 15
United States 1994 7/7 12 1 2 9 6 26
France 1998 6/6 10 1 1 8 7 20
South Korea Japan 2002 5/5 8 1 0 7 5 14
Germany 2006 5/7 12 4 1 7 11 20
South Africa 2010 5/6 10 1 4 5 6 13
Brazil 2014 5/6 10 3 2 5 9 11
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total Best: – 0/20 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 94 13 13 68 62 175
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Position Pld W D * L GF GA
France 1960 Did Not Participate
Spain 1964 Did Not Qualify First round 2 1 0 1 1 4
Italy 1968 3/3 4 0 1 3 0 12
Belgium 1972 4/4 6 1 1 4 5 9
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Did Not Participate
Italy 1980
France 1984 Did Not Qualify 5/5 8 0 2 6 4 14
West Germany 1988 4/4 6 0 0 6 2 17
Sweden 1992 5/5 7 1 0 6 2 21
England 1996 5/6 10 2 2 6 10 16
Belgium Netherlands 2000 5/6 10 1 4 5 8 14
Portugal 2004 4/5 8 2 2 4 11 15
Austria Switzerland 2008 5/7 12 2 5 5 12 18
Poland Ukraine 2012 5/6 10 2 3 5 7 14
France 2016 To Be Determined
Total Best: – 0/14 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 83 12 20 51 62 154
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Head-to-Head records against other countries[edit]

As of 18 November 2014
Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential Reference
 Algeria 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 H2H results 1964 match*
 Andorra 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 H2H results
 Argentina 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 H2H results
 Armenia 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1 H2H results
 Austria 6 0 0 6 1 17 -16 H2H results
 Azerbaijan 5 3 1 1 5 3 +2 H2H results
 Bahrain 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 H2H results
 Belarus 5 1 2 2 5 8 -3 H2H results
 Belgium 2 1 0 1 3 3 =0 H2H results
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 4 1 2 1 3 3 =0 H2H results
 Bulgaria 13 2 4 7 8 17 -9 H2H results
 Cameroon 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 H2H results
 China PR 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 H2H results
 Cuba 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 H2H results
 Cyprus 6 2 2 2 12 7 +5 H2H results
 Czechoslovakia 5 2 0 3 6 10 -4 H2H results
 Denmark 9 1 2 6 4 19 -15 H2H results
 East Germany 3 0 1 2 2 7 -5 H2H results
 England 4 0 0 4 1 12 -11 H2H results
England England B 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 Match Report at BBC Sport
 Estonia 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 H2H results
 Finland 7 2 1 4 6 8 -2 H2H results
 France 5 0 1 4 2 12 -10 H2H results
 Georgia 13 3 2 8 11 21 -10 H2H results
 Germany (Germany West 1967-1983) 14 (8) 0 1 (1) 13 (7) 10 (2) 38 (22) -28 (-20) H2H results
 Greece 13 4 3 6 10 13 -3 H2H results
 Hungary 6 0 1 5 0 19 -19 H2H resuls
 Iceland 5 2 0 3 5 7 -2 H2H results
 Iran 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 H2H results
 Italy 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 H2H results
 Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 H2H results
 Latvia 5 0 5 0 6 6 =0 H2H results
 Liechtenstein 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 H2H results
 Lithuania 4 2 0 2 7 6 +1 H2H results
 Luxembourg 5 3 1 1 7 2 +5 H2H results
 Macedonia 8 1 3 4 4 10 -6 H2H results
 Malta 8 5 2 1 14 3 +11 H2H results
 Mexico 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 H2H results
 Moldova 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 H2H results
 Montenegro 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 H2H results 1946 match*
 Netherlands 4 0 0 4 1 7 -6 H2H results
 Northern Ireland 9 2 2 5 5 13 -8 H2H results
 Norway 6 1 2 1 5 5 =0 H2H results
 Poland 11 1 3 7 7 14 -7 H2H results
 Portugal 6 1 1 4 5 12 -7 H2H results
 Qatar 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 H2H results
 Republic of Ireland 4 0 1 3 2 6 -4 H2H results
 Romania 18 2 3 13 11 45 -34 H2H results
 Russia 2 1 0 1 4 5 -1 H2H results
 San Marino 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 H2H results
 Slovenia 7 1 2 4 2 6 -4 H2H results
 Spain 5 0 0 5 2 24 -22 H2H results
 Sweden 5 1 1 3 5 10 -5 H2H results
 Switzerland 6 0 1 5 4 11 -7 H2H results
 Turkey 9 3 2 4 11 8 +3 H2H results
 Ukraine 4 0 1 3 2 6 -4 H2H results
 Uzbekistan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 H2H results
 Vietnam 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 H2H Results
 Wales 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 H2H results
 Yugoslavia 5 0 1 4 4 13 -9 H2H results
58 Countries 287 66 62 159 253 467 −214 All results at EU-Football.info

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  23. ^ Zbardhet projekti, ja si do jetë “Ruzhdi Bizhuta”
  24. ^ Albania national team managers
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  26. ^ Albania national football team statistics and records: appearances - 1946* - Balkan Cup
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  28. ^ Rothmans Tournament 2000 match reports
  29. ^ "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 

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