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
Captain Lorik Cana
Most caps Altin Lala (79)
Top scorer Erjon Bogdani (18)
Home stadium Qemal Stafa Stadium
FIFA code ALB
FIFA ranking 70 Decrease 16 (April 10, 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 37 (July 2013[1])
Lowest FIFA ranking 124 (August 1997[1])
Elo ranking 86 [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 Albania 5–0 Vietnam 
(Bastia Umbra, Italy; February 12, 2003)

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

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]

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]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Armenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Albania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Albania Armenia Denmark Portugal Serbia
Albania  29 Mar '15 11 Oct '14 7 Sep '15 8 Oct '15
Armenia  11 Oct '15 7 Sep '15 13 Jun '15 11 Oct '14
Denmark  4 Sep '15 7 Sep '14 14 Oct '14 13 Jun '15
Portugal  7 Sep '14 14 Nov '14 8 Oct '15 29 Mar '15
Serbia  14 Oct '14 4 Sep '15 14 Nov '14 11 Oct '15


Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 19 players were called up for the friendly match against Malta on 5 March 2014. [12] (note: Xhaka replaced by Arapi due to injury) [13]

Caps and goals as of 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Etrit Berisha (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 25) 15 0 Italy Lazio
12 1GK Orges Shehi (1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 36) 4 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
2 2DF Andi Lila (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 28) 43 0 Greece PAS Giannina
5 2DF Lorik Cana (Captain) (1983-06-27) 27 June 1983 (age 30) 74 1 Italy Lazio
6 2DF Renato Arapi (1986-08-28) 28 August 1986 (age 27) 4 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
7 2DF Ansi Agolli (1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 (age 31) 45 2 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
15 2DF Mërgim Mavraj (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 27) 15 0 Germany Greuther Fürth
16 2DF Ermir Lenjani (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Switzerland St. Gallen
4 3MF Migjen Basha (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 (age 27) 8 2 Italy Torino
8 3MF Amir Abrashi (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Switzerland Grasshopper
10 3MF Valdet Rama (1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 26) 9 3 Spain Real Valladolid
11 3MF Emiljano Vila (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 26) 24 2 Greece PAS Giannina
17 3MF Alban Meha (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 27) 6 2 Germany Paderborn 07
18 3MF Ledian Memushaj (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 27) 5 0 Italy Carpi
19 3MF Jahmir Hyka (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 26) 37 2 Switzerland Luzern
20 3MF Ergys Kaçe (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 20) 7 1 Greece PAOK
21 3MF Odise Roshi (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 22) 19 1 Germany FSV Frankfurt
9 4FW Edmond Kapllani (1982-07-31) 31 July 1982 (age 31) 38 6 Germany FSV Frankfurt
13 4FW Armando Sadiku (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 22) 11 1 Switzerland Zürich

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Samir Ujkani MOV (1988-07-05) 5 July 1988 (age 25) 20 0 Italy Palermo v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
DF Taulant Xhaka (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Switzerland Basel v.  Malta, 5 March 2014 INJ
DF Tefik Osmani (1985-06-08) 8 June 1985 (age 28) 12 0 Albania Teuta Durrës v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013
DF Elseid Hysaj (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Italy Empoli v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013
DF Loret Sadiku MOV (1991-07-28) 28 July 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Sweden Helsingborg v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013 INJ
DF Armend Dallku RET [14] (1983-06-16) 16 June 1983 (age 30) 64 1 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
DF Admir Teli (1981-06-02) 2 June 1981 (age 32) 18 0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
DF Debatik Curri (1984-12-28) 28 December 1984 (age 29) 39 1 Ukraine Sevastopol v.  Iceland, 10 September 2013
DF Ilir Berisha (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Sweden Örebro v.  Norway, 7 June 2013
MF Armando Vajushi (1991-12-03) 3 December 1991 (age 22) 4 0 Bulgaria Litex Lovech v.  Malta, 5 March 2014 INJ
MF Sabien Lilaj (1989-02-10) 10 February 1989 (age 25) 9 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013
MF Shkëlzen Gashi (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 25) 3 0 Switzerland Grasshopper v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013
MF Ervin Bulku (1981-03-03) 3 March 1981 (age 33) 55 1 Iran Sepahan v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
MF Jurgen Gjasula (1986-10-11) 11 October 1986 (age 27) 2 0 Bulgaria Litex Lovech v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
MF Vullnet Basha (1990-07-11) 11 July 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Switzerland Sion v.  Iceland, 10 September 2013
FW Edgar Çani (1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 24) 15 4 Italy Bari v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013
FW Bekim Balaj (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013
FW Hamdi Salihi (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 30) 47 11 Israel Hapoel Acre v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
FW Agon Mehmeti (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 25) 3 0 Portugal Olhanense v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
FW Erjon Bogdani RET (1977-04-14) 14 April 1977 (age 37) 73 18 Retired v.  Iceland, 10 September 2013
FW Ahmed Januzi (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 25) 7 0 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava v.  Iceland, 10 September 2013
FW Azdren Llullaku (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș v.  Norway, 7 June 2013
  • INJ Withdrew because of injury.
  • MOV Withdrew to play for Kosovo.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Coaching staff[edit]

Current coaching staff as of 2014 (March 3):[15]

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
Team Doctor Albania Arben Celiku

Stadium[edit]

Old Qemal Stafa Stadium as seen from the Sheraton hotel.

Supporters[edit]

Kit History[edit]

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

Managerial History[edit]

This is a chronological list of the 22 managers who have guided Albania since 1946 (note that Bejkush Birçe and Agron Sulaj have had the job twice):[16]

  1. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubiša Broćić (1946–1947)
  2. Albania Adem Karapici (1947–1948)
  3. Albania Sllave Llambi (1949)
  4. Albania Ludovik Jakova (1949–1950)
  5. Albania Myslim Alla (1952)
  6. Hungary Miklos Vadas (1953)
  7. Albania Loro Boriçi (1957–1963)
  8. Soviet Union Nikolai Lyuksinov
  9. Albania Zyber Konçi (1963–65)
  10. Albania Ilia Shuke (1973)
  11. Albania Shyqyri Rreli (1988–1989)
  12. Albania Agron Sulaj
  13. Albania Bejkush Birçe (1990)
  14. Albania Agron Sulaj (1990)
  15. Albania Bejkush Birçe (1991–1994)
  16. Albania Neptun Bajko (1994–1996)
  17. Albania Astrit Hafizi (1997–1999)
  18. Albania Medin Zhega (2000–2001)
  19. Albania Sulejman Demollari (2001–2002)
  20. Italy Giuseppe Dossena (2002)
  21. Germany Hans-Peter Briegel (2002–2006)
  22. Croatia Austria Otto Barić (2006–2007)
  23. Netherlands Arie Haan (2008–2009)
  24. Croatia Josip Kuže (2009–2011)
  25. Italy Gianni De Biasi (2011–)

Players[edit]

  Active players are highlighted

Individual all-time records[edit]

# Name Career Caps Goals
1
Altin Lala
1998–2011 79 3
2
Klodian Duro
2001–2011 78 6
3
Ervin Skela
2000–2011 75 13
4
Lorik Cana
2001- 74 1
5
Erjon Bogdani
1996–2013 73 18
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]

Below is a list of the 10 players with the most goals for Albania, as of March 5, 2014 (* denotes players still available for selection):[17]

# Name Career Goals Caps
1
Erjon Bogdani
1996–2013 18 73
2
Alban Bushi
1995–2007 14 67
3
Ervin Skela
2000–2011 13 75
4
Altin Rraklli
1992–2005 11 63
Hamdi Salihi
2007- 11 47
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 38
Klodian Duro
2000–2011 6 78
Edmond Kapllani
2004- 6 38
Loro Boriçi
1946–1958 6 23

Honours[edit]

  • Winners of VIII Balkan Cup (Tirana, October 1946)
  • Winners of Rothmans Football International Tournament (Valletta, February 4 — February 10, 2000)[18]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1970 Entry Not Accepted[19]
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify
Argentina 1978 Did Not Participate
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did Not Participate
Spain 1964 Did Not Qualify
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972 Did Not Participate
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984 Did Not Qualify
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016 To Be Determined

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

Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential
 Algeria 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
 Andorra 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2
 Argentina 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
 Armenia 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1
 Austria 6 0 0 6 1 17 -16
 Azerbaijan 5 3 1 1 5 3 +2
 Bahrain 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
 Belarus 4 1 1 2 5 8 -3
 Belgium 2 1 0 1 3 3 =0
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 1 2 1 3 3 =0
 Bulgaria 11 2 4 5 8 15 -7
 China PR 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0
 Cuba 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0
 Cyprus 6 2 2 2 12 7 +5
 Czech Republic 5 2 0 3 6 10 -4
 Cameroon 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Denmark 8 1 1 6 3 18 -15
 England 4 0 0 4 1 12 -11
 Estonia 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2
 Finland 7 2 1 4 6 8 -2
 France 4 0 0 4 1 11 -10
 Georgia 13 3 2 8 11 21 -10
 Germany 14 0 1 13 10 38 -28
 Greece 13 4 3 6 10 13 -3
 Hungary 5 0 1 4 0 18 -18
 Iceland 4 2 0 2 4 5 -1
 Iran 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2
 Latvia 5 0 5 0 6 6 =0
 Liechtenstein 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Lithuania 4 2 0 2 7 6 +1
 Luxembourg 5 3 1 1 7 2 +5
 Malta 8 5 2 1 14 3 +11
 Mexico 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
 Macedonia 8 1 3 4 4 10 -6
 Moldova 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4
 Netherlands 4 0 0 4 1 7 -6
 Montenegro 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7
 Northern Ireland 9 2 2 5 5 13 -8
 Norway 6 2 2 2 5 5 0
 Poland 11 1 3 7 7 14 -7
 Portugal 5 0 1 4 4 12 -8
 Qatar 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Republic of Ireland 4 0 1 3 2 6 -4
 Romania 15 2 3 10 9 40 -31
 Russia 2 1 0 1 4 5 -1
 San Marino 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
 Yugoslavia 5 0 1 4 4 13 -9
 Slovenia 6 1 2 3 2 5 -3
 Spain 5 0 0 5 2 24 -22
 Sweden 5 1 1 3 5 10 -5
  Switzerland 6 0 1 5 4 11 -7
 Turkey 9 3 2 4 11 8 +3
 Ukraine 4 0 1 3 2 6 -4
 Uzbekistan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Vietnam 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5
 Wales 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2
58 Countries 271 66 58 147 240 437 −197

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FIFAAlbania. "Albania in FIFA website". FIFA. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Kirill. "Eloratings.net". Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Kirill (16 August 2010). "Albania matches". Kirill. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Giovanni Armillotta: Kryeziu, Lushta, Boriçi e Llambi 31.03.2008
  5. ^ AFP. "Haan named Albania boss". FIFA (FIFA). Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Albania suspension lifted by FIFA[dead link]
  7. ^ FIFA says its emergency committee has decided to lift suspension of Albania[dead link]
  8. ^ FIFA lifts suspension of Albania over alleged interference
  9. ^ JOSIP KUZHE TRAJNER I SHQIPËRISË Televizioni Koha 19/5/2009
  10. ^ "Albania name De Biasi coach". Fifa.com. 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  11. ^ Mesazhi (8 August 2013). "Kombëtarja e Kosovës brenda Kombëtares së Shqipërisë". Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Risia per Malten, Taulant Xhaka vishet kuqezi | Lajme Futboll | SuperSport
  13. ^ Dëmtohet Xhaka, thërritet Arapi | aSport.info - Albania Sport
  14. ^ http://fshf.org/index.php/sq/lajme/1134-armend-dallku-lamtumire-kombetares
  15. ^ De Biasi: Januzaj ka zgjedhur Anglinë | aSport.info - Albania Sport
  16. ^ "Lukshinov: Enver Hoxha's passion of soccer (11/10/2009)". Albania-sport.com. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  17. ^ "Albania – Record International Players – Goals". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  18. ^ Malta 2000 Events[dead link]
  19. ^ "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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