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 67 Decrease 1 (17 July 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]
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]

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 players were called up and played in the friendly match against San Marino on 8 June 2014.[12]
Caps and goals as of 8 June 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Etrit Berisha (Captain) (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 25) 18 0 Italy Lazio
12 1GK Orges Shehi (1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 36) 5 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
2 2DF Andi Lila (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 28) 47 0 Greece PAS Giannina
3 2DF Amir Rrahmani (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Albania Partizani Tiranë
4 2DF Fidan Aliti (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Switzerland Luzern
13 2DF Elseid Hysaj (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Italy Empoli
15 2DF Mërgim Mavraj (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 28) 17 1 Germany Köln
21 2DF Kristi Qose (1995-06-10) 10 June 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Greece PAOK
8 3MF Amir Abrashi (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Switzerland Grasshopper
10 3MF Valdet Rama (1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 26) 12 3 Unattached
11 3MF Emiljano Vila (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 26) 27 3 Unattached
14 3MF Sabien Lilaj (1989-02-10) 10 February 1989 (age 25) 11 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
17 3MF Albi Dosti (1991-09-13) 13 September 1991 (age 22) 1 0 Albania Teuta Durrës
19 3MF Armando Vajushi (1991-12-03) 3 December 1991 (age 22) 6 1 Bulgaria Litex Lovech
20 3MF Ergys Kaçe (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 21) 10 1 Greece PAOK
9 4FW Edmond Kapllani (1982-07-31) 31 July 1982 (age 31) 41 6 Germany FSV Frankfurt
16 4FW Sokol Cikalleshi (1990-07-27) 27 July 1990 (age 23) 3 0 Croatia Split

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 26) 20 0 Italy Palermo v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
DF Lorik Cana (1983-06-27) 27 June 1983 (age 31) 76 1 Italy Lazio v.  Hungary, 4 June 2014
DF Ansi Agolli (1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 (age 31) 48 2 Azerbaijan Qarabağ v.  Hungary, 4 June 2014
DF Debatik Curri (1984-12-28) 28 December 1984 (age 29) 42 1 Albania Tirana v.  Hungary, 4 June 2014
DF Ermir Lenjani (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 24) 3 0 Switzerland St. Gallen v.  Hungary, 4 June 2014
DF Taulant Xhaka (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Switzerland Basel v.  Romania, 31 May 2014
DF Renato Arapi (1986-08-28) 28 August 1986 (age 27) 4 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
DF Tefik Osmani (1985-06-08) 8 June 1985 (age 29) 12 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013
DF Loret Sadiku MOV (1991-07-28) 28 July 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Turkey Mersin İdmanyurdu v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013
DF Armend Dallku RET (1983-06-16) 16 June 1983 (age 31) 64 1 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
DF Admir Teli (1981-06-02) 2 June 1981 (age 33) 18 0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
MF Shkëlzen Gashi (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 26) 5 0 Switzerland Basel v.  Hungary, 4 June 2014
MF Jahmir Hyka Injured (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 26) 38 2 Switzerland Luzern v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
MF Odise Roshi Injured (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 23) 19 1 Germany FSV Frankfurt v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
MF Migjen Basha Injured (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 (age 27) 8 2 Italy Torino v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
MF Alban Meha (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 28) 6 2 Germany Paderborn 07 v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
MF Ledian Memushaj Injured (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 27) 5 0 Italy Lecce v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
MF Ervin Bulku (1981-03-03) 3 March 1981 (age 33) 55 1 Albania Tirana v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
MF Jurgen Gjasula (1986-10-11) 11 October 1986 (age 27) 2 0 Hong Kong Sun Pegasus v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
MF Vullnet Basha (1990-07-11) 11 July 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Switzerland Sion v.  Iceland, 10 September 2013
FW Hamdi Salihi (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 30) 48 11 Israel Hapoel Acre v.  Romania, 31 May 2014
FW Armando Sadiku Injured (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 23) 11 1 Switzerland Zürich v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
FW Edgar Çani (1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 25) 15 4 Italy Catania v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013
FW Bekim Balaj (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague v.  Belarus, 15 November 2013
FW Agon Mehmeti (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 25) 3 0 Sweden Malmö v.  Cyprus, 15 October 2013
FW Erjon Bogdani RET (1977-04-14) 14 April 1977 (age 37) 74 18 Retired v.  Iceland, 10 September 2013
FW Ahmed Januzi (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 26) 7 0 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava v.  Iceland, 10 September 2013
  • INJ Withdrew because of injury.
  • MOV Withdrew to play for Kosovo.
  • RET Retired from international football.
  • Injured = Currently injured

Coaching staff[edit]

Current coaching staff as of 2014 (March 3):[13]

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]

Main article: Qemal Stafa Stadium
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.[14] 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 in time for the Euro 2016 qualifiers beginning in September 2014.[15]

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 Puma 2000–2004
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.[16]

  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–)

Players[edit]

  Active players are highlighted

Individual all-time records[edit]

Altin Lala is the most capped player in the history of Albania with 79 caps.
As of 8 June 2014 [17]
# Name Career Caps Goals
1
Altin Lala
1998–2011 79 3
2
Klodian Duro
2001–2011 77 6
3
Lorik Cana
2003– 76 1
4
Ervin Skela
2000–2011 75 13
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.

Below is a list of the 10 players with the most goals for Albania, as of 8 June 2014 (* denotes players still available for selection):[18]

# 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 48
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 77
Edmond Kapllani
2004– 6 41
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)[19]

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[20]
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 Did Not Participate
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
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 77 11 19 47 57 145
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

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

As of 8 June 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 and 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 8 1 1 6 3 18 -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 4 0 0 4 1 11 -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 resuls
 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
 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 5 0 1 4 4 12 -8 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 286 66 61 159 252 466 −214 All results at EU-Football.info

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  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
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  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
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  11. ^ Mesazhi (8 August 2013). "Kombëtarja e Kosovës brenda Kombëtares së Shqipërisë". Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  12. ^ San Marino vs. Albania - 8 June 2014 - Soccerway
  13. ^ De Biasi: Januzaj ka zgjedhur Anglinë | aSport.info - Albania Sport
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  15. ^ http://www.panorama-sport.com/lajme-flash/zbardhet-projekti-ja-si-do-jete-ruzhdi-bizhuta/
  16. ^ Albania national team managers
  17. ^ "Albania – Record International Players". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  18. ^ "Albania – Record International Players – Goals". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  19. ^ Malta 2000 Events[dead link]
  20. ^ "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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