Albania women's national football team

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Albania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Kuq e Zinjtë
(Red and Blacks)
Association Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Altin Rraklli
Asst coach Ilir Sopi
Captain Aurora Seranaj
Most caps Pellumbesha Gjyli (6)
Top scorer Suada Jashari (4)
Home stadium Qemal Stafa
FIFA code ALB
FIFA ranking 78 Decrease3[1]
Highest FIFA ranking 59 (December 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 136 (December 2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Albania 1–0 Macedonia 
(Pogradec, Albania; May 5, 2011)[2]
Biggest win
 Macedonia 1–4 Albania 
(Struga, Macedonia; November 10, 2011)[2]
Biggest defeat
 Albania 0–11 Norway 
(Durrës, Albania; September 13, 2014)

The Albania women's national football team represents Albania in international women's football and is governed by Albanian Football Association (FSHF)

History[edit]

The Albanian women's national football team was formed in 2011 and made their debut in a friendly against Macedonia FYR on May 5, 2011 at the Gjorgji Kyçyku Stadium. The match ended 1-0 with Albania's first win and midfielder Aurora Seranaj scoring the first goal for Albania.[3] Towards the end of 2011, the national team strengthened its squad with the arrival of football players from the Albanian diaspora communities, notably Furtuna Velaj, Dafina Memedov, Ellvana Curo, Elizabeta Ejupi, Arjeta Krasniqi and Arbnora Robelli. The national team ended the year with their second win against Macedonia FYR away in Struga. [4] The second victory against Macedonia FYR is currently the national team's biggest win.

On the 15 May 2012, Albania faced Montenegro in Bar and won 2-4. [5] Three days later, the Albanian won again with a rematch against Montenegro, winning 4-3 at the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër. [6] On the 22nd of May, Albania encountered Macedonia FYR again, this time with a 2-0 win with 2 goals from Suada Jashari. [7] The national team had so far been undefeated in 5 games, 15 goals scored, and 6 goals conceded. On the 29th of August, The Albanian national team participated in an unofficial football tournament held in Drama. The national team drew 1-1 with Amazons Drama[8] and lost 0-3 to Greece.[9]

On the 18 December 2012, it was announced that Albania would be in a group with Malta, Luxembourg and Latvia in the preliminary round of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification.[10] This was the first time Albania entered a senior competitive tournament. Albania secured a top-two finish on the final day of 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup preliminary round mini-tournament to earn a slot in the qualifying group stage. Albania are still unbeaten after seven senior internationals, all but one of those wins.[11] On 21 September 2013, Albania officially succumbed to their first lost against Belgium in the World Cup Qualifying group stage.

Results[edit]

Date Opposition Result Score Competition
September 21, 2013  Belgium L 0–2 2015 WWC Q. G5
September 26, 2013  Netherlands L 0–4 2015 WWC Q. G5
October 26, 2013  Norway L 0–7 2015 WWC Q. G5
October 30, 2013  Greece W 1–0 2015 WWC Q. G5
February 12, 2014  Portugal L 1–7 2015 WWC Q. G5
April 5, 2014  Belgium L 0–6 2015 WWC Q. G5
April 10, 2014  Netherlands L 1–10 2015 WWC Q. G5
June 14, 2014  Portugal L 0–3 2015 WWC Q. G5
September 13, 2014  Norway L 0–11 2015 WWC Q. G5
September 17, 2014  Portugal L 0–4 2015 WWC Q. G5

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

2015 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Malta 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 7
 Albania 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Latvia 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
 Luxembourg 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7 1

4 April 2013
16:00
Albania  1–1  Malta
Curo Goal 76' Report Theuma Goal 80'
Centenary, Ta'Qali
Referee: Petra Chudá (Slovakia)

6 April 2013
11:00
Albania  2-0  Latvia
Memedov Goal 17'
Velaj Goal 41'
Report
Centenary, Ta'Qali
Referee: Yuliya Medvedeva-Keldyusheva (Kazakhstan)

9 April 2013
16:00
Luxembourg  1–2  Albania
Maurer Goal 45' Report Jashari Goal 16'
Velaj Goal 69'
Centenary, Ta'Qali
Referee: Petra Chudá (Slovakia)

Qualifying group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Norway 10 9 0 1 41 5 +36 27 Women's World Cup
2  Netherlands 10 8 1 1 43 6 +37 25 Play-offs
3  Belgium 10 6 1 3 34 11 +23 19
4  Portugal 10 4 0 6 19 21 −2 12
5  Greece 10 1 0 9 6 49 −43 3[a]
6  Albania 10 1 0 9 3 54 −51 3[a]
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Greece scored more head-to-head goals than Albania

21 September 2013
19:00
Belgium  2–0  Albania
Philtjens Goal 17'
Zeler Goal 53' (pen.)
Report
King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 1,526
Referee: Linn Andersson (Sweden)

26 September 2013
17:00
Albania  0–4  Netherlands
Report Melis Goal 4'8'53'
Slegers Goal 90+1'
Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Rhona Daly (Ireland)

26 October 2013
16:00
Norway  7–0  Albania
Christensen Goal 12'
Thorsnes Goal 29'
Mjelde Goal 45+2'
Hansen Goal 51'70'73'
Gulbrandsen Goal 62'
Report
Sarpsborg Stadion, Sarpsborg
Attendance: 1528
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)

30 October 2013
14:30
Albania  1–0  Greece
Velaj Goal 52' Report
Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës
Attendance: 1000
Referee: Aneliya Sinabova (Bulgaria)

12 February 2014
13:30
Portugal  7–1  Albania
Mendes Goal 19'45+2'69'
Rodrigues Goal 27'90+2'
Silva Goal 61'
Garcia Goal 88'
Report Serenaj Goal 49'
Estádio Municipal de Abrantes, Abrantes
Attendance: 1129
Referee: Kristina Husballe (Denmark)

5 April 2014
16:00
Albania  0–6  Belgium
Report Van de Putte Goal 11'
Wullaert Goal 54'
Mermans Goal 65'
Zeler Goal 74'84'87'
Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës
Attendance: 300
Referee: Lilach Asulin (Israel)

10 April 2014
19:00
Netherlands  10–1  Albania
van den Heiligenberg Goal 4'
Slegers Goal 28'31'32'79'90+3'
Gjini Goal 45+4' (o.g.)
Martens Goal 78'82'
Bakker Goal 90+1'
Report Rrahmani Goal 45+4'
Stadion De Braak, Helmond
Attendance: 3,518
Referee: Yuliya Medvedeva-Keldyusheva (Kazakhstan)

14 June 2014
18:00
Albania  0–3  Portugal
Report Mendes Goal 54'
Malho Goal 63'
Pereira Goal 66'
Loni Papuçiu Stadium, Fier
Attendance: 100
Referee: Florence Guillemin (France)

13 September 2014
13:00
Albania  0–11  Norway
Report Herlovsen Goal 18'45+2'82'
Mjelde Goal 34'66'
HansenGoal 40'89'
Hergerberg Goal 60'63'
Haavi Goal 85'
Enget Goal 90+1'

17 September 2014
16:30
Greece  4–0  Albania
Franja Goal 2' (o.g.)
Kokoviadou Goal 31'
Kongouli Goal 74'
Panteliadou Goal 90+2'
Report
Veria Stadium, Veria
Referee: Sabine Bonnin (France)

Current squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Pellumbesha Gjyli (1986-08-31) August 31, 1986 (age 28) 6 0
1 1GK Rifadije Shala (1983-07-05) July 5, 1983 (age 31) 4 0 Albania Ada Velipojë
1GK Armonela Kola (1994-04-01) April 1, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Albania Shkendija Durres
2DF Xhuljeta Preci (1994-12-16) December 16, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Albania Juban Danja
2DF Erida Bajrakurtaj (1994-03-16) March 16, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Albania Ada Velipojë
2DF Denisa Proto (1991-04-25) April 25, 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Albania Ada Velipojë
2DF Lumturie Muhadri (1982-11-30) November 30, 1982 (age 32) 0 0 Republic of Macedonia ZFK Skiponjat
2DF Cyme Lulaj (1989-10-20) October 20, 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Albania Kinostudio Tirana
2DF Albina Rrahmani (1989-02-24) February 24, 1989 (age 26) 1 0 Kosovo FC Prishtina
2DF Fitore Govori (1987-08-03) August 3, 1987 (age 27) 1 1 Kosovo FC Prishtina
2DF Nora Selmani (1980-11-01) November 1, 1980 (age 34) 0 0 Kosovo FC Prishtina
2DF Fationa Borova (1992-10-27) October 27, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Albania Ada Velipojë
2DF Ornela Smajli (1994-05-14) May 14, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Albania Ada Velipojë
3MF Furtuna Velaj (1990-08-03) August 3, 1990 (age 24) 4 3 Finland PK-35 Vantaa
3MF Geldona Morina (1994-08-03) August 3, 1994 (age 20) 1 Germany Essen
3MF Dafina Memedov (1990-02-21) February 21, 1990 (age 25) 2 1 Sweden IFK Norrköping DFK
3MF Aurora Seranaj(Captain) (1982-05-14) May 14, 1982 (age 33) 2 1 Italy S.S. Lazio
3MF Suada Jashari (1988-10-19) October 19, 1988 (age 26) 2 2 Kosovo KFF Kosova
3MF Xhemile Berisha (1981-07-22) July 22, 1981 (age 33) 1 1 Kosovo FC Prishtina
3MF Megi Doci (1996-10-14) October 14, 1996 (age 18) Albania Tirana AS
3MF Marsela Djegsina (1995-05-13) May 13, 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Albania The Door
3MF Jesmira Tula (1996-06-09) June 9, 1996 (age 18) Albania Ada Velipojë
3MF Anela Vishkulli (1994-08-08) August 8, 1994 (age 20) Albania Kinostudio Tirana
3MF Endrina Elezaj (1997-01-12) January 12, 1997 (age 18) 0 0 Albania Kinostudio Tirana
3MF Elizabeta Ejupi (1994-04-21) April 21, 1994 (age 21) 1 0 England Charlton Athletic
3MF Dielona Luta (1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Germany SC 07 Bad Neuenahr
3MF Arjeta Krasniqi (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Germany TuS St.Hubert
4FW Ellvana Curo (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992 (age 23) 2 1 Australia Box Hill
4FW Ana Baro (1992-11-01) November 1, 1992 (age 22) 2 1 Germany Tus Rodenbach
4FW Arbnora Robelli (1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Sweden IS Halmia
4FW Avdije Veliu (1988-01-16) January 16, 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Albania Ada Velipojë
4FW Emanuela Jaku (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Albania Juban Danja
4FW Blerta Kaçiu (1992-02-24) February 24, 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Kosovo KFF Kosova
2DF Arta Rama (1996-10-10) October 10, 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Albania Kinostudio Tirana

Managers[edit]

This is a list of the managers of Albania since 2011:

  1. Albania Altin Rraklli

Record against other countries[edit]

Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 8 -8
 Greece 2 1 0 1 1 4 -3
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Luxembourg 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Macedonia 4 3 0 1 10 5 +5
 Malta 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Montenegro 2 2 0 0 8 5 +3
 Netherlands 2 0 0 2 1 14 -13
 Norway 2 0 0 2 0 18 -18
 Portugal 2 0 0 2 1 10 -9
10 Countries 19 8 1 10 26 66 −40

References[edit]

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