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)
AssociationFederata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachEdoardo Reja
CaptainElseid Hysaj
Most capsLorik Cana (93)
Top scorerErjon Bogdani (18)
Home stadiumArena Kombëtare
FIFA codeALB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 66 Steady (7 April 2021)[1]
Highest22 (August 2015[2])
Lowest124 (August 1997[3])
First international
 Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia 
(Tirana, Albania; 7 October 1946)
Biggest win
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 12–0 Albania 
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultGroup stage, (2016)

The Albania national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja e futbollit të Shqipërisë) represents Albania in men's international football competitions and governed by the Albanian Football Association, the governing body for football in Albania. It competes in the three major international tournaments; the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship and UEFA Nations League. Albania was the winner of the 1946 Balkan Cup and the 2000 Malta Rothmans International Tournament. At Euro 2016, Albania made its second appearance at a major men's football tournament after 50 years.

After its completion in 2019, Arena Kombëtare (English: National Arena), known as Air Albania Stadium for sponsorship reasons, will be the home ground of the national team. Albania's highest FIFA World Ranking was 22nd in August 2015.

The colours of the team are red, white and black, and the double headed eagle its symbol. Its supporters are collectively known as the Tifozët Kuq e Zi and display as well as the country's national flag colours, red and black.

In 2020, Albania won for the first time a group by finishing first in group 4 of UEFA Nations League C and has been promoted in UEFA Nations League B.

History[edit]

20th century[edit]

Loro Boriçi captained the team in winning the 1946 Balkan Cup.

Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before the Albanian Football Association (Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit; FSHF) was created on 6 June 1930. Albania joined FIFA during a congress held between 12 June and 16 June. Albania played its first international match against Yugoslavia in 1946, which ended in a 3–2 home defeat at Qemal Stafa Stadium.[5] In 1946, Albania also participated for the first time in the Balkan Cup in which Albania won by beating Romania 1–0 in the final.[6] In 1954, Albania was one of the founding members of UEFA. Albania waited until 1962 to compete in a Euro Cup competition and the only time Albania was between the best 16 teams of the Continent, the reason being Albania got past the first leg as Greece, for political reasons forfeited the game.[7][8] At the end of the tournament Albania ranked 9th in Europe.[9][10][11]

Albania participated for the first time in a qualifying phrase of a World Cup in the qualifiers of the 1966 edition in England. The team was drawn in the Group 5 which finished in the last position with only one point from six matches. In the qualifiers, of the UEFA Euro 1968 Albania had a draw 0–0 against West Germany that denied the Germans the participation to the UEFA Euro 1968 finals.[12][13] In later years, Albania did not participate in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1970, UEFA Euro 1972, UEFA Euro 1976, World Cup 1978 and UEFA Euro 1980 for unknown political reasons. After six years without playing any international matches, Albania entered in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1982, managing to finish in a place other than last for the first time in a qualifying match, with Finland getting last place instead. The qualifiers of the World Cup 1990 were probably the worst qualifier in Albania's history as there were 6 losses in as many games with no memorable matches.

21st century[edit]

Lorik Cana is Albania's most capped player of all time. He captained the French Olympique de Marseille as well as the team.

In the qualifiers of the World Cup 2002, Albania recorded a 2–0 win over Greece which was the only team that they beat during the qualifiers. Albania was able to make some impact in the qualifying of the UEFA Euro 2004 by beating 3–1 Russia at Loro Boriçi Stadium.[14] This match was also the debut of the German coach Hans-Peter Briegel who led Albania to an undefeated run at home matches. Despite the good results, Albania finished the group in the penultimate spot with only eight points. In the qualifiers of the World Cup 2006 Albania recorded some historical results. Two months after Greece beat Portugal to win the European Championship, Albania defeated Greece 2–1.[15]

In the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2008 Albania won twice in both matches against Luxembourg. Albania also drew 2–2 with Belarus and 0–0 away with Bulgaria. Albania's Euro campaign ended with a 6–1 loss away to Romania which resulted in the resignation of the coach Otto Barić and his assistant.[16] In December 2007, Arie Haan was named Albania's head coach by signing a two-year contract for the qualifiers of the World Cup 2010, where Albania made a very negative performance by winning only one match. Albania won only seven points from ten matches and Haan was replaced by Josip Kuže in May 2009 following the end of the campaign.[17] However, Kuže couldn't lead Albania to the better results as the team ended the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2012 with only nine points from ten matches. With Kuže in charge, Albania recorded its second biggest win the history by defeating Cyprus 6–1 at home, equal with Albania's 5–0 victory over Vietnam in 2003.[18]

Josip Kuže parted ways with Albania three and a half years after he started the job, and in December 2011, Italian coach Gianni de Biasi replaced him.[19] Albania started the qualifiers and was, at one point, 2nd in group with six matches played and four to spare, but failed to be successful in the last four, losing away in Slovenia and Iceland, as well as at home against Switzerland, and drawing in Cyprus.[20] Albania started the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2016 with an emphatic 1–0 away win against Portugal,[21] which was followed by a 1–1 draw against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena.[22] After beating Armenia 3–0 in the last qualifying match, Albania made history by qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016, its second ever appearance at a major men's football tournament.[23] In the tournament itself, Albania lost 0–1 to Switzerland and 0–2 to hosts France. While they beat Romania 1–0 (their first win against Romania since 1947), the team finished last among the third-placed teams and didn't progress beyond the group stage.[24]

Following the almost successful UEFA European Championship's, Albania suffered massive setback. In 2018 World Cup qualification, Albania failed to qualify and finished in 3rd, which was, however, their best result in history. During this era, their successful manager, Gianni De Biasi, resigned and Christian Panucci, another Italian, replaced him as coach of Albania.[25] However, things were little improved. Albania played poorly in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, winning only to Israel 1–0 and lost the remaining three, especially the devastating 0–4 defeat to Scotland at home.[26] Panucci would be sacked after a 0–2 defeat to Turkey in the opening campaign for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying.[27] Another Italian, Edoardo Reja, was appointed to help Albania to improve in a tough group,[28] but improvement is still very little. Albania failed to qualify to UEFA Euro 2020, archiving just a disappointing 4th place.[29]

Team image[edit]

Kits[edit]

Albania home kit at 2016–17 season.

Albania' colours are red and black, mirroring the nation's flag. The team typically wears red shirts, black shorts and red socks. Away kits are usually all-white, with red and black trim.

Supporters[edit]

A choreography of Tifozat Kuq e Zi in the national team's first match at Elbasan Arena against Denmark in October 2014.

Tifozat Kuq e Zi (English: Red and Black Fans, also known as the Albania National Football Team Supporters Club) is a non-profit football supporters' association for the Albania national football team and various national team sportive activities.[30][31] It was founded on 25 December 2003.[30] In cooperation with FSHF, it organises trips for football fans to visit games, and develops and sells merchandise to support itself and fund sporting related projects.

Tifozat Kuq e Zi stands firm in the political view that Albanians should share only one national team and have continuous aspirations to join in one state (Një Komb, Një Kombëtare), i.e. unification of Albania, Kosovo, etc.[32][33] In this sense, TKZ is joined by different supporters' associations throughout Albanian-speaking regions mainly in Kosovo (Shqiponjat of Peja, Kuqezinjet e Jakoves of Gjakova, Plisat of Pristina, Torcida of Mitrovica, etc.), North Macedonia (Ballistët of Tetovo, Ilirët of Kumanovo, Shvercerat of Skopje, etc.) and in Albania itself (Ultras Guerrils of Partizani Tirana, Tirona Fanatics of KF Tirana, Vllaznit Ultras of Vllaznia Shkodër, Ujqërit e Deborës of Skënderbeu Korçë, Shqiponjat of KF Besa Pejë and many other different Albanian fans).[30]

The ongoing dispute between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Football Association of Albania has been seen as a political intrusion by FIFA and UEFA, which led to the banning of Albania from international sportive activities. FSHF president Armand Duka is highly unwanted by the TKZ who have numerously asked for his resignation believing he is responsible for internal corruption in the Albanian Football Association.[34][35][36][37]

The TKZ have been praised by many different football players and managers, whom were not just Albanian. One example is with Switzerland's former coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, who was astonished by how many Albanian fans turned up and how enthusiastic they were in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Switzerland and Albania where the Swiss won 2–0 thanks to goals from Gökhan Inler and Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri. He didn't believe that there was 12,000 Albanian fans in the stands which was more than how many Swiss fans turned up for the game. He stated that "Albanian fans are fantastic and the most passionate fans I have ever seen".[38] During that campaign, TKZ attended all games Albania played apart from a match against Cyprus in Nicosia and were also large in numbers in the away games to Slovenia in Maribor and Norway in Oslo.[39][40][41]

Home stadium[edit]

Construction of Arena Kombëtare in the city center, 2019

Albania's main stadium for most part of the history was Qemal Stafa Stadium located in Tirana. The work started in April 1939 during the Italy regime. The construction lasted for three years but it stopped briefly in August 1943 following the fall of fascist regime.[42] The stadium had an Olympic Stadium shape, as idealized by Gherardo Bosio, a young fascist architect from Florence, Italy.[43] The stadium's initial capacity was 15,000, this due to the fact that Tirana at that time had only 60,000 inhabitants.[43] It was named after Qemal Stafa, a Hero of Albania in World War II.[44] The stadium was inaugurated officially on 7 October 1946 when Albania played its first competitive match against Yugoslavia.[45] Ever since then, further 130 international matches took place in the stadium, with the last being a friendly against Georgia in November 2015.[46] In 2005, Cecilia de Marco and Elisabetta Lorusso, two young Italian students, called the stadium as "one of the strongest symbols of Italian impact in Albania".[42] In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards.[47] The stadium's demolition started in June 2016, and it was announced that is going to be replaced by Arena Kombëtare.[48]

Albania sometimes has played home matches at other venues. Outside Tirana, the national team has played matches in Flamurtari Stadium in Vlorë,[49] Tomori Stadium in Berat,[50] Niko Dovana Stadium in Durrës,[51] Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër[52] and Elbasan Arena in Elbasan.[53] In February 2014, due to Albania not having a stadium that fulfills international standards set by FIFA, the work for renovation of Elbasan Arena (at the time Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium) started.[54] The work lasted for 7 months, and the stadium was inaugurated on 9 October when Albania played a friendly match against KF Elbasani under-19 squad; Albania won the match 17–0.[55] The official inauguration occurred two days later in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Denmark.[56]

The first international match at Loro Boriçi Stadium was played on 29 March 2003 against Russia, with Albania winning 3–1.[14] In October 2014, Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, promised the reconstruction of the stadium.[57] The stadium's construction started in May 2015 and finished in August 2016.[58] In 2016–17, the stadium served temporary as the home of Kosovo national team, due to stadiums in Mitrovica and Pristina were under renovation and did not meet UEFA standards.[59]

Albania national football team home stadiums
Nr. of
matches
Image Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match Ref
131 QemalStafaStadiumTirana.JPG Qemal Stafa Stadium 25,000 Tirana, Albania v.  Yugoslavia, 7 October 1946 v.  Georgia, 16 November 2015 [45]
10 Panoramic view of Elbasan Arena.jpg Elbasan Arena 13,800 Elbasan, Albania v.  Denmark, 11 October 2014 v.  Iceland, 10 September 2019 [53]
8 Loro-Borici-Stadion.jpg Loro Boriçi Stadium 20,200 Shkodër, Albania v.  Russia, 29 March 2003 v.  Italy, 9 October 2017 [52]
6 Stadiumi Niko Dovana.jpg Niko Dovana Stadium 12,040 Durrës, Albania v.  Uzbekistan, 11 August 2010 v.  Malta, 5 March 2014 [51]
1 Muzeu Arkeologjike Tirane.jpg Arena Kombëtare 22,500 Tirana, Albania v.  France, 17 November 2019 [60]
1 Tomori Stadium.png Tomori Stadium 17,890 Berat, Albania v.  Cuba, 6 August 1988 [50]
1 Flamurtari-stadium 55891.jpg Flamurtari Stadium 10,500 Vlorë, Albania v.  Romania, 28 October 1987 [49]

Media coverage[edit]

Albania's qualifying matches and friendlies are currently televised by RTSH and SuperSport Albania, a trademark of Digitalb.

Coaching staff[edit]

Edoardo Reja, the current manager of the Albania national football team.

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Italy Edoardo Reja
Assistant coach(es)
Italy Sergio Porrini
Albania Ervin Bulku
Albania Hamdi Salihi
Athletic coach(es) Italy Luca Laurenti
Italy Luigi Febbrari
Goalkeeping coach Albania Ilir Bozhiqi
Physiotherapist(s)
Albania Altin Haxhia
Albania Ylli Mihali
Doctor Italy Gianluca Stesina
Masseur Albania Arzen Voci
Material base(s)
Albania Fatos Kademi
Albania Osman Bulku
Osteopat Albania Arjan Llaperi
Team manager Albania Dritan Babamusta
Video analyst Italy Alarico Marco Rossi

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against  Andorra,  England and  San Marino, on 25, 28 and 31 March 2021.[61]
All caps and goals as of 31 March 2021 after the match against  San Marino.[62]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Etrit Berisha (Captain) (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 32) 66 0 Italy SPAL
23 1GK Thomas Strakosha (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 26) 15 0 Italy Lazio
12 1GK Gentian Selmani (1998-03-09) 9 March 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Turkey Boluspor

4 2DF Elseid Hysaj (Vice-captain) (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 27) 59 1 Italy Napoli
6 2DF Berat Djimsiti (3rd captain) (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 28) 38 1 Italy Atalanta
5 2DF Freddie Veseli (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 (age 28) 34 0 Italy Salernitana
13 2DF Arlind Ajeti (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 27) 21 1 Italy Reggiana
2 2DF Hysen Memolla (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 28) 6 0 Hungary Diósgyőri
19 2DF Albi Doka (1997-06-26) 26 June 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Croatia Gorica
15 2DF Erion Hoxhallari (1995-10-15) 15 October 1995 (age 25) 1 0 Albania Tirana
18 2DF Mario Mitaj (2003-08-06) 6 August 2003 (age 17) 1 0 Greece AEK Athens

21 3MF Odise Roshi (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 29) 61 5 Hungary Diósgyőr
3 3MF Ermir Lenjani (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 31) 37 4 Switzerland Grasshoppers
7 3MF Keidi Bare (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 23) 13 2 Spain Espanyol
20 3MF Ylber Ramadani (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 24) 11 1 Denmark Vejle
14 3MF Qazim Laçi (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 25) 8 0 France Ajaccio
8 3MF Sherif Kallaku (1998-03-01) 1 March 1998 (age 23) 3 0 Croatia Lokomotiva
22 3MF Enis Çokaj (1999-02-23) 23 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Croatia Lokomotiva

16 4FW Sokol Cikalleshi (1990-07-27) 27 July 1990 (age 30) 40 10 Turkey Konyaspor
10 4FW Rey Manaj (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 24) 23 6 Spain Barcelona B
11 4FW Myrto Uzuni (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 25) 15 2 Hungary Ferencváros
17 4FW Armando Broja (2001-09-10) 10 September 2001 (age 19) 6 0 Netherlands Vitesse

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Alban Hoxha (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 (age 33) 4 0 Albania Partizani Tirana v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020
GK Marco Molla (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Italy Bologna v.  Kazakhstan, 15 November 2020U21 / INJ

DF Ardian Ismajli (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 24) 16 1 Italy Spezia v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021
DF Marash Kumbulla (2000-02-08) 8 February 2000 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Roma v.  England, 28 March 2021INJ
DF Marsel Ismailgeci (2000-03-14) 14 March 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Albania Tirana v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020U21
DF Ramën Çepele (2003-03-21) 21 March 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Germany Hannover 96 v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020
DF Lorenc Trashi (1992-05-19) 19 May 1992 (age 28) 7 1 Kuwait Qadsia v.  Kosovo, 11 November 2020CLUB
DF Kastriot Dermaku (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 29) 11 1 Italy Lecce v.  Lithuania, 14 October 2020INJ
DF Enea Mihaj (1998-07-05) 5 July 1998 (age 22) 5 0 Greece PAOK v.  Lithuania, 14 October 2020INJ
DF Jon Mersinaj (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Croatia Lokomotiva v.  Kazakhstan, 11 October 2020INJ

MF Ledian Memushaj (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 34) 44 1 Italy Pescara v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021
MF Klaus Gjasula (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989 (age 31) 11 0 Germany Hamburger SV v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021SUSP
MF Nedim Bajrami (1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Empoli v.  Andorra, 25 March 2021FIFA
MF Amir Abrashi (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 31) 40 1 Switzerland Basel v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020SUSP
MF Lindon Selahi (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 22) 4 0 Netherlands Willem II v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020
MF Endri Çekiçi (1996-11-23) 23 November 1996 (age 24) 1 0 Turkey Ankaragücü v.  Lithuania, 14 October 2020INJ

FW Florian Kamberi (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Scotland Aberdeen v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021INJ
FW Bekim Balaj (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 30) 41 8 Austria Sturm Graz v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020
FW Taulant Seferi (1996-11-15) 15 November 1996 (age 24) 5 0 Albania Tirana v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020
FW Emiliano Bullari (2001-04-06) 6 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Greece Atromitos v.  Kazakhstan, 15 November 2020U21
FW Giacomo Vrioni (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Juventus U23 v.  Kosovo, 11 November 2020INJ
FW Armando Sadiku (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 29) 38 12 Bolivia Bolívar v.  Lithuania, 7 September 2020COACH
Notes
  • U21 = Was called up from national U21 squad.
  • INJ = It is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • CLUB = It is not part of the current squad after the club has not allowed him to join.
  • SUSP = It is not available in next match due to red card suspension.
  • FIFA = It is not available after FIFA did not permit him to play for Albania due to problems with documentation.
  • COACH = It is not available in next match due to suspended by the coach.

Results and fixtures[edit]

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page

2020[edit]

4 September 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Belarus  0–2  Albania Minsk, Belarus
20:45 (CEST; UTC+03:00) Report Cikalleshi Goal 23'
Bare Goal 78'
Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson (Sweden)
7 September 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Albania  0–1  Lithuania Tirana, Albania
20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00) Report Kazlauskas Goal 51' Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Attendance: 0
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (Ukraine)
11 October 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Kazakhstan  0–0  Albania Almaty, Kazakhstan
15:00 (CEST; UTC+06:00) Report Stadium: Central Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)
14 October 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Lithuania  0–0  Albania Vilnius, Lithuania
18:00 (CEST; UTC+03:00) Report Stadium: LFF Stadium
Referee: Karim Abed (France)
11 November Friendly
(Brotherly derby)
Albania  2–1  Kosovo Elbasan, Albania
16:00 (CET; UTC+01:00) Balaj Goal 31'
Uzuni Goal 65'
Report
Report (UEFA)
Muriqi Goal 85' (pen.) Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
18 November 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Albania  3–2  Belarus Tirana, Albania
16:00 (CET; UTC+01:00) Cikalleshi Goal 20'27' (pen.)
Manaj Goal 44'
Report Skavysh Goal 35'
Ebong Goal 80'
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)

2021[edit]

25 March 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Andorra  0–1  Albania Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Lenjani Goal 41' Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Attendance: 0
Referee: Volen Chinkov (Bulgaria)
28 March 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Albania  0–2  England Tirana, Albania
18:00 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Kane Goal 38'
Mount Goal 63'
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Attendance: 0
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
31 March 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
San Marino  0–2  Albania Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Manaj Goal 63'
Uzuni Goal 85'
Stadium: San Marino Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (Norway)
5 June Friendly Wales  v  Albania Cardiff, Wales
18:00 Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
8 June Friendly Czech Republic  v  Albania Prague, Czech Republic
Report

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record Qualifications record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Year Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Chile 1962 Did not participate
England 1966 Did not qualify England 1966 4th 6 0 1 5 2 12
Mexico 1970 Entry not accepted[63]
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify West Germany 1974 4th 6 1 0 5 3 13
Argentina 1978 Did not participate
Spain 1982 Did not qualify Spain 1982 4th 8 1 0 7 4 22
Mexico 1986 Mexico 1986 3rd 6 1 2 3 6 9
Italy 1990 Italy 1990 4th 6 0 0 6 3 15
United States 1994 United States 1994 7th 12 1 2 9 6 26
France 1998 France 1998 6th 10 1 1 8 7 20
South KoreaJapan 2002 South KoreaJapan 2002 5th 8 1 0 7 5 14
Germany 2006 Germany 2006 5th 12 4 1 7 11 20
South Africa 2010 South Africa 2010 5th 10 1 4 5 6 13
Brazil 2014 Brazil 2014 5th 10 3 2 5 9 11
Russia 2018 Russia 2018 3rd 10 4 1 5 10 13
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026
Total 0/23 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 12/23 104 18 14 72 72 188

UEFA European Championship[edit]

UEFA European Championship record Qualifications record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Year Pos Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not participate
Spain 1964 Did not qualify Spain 1964 R16 4 3 0 1 7 4
Italy 1968 Italy 1968 3rd 4 0 1 3 0 12
Belgium 1972 Belgium 1972 4th 6 1 1 4 5 9
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Did not participate
Italy 1980
France 1984 Did not qualify France 1984 5th 8 0 2 6 4 14
West Germany 1988 West Germany 1988 4th 6 0 0 6 2 17
Sweden 1992 Sweden 1992 5th 7 1 0 6 2 21
England 1996 England 1996 5th 10 2 2 6 10 16
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 BelgiumNetherlands 2000 5th 10 1 4 5 8 14
Portugal 2004 Portugal 2004 4th 8 2 2 4 11 15
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 AustriaSwitzerland 2008 5th 12 2 5 5 12 18
PolandUkraine 2012 PolandUkraine 2012 5th 10 2 3 5 7 14
France 2016 Group stage 18th 3 1 0 2 1 3 Squad France 2016 2nd 8 4 2 2 10 5
Europe 2020 Did not qualify Europe 2020 4th 10 4 1 5 16 14
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Best: Group stage 1/17 3 1 0 2 1 3 Total 13/17 101 20 23 58 88 173

UEFA Nations League[edit]

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
Portugal 2018–19 C 1 Group stage 3rd 4 1 0 3 1 8 Same position 34th
Italy 2020–21 C 4 1st 6 3 2 1 8 4 Rise 35th
2022–23 B Future event
Total Best: Group stage 2/2 10 4 2 4 9 12 34th

Records[edit]

As of 20 December 2019.[64]
Players in bold are still active with Albania.

Most appearances[edit]

Lorik Cana is the most capped player in the history of Albania with 93 caps.
# Player Caps Goals Period
1 Lorik Cana 93 1 2003–2016
2 Altin Lala 78 3 1998–2011
3 Klodian Duro 77 4 2001–2011
4 Erjon Bogdani 75 18 1996–2013
Ervin Skela 75 13 2000–2011
6 Ansi Agolli 73 3 2005–2017
Foto Strakosha 73 0 1990–2004
8 Andi Lila 70 0 2007–2018
9 Igli Tare 68 10 1997–2007
10 Alban Bushi 67 14 1995–2007
Altin Haxhi 67 3 1995–2009

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Player Goals Caps Average Period
1 Erjon Bogdani 18 75 0.24 1996–2013
2 Alban Bushi 14 67 0.21 1995–2007
3 Ervin Skela 13 75 0.17 2000–2011
4 Armando Sadiku 12 37 0.32 2012–present
5 Hamdi Salihi 11 50 0.22 2006–2015
Altin Rraklli 11 63 0.17 1992–2005
7 Sokol Kushta 10 31 0.32 1987–1996
Sokol Cikalleshi 10 37 0.27 2014–present
Igli Tare 10 68 0.15 1997–2007
9 Adrian Aliaj 8 29 0.28 2002–2006
Bekim Balaj 8 41 0.2 2012–present

FIFA Rankings[edit]

Last update was on 26 July 2020. Source:[65]

  Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

Albania's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Pld Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
66 2020 23 66 Increase 3 69 Decrease 3
66 2019 16 61 Increase 2 66 Decrease 4
60 2018 6 56 Increase 2 60 Decrease 3
62 2017 9 51 Increase 9 71 Decrease 12
49 2016 12 35 Increase 5 49 Decrease 10
  38 2015 7 22 Increase 15 63 Decrease 7
  58 2014 9 45 Increase 25 70 Decrease 16
57 2013 8 37 Increase 16 71 Decrease 13
63 2012 9 58 Increase 17 97 Decrease 10
74 2011 11 50 Increase 23 75 Decrease 14
65 2010 9 58 Increase 13 97 Decrease 7
96 2009 9 78 Increase 3 98 Decrease 11
  81 2008 7 73 Increase 19 102 Decrease 18
80 2007 11 66 Increase 11 88 Decrease 12
87 2006 6 62 Increase 20 88 Decrease 13
82 2005 10 82 Increase 7 93 Decrease 4
86 2004 8 86 Increase 5 94 Decrease 5
89 2003 11 86 Increase 13 101 Decrease 5
93 2002 9 92 Increase 4 97 Decrease 5
96 2001 7 74 Increase 1 96 Decrease 6
72 2000 8 72 Increase 13 94 Decrease 6
83 1999 8 83 Increase 15 95 Decrease 2
106 1998 8 97 Increase 14 109 Decrease 8
  116 1997 7 113 Increase 8 124 Decrease 4
  116 1996 5 90 Increase 6 116 Decrease 12
91 1995 8 87 Increase 13 106 Decrease 6
100 1994 5 93 Increase 9 113 Decrease 11
92 1993 7 91 Increase 1 93 Decrease 6

Honours[edit]

Stamps of Albania, 2007. 60th Anniversary of Victory at the Balkan Cup

UEFA Nations League:

League C:

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

As of 18 November 2020
  1. ^ The Serbia v Albania match was abandoned with the score at 0–0 shortly before halftime after "various incidents", which resulted in the Albania players refusing to return to the field. UEFA ruled that Albania had forfeited the match and awarded a 3–0 win to Serbia, but also deducted three points from Serbia for their involvement in the events. Serbia must also play their next two home qualifying games behind closed doors, and both the Serbian and Albanian FAs were fined €100,000.[68] Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited,[69][70] but the decision was upheld by UEFA.[71] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[72] and on 10 July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal filed by the Serbian FA, and upholds in part the appeal filed by the Albanian FA, meaning the match is deemed to have been forfeited by Serbia with 0–3 and they are still deducted three points.[73] Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.[74]

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