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 Gianni De Biasi
Captain Lorik Cana
Most caps Lorik Cana (89)
Top scorer Erjon Bogdani (18)
Home stadium Elbasan Arena
FIFA code ALB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 36 Increase 2 (4 February 2016)
Highest 22 (August 2015[1])
Lowest 124 (August 1997[1])
First international
Albania Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(Tirana, Albania; 7 October 1946)[2]
European Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 2016)
Best result TBD

The Albania national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja shqiptare e futbollit) is the national association football team of Albania and it has represented the Albanian nation since 1946.

Albania was the winner of the 1946 Balkan Cup and the Malta Rothmans International Tournament 2000, but had never participated in any major UEFA or FIFA tournament, until UEFA Euro 2016, which will be Albania's first ever appearance at the continental tournament and at a major men's football tournament.

History[edit]

Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before the Albanian Football Association was created in 1930. This is witnessed by the registration of the Albanian team in the Balkan Cup tournament of 1929-1931, which started in 1929, a year before the creation of the association. Albania, however, eventually retired from the competition, before the competition itself started.[3] FSHF was founded on 6 June 1930, and, in 1932, Albania joined FIFA (during the congress 12 June — 16 June), however no national team matches were registered until the first international match, a debut against Yugoslavia in 1946. In 1954, Albania was one of the founding members of UEFA.

Balkan Cup 1946: Albania is Champion of the Balkans[edit]

Main article: 1946 Balkan Cup

The early years oversaw a notably successful Balkan Cup in the 1946 campaign. Albania won the cup after overcoming Yugoslavia on level points but a better goal difference. The final match was played and won against Romania 1–0. Four days earlier, Albania had already beaten Bulgaria 3–1. Interestingly, Albania wasn't expected to participate, but the withdrawal of Greece from the tournament offered Albania a chance to join in the re-established post-war cup.[4]

1960 European Nations' Cup[edit]

Albania did not participate in the qualifiers of the 1960 European Nations' Cup.

1964 European Nations' Cup[edit]

This was the first time Albania competed in a Euro Cup competition and actually 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. In the eighth finals Albania faced Denmark and won in Albania 1–0, but lost in Denmark 0–4. Denmark advanced to the quarter finals.[5] At the end of the tournament Albania ranked 9th in Europe.[6][7][8]

Qualifications campaigns[edit]

1966 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The first time that Albania competed for a place in the world's elite, for the 1966 World Cup in England, was in a match against Netherlands on 24 May 1964. Drawn in Group 5 with the Dutch were also Northern Ireland and Switzerland. Albania's only point in the qualification round came from a 1–1 draw at home to Northern Ireland in Tirana, which denied Northern Ireland a place in the Finals.

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Switzerland 9 6 4 1 1 7 3
2  Northern Ireland 8 6 3 2 1 9 5
3  Netherlands 6 6 2 2 2 6 4
4  Albania 1 6 0 1 5 2 12

Switzerland qualified.

UEFA Euro 1968[edit]

This participation will be remembered for a draw 0–0 in Albania with West Germany that denied the Germans the participation to the UEFA Euro 1968 finals.

Pos Team Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Germany Albania Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1.  Yugoslavia 1 - 0 4 - 0 6 4 3 0 1 8 3
2.  West Germany 3 - 1 6 - 0 5 4 2 1 1 9 2
3.  Albania 0 - 2 0 - 0 1 4 0 1 3 0 12

1970 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1972[edit]

For unknown political reasons Albania did not participate in the qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup 1970 and the UEFA Euro 1972.

1974 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Albania was last of the class behind Finland in these qualifiers. In this campaign Albania participated after having been idle of international matches for nearly 6 years.

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  East Germany 10 6 5 0 1 18 3 15
2  Romania 9 6 4 1 1 17 4 13
3  Finland 3 6 1 1 4 3 21 −18
4  Albania 2 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10

East Germany qualified.

UEFA Euro 1976, 1978 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 1980[edit]

For unknown political reasons Albania did not participate in the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 1976, FIFA World Cup 1978, and UEFA Euro 1980.

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Again 6 years after virtually no international matches, Albania made it to be no longer last in the class, but "revenges" Finland allocating the Nordic country to get the "wooden spoon".

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  West Germany 16 8 8 0 0 33 3 30
2  Austria 11 8 5 1 2 16 6 10
3  Bulgaria 9 8 4 1 3 11 10 1
4  Albania 2 8 1 0 7 4 22 −18
5  Finland 2 8 1 0 7 4 27 −23

West Germany and Austria qualified.

UEFA Euro 1984[edit]

In the 1984 European Championship qualifiers, Albania finished in last place in their group of five teams. In 8 matches, Albania got 2 points, with 2 draws, 6 losses, and no wins. On the other hand, Albania made some power nations nervous. They lost 0–1 away to Turkey with the goal being scored in the 86th minute. In the next two games, Albania tied Northern Ireland to a scoreless draw and lost 1–2 to Germany, both home games. In the last three matches, Albania tied Turkey, in Qemal Stafa, also losing to Austria 2–1 in Tirana. The last game of the competition was an away game to Germany. After 22 minutes, Albania went ahead 0–1 with a goal by Genc Tomori. However, they were tied one minute later, and after Genc Tomori was sent off by the referee after a simulation of Rudi Voeller, Albania had to play for 60 minutes with one man down. Eventually Albania lost 2–1 with the last goal being scored in the 79th minute.[9]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 West Germany 11 8 5 1 2 15 5 10
 Northern Ireland 11 8 5 1 2 8 5 3
 Austria 9 8 4 1 3 15 10 5
 Turkey 7 8 3 1 4 8 16 −8
 Albania 2 8 0 2 6 4 14 −10

1986 FIFA World Cup[edit]

In a 4-team group, Albania got 4 points with one win and 2 draws. After losing to Belgium in Brussels, Albania were visitors in eventual group winners Poland. There, Albania got its first point in a shocking 2–2 draw. Less than two months later, Albania was host to group runner-ups Belgium in Tirana, defeating them with a clear 2–0 win. After losing to Greece away and Poland at home, Albania got its last point in its last game against neighbour rivals Greece in a 1–1 draw.

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Poland 8 6 3 2 1 10 6 4
2  Belgium 8 6 3 2 1 7 3 4
3  Albania 4 6 1 2 3 6 9 −3
4  Greece 4 6 1 2 3 5 10 −5

Poland qualified. Belgium advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.

UEFA Euro 1988[edit]

All 6 matches ended up in losses for Albania in this campaign. The group proved to be too strong for Albania that managed to score only two goals in the entire campaign.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Spain 10 6 5 0 1 14 6 +8
 Romania 9 6 4 1 1 13 3 +10
 Austria 5 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3
 Albania 0 6 0 0 6 2 17 −15
  ALB AUT ROM ESP
Albania XXX 0–1 0–1 1–2
Austria 3–0 XXX 0–0 2–3
Romania 5–1 4–0 XXX 3–1
Spain 5–0 2–0 1–0 XXX

1990 FIFA World Cup[edit]

This was probably the worst qualifier in Albania's history as there were 6 losses in as many games with no memorable matches. Probably the match at home with Sweden could and should have been won, because Albania was leading and lost at least 5 clear goal chances before Sweden came back and reverted the result.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Sweden 6 4 2 0 9 3 6 10
2  England 6 3 3 0 10 0 10 9
3  Poland 6 2 1 3 4 8 −4 5
4  Albania 6 0 0 6 3 15 −12 0

Sweden qualified. England also qualified with the second-best record among runners-up of Groups 1, 2 and 4.

UEFA Euro 1992[edit]

In these qualifiers, Albania narrowly lost at home, but had a 0–9 defeat in Spain, which was the heaviest loss of Albania in an international qualifier. It is to be mentioned that the match was played in a very difficult time for Albania because of heavy political turmoil.

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 8 8 0 0 20 6 +14 16
 Czechoslovakia 8 5 0 3 12 9 +3 10
 Spain 7 3 0 4 17 12 +5 6
 Iceland 8 2 0 6 7 10 −3 4
 Albania 7 1 0 6 2 21 −19 2
  Albania Czechoslovakia France Iceland Spain
Albania  0–2 0–1 1–0 Canc.
Czechoslovakia  2–1 1–2 1–0 3–2
France  5–0 2–1 3–1 3–1
Iceland  2–0 0–1 1–2 2–0
Spain  9–0 2–1 1–2 2–1

1994 FIFA World Cup[edit]

A win over Lithuania and two draws against Latvia were the only things to remember for Albania in this otherwise forgettable campaign, where Albania finished last of the group.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Spain 12 8 3 1 27 4 +23 19
2  Republic of Ireland 12 7 4 1 19 6 +13 18
3  Denmark 12 7 4 1 15 2 +13 18
4  Northern Ireland 12 5 3 4 14 13 +1 13
5  Lithuania 12 2 3 7 8 21 −13 7
6  Latvia 12 0 5 7 4 21 −17 5
7  Albania 12 1 2 9 6 26 −20 4

Spain and Republic of Ireland qualified.

UEFA Euro 1996[edit]

Albania managed to make life difficult to Germany during this campaign twice with Germany winning both matches only 2–1 and in the last minutes. For the rest, 2 wins, 2 draws and other 4 losses for Albania, which managed to leave Wales at bottom of group for this campaign. To mention that for the first time Albania beat another country (Moldova) as guests in an international qualifier campaign.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
 Germany 25 10 8 1 1 27 10
 Bulgaria 22 10 7 1 2 24 10
 Georgia 15 10 5 0 5 14 13
 Moldova 9 10 3 0 7 11 27
 Albania 8 10 2 2 6 10 16
 Wales 8 10 2 2 6 9 19

1998 FIFA World Cup[edit]

In the 1998 World Cup, Albania was drawn in a 6-team group which included Germany, Portugal, Ukraine, Northern Ireland and Armenia, Albania got 4 points, but showed again that it can battle with the big powers. Its two matches with Germany saw them lose 2–3 at neutral ground and a 3–4 unfortunate defeat in Hannover, in both games taking a lead. Albania got a 1–0 win against Northern Ireland and a 2–2 tie against Armenia.

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Germany 22 10 6 4 0 23 9 12
2  Ukraine 20 10 6 2 2 10 6 4
3  Portugal 19 10 5 4 1 12 4 8
4  Armenia 8 10 1 5 4 8 17 −9
5  Northern Ireland 7 10 1 4 5 6 10 −4
6  Albania 4 10 1 1 8 7 20 −13

UEFA Euro 2000[edit]

In a relatively easy group, Albania couldn't go past one single victory at home turf at the expense of Georgia. However, there were some memorable draws against Greece 0–0 in Tirana, 2–2 in Norway, and 0–0 in Latvia. Albania also drew 3–3 Latvia at home. All the other matches were narrowly lost in this unfortunate campaign.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Norway 25 10 8 1 1 21 9 +12
 Slovenia 17 10 5 2 3 12 14 −2
 Greece 15 10 4 3 3 13 8 +5
 Latvia 13 10 3 4 3 13 12 +1
 Albania 7 10 1 4 5 8 14 −6
 Georgia 5 10 1 2 7 8 18 −10

2002 FIFA World Cup[edit]

After a loss to Finland, Albania won over Greece 2–0 with an own goal and a late goal of Ervin Fakaj. However, after that win, another 6 losses followed for Albania, which brought the Albanian Football Federation to think about hiring a foreign coach, 33 years after the last foreign coach, Luznikov, had led Albania in a Moskow tournament in 1959.

Final table Home Away
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts England Germany Finland Greece Albania Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1.  England 8 5 2 1 16 6 +10 17 X 0:1 2:1 2:2 2:0 4 2 1 1 6 4 7 4 3 1 0 10 2 10
2.  Germany 8 5 2 1 14 10 +4 17 1:5 X 0:0 2:0 2:1 4 2 1 1 5 6 7 4 3 1 0 9 4 10
3.  Finland 8 3 3 2 12 7 +5 12 0:0 2:2 X 5:1 2:1 4 2 2 0 9 4 8 4 1 1 2 3 3 4
4.  Greece 8 2 1 5 7 17 −10 7 0:2 2:4 1:0 X 1:0 4 2 0 2 4 6 6 4 0 1 3 3 11 1
5.  Albania 8 1 0 7 5 14 −9 3 1:3 0:2 0:2 2:0 X 4 1 0 3 3 7 3 4 0 0 4 2 7 0

UEFA Euro 2004[edit]

The 2004 Qualifications for the European competition was of some success for Albania. This was the season when Albania was undefeated at home, tying two and winning two, but with 0 points on the road. Giuseppe Dossena for the first two matches and Hans-Peter Briegel for the remaining six led Albania to an undefeated run with a 1–1 draw against eventual winners of the group, Switzerland. Afterwards, a back to back encounter with Russia, saw the loss 4–1 in Russian soil, however Albania paid Russia back by beating them 3–1. This game is probably the all-time best result for Albania. After missing a penalty, Albania scored first after just 20 minutes, but Russia tied 56 minutes later. Then after a lot of pressure from Albania, Russia conceded 2 goals in just 3 minutes. In the two other home games, Albania tied Republic of Ireland 0–0 and beat Georgia 3–1. Away Albania got 0 points, but managed to score 4 goals.[10]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
  Switzerland 8 4 3 1 15 11 15
 Russia 8 4 2 2 19 12 14
 Republic of Ireland 8 3 2 3 10 11 11
 Albania 8 2 2 4 11 15 8
 Georgia 8 2 1 5 8 14 7

Switzerland qualified. Russia and Ireland advanced to the Play-offs.

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Albania kicked off the qualification for a place in Germany 2006 World Cup with a bang. Two months after Greece beat Portugal to win the European championship, Albania defeated Greece 2–1 in a match which Albania scored goals in the 2' and 11' minute. This was an early knock out from the World Cup 2006 in Germany for the Greeks. Albania went on to disappoint by losing to Georgia away and Denmark at home, before returning to winning ways by beating Kazakhstan 0–1. February and March 2005 would be the toughest part of the qualification for Albania since they had to play Ukraine, Turkey, and Greece, losing all three of those ties. Later Albania would beat Georgia 3–2 and Kazakhstan 2–1. The last positive result for Albania in this tournament would be a 2–2 draw away at Ukraine. At the end, Albania got 13 points and topped Georgia and Kazakhstan. The 13-point mark set a new record for group matches.[11]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ukraine 12 7 4 1 18 7 +11 25
 Turkey 12 6 5 1 23 9 +14 23
 Denmark 12 6 4 2 24 12 +12 22
 Greece 12 6 3 3 15 9 +6 21
 Albania 12 4 1 7 11 20 −9 13
 Georgia 12 2 4 6 14 25 −11 10
 Kazakhstan 12 0 1 11 6 29 −23 1

Ukraine qualified. Turkey advanced to the UEFA Play-offs (see ranking of runners-up).

UEFA Euro 2008[edit]

In the matches for the 2008 European qualifiers campaign, Albania have managed very good results as well as good team play in some matches comparing to previous outings in such tournaments. Starting with the 2–2 away draw to Belarus, two wins against Luxembourg home and away (2–0, 3–0) and a 0–0 draw away to Bulgaria have been the most cherished results. Great matches have been played against Netherlands in both legs, although allegedly dubious referee decisions have marred Albania's performances,[12][13] ending up in two losses (2–1, 0–1). Other setbacks have also been suffered after drawing 0–0 against Slovenia and losing 0–2 to Romania in both matches played at home. Albania ended hopes of qualifying mathematically when they failed to win over Slovenia away and managed a yet again 0–0 draw. In the penultimate match at home against Bulgaria, Albania excelled playing wonderfully, but ended up in a very unlucky draw. After going ahead with dominating football, they conceded in the dying minutes and later missed a penalty. In the last match at home, Albania was hugely disappointing losing 2–4 against Belarus. Contrary to the popular belief that this would be the easiest match during the campaign, Albania not only missed a chance to break the points-record of all competitions but also produced a very lethargic performance in a rainy night. Albania's Euro campaign ended with a disaster match, losing 6–1 away to Romania which eventually resulted in the resignation of the coach Otto Barić and his assistant.[14]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Romania 12 9 2 1 26 7 +19 29
 Netherlands 12 8 2 2 15 5 +10 26
 Bulgaria 12 7 4 1 18 7 +11 25
 Belarus 12 4 1 7 17 23 −6 13
 Albania 12 2 5 5 12 18 −6 11
 Slovenia 12 3 2 7 9 16 −7 11
 Luxembourg 12 1 0 11 2 23 −21 3
  Albania Belarus Bulgaria Luxembourg Netherlands Romania Slovenia
Albania  2–4 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–0
Belarus  2–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 1–3 4–2
Bulgaria  0–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 3–0
Luxembourg  0–3 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–3
Netherlands  2–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0
Romania  6–1 3–1 2–2 3–0 1–0 2–0
Slovenia  0–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–2

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Albania and Slovenia are tied on their head-to-head records, and are thus ranked by their overall goal difference in the group:
    • Albania – 2 pts, 0GD, 0GF, 0 away goals (0–0 H vs Slovenia, 0–0 A vs Slovenia) – Overall GD = −6
    • Slovenia – 2 pts, 0GD, 0GF, 0 away goals (0–0 H vs Albania, 0–0 A vs Albania) – Overall GD = −7

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

On 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 4 January 2008.[15] On 14 March 2008, Albania was suspended from international football (FIFA and UEFA), due to heavy political interference in the Football Association. The suspension lasted 46 days.[16][17][18]

With Haan as coach Albania started 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification with a 0–0 draw against Sweden at home. Four days later, the Albanians defeated Malta 3–0 with goals from Erjon Bogdani, Armend Dallku and Klodian Duro. On 11 October 2008, Albania lost 2–0 to Hungary in Budapest and then drew 0–0 with Portugal in Braga, making the biggest shock on this group. On 11 February 2009, Albania drew with Malta in Ta'Qali 0–0. Albania then lost 1–0 to Hungary at home on 28 March 2009 and 3–0 to Denmark in Copenhagen on 1 April 2009. In the home match against Portugal, Hugo Almeida scored early for Portugal, before Albania equalised with a goal from Erjon Bogdani. However, with just a few seconds left in the game, Bruno Alves scored the winner for Portugal, eliminating Albania. At the end of the campaign, Albania drew 1–1 against Denmark and lost 4–1 to Sweden and Haan was replaced by Croatian coach Josip Kuže in May 2009.[19]


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 10 6 3 1 16 5 +11 21
 Portugal 10 5 4 1 17 5 +12 19
 Sweden 10 5 3 2 13 5 +8 18
 Hungary 10 5 1 4 10 8 +2 16
 Albania 10 1 4 5 6 13 −7 7
 Malta 10 0 1 9 0 26 −26 1
  Albania Denmark Hungary Malta Portugal Sweden
Albania  1–1 0–1 3–0 1–2 0–0
Denmark  3–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–0
Hungary  2–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–2
Malta  0–0 0–3 0–1 0–4 0–1
Portugal  0–0 2–3 3–0 4–0 0–0
Sweden  4–1 0–1 2–1 4–0 0–0


UEFA Euro 2012[edit]

The draw for the qualifying rounds of UEFA Euro 2012 was held on 7 February 2010 in Congress Hall of Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, with matches set to begin on 3–4 September 2010.[20] Seedings were based on the UEFA national team coefficient ranking.[21][22] Albania was drawn in Group D along with France, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, and Luxembourg.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 10 6 3 1 15 4 +11 21
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 6 2 2 17 8 +9 20
 Romania 10 3 5 2 13 9 +4 14
 Belarus 10 3 4 3 8 7 +1 13
 Albania 10 2 3 5 7 14 −7 9
 Luxembourg 10 1 1 8 3 21 −18 4
  Albania Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina France Luxembourg Romania
Albania  1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1
Belarus  2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–0
Bosnia and Herzegovina  2–0 1–0 0–2 5–0 2–1
France  3–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0
Luxembourg  2–1 0–0 0–3 0–2 0–2
Romania  1–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 3–1


2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Josip Kuže parted ways with Albania three years and a half after he started the job, and in December 2011, Italian coach Gianni de Biasi replaced him.[23] Albania started well the qualifiers and was, at one point, 2nd in group with 6 matches played, and 4 on hand, 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.[24] With De Biasi the Albania national team reached an unprecedented high number of players, who although are ethnically Albanian, were not born in Albania, but either in Kosovo, or outside of Kosovo, while hailing from Albanian Kosovar parents. As of 13 August 2013, 14 Albanians of Kosovo origin were either part of the start-up team, or have received recent call-ups.[25]


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
  Winner qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  Runner-up (ranked as one of the eight best runners-up among all nine groups) advanced to the play-offs
Presence of ethnic Albanian players at the 2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

After the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying ended, Albania captain Lorik Cana was included in the best eleven of the players which missed out at the 2014 FIFA World Cup because of failing to qualify with their national team.[26] Some of the other well known players (non-ethnic Albanian) on the list that miss out were Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Robert Lewandowski (Poland) and Gareth Bale (Wales).

Before the 2014 World Cup, a significant presence of ethnic Albanians had been noted in several national teams. On 5 March 2014, 54 ethnic Albanians were called up by seven different national teams: Albania (19), Kosovo (22), Switzerland (5), Macedonia national football team (4), Finland (2), Germany (1) and Montenegro (1).[27]

The Catalan newspaper El Mundo Deportivo reported a significant presence of Albanians in the 2014 World Cup thanks to an article published by it. The article said that 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," noting 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 play for Albania. The article said 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 grew up and trained as a footballer. The second name that could have done 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 Xhaka brothers are split, with the younger one, Granit, playing for Switzerland and the elder one, Taulant, for Albania, whereas Macedonian-Albanians, such as Blerim Džemaili, Admir Mehmedi and Valon Behrami, according to El Mundo Deportivo, would make the team of Albania one of the most talented in Europe.[28]

Then, 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.[29]

First major tournament[edit]

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifications campaign[edit]

The qualifying draw took place on 23 February 2014. Albania was drawn in Group I along with Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, and Armenia. Qualifying matches started in September 2014. Albania started the qualifiers by grabbing an historic result as they beat the group favourites of Portugal 1–0 at Estádio Municipal de Braga thanks to a goal from Bekim Balaj.[30] In the second match against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena, Albania was on lead until minute 82th where Lasse Vibe equalized, with the match ending 1–1. In the next game against Serbia at Partizan Stadium, the match was abandoned in 42th minute after several on and off the field incidents. Despite the great violence by Serbia's houligans against Albania at Partizan Stadium, Serbia absurditly was awarded with the 3–0 victory after the decision by UEFA.[31] The decision was appealed by both Serbia and Albania,[32][33] but the decision was upheld by UEFA.[34] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[35] 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.[36]

In the fourth match against Armenia at home, Albania where behind from the 4th minute after an own goal from Mërgim Mavraj, but it was also Mavraj who equalized the result in the 77th with a powerful header. Four minutes later it was the substitute Shkëlzen Gashi who sealed the 2–1 triumph to put Albania in the 2th position along with Denmark with 10 points.[37] It was the first time that Albania ended the first part of the qualifiers in the second spot. Albania made history again by beating for the first time ever the one-time World Champions and the major UEFA Euro 2016 tournament hosts of France at Elbasan Arena in the "Group I" Friendly Match.[38] After a draw against Denmark, Albania clinched at least a play-off place. Despite losing to Portugal and Serbia, Albania defeated Armenia 3–0 in Yerevan and qualified for UEFA Euro 2016, its first ever appearance at a major men's football tournament.[39] For this achievement the entire team was bestowed the Honor of Nation Order by Albania's President Bujar Nishani.[40] In addition to the qualification, Albania achieved a world record in terms of not conceding any away goal during the tournament, while scoring seven away goals.[citation needed]

To make this a year to remember for Albanian football, local team KF Skënderbeu Korçë qualified for 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, where they claimed first ever points in UEFA competition with a 3–0 victory over Sporting CP.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Portugal Albania Denmark Serbia Armenia
1  Portugal 8 7 0 1 11 5 +6 21 Qualify for final tournament 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0
2  Albania[a] 8 4 2 2 10 5 +5 14 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1
3  Denmark 8 3 3 2 8 5 +3 12 Advance to play-offs 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–1
4  Serbia[a] 8 2 1 5 8 13 −5 4 1–2 0–3[a] 1–3 2–0
5  Armenia 8 0 2 6 5 14 −9 2 2–3 0–3 0–0 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Serbia's abandoned home match against Albania was awarded as a 3–0 win to Albania after decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and Serbia was 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.[41] The match was originally awarded as a 3–0 win to Serbia, who also received a three point deduction, after a disciplinary decision from UEFA.[42] The decision was appealed by both Serbia and Albania,[43][44] but was upheld by UEFA.[45] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[46] and on 10 July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal filed by the Serbian FA, and partially upheld the appeal filed by the Albanian FA, meaning the match is deemed to have been forfeited by Serbia 3–0 and they are still deducted three points.[41]

After the Serbia–Albania match, the national team of Albania was awarded by the cities of Tirana, Vlore, Kamëz, and Bajram Curri awards of honor and city recognition for protecting the national symbols.[47]

UEFA Euro 2016[edit]

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016

The draw for the finals will take place at the Palais des Congrès de la Porte Maillot in Paris on 12 December 2015, 18:00 CET.[48][49][50] The 24 qualified teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams, with the hosts France being automatically placed in position A1. The remaining teams will be seeded into four pots of five (Pot 1) or six teams (Pots 2, 3 and 4). As the title holders, Spain will be seeded in Pot 1, while the other 22 teams will be seeded according to the UEFA National team coefficients updated after the completion of the qualifying group stage (excluding the play-offs), which were released by UEFA on 14 October 2015.[51][52][53][54]

Pot 4
Team Coeff Rank
 Turkey 27,033 22
 Republic of Ireland 26,902 23
 Iceland 25,388 27
 Wales 24,531 28
 Albania 23,216 31
 Northern Ireland 22,961 33

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for two Friendly matches against Kosovo and Georgia on 13 and 16 November 2015 respectively.[55]
Caps and goals as of 16 November 2015 after the match against Georgia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Etrit Berisha (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 26) 31 0 Italy Lazio
12 1GK Orges Shehi (1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 38) 6 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
23 1GK Alban Hoxha (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 (age 28) 1 0 Albania Partizani Tirana
5 2DF Lorik Cana (Captain) (1983-06-27) 27 June 1983 (age 32) 89 1 France Nantes
7 2DF Ansi Agolli (1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 (age 33) 58 2 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
2 2DF Andi Lila (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 29) 56 0 Greece PAS Giannina
4 2DF Elseid Hysaj (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 21) 17 0 Italy Napoli
15 2DF Arlind Ajeti (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 22) 7 0 Italy Frosinone
6 2DF Berat Djimsiti (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 22) 6 1 Italy Atalanta
17 2DF Naser Aliji (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Switzerland Basel
24 2DF Amir Rrahmani (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 21) 2 1 Croatia Split
18 2DF Frederic Veseli (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Switzerland Lugano
21 3MF Odise Roshi (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 24) 28 1 Croatia Rijeka
22 3MF Amir Abrashi (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 25) 16 0 Germany SC Freiburg
8 3MF Migjen Basha (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 (age 29) 15 3 Switzerland Luzern
3 3MF Ermir Lenjani (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 26) 15 1 France Nantes
9 3MF Ledian Memushaj (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 29) 12 0 Italy Pescara
13 3MF Sabien Lilaj (1989-02-10) 10 February 1989 (age 26) 13 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
11 3MF Shkëlzen Gashi (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 27) 11 1 United States Colorado Rapids
14 3MF Taulant Xhaka (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 24) 10 0 Switzerland Basel
20 3MF Herolind Shala (1992-02-01) 1 February 1992 (age 24) 4 0 Czech Republic Sparta Prague
10 4FW Armando Sadiku (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 24) 16 2 Switzerland Vaduz
16 4FW Sokol Cikalleshi (1990-07-27) 27 July 1990 (age 25) 15 1 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
19 4FW Bekim Balaj (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 25) 12 1 Croatia Rijeka
25 4FW Rey Manaj (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 18) 2 1 Italy Inter Milan

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
DF Renato Arapi (1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 (age 29) 4 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë v.  France, 13 June 2015
DF Arbnor Fejzullahu (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Albania Partizani Tirana v.  France, 13 June 2015
DF Debatik Curri RET (1984-12-28) 28 December 1984 (age 31) 44 1 Albania Flamurtari Vlore v.  Armenia, 29 March 2015
DF Mërgim Mavraj Injured (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 29) 23 3 Germany 1. FC Köln v.  Armenia, 29 March 2015
MF Ergys Kaçe (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 22) 13 2 Greece PAOK v.  Armenia, 11 October 2015
MF Burim Kukeli (1984-01-16) 16 January 1984 (age 32) 13 0 Switzerland Zürich v.  Armenia, 11 October 2015
MF Alban Meha (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 29) 7 2 Turkey Konyaspor v.  Armenia, 11 October 2015
MF Ervin Bulku (1981-03-03) 3 March 1981 (age 34) 56 1 Albania Tirana v.  Denmark, 4 September 2015 PRE
MF Valdet Rama (1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 28) 15 3 Germany TSV 1860 München v.  France, 13 June 2015
MF Afrim Taku (1989-08-04) 4 August 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Unattached v.  France, 13 June 2015
FW Hamdi Salihi (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 32) 50 11 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë v.  Armenia, 11 October 2015
  • Injured = Not called-up due to the injury or currently injured.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.
  • RET = Retired from international football.

Coaching staff[edit]

Current coaching staff:[56]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Albania Gianni De Biasi
Assistant Coach Italy Paolo Tramezzani
Assistant Coach Albania Erjon Bogdani
Athletic 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
Osteopat Italy Filippo Iori
Physiotherapists Albania Alban Merepeza
Physiotherapists Albania Ylli Mihali
Base materials Albania Fatos Kademi

Stadium[edit]

Panorama of Elbasan Arena.

In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards.[57] 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, and Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër in time for the October 2015 Euro Qualifier against Serbia.[58]

Supporters[edit]

Main article: Tifozat Kuq e Zi
Tifozat Kuq e Zi logo with Big Sabit as its mascot

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. It was founded on 25 December 2003. 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. In this sense, TKZ is joined by different supporters' associations throughout Albanian-speaking regions mainly in Kosovo (Kuqezinjet e Jakoves of Gjakova, Plisat of Pristina, Torcida of Mitrovica, etc.), Former Yugoslav Republic of 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 (English: Snow Wolves) Skënderbeu Korçë, Shqiponjat of KF Besa Pejë and many other different Albanian fans).

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.

The TKZ have been praised by many different football players and managers, whom were not just Albanian. Switzerland's former coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld was astonished by how many Albanian fans turned up and how enthusiastic they were in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) 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 Albanian fans are fantastic and the most passionate fans I have ever seen.[59] 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 where they lost 1-0 and Norway where they won 1-0 thanks to a stunning goal by Hamdi Salihi.

Media coverage[edit]

Albania's qualifying matches and friendlies are currently televised by TVSH and SuperSport Albania, a trademark of Digit-Alb.

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 2010–2011
Germany Adidas 2011–2016
Italy Macron 2016–present

Managerial History[edit]

This is a chronological list of the managers who have guided Albania since 1946.[60]

  1. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubiša Broćić (1st) (22.08.1946 - 13.10.1946)
  2. Albania Adem Karapici (1st) (25.05.1947 - 25.05.1947)
  3. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubiša Broćić (2nd) (15.06.1947 - 20.08.1947)
  4. Albania Adem Karapici (2nd) (14.09.1947 - 27.06.1948)
  5. Albania Sllave Llambi (23.10.1949 - 17.11.1949)
  6. Albania Ludovik Jakova (29.11.1949 - 08.10.1950)
  7. Albania Myslym Alla (1st) (29.11.1952 - 07.12.1952)
  8. Hungary Miklós Vadas (29.11.1953 - 29.11.1953)
  9. Albania Loro Boriçi (1st) (15.09.1957 - 29.06.1963)
  10. Albania Zyber Konçi (1st) (30.10.1963 - 07.05.1965)
  11. Albania Loro Boriçi (2nd) (24.11.1965 - 21.06.1972)
  12. Albania Myslym Alla (2nd) (29.10.1972 - 06.05.1973)
  13. Albania Ilia Shuke (10.10.1973 - 08.11.1973)
  14. Albania Loro Boriçi (3rd) (03.11.1976 - 03.11.1976)
  15. Albania Zyber Konçi (2nd) (03.09.1980 - 06.12.1980)
  16. Albania Loro Boriçi (4th) (01.04.1981 - 18.11.1981)
  17. Albania Shyqyri Rreli (1st) (22.09.1982 - 30.05.1985)
  18. Albania Agron Sulaj (1st) (30.10.1985 - 18.11.1987)
  19. Albania Shyqyri Rreli (2nd) (06.08.1988 - 15.11.1989)
  20. Albania Bejkush Birçe (1st) (30.05.1990 - 30.05.1990)
  21. Albania Agron Sulaj (2nd) (05.09.1990 - 19.12.1990)
  22. Albania Bejkush Birçe (2nd) (30.03.1991 -14.05.1994)
  23. Albania Neptun Bajko (07.09.1994 - 14.12.1996)
  24. Albania Astrit Hafizi (29.03.1997 - 09.10.1999)
  25. Albania Medin Zhega (06.02.2000 - 06.06.2001)
  26. Albania Sulejman Demollari (01.09.2001 - 17.04.2002)
  27. Italy Giuseppe Dossena (12.10.2002 - 16.10.2002)
  28. Germany Hans-Peter Briegel (12.02.2003 - 22.03.2006)
  29. Croatia Austria Otto Barić (16.08.2006 - 17.10.2007)
  30. Croatia Austria Slavko Kovačić - (Caretaker) (17.11.2007 - 21.11.2007)
  31. Netherlands Arie Haan (27.05.2008 - 01.04.2009)
  32. Croatia Josip Kuže (06.06.2009 - 11.10.2011)
  33. Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemal Mustedanagić - (Caretaker) (11.11.2011 - 15.11.2011)
  34. Italy Albania Gianni De Biasi (29.02.2012 – present)

Individual all-time records[edit]

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

As of 16 November 2015.[61]
  Active players are highlighted
  Part of the squad who won 1946 Balkan Cup

[62]

  Part of the squad who won Malta Rothmans International Tournament 2000

[63]

Appearances records[edit]

Lorik Cana is the most capped player in the history of Albania with 89 caps.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1
Lorik Cana[64]
2002– 89 1
2
Altin Lala[64]
1998–2011 80 3
3
Klodian Duro[64]
2001–2011 78 6
4
Ervin Skela[64]
2000–2011 76 13
5
Foto Strakosha[64]
1990–2004 74 0
Erjon Bogdani
1996–2013 74 18
7
Igli Tare[64]
1997–2007 69 10
8
Alban Bushi[64]
1995–2007 68 14
Altin Haxhi
1995–2009 68 3
10
Altin Rraklli[64]
1992–2005 64 11
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 68
3
Ervin Skela
2000–2011 13 76
4
Altin Rraklli
1992–2005 11 64
Hamdi Salihi
2006– 11 50
6
Sokol Kushta
1987–1996 10 31
Igli Tare
1997–2007 10 68
8
Adrian Aliaj
2002–2006 8 29
9
Bledar Kola
1994–2002 6 41
Klodian Duro
2000–2011 6 78
Edmond Kapllani
2004– 6 41
Loro Boriçi
1946–1958 6 24
Qamil Teliti
1946–1952 6 13

Honours[edit]

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

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[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[66]
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 14 13 67 62 175
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship[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 4 3 0 1 7 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 Qualified 2/5 8 4 2 2 10 5
Total Best: – 1/15 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 93 18 22 53 78 159
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

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

As of 16 November 2015
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 5 3 1 1 8 5 +3 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 10 1 3 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
 Estonia 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 H2H results
 Finland 7 2 1 4 6 8 -2 H2H results
 France 6 1 1 4 3 12 -9 H2H results
 Georgia 14 3 3 8 13 23 -10 H2H results
 Germany (Germany West 1967-1983) 14 (8) 0 1 (1) 13 (7) 10 (2) 38 (22) -28 (-20) H2H results
 Greece 15 6 3 6 16 13 +3 [6][7][8]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
 Kosovo 4 3 1 0 9 5 +4 [67][68][69][70]
 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
 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 7 1 1 5 5 13 -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
 Serbia
5
2
0
1
1
0
4
1
4
3
13
2
-9
+1
H2H results
60 Countries 307 75 66 163 281 483 −202 All results at EU-Football.info

Memorable victories[edit]

Source: Results

Date Tournament Place Opponents Score Additional Notes
22 September 1946 N/A Shkodër, Albania Flag of SR Montenegro.svg Montenegro 5 – 0 Largest ever victory (without conceding)
9 October 1946 Balkan Cup in Albania Tirana, Albania  Bulgaria 3 – 1
13 October 1946 Balkan Cup in Albania Tirana, Albania  Romania 1 – 0
2 May 1948 Balkan Cup in Romania Bucharest, Romania  Romania 1 – 0
29 November 1952 Friendly Tirana, Albania  Czechoslovakia 3 – 2
30 October 1963 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying Tirana, Albania  Denmark 1 – 0
9 December 1952 Friendly Tirana, Albania  Czechoslovakia 2 – 1
29 November 1953 Friendly Tirana, Albania  Poland 2 – 0
14 November 1971 UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying Tirana, Albania  Turkey 3 – 0
10 October 1976 Friendly Tirana, Albania  Algeria 3 – 0
22 December 1984 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania  Belgium 2 – 0
14 February 1993 N/A N/A, Albania Albania Kosovo 3 – 1 Unofficial first international for Kosovo was hosted by Albania.
30 November 1995 Friendly Tirana, Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 – 0 First FIFA international for Bosnia-Herzegovina was hosted by Albania[71]
10 September 1997 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification Zürich, Switzerland  Northern Ireland 1 – 0
21 January 1998 Friendly Ankara, Turkey  Turkey 4 – 1
11 October 2000 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania  Greece 2 – 0
25 April 2001 Friendly Gaziantep, Turkey  Turkey 2 – 0
29 March 2003 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying Shkodër, Albania  Russia 3 – 1
18 February 2004 Friendly Tirana, Albania  Sweden 2 – 1
4 September 2004 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania  Greece 2 – 1 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (14th)[72]
and current UEFA Euro 2004 champion.
12 August 2009 Friendly Tirana, Albania  Cyprus 6 – 1 Largest ever victory
17 February 2010 Friendly Pristina, Kosovo  Kosovo 3 – 2
25 May 2010 Friendly Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 1 – 0
22 May 2012 Friendly Madrid, Spain  Qatar 2 – 1
27 May 2012 Friendly Istanbul, Turkey  Iran 1 – 0
16 October 2012 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania  Slovenia 1 – 0
22 March 2013 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Oslo, Norway  Norway 1 – 0
7 September 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Aveiro, Portugal  Portugal 1 – 0 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (11th)[73]
14 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Belgrade, Serbia  Serbia 3 – 0 Awarded victory as Serbia forfeited by Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling.
13 June 2015 Friendly Elbasan, Albania  France 1 – 0 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (9th)[74]
and the hosts also of the UEFA Euro 2016, tournament of the time.
11 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 3 – 0 Qualified to UEFA Euro 2016; first senior final tournament.

See also[edit]

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