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 (93)
Top scorer Erjon Bogdani (18)
Home stadium Loro Boriçi Stadium
FIFA code ALB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 37 Steady (11 August 2016)
Highest 22 (August 2015[1])
Lowest 124 (August 1997[1])
Elo ranking
Current 55 (28 June 2016)[2]
Highest 55 (29 May 2016, 19 June 2016 [2])
Lowest 127 (14 & 18 December 1994 [2])
First international
Albania Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(Tirana, Albania; 7 October 1946)[3]
Biggest win
 Albania 5–0 Vietnam 
(Bastia Umbra, Italy; 12 February 2003)
 Albania 6–1 Cyprus 
(Tirana, Albania; 12 August 2009)[3]
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 12–0 Albania 
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)[3]
European Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 2016)
Best result Group Stage, 2016
The Albania national football team (2016)

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, Albania's first ever appearance at the continental tournament and at a major men's football tournament. Albania scored their first ever goal in a major tournament and secured first ever win in European Championship when they beat Romania by 1–0 in a UEFA Euro 2016 match on 19 June 2016.[4][5]

History[edit]

Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before the Albanian Football Association was created in 1930. FSHF was founded on 6 June 1930, and in, Albania joined FIFA (during the congress 12 June – 16 June). Albania played its first international match against Yugoslavia in 1946 which ended in a 3–2 home defeat at Qemal Stafa Stadium. In 1946, Albania also participated for the first time in Balkan Cup in which Albania won by beating Romania 1–0 in the final. 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.[6] At the end of the tournament Albania ranked 9th in Europe.[7][8][9]

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. 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. Again six years without playing any international match, Albania entered in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1982, and finished the group no longer last in the class, but "revenges" Finland allocating the Nordic country to get the "wooden spoon".

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. 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.[10] This match was also the debut of the German coach Hans-Peter Briegel who led Albania to an undefeated run at home matches. 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 in a match which Albania scored goals in the 2nd and 11th minutes.[11]

In the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2008 Albania won two times 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 loss 6–1 away to Romania which resulted in the resignation of the coach Otto Barić and his assistant.[12] On 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.[13] 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 biggest win the history by defeating Cyprus 6–1 at home.[14]

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.[15] Albania started the qualifiers and was, at one point, 2nd in group with six matches played, and four in 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.[16] Albania started the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2016 with an emphatic 1–0 away win against Portugal,[17] which was followed by a 1–1 draw against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena.[18] After beating Armenia 3–0 in the last qualifying match, Albania made history by qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016, its first ever appearance at a major men's football tournament.[19]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players are in the final squad for the UEFA Euro 2016[21]
Caps and goals as of 19 June 2016 after the match against Romania.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Etrit Berisha (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 27) 38 0 Italy Lazio
12 1GK Orges Shehi (1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 38) 7 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 RET (Captain) (1983-06-27) 27 June 1983 (age 33) 93 1 France Nantes
7 2DF Ansi Agolli (1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 (age 33) 64 2 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
2 2DF Andi Lila (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 30) 60 0 Greece PAS Giannina
15 2DF Mërgim Mavraj (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 30) 29 3 Germany 1. FC Köln
4 2DF Elseid Hysaj (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 22) 23 0 Italy Napoli
18 2DF Arlind Ajeti (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 22) 12 1 Italy Torino
17 2DF Naser Aliji (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 22) 5 0 Germany FC Kaiserslautern
6 2DF Freddie Veseli (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 (age 23) 4 0 Italy Empoli

21 3MF Odise Roshi (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 25) 35 1 Russia Terek Grozny
3 3MF Ermir Lenjani (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 27) 22 3 France Rennes
22 3MF Amir Abrashi (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 26) 21 0 Germany SC Freiburg
8 3MF Migjen Basha (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 (age 29) 20 3 Italy Bari
13 3MF Burim Kukeli (1984-01-16) 16 January 1984 (age 32) 17 0 Switzerland Zürich
20 3MF Ergys Kaçe (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 23) 17 2 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
9 3MF Ledian Memushaj (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 29) 16 0 Italy Pescara
11 3MF Shkëlzen Gashi (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 28) 15 1 United States Colorado Rapids
14 3MF Taulant Xhaka (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 25) 14 0 Switzerland Basel

10 4FW Armando Sadiku (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 25) 23 6 Switzerland Zürich
16 4FW Sokol Cikalleshi (1990-07-27) 27 July 1990 (age 26) 20 2 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
19 4FW Bekim Balaj (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 25) 16 1 Russia Terek Grozny

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 Berat Djimsiti (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 23) 7 1 Italy Atalanta UEFA Euro 2016 PRE
DF Amir Rrahmani MOV (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 22) 2 1 Croatia RNK Split UEFA Euro 2016 PRE

MF Herolind Shala MOV (1992-02-01) 1 February 1992 (age 24) 6 0 Turkey Kasımpaşa UEFA Euro 2016 PRE
MF Milot Rashica MOV (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands Vitesse UEFA Euro 2016 PRE
MF Sabien Lilaj (1989-02-10) 10 February 1989 (age 27) 13 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë v.  Georgia, 16 November 2015
MF Alban Meha MOV (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 30) 7 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Armenia, 11 October 2015
MF Ervin Bulku (1981-03-03) 3 March 1981 (age 35) 56 1 Albania Tirana v.  Denmark, 4 September 2015 PRE

FW Rey Manaj (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 19) 2 1 Italy Pescara v.  Georgia, 16 November 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.
  • MOV = Withdrew to play for Kosovo.

Previous squads[edit]

European Championship

Coaching staff[edit]

Current coaching staff:[22]

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]

Elbasan Arena
Elbasan Arena
Loro Borici Stadium
Loro Borici Stadium

In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards.[23] Due to Albania being undeveloped and having very poor infrastructure, 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.[24]

Stadiums which have hosted Albania international football matches:

Number of
matches
Stadium First international Last international
129 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tiranë 7 October 1946 16 November 2015
5 Elbasan Arena, Elbasan 11 October 2014 8 October 2015
4 Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër 29 March 2003 10 August 2011
2 Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës 11 August 2010 5 March 2014
1 Flamurtari Stadium, Vlorë 28 October 1987 28 October 1987
1 Tomori Stadium, Berat 6 August 1988 6 August 1988

National Arena[edit]

The National Arena (Albanian: Arena Kombëtare) is an under-construction all-seater football stadium in Tirana, the capital of Albania.[25] This planned stadium will be the new home of the Albanian National Team and it will serve as a venue for major football club cup finals and other sports and non-sports related activities.

The stadium was designed with a capacity of 22,500 spectators, making it the first-highest capacity stadium for football in Albania. Ever since an initial stadium proposal in 2010, FSHF (Albanian Football Association) has had two additional stadium proposals that failed to be built. The stadium is planned to be completed by June 2018, Albania national football team will began playing in September of the same year. The stadium will be built on the same site of Qemal Stafa, demolished in June 2016.[26]

The old Qemal Stafa was closed for demolition in June 2016, and the site will be redeveloped with a new larger-capacity National Arena. The final design of the new stadium was done by Marco Cassamonti of Archea Associati,[27] and the construction is scheduled to be finished in 2018. It is expected to cost around 60 million Euro[28]

Supporters[edit]

Main article: Tifozat Kuq e Zi

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 (Shqiponjat of Peja, 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.[29] 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 Digitalb.

Kit history[edit]

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

Home

Away

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

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.[30]

  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 19 June 2016.[31]
  Active players are highlighted
  Part of the squad who won 1946 Balkan Cup
[32]
  Part of the squad who won Malta Rothmans International Tournament 2000
[33]

Appearances records[edit]

# Name Career Caps Goals
1
Lorik Cana[34]
2003–2016 93 1
2
Altin Lala[34]
1998–2011 80 3
3
Klodian Duro[34]
2001–2011 78 6
4
Ervin Skela[34]
2000–2011 76 13
5
Foto Strakosha[34]
1990–2004 74 0
Erjon Bogdani
1996–2013 74 18
7
Igli Tare[34]
1997–2007 69 10
8
Alban Bushi[34]
1995–2007 68 14
Altin Haxhi
1995–2009 68 3
10
Altin Rraklli[34]
1992–2005 64 11
Ansi Agolli
2005– 64 2

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
Loro Boriçi
1946–1958 6 24
Qamil Teliti
1946–1952 6 13
Bledar Kola
1994–2002 6 41
Klodian Duro
2000–2011 6 78
Edmond Kapllani
2004–2014 6 41
Armando Sadiku
2012– 6 23

Captains[edit]

List of captaincy periods of the various captains throughout the years.[35]

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[37]
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 Group Stage 18th 3 1 0 2 1 3 2/5 8 4 2 2 10 5
Total Best: Group Stage 1/15 3 1 0 2 1 3 Total 93 18 22 53 78 159
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Albania's European Championship record
First Match
Albania  0–1   Switzerland
(11 June 2016; Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France)
Biggest Win
Romania  0–1  Albania
(19 June 2016; Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France)
Biggest Defeat
France  2–0  Albania
(15 June 2016; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France)
Best Result
Group stage at the UEFA Euro 2016
Worst Result
Group stage at the UEFA Euro 2016

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

As of 19 June 2016
Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential Reference
 Algeria 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 1964 match*
H2H results
 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 7 0 0 7 2 19 −17 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 7 1 1 5 3 14 −11 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 [7][8][38]
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 [39][40][41][42]
 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 6 4 1 1 9 2 +7 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 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 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 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 H2H results
 Republic of Ireland 4 0 1 3 2 6 −4 H2H results
 Romania 19 3 3 13 12 45 −33 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 7 0 1 6 4 12 −8 H2H results
 Turkey 9 3 2 4 11 8 +3 H2H results
 Ukraine 6 0 1 5 4 12 −8 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[note 1]
1
0
4
1
4
3
13
2
−9
+1
H2H results
60 Countries 311 79 66 166 283 492 −209 All results at EU-Football.info
  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.[43] Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited,[44][45] but the decision was upheld by UEFA.[46] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[47] 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.[48] Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.[49]

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 FIFA unofficial. 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 Friendly Tirana, 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[50]
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)[51]
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 Unofficial international.
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)[52]
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)[53]
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.
19 June 2016 UEFA Euro 2016 Lyon, France  Romania 1 – 0 First ever win in a senior final tournament.

See also[edit]

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