Albania national football team
|Nickname(s)||Kuq e Zinjtë (The Red and Blacks)
Shqiponjat (The Eagles)
|Association||Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)|
|Head coach||Gianni De Biasi|
|Most caps||Lorik Cana (84)|
|Top scorer||Erjon Bogdani (18)|
|Home stadium||Elbasan Arena
Loro Boriçi Stadium
|FIFA ranking||51 6 (4 June 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||37 (July 2013)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||124 (August 1997)|
|Elo ranking||62 3 (16 June 2015)|
|Highest Elo ranking||52 (13 October 1946 )|
|Lowest Elo ranking||127 (14 & 18 December 1994 )|
| Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia
(Tirana, Albania; October 7, 1946)
Albania 6–1 Cyprus
(Tirana, Albania; August 12, 2009)
| Hungary 12–0 Albania
(Budapest, Hungary; September 24, 1950)
Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before FSHF was created. This is witnessed by the registration of the team in the Balkan Cup tournament of 1929-1931, which started in 1929 (although Albania eventually retired from the competition, before the competition started). FSHF was founded on June 6, 1930, and Albania had to wait 16 years to play its first international match, debuting against Yugoslavia in 1946. In 1932, Albania joined FIFA (during the congress June 12 — June 16) and in 1954, it was one of the founding members of UEFA.
- 1 Results in History
- 2 Recent developments
- 3 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 4 Squad
- 5 Stadium
- 6 Supporters
- 7 Media coverage
- 8 Kit History
- 9 Kit suppliers
- 10 Managerial History
- 11 Individual all-time records
- 12 Honours
- 13 Competitive record
- 14 Head-to-Head records against other countries
- 15 See also
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Results in History
In December 2007, Football Association of Albania's president, Armand Duka, announced Arie Haan would replace Croatian-Austrian Otto Barić as Albania's head coach. Haan signed a two-year contract on January 4, 2008.
The Albania national team has recently had an unprecedented high number of players, who although are Albanian by ethnicity, were not born in Albania, but either in Kosovo, or outside of Kosovo, while hailing from Albanian Kosovar parents. As of August 13, 2013, 14 Albanians of Kosovo origin were either part of the start-up team, or have received recent call-ups.
Significant presence at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Before the World Cup in 2014 a significant presence of Albanians had been noted in several national teams. In March 5, 2014 54 Albanians were called up by 7 different national teams Albania (19), Kosovo (22), Switzerland (5), Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (4), Finland (2), Germany (1), and Montenegro (1).
The Catalan newspaper El Mundo Deportivo reported a significant presence of Albanians in the World Cup, thanks to an article published by it. The article emphasized how 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", especially emphasizing 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 wear the jersey of their own country. The article noted 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 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 brothers Xhaka are split: The younger one, Granit, plays for Switzerland and the elder one, Taulant, for Albania, whereas the Macedonian Albanians such as Blerim Dzemaili, Admir Mehmedi and Valon Behrami, according to "El Mundo Deportivo" would make the team of Albania one of the most talented in Europe.
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.
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|Friendly 5 March 2014||Albania||2 – 0||Malta||Durrës, Albania|
|17:00 GMT||Basha 26'
|Report||Stadium: Niko Dovana Stadium
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Macedonia)
|Friendly 31 May 2014||Albania||0 – 1||Romania||Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland|
|19:00 GMT +1||Report||R. Raț 82'||Stadium: Stade Municipal
Referee: Nikolaj Hänni (Switzerland)
|Friendly 4 June 2014||Hungary||1 – 0||Albania||Budapest, Hungary|
|20:30 GMT +1||T. Priskin 82'||Report||Stadium: Ferenc Puskás Stadium
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland)
|Friendly 8 June 2014||San Marino||0 – 3||Albania||Serravalle, San Marino|
|20:30 GMT +1||Report||Mavraj 27'
|Stadium: Serravalle Stadium
Referee: Marco Borg (Malta)
|UEFA Euro 2016 Q. 7 September 2014||Portugal||0 – 1||Albania||Aveiro, Portugal|
|20:45 GMT +1||Report||Balaj 52'||Stadium: Estádio Municipal
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
|UEFA Euro 2016 Q. 11 October 2014||Albania||1 – 1||Denmark||Elbasan, Albania|
|20:45 GMT +1||Lenjani 38'||Report||Vibe 81'||Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
|UEFA Euro 2016 Q. 14 October 2014||Serbia||3 – 0
|20:45 GMT +1||Report||Stadium: Partizan Stadium
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
|Friendly 14 November 2014||France||1 – 1||Albania||Rennes, France|
|20:45 GMT||Griezmann 73'||Report||Mavraj 40'||Stadium: Stade de la Route de Lorient
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (Czech Rep.)
|Friendly 18 November 2014||Italy||1 – 0||Albania||Genoa, Italy|
|20:45 GMT||Salihi (o.g.)||Report||Stadium: Luigi Ferraris
Referee: Alexander Harkam (Austria)
|UEFA Euro 2016 Q. 29 March 2015||Albania||2 – 1||Armenia||Elbasan, Albania|
|18:00 (UTC+2)||Mavraj 77'
|Report||Mavraj 4' (o.g)||Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (Spain)
|Friendly 13 June 2015||Albania||1 – 0||France||Elbasan, Albania|
|18:00 (UTC+2)||Kaçe 43'||Report||Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Referee: Halis Özkahya (Turkey)
|UEFA Euro 2016 Q. 7 September 2015||Albania||–||Portugal||Albania|
|20:45 GMT +1||Report|
|UEFA Euro 2016 Q. 8 October 2015||Albania||–||Serbia||Shkodër, Albania|
|20:45 GMT +1||Report||Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
|1||Portugal (X)||5||4||0||1||7||4||+3||12||Advance to final tournament||—||8 Oct||0–1||2–1||1–0|
|3||Albania[a]||4||2||1||1||4||5||−1||7||Final tournament or play-offs||7 Sep||1–1||—||8 Oct||2–1|
|4||Serbia[a] (Y)||5||1||1||3||6||8||−2||1||11 Oct||1–3||3–0[a]||—||4 Sep|
|5||Armenia (Y)||5||0||1||4||5||9||−4||1||2–3||7 Sep||11 Oct||1–1||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(X) Assured of at least third place (and play-offs), but may still qualify directly as one of the top two teams or as the best third-placed team; (Y) Cannot qualify directly as one of the top two teams, but may still qualify as third-placed team.
- Serbia's abandoned home match against Albania was awarded as 3–0 win to Serbia, who were 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. The decision was appealed by both Serbia and Albania, but was upheld by UEFA. Both associations have filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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.
The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.
Current coaching staff:
|Head Coach||Gianni De Biasi|
|Assistant Coach||Paolo Tramezzani|
|Assistant Coach||Altin Lala|
|Athletic Coach||Alberto Belle|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Ilir Bozhiqi|
|National Team Manager||Alban Bushi|
|National Team Scouter||Erjon Bogdani|
|Manager of the Young Talents||Redi Jupi|
|Team Doctor||Arben Celiku|
|Base materials||Fatos Kademi|
In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards. 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 Shkoder in time for the October 2015 Euro Qualifier against Serbia.
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 December 25, 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, 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. 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.
The Albanian kit has been mostly red and black with few changes throughout the years.
This is a chronological list of the managers who have guided Albania since 1946.
- Ljubiša Broćić (1946–1947)
- Adem Karapici (1947–1949)
- Sllave Llambi (1949)
- Ludovik Jakova (1949–1950)
- Myslim Alla (1952)
- Miklós Vadas (1953)
- Nikolai Lyukshinov (1956–1957)
- Loro Boriçi (1957–1963)
- Zyber Konçi (1963–65)
- Loro Boriçi (1965–1972)
- Myslym Alla (1972–1973)
- Ilia Shuke (1973)
- Loro Boriçi (1976)
- Zyber Konçi (1980)
- Loro Boriçi (1981)
- Shyqyri Rreli (1982–1985)
- Agron Sulaj (1985–1988)
- Shyqyri Rreli (1988–1989)
- Bejkush Birçe (1990)
- Agron Sulaj (1990–1991)
- Bejkush Birçe (1991–1994)
- Neptun Bajko (1994–1996)
- Astrit Hafizi (1997–1999)
- Medin Zhega (2000–2001)
- Sulejman Demollari (2001–2002)
- Giuseppe Dossena (2002)
- Hans-Peter Briegel (2002–2006)
- Otto Barić (2006–2007)
- Arie Haan (2008–2009)
- Josip Kuže (2009–2011)
- Gianni De Biasi (2011– )
Individual all-time records
Below are two lists of the top 10 players with the most caps and goals for Albania.
- As of 13 June 2015.
- Winners of VIII Balkan Cup (Tirana, October 1946)
- Winners of Rothmans Football International Tournament: 2000 (VIII) (Valletta, February 4 — February 10, 2000)
FIFA World Cup
|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|
|1930||Did Not Participate|
|1966||Did Not Qualify||4/4||6||0||1||5||2||12|
|1970||Entry Not Accepted|
|1974||Did Not Qualify||4/4||6||1||0||5||3||13|
|1978||Did Not Participate|
|1982||Did Not Qualify||4/5||8||1||0||7||4||22|
|2018||To Be Determined|
- * Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
UEFA European Championship
|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|
|1960||Did Not Participate|
|1964||Did Not Qualify||First round||2||1||0||1||1||4|
|1976||Did Not Participate|
|1984||Did Not Qualify||5/5||8||0||2||6||4||14|
|2016||To Be Determined|
- * Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Head-to-Head records against other countries
- As of 13 June 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*|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||1||2||1||3||3||=0||H2H results|
|China PR||1||0||1||0||1||1||=0||H2H results|
|East Germany||3||0||1||2||2||7||-5||H2H results|
|Germany ( West 1967-1983)||14 (8)||0||1 (1)||13 (7)||10 (2)||38 (22)||-28 (-20)||H2H results|
|Montenegro||3||3||0||0||9||2||+7||H2H results 1946 match*|
|Northern Ireland||9||2||2||5||5||13||-8||H2H results|
|Republic of Ireland||4||0||1||3||2||6||-4||H2H results|
|San Marino||2||2||0||0||6||0||+6||H2H results|
|59 Countries||293||69||63||161||258||473||−215||All results at EU-Football.info|
- Albania national under-21 football team
- Albania national under-20 football team
- Albania national under-19 football team
- Albania national under-18 football team
- Albania national under-17 football team
- Albania national under-16 football team
- Albania national football team results
- Albania national youth football team
- Albanian Superliga
- Football in Albania
- List of Albania international footballers
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