Albania national football team
|Nickname(s)||Kuq e Zinjtë
(The Red and Blacks)
|Association||Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)|
|Head coach||Gianni De Biasi|
|Most caps||Lorik Cana (93)|
|Top scorer||Erjon Bogdani (18)|
|Home stadium||Loro Boriçi Stadium|
|Current||66 12 (6 April 2017)|
|Highest||22 (August 2015)|
|Lowest||124 (August 1997)|
|Current||69 (29 March 2017)|
|Highest||55 (29 May 2016, 19 June 2016 )|
|Lowest||127 (14 & 18 December 1994 )|
| Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia
(Tirana, Albania; 7 October 1946)
| Albania 5–0 Vietnam
(Bastia Umbra, Italy; 12 February 2003)
Albania 6–1 Cyprus
(Tirana, Albania; 12 August 2009)
| Hungary 12–0 Albania
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Group Stage, 2016|
The Albania national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja Shqiptare e Futbollit) is the men's football team that has represented Albania in international competition since 1946. It is controlled by the Albanian Football Federation, the governing body for football in the country.
At the UEFA Euro 2016, Albania made its first debut 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 on June 19, 2016.
- 1 History
- 2 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 3 Players
- 4 Individual all-time records
- 5 Managerial history
- 6 Honours
- 7 Stadium
- 8 Supporters
- 9 Media coverage
- 10 Kit history
- 11 Competitive record
- 12 Head-to-Head records against other countries
- 13 Memorable victories
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
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. At the end of the tournament Albania ranked 9th in Europe.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. Albania started the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2016 with an emphatic 1–0 away win against Portugal, which was followed by a 1–1 draw against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena. 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.
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|29 May 2016 Friendly||Albania||3–1||Qatar||Hartberg, Austria|
|17:30 (UTC+2)||Ajeti 23'
|Report||Hassan 2'||Stadium: Stadion Hartberg
Referee: Alexander Harkam (Austria)
|3 June 2016 Friendly||Albania||1–3||Ukraine||Bergamo, Italy|
|20:30 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Sadiku 12'||Report||Stepanenko 8'
|Stadium: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (Italy)
|11 June 2016 Euro 2016 Group A||Albania||0–1||Switzerland||Lens, France|
|15:00 (UTC+2)||Report||Schär 5'||Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
|15 June 2016 Euro 2016 Group A||France||2–0||Albania||Marseille, France|
|21:00 (UTC+2)||Griezmann 90'
|Report||Stadium: Stade Vélodrome
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
|19 June 2016 Euro 2016 Group A||Romania||0–1||Albania||Lyon, France|
|21:00 (UTC+2)||Report||Sadiku 43'||Stadium: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
|31 August 2016 Friendly||Albania||0–0||Morocco||Shkodër, Albania|
|CET (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
|5 September 2016 World Cup Q.||Albania||2–1||Macedonia||Shkodër, Albania|
|Alioski 51'||Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
|6 October 2016 World Cup Q.||Liechtenstein||0–2||Albania||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|Jehle 11' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Tamás Bognar (Hungary)
|9 October 2016 World Cup Q.||Albania||0–2||Spain||Shkodër, Albania|
|Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
|12 November 2016 World Cup Q.||Albania||0–3||Israel||Elbasan, Albania|
|Zahavi 18' (pen.)
|Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
|24 March 2017 World Cup Q.||Italy||2–0||Albania||Palermo, Italy|
|De Rossi 12' (pen.)
|Stadium: Stadio Renzo Barbera
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
|28 March 2017 Friendly||Albania||1–2||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Elbasan, Albania|
|Balaj 68'||Report||Džeko 7' (pen.)
|Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Referee: Dimitar Meckaroski (Macedonia)
|11 June 2017 World Cup Q.||Israel||v||Albania|
|2 September 2017 World Cup Q.||Albania||v||Liechtenstein|
|5 September 2017 World Cup Q.||Macedonia||v||Albania||Skopje, Macedonia|
|Stadium: Philip II Arena
|6 October 2017 World Cup Q.||Spain||v||Albania|
|9 October 2017 World Cup Q.||Albania||v||Italy|
The following players are called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Italy on 24 March and the Friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 28 March 2017.
Caps and goals as of 28 March 2017 after the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|12||GK||Orges Shehi||25 September 1977||7||0||Skënderbeu Korçë|
|23||GK||Alban Hoxha||23 November 1987||3||0||Partizani Tirana|
|1||GK||Thomas Strakosha||19 March 1995||2||0||Lazio|
|7||DF||Ansi Agolli (Captain)||11 November 1982||69||2||Qarabağ|
|4||DF||Elseid Hysaj||20 February 1994||30||0||Napoli|
|18||DF||Arlind Ajeti||25 September 1993||14||1||Torino|
|17||DF||Naser Aliji||27 December 1993||8||0||FC Kaiserslautern|
|5||DF||Freddie Veseli||20 November 1992||7||0||Empoli|
|3||DF||Albi Alla||1 February 1993||1||0||Kukësi|
|2||MF||Andi Lila||12 February 1986||63||0||PAS Giannina|
|20||MF||Jahmir Hyka||8 March 1988||43||2||San Jose Earthquakes|
|21||MF||Odise Roshi||21 May 1991||41||1||Terek Grozny|
|8||MF||Migjen Basha||5 January 1987||25||3||Bari|
|13||MF||Burim Kukeli||16 January 1984||23||0||Zürich|
|9||MF||Ledian Memushaj||7 December 1986||22||0||Pescara|
|11||MF||Azdren Llullaku||15 February 1988||3||0||Astana|
|15||MF||Liridon Latifi||6 February 1994||2||0||Skënderbeu Korçë|
|6||MF||Eros Grezda||15 April 1995||1||0||Lokomotiva Zagreb|
|22||MF||Afrim Taku||4 August 1989||0||0||Tirana|
|14||MF||Keidi Bare||28 August 1997||0||0||Atlético Madrid|
|10||FW||Armando Sadiku||27 May 1991||26||7||Lugano|
|16||FW||Sokol Cikalleshi||27 July 1990||24||2||Akhisar Belediyespor|
|19||FW||Bekim Balaj||11 January 1991||21||4||Terek Grozny|
The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Etrit Berisha SUSP||10 March 1989||43||0||Atalanta||v. Israel, 12 November 2016|
|DF||Mërgim Mavraj INJ||9 June 1986||34||3||Hamburger SV||v. Israel, 12 November 2016|
|DF||Berat Djimsiti SUSP||19 February 1993||12||1||Avellino||v. Israel, 12 November 2016|
|DF||Lorik CanaRET||27 June 1983||93||1||Retired||UEFA Euro 2016|
|DF||Amir RrahmaniMOV||24 February 1994||2||1||Lokomotiva Zagreb||UEFA Euro 2016 PRE|
|MF||Amir Abrashi||27 March 1990||24||0||SC Freiburg||v. Italy, 24 March 2017|
|MF||Taulant Xhaka||28 March 1991||18||0||Basel||v. Italy, 24 March 2017|
|MF||Ermir Lenjani||5 August 1989||24||3||Rennes||v. Israel, 12 November 2016|
|MF||Ergys Kaçe||8 July 1993||18||2||PAOK||v. Spain, 10 October 2016 PRE|
|MF||Shkëlzen Gashi||15 July 1988||17||1||Colorado Rapids||v. Macedonia, 5 September 2016|
|MF||Herolind ShalaMOV||1 February 1992||6||0||Kasımpaşa||UEFA Euro 2016 PRE|
|MF||Milot RashicaMOV||28 June 1996||2||0||Vitesse||UEFA Euro 2016PRE|
|FW||Edgar Çani||22 July 1989||16||4||Pisa||v. Israel, 12 November 2016|
|FW||Rey Manaj||24 February 1997||3||1||Pisa||v. Israel, 12 November 2016|
- PRE = Preliminary squad.
- INJ = Withdrew or not called up due to the injury.
- RET = Retired from international football.
- MOV = Withdrew to play for Kosovo.
- SUSP = Not called up cause was suspended.
- European Championship
Individual all-time records
Below are two lists of the top 10 players with the most caps and goals for Albania.
- As of 24 March 2017.
- 1946–1953 Loro Boriçi
- 1946 → Bahri Kavaja (Vice-captain)
- 1958 Besim Fagu
- 1963–1964 Fatbardh Deliallisi
- 1964–1970 Lin Shllaku
- 1967 → Mikel Janku (Vice-captain)
- 1970–1973 Panajot Pano
- 1971 → Bashkim Muhedini (Vice-captain)
- 1973 → Ramazan Rragami (Vice-captain)
- 1976 Sabah Bizi
- 1980–1981 Safet Berisha
- 1982 Ilir Luarasi
- 1982–1985 Muhedin Targaj
- 1983 → Haxhi Ballgjini (Vice-captain)
- 1986–1989 Arben Minga
- 1987 → Perlat Musta (Vice-captain)
- 1987 → Shkëlqim Muça (Vice-captain)
- 1989–1990 Skënder Hodja
- 1990–1995 Sulejman Demollari
- 1990–1991 → Hysen Zmijani (Vice-captain)
- 1992 → Agustin Kola (Vice-captain)
- 1993 → Sokol Kushta (Vice-captain)
- 1995 → Foto Strakosha (Vice-captain)
- 1995 → Ilir Shulku (Vice-captain)
- 1995–1996 Sokol Kushta
- 1996 → Foto Strakosha (Vice-captain)
- 1997–2002 Rudi Vata
- 2000 → Edvin Murati (Vice-captain)
- 2001 → Foto Strakosha (Vice-captain)
- 2002 → Indrit Fortuzi (Vice-captain)
- 2002–2004 Foto Strakosha
- 2004 → Besnik Hasi (Vice-captain)
- 2005–2007 Igli Tare
- 2005 → Altin Haxhi (Vice-captain)
- 2005–2006 → Altin Lala (Vice-captain)
- 2005 → Alban Bushi (Vice-captain)
- 2005 → Besnik Hasi (Vice-captain)
- 2007–2009 Altin Lala
- 2007 → Klodian Duro (Vice-captain)
- 2007 → Altin Haxhi (Vice-captain)
- 2007–2009 → Ervin Skela (Vice-captain)
- 2009–2011 Ervin Skela
- 2009 → Elvin Beqiri (Vice-captain)
- 2010–2011 → Altin Lala (Vice-captain)
- 2010 → Lorik Cana (Vice-captain)
- 2011 Altin Lala
- 2011 → Lorik Cana (Vice-captain)
- 2011 → Arjan Beqaj (Vice-captain)
- 2011–2016 Lorik Cana
- 2012–2013 → Ervin Bulku (Vice-captain)
- 2013 → Erjon Bogdani (Vice-captain)
- 2014 → Etrit Berisha (Vice-captain)
- 2015–2016 → Ansi Agolli (Vice-captain)
- 2016 → Ledian Memushaj (Vice-captain)
- 2016 → Elseid Hysaj (Vice-captain)
- 2016–Ansi Agolli
- 2016–Mërgim Mavraj (Vice-captain) →
- 2017 → Elseid Hysaj (Vice-captain)
Current coaching staff
Current coaching staff:
|Head Coach||Gianni De Biasi|
|Assistant Coach||Marco Veronese|
|Assistant Coach||Ervin Bulku|
|National Team Manager||Alban Bushi|
|Athletic Coach||Alberto Belle|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Ilir Bozhiqi|
|Team Doctor||Gianluca Stesina|
|Material Base||Fatos Kademi|
This is a chronological list of the managers who have guided Albania since 1946.
- Ljubiša Broćić (1st) (22.08.1946 – 13.10.1946)
- Adem Karapici (1st) (25.05.1947 – 25.05.1947)
- Ljubiša Broćić (2nd) (15.06.1947 – 20.08.1947)
- Adem Karapici (2nd) (14.09.1947 – 27.06.1948)
- Sllave Llambi (23.10.1949 – 17.11.1949)
- Ludovik Jakova (29.11.1949 – 08.10.1950)
- Myslym Alla (1st) (29.11.1952 – 07.12.1952)
- Miklós Vadas (29.11.1953 – 29.11.1953)
- Nikolay Lyukshinov (?.?.1956 – ?.?.1957)
- Loro Boriçi (1st) (15.09.1957 – 29.06.1963)
- Zyber Konçi (1st) (30.10.1963 – 07.05.1965)
- Loro Boriçi (2nd) (24.11.1965 – 21.06.1972)
- Myslym Alla (2nd) (29.10.1972 – 06.05.1973)
- Ilia Shuke (10.10.1973 – 08.11.1973)
- Loro Boriçi (3rd) (03.11.1976 – 03.11.1976)
- Zyber Konçi (2nd) (03.09.1980 – 06.12.1980)
- Loro Boriçi (4th) (01.04.1981 – 18.11.1981)
- Shyqyri Rreli (1st) (22.09.1982 – 30.05.1985)
- Agron Sulaj (1st) (30.10.1985 – 18.11.1987)
- Shyqyri Rreli (2nd) (06.08.1988 – 15.11.1989)
- Bejkush Birçe (1st) (30.05.1990 – 30.05.1990)
- Agron Sulaj (2nd) (05.09.1990 – 19.12.1990)
- Bejkush Birçe (2nd) (30.03.1991 -14.05.1994)
- Neptun Bajko (07.09.1994 – 14.12.1996)
- Astrit Hafizi (29.03.1997 – 09.10.1999)
- Medin Zhega (06.02.2000 – 06.06.2001)
- Sulejman Demollari (01.09.2001 – 17.04.2002)
- Giuseppe Dossena (12.10.2002 – 16.10.2002)
- Hans-Peter Briegel (12.02.2003 – 22.03.2006)
- Otto Barić (16.08.2006 – 17.10.2007)
- → Slavko Kovačić – (Caretaker) (17.11.2007 – 21.11.2007)
- Arie Haan (27.05.2008 – 01.04.2009)
- Josip Kuže (06.06.2009 – 11.10.2011)
- → Džemal Mustedanagić – (Caretaker) (11.11.2011 – 15.11.2011)
- Gianni De Biasi (29.02.2012 – present)
- Winners of VIII Balkan Cup (Tirana, October 1946)
- Winners of Rothmans Football International Tournament: 2000 (VIII) (Valletta, 4 February — 10 February 2000)
In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards. 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.
Stadiums which have hosted Albania international football matches:
|Stadium||First international||Last international|
|129||Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tiranë||7 October 1946||16 November 2015|
|7||Elbasan Arena, Elbasan||11 October 2014||28 March 2017|
|6||Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër||29 March 2003||9 October 2016|
|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|
The National Arena (Albanian: Arena Kombëtare) is an under-construction all-seater football stadium in Tirana, the capital of Albania. 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.
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, and the construction is scheduled to be finished in 2018. It is expected to cost around 60 million Euro
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. 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.
2015 third color
Euro 2016 third color
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||4||3||0||1||7||4|
|1976||Did Not Participate|
|1984||Did Not Qualify||5/5||8||0||2||6||4||14|
|2020||To Be Determined|
|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|
(11 June 2016; Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France)
(19 June 2016; Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France)
(15 June 2016; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France)
Head-to-Head records against other countries
- As of 24 March 2017
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential||Reference|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||1||2||1||3||3||0||H2H results|
|China PR||2||1||1||0||4||3||+1||H2H results
|East Germany||3||0||1||2||2||7||−5||H2H results|
|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|
( Yugoslavia 1946–1967)
|H2H results[note 1]|
|62 Countries||319||82||67||170||294||496||−202||All results at EU-Football.info|
- 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. Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited, but the decision was upheld by UEFA. Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, 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. Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.
|22 September 1946||N/A||Shkodër, Albania||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||Kosovo||3 – 1||Unofficial first international for Kosovo was hosted by Albania.|
|30 November 1995||Friendly||Tirana, Albania||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2 – 0||First FIFA international for Bosnia-Herzegovina was hosted by Albania|
|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)
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)|
|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)
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.|
- Albania national under-23 football team
- Albania national under-21 football team
- Albania national under-20 football team
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- Albania national football team results (2010–present)
- Albania national youth football team
- Albanian Superliga
- Football in Albania
- List of Albania international footballers
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