Albania national under-21 football team
Kuq e Zinjtë (The Red and Blacks)|
Shqiponjat (The Eagles)
Shpresat e Shqipërisë (Albanian Hopes)
|Head coach||Alban Bushi|
|Most caps||Amarildo Belisha (16)|
|Top scorer||Odise Roshi (7)|
Loro Boriçi Stadium
Yugoslavia 1–0 Albania |
(Thessaloniki, Greece; 25 June 1976)
Albania 7–1 Romania |
(Tirana, Albania; April 12, 1978)
Germany 8–0 Albania |
(Cologne, Germany; March 23, 2001)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1984)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 1984|
The Albania national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Albania and is controlled by the Football Association of Albania. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, which is held every two years.
Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Albanian under-21 team was formed.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Balkan Youth Championship
- 1.2 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
- 1.3 1986–1994
- 1.4 1996–2002
- 1.5 2004–2007
- 1.6 2009–2013
- 1.7 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification
- 1.8 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
- 1.9 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
- 2 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 3 Players
- 4 Competitive record
- 5 Honours
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Balkan Youth Championship
Albania Under-21 participated in the Balkan Youth Championship as a succeder of Under-23 team, in the 1976–78 and 1981 competitions, winning both with finals against Romania and Bulgaria. Notably in 1978, the second leg of the final match against Romania was characterized by a large Albania's win 7–1, which is the largest win ever recorded by Albania U-21.
1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
Albania Under-21s have managed to qualify only once in their history, and that came in the year of 1984 when they managed to qualify for the 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, although they were competing for the first time in such tournament. They were drawn in a very tough group which included the West Germany, Turkey and Austria. The historic event was the first time any Albanian squad qualified for a Europe or World Championship, and is only the second time any Albanian squad qualified for the major championships. To this day the team that qualified for 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship are still regarded as the most successful team in Albanian football history. Albania U21 managed to qualify without losing a single game and managing two very good draws against one of the biggest and best footballing nations, West Germany.
Albania played the quarter finals against Italy, against which it lost twice 0–1, and 0–1, in Albania and Italy respectively. Italy advanced to the semifinals of Euro '84 and lost them against England, eventual champions of the tournament.
In the 1986 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came last in group after Poland and Greece, and could not qualify. In the 1988 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came again last in group after Spain, Romania and Austria. In the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came last in group after Sweden, England and Poland. In the 1992 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship managed to precede Iceland as last in the group, but was preceded by Czechoslovakia, France and Spain. In the qualifiers of the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania preceded bottom team Republic of Ireland, but was preceded by Spain, Germany and Denmark.
In the 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification Albania did not participate. In the qualifiers of the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania left behind Armenia, but had to trail in the final rankings Germany, Ukraine, and Portugal. In the qualifiers of the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania trailed Greece, Norway, Georgia, Latvia, and Slovenia and closed at the bottom of the group. In the qualifiers of the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came again last behind England, Greece, Germany, and Finland.
In the qualifiers of the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania had the best result since Euro '84, when it had won the group, as it left two teams behind (Republic of Ireland and Georgia), but was preceded by Switzerland and Russia, and thus failed to qualify to the main tournament. In the qualifiers of the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania left behind itself Kazakhstan, but was preceded by Denmark, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, and Georgia. In the qualifiers of the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, in a 3 teams group, Albania came last behind Spain and Slovakia and failed to qualify.
In the qualifiers of the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania was fourth out of 6 teams in the final ranking, leaving behind the Faroe Islands and Azerbaijan, but trailing behind Italy, Croatia and Greece. In the qualifiers of the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania left again behind Azerbaijan but trailed Scotland, Belarus, and Austria in the final rankings. In the qualifiers of the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came last trailing behind Russia, Portugal, Poland, and Moldova. However, as a consolation for the first time an Albanian footballer, Armando Sadiku was the top goalscoarer of the group. Albania drew in Russia against the famous hosts during that tournament, a noticeable fact.
2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification
|4||Bosnia and Herzegovina||8||2||0||6||10||22||−12||6|
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
|1||Spain||6||6||0||0||19||6||+13||18||Final tournament||—||5–1||11 Sep||1–0||6 Sep||3–1|
|2||Slovakia||7||4||0||3||12||15||−3||12||Play-offs if among four best runners-up||1–4||—||1–0||0–2||4–1||12 Oct|
|3||Northern Ireland||7||3||2||2||11||10||+1||11||3–5||16 Oct||—||0–0||1–0||4–2|
|4||Iceland||6||2||2||2||7||6||+1||8||16 Oct||10 Sep||11 Oct||—||2–3||5 Sep|
|5||Albania (Z)||7||1||3||3||7||11||−4||6||11 Oct||2–3||1–1||0–0||—||0–0|
|6||Estonia (E)||7||0||1||6||7||15||−8||1||0–1||1–2||1–2||2–3||16 Oct||—|
(E) Eliminated; (Z) Cannot qualify directly, but can still qualify via play-offs.
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|25 March 2017 Friendly||Albania||0–0||Moldova||Elbasan|
|15:00||Report||Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Referee: Andi Koçi (Albania)
|27 March 2017 Friendly||Albania||2–0||Moldova||Tirana|
|Report||Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium
|5 June 2017 Friendly||Albania||0–3||France||Tirana|
|21:00||Report||Mousset 23', 45'
|Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)
|12 June 2017 2019 UEFA Q||Albania||0–0||Estonia||Elbasan|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Referee: Espen Eskås (Norway)
|31 August 2017 2019 UEFA Q||Northern Ireland||1–0||Albania||Lurgan|
|20:30||Donnelly 90+5' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: Mourneview Park
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
|4 September 2017 2019 UEFA Q||Iceland||2–3||Albania||Reykjavík|
|19:00 (CET)||Andrésson 45'
|Report||Abazaj 45+1' 65'
|Stadium: Víkin – Vikingsvöllur
Referee: Paul Mclaughlin (Republic of Ireland)
|10 October 2017 2019 UEFA Q||Albania||0–0||Iceland||Elbasan|
|18:00 (CET)||Report||Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Referee: Pavel Orel (Czech Republic)
|10 November 2017 2019 UEFA Q||Albania||1–1||Northern Ireland||Tirana|
|18:00 (CET)||Ramadani 83'||Report||Lavery 89'||Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
|23 March 2018 2019 UEFA Q||Albania||2–3||Slovakia||Tirana|
|Manaj 44', 52'||Report||Špalek 48'
|Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium
Referee: Stefan Apostolov (Bulgaria)
|27 March 2018 2019 UEFA Q||Slovakia||4–1||Albania||Žilina|
Mráz 45+2', 74'
|Report||Manaj 63'||Stadium: Štadión pod Dubňom
Referee: Iwan Arwel Griffith (Wales)
|28 May 2018 Friendly||Albania||0–2||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Elbasan|
|19:00 (CET)||Report||Dujaković 11'
|Stadium: Elbasan Arena
|5 June 2018 Friendly||Albania||3–2||Belarus||Elbasan|
Sahiti 63', 69'
|Stadium: Elbasan Arena
|8 June 2018 Friendly||Albania||1–1||Belarus||Elbasan|
|19:00||Selmani 90+3'||Report||Bakhar 4'||Stadium: Elbasan Arena
COACH: Alban Bushi
The following players were called up for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Northern Ireland U21 on 10 November 2017.
Caps and goals as of 10 November 2017
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Gentian Selmani||9 March 1998||5||0||Laçi|
|12||GK||Elhan Kastrati||2 February 1997||0||0||Teuta Durrës|
|3||DF||Irlian Ceka||3 March 1998||5||0||Sambenedettese|
|22||DF||Albi Doka||26 June 1997||5||0||Tirana|
|4||DF||Shaqir Tafa||14 November 1998||5||0||Monopoli|
|5||DF||Ardit Toli||12 July 1997||5||0||AO Chania Kissamikos|
|17||DF||Bardhec Bytyqi||8 January 1997||1||0||AaB|
|20||DF||Arijan Qollaku||4 February 1997||0||0||Grasshopper|
|7||MF||Qazim Laçi||19 January 1996||13||1||Ajaccio|
|10||MF||Endri Çekiçi (Vice-captain)||23 November 1996||12||1||Dinamo Zagreb|
|8||MF||Keidi Bare (Captain)||28 August 1997||10||0||Atlético Madrid|
|11||MF||Kristal Abazaj||6 July 1996||5||2||Luftëtari Gjirokastër|
|6||MF||Ylber Ramadani||12 April 1996||5||1||Vejle Boldklub|
|16||MF||Ardit Krymi||2 May 1996||3||0||Vllaznia Shkodër|
|21||MF||Emanuele Ndoj||20 November 1996||3||0||Brescia|
|18||MF||Agim Zeka||6 September 1998||2||0||Varzim|
|9||FW||Rubin Hebaj||30 July 1998||4||0||Domžale|
|15||FW||Valdrin Mustafa||11 March 1998||4||0||FC Kaiserslautern|
Following players have been called up in the previous 12 months and are still eligible to represent Under 21 team.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Mario Dajsinani||23 December 1998||0||0||Erzeni Shijak||v. Iceland, 10 October 2017 PRE|
|DF||Leonardo Maloku||18 May 1998||3||0||Santarcangelo||v. Iceland, 10 November 2017 PRE|
|DF||Enea Mihaj||5 July 1998||1||0||Panetolikos||v. Iceland, 10 October 2017|
|DF||Amer Duka||21 January 1999||0||0||Laçi||v. Iceland, 10 October 2017 PRE|
|DF||Marlind Nuriu||5 July 1997||0||0||Dinamo Tirana||v. Iceland, 10 October 2017 PRE|
|DF||Kristian Bushaj||6 April 1999||0||0||Panionios||v. Iceland, 4 September 2017|
|MF||Sherif Kallaku||1 March 1998||1||0||Laçi||v. Iceland, 10 November 2017 PRE|
|MF||Marlon Marishta||11 June 2000||0||0||Home Farm||v. Iceland, 10 November 2017 PRE|
|MF||Jurgen Bardhi||6 November 1997||3||0||Partizani Tirana||v. Iceland, 10 October 2017 PRE|
|MF||Elvir Maloku||14 May 1996||0||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Iceland, 4 September 2017|
|FW||Fiorin Durmishaj||14 November 1996||5||1||Panionios||v. Iceland, 10 October 2017 INJ|
|FW||Grent Halili||24 May 1998||0||0||Tirana||v. Iceland, 10 October 2017 PRE|
- INJ = Withdrew due to the injury.
- KOS = Withdrew to play for Kosovo U21.
Current coaching staff:
|Head Coach||Alban Bushi|
|Assistant Coach||Arjan Bellaj|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Alfred Osmani|
|Athletic Coach||Iris Selimi|
|Team Doctor||Erald Derveni|
|Base materials||Roland Rarani|
UEFA European Under-23 Championship
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
|UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record||UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record|
|Year||Round||Pld||W||D *||L||GF||GA||Position||Pld||W||D *||L||GF||GA|
|1978||Did Not Participate|
|1984||Quarter-finals||2||0||0||2||0||2||Qualifying stage 1/4||6||4||2||0||9||3|
|1986||Did not qualify||Qualifying Stage 3/3||4||1||0||3||3||7|
|1988||Qualifying Stage 4/4||6||0||2||4||4||10|
|1990||Qualifying Stage 4/4||6||0||1||5||1||8|
|1992||Qualifying Stage 4/5||7||1||2||4||3||13|
|1994||Qualifying round 4/5||8||1||2||5||5||18|
|1996||Did Not Participate|
|1998||Did not qualify||Qualifying round 4/5||8||1||1||6||6||19|
|2000||Qualifying round 6/6||10||1||4||5||8||21|
|2002||Qualifying round 5/5||8||1||1||6||3||19|
|2004||Qualifying round 3/5||8||3||1||4||10||10|
|2006||Qualifying round 6/7||12||2||3||7||9||27|
|2007||Qualifying round 3/3||2||0||1||1||0||3|
|2009||Qualifying round 4/6||10||3||3||4||10||13|
|2011||Qualifying round 4/5||8||1||1||6||11||20|
|2013||Qualifying round 5/5||8||1||2||5||11||18|
|2015||Qualifying round 5/5||8||2||0||6||7||15|
|2017||Qualifying round 4/6||10||3||3||4||11||20|
|2019||To Be Determined||Qualifying round 5/6||7||1||3||3||7||11|
|Total: 1/20||Best: Quarter-finals||2||0||0||2||0||2||Total||136||26||32||78||119||260|
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
*The 2019 Competition in Italic is currently playing
Balkan Youth Championship Record
|Balkan Youth Championship record|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shoot-out.
- **Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
- Winners (2): 1978, 1981
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