Albania women's national football team
Vasha't Kuq e Zinjtë |
(Red and Blacks)
Albanian Football Association|
(Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit, FSHF)
|Head coach||Armir Grimaj|
|Most caps||Denisa Proto (22)|
|Top scorer||Furtuna Velaj (7)|
Loni Papuçiu Stadium
|Current||75 (22 June 2018)|
|Highest||40 (April 2015)|
|Lowest||136 (December 2011)|
Albania 1–0 Macedonia |
(Pogradec, Albania; May 5, 2011)
Macedonia 1–4 Albania |
(Struga, Macedonia; November 10, 2011)
Albania 0–11 Norway |
(Durrës, Albania; September 13, 2014)
Women's football was long met with skepticism in Albania, and the first recorded tournament took place as late as 2007, before the FSHF formed the Albanian Women's National Championship in 2009, which is the only women's league in the country. The rise in popularity of the sport among women led to the formation of the Albania national team in 2011, and they made their debut in a friendly match against Macedonia that ended in a 1–0 win. The current head coach is Armir Grimaj, replacing Altin Rraklli who was in charge from the formation in 2011 until 2016.
- 1 History
- 2 Recent schedule and results
- 3 Competitive record
- 4 Current squad
- 5 Stadium
- 6 Kit suppliers
- 7 Coaching history
- 8 Record against other nations
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The Albanian women's national football team was formed in 2011 and made their debut in a friendly against Macedonia FYR on May 5, 2011 at the Gjorgji Kyçyku Stadium. The match ended 1–0 with Albania's first win and midfielder Aurora Seranaj scoring the first goal for Albania. Towards the end of 2011, the national team strengthened its squad with the arrival of football players from the Albanian diaspora communities, notably Furtuna Velaj, Dafina Memedov, Ellvana Curo, Elizabeta Ejupi, Arjeta Krasniqi and Arbnora Robelli. The national team ended the year with their second win against Macedonia FYR away in Struga.  The second victory against Macedonia FYR is currently the national team's biggest win.
On 15 May 2012, Albania faced Montenegro in Bar and won 4-2.  Three days later, the Albanian team won again with a rematch against Montenegro, winning 4–3 at the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër.  On 22 May, Albania encountered Macedonia FYR again, winning 2–0 with 2 goals from Suada Jashari.  The national team had so far been undefeated in 5 games, with 15 goals scored, and 6 goals conceded. On 29 August, The Albanian national team participated in an unofficial football tournament held in Drama. The national team drew 1–1 with Amazons Drama and lost 0–3 to Greece.
FIFA Women's World Cup 2015
On 18 December 2012, it was announced that Albania would be in a group with Malta, Luxembourg and Latvia in the preliminary round of 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification. This was the first time Albania entered a senior competitive tournament. Albania secured a top-two finish on the final day of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup preliminary round mini-tournament to earn a slot in the qualifying group stage. At this point in their history, Albania were still unbeaten after seven senior internationals, all but one of those wins.
|1||Malta (H)||3||2||1||0||9||1||+8||7||Group stage||—||—||—||6–0|
On 21 September 2013, Albania officially succumbed to their first loss, coming against Belgium in the World Cup Qualifying group stage. Albania only won a single game in this group, a 1-0 victory against Greece on 30 October 2013. The Red and Blacks lost all of the remaining matches by a margin of more than three goals each. They finished last with 3 points, 3 goals scored, and a total of 54 goals against.
|1||Norway||10||9||0||1||41||5||+36||27||Women's World Cup||—||0–2||4–1||2–0||6–0||7–0|
- Greece scored more head-to-head goals than Albania
Women's Euro 2017 qualifying
The draw for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying groups took place on 19 February 2015. Albania was drawn in Group 3 along with France, Ukraine, Romania and Greece. Their debut was on 22 October 2015 with Greece at Loni Papuçiu Stadium, their new home field. Greece defeated the Red and Blacks with a scoreline of 4–1, the first goal being an own goal charged to Marigona Zani in the 14th minute. Kujtime Kurbogaj scored the only goal for Albania in the game. As a visitor in Stadionul Mogoșoaia, Mogoșoaia on 27 October 2015, Albania lost to Romania 0-3. Albania lost 0-6 against the group favorites, France in the return of the team to the Qemal Stafa Stadium, on home soil.
Recent schedule and results
|24 March 2015 Friendly||Luxembourg||1–2||Albania||Stade Jean Donnersbach, Lintgen|
|25 June 2015 Friendly||Montenegro||1–0||Albania||Stadion pod Malim brdom, Petrovac|
|22 October 2015 2017 Euro qualifier||Albania||1–4||Greece||Loni Papuçiu Stadium, Fier|
|14:00||Kurbogaj 23'||Report||Zani 14' (o.g.)
Referee: Zuzana Štrpková (Slovakia)
|27 October 2015 2017 Euro qualifier||Romania||3–0||Albania||Stadionul Mogoșoaia, Mogoșoaia|
Referee: Ana Minić (Serbia)
|27 November 2015 2017 Euro qualifier||Albania||1–4||France||Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana|
|21:00||Report||Houara 12', 15'
Le Sommer 25', 81'
Le Bihan 63', 73'
Referee: Vera Opeykina (Russia)
|26 January 2016 2017 Euro qualifier||Greece||3–2||Albania||Trikala Municipal Stadium, Trikala|
|13:00||Sidira 6' (pen.)
Referee: Virginie Derouaux (Belgium)
|4 March 2016 2017 Euro qualifier||Albania||0–4||Ukraine||Elbasan Arena, Elbasan|
|14:30||Report||Apanaschenko 14' (pen.)
Bajraktari 67' (o.g.)
Referee: Elia Martínez (Spain)
|8 April 2016 2017 Euro qualifier||Ukraine||2–0||Albania||Arena Lviv, Lviv|
|17:00||Apanaschenko 15', 74' (pen.)||Report||Attendance: 2,484
Referee: Tanja Subotič (Slovenia)
|26 April 2016 Friendly||Hungary||6–0||Albania||Ménfői út, Győr|
|13:30||Vágó 5' (pen.), 16' (pen.), 26', 43'
|2 June 2016 2017 Euro qualifier||Albania||0–3||Romania||Elbasan Arena, Elbasan|
|17:00||Report||Vătafu 43', 67', 77'||Attendance: 150
Referee: Lois Otte (Belgium)
|20 September 2016 2017 Euro qualifier||France||6–0||Albania||Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris|
|21:00||Le Bihan 18'
Hamraoui 21', 60'
Le Sommer 45+1', 64' (pen.)
Referee: Elvira Nurmustafina (Kazakhstan)
|28 February 2017 Friendly||Montenegro||3–5||Albania||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|2 Mars 2017 Friendly||Montenegro||0–1||Albania||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|6 April 2017 FIFA WWCQ||Albania||3–2||Kosovo||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
Musa 90+6' (o.g.)
|Rexha 35', 59'||Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Lorraine Clark (Scotland)
|8 April 2017 FIFA WWCQ||Malta||0–0||Albania||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|14:00||Referee: Lorraine Clark (Scotland)
|11 April 2017 FIFA WWCQ||Albania||2–1||Greece||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|14:00||Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
|15 September 2017 FIFA WWCQ||Albania||1–4||Switzerland||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|17:00||Begolli 81'||Brunner 23'
Crnogorčević 41' (pen.)
Referee: Amy Rayner (England)
|19 September 2017 FIFA WWCQ||Belarus||1–0||Albania||FC Minsk Stadium, Minsk|
|17:00||Shuppo 48'||Attendance: 350
Referee: Paula Brady (Republic of Ireland)
|24 October 2017 FIFA WWCQ||Scotland||5–0||Albania||St Mirren Park, Paisley|
|20:30||Begolli 21' (o.g.)
|Referee: Dimitrina Milkova (Bulgaria)
|24 November 2017 FIFA WWCQ||Albania||1–4||Poland||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|17:00||Doci 78'||Sikora 5'
Winczo 37', 66'
|Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)
|28 November 2017 FIFA WWCQ||Switzerland||5–1||Albania||Tissot Arena, Switzerland|
|19:00||Ismaili 8', 87'
|Krasniqi 29'||Referee: Petra Pavlikova (Slovakia)
|6 April 2018 FIFA WWCQ||Poland||1–1||Albania||Osrodek Sportu i Rekreacji, Włocławek|
|Daleszczyk 2'||Morina 74'||Referee: María Dolores Martinez Madrona (Spain)
|10 April 2018 FIFA WWCQ||Albania||1-0||Belarus||Elbasan Arena, Elbasan|
|Gjini||Referee: Ifeoma Kulmala (Finland)
|World Cup Finals||World Cup Qualification record|
|1991||Did Not Enter|
|2015||Did Not Qualify||6/6||13||3||1||9||8||56||−48|
|2019||Did Not Qualify|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|European Championship Finals||European Championship Qualification record|
|1984||Did Not Enter|
|2017||Did not qualify||5/5||8||0||0||8||3||31||−28|
The following players were called up for official World Cup Qualifiers match against Kosovo, Greece, and Malta on 4–11 April 2017.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Marigona Zani||5 July 1996||9||0||TSV-Jahn Calden|
|GK||Viona Rexhepi||24 July 1996||0||0||Hajvalia|
|DF||Albina Rrahmani||24 February 1989||16||1||Hajvalia|
|DF||Cyme Lulaj||20 October 1989||14||0||Kinostudio|
|DF||Lucie Gjini||2 May 1994||13||0||Vllaznia|
|DF||Arbiona Bajraktari||10 September 1996||7||0||Vllaznia|
|DF||Sara Maliqi||9 October 1995||5||0||Vllaznia|
|DF||Arbenita Curraj||28 July 1996||0||0||Hajvalia|
|DF||Denisa Proto||25 April 1991||18||0||Vllaznia|
|MF||Ezmiralda Franja||4 February 1997||9||0||Vllaznia|
|MF||Lavdie Begolli||19 January 1993||6||0||Hajvalia|
|MF||Megi Doci||14 October 1996||6||0||Vllaznia|
|MF||Endrina Elezaj||12 January 1997||1||0||Hajvalia|
|MF||Furtuna Velaj||3 August 1990||22||7||SC Sand|
|MF||Qendresa Krasniqi||28 June 1994||5||1||Yverdon|
|FW||Suada Jashari||19 October 1988||13||3||Vllaznia|
|FW||Ambra Gjergji||13 March 1997||3||0||Vllaznia|
|FW||Uendi Muja||4 June 1999||0||0||Vllaznia|
|MF||Kujtime Kurbogaj||26 November 1996||3||1||FC Rosengård|
|MF||Dafina Memedov||21 February 1990||10||2||IF Limhamn Bunkeflo|
|MF||Geldona Morina||3 August 1994||3||-||MSV Duisburg|
|MF||Saranda Hashani||20 May 1996||10||2||Zürich Frauen|
|MF||Elizabeta Ejupi||21 April 1994||3||-||Nottingham Forest|
The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.
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. During the period of friendly games and the Euro qualifier with Greece in 2015, the women's team used the Loni Papuçiu Stadium in Fier to hold their matches. The Qemal Stafa Stadium held the match between France and Albania on November 27, 2015.
Record against other nations
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential|
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- Seranaj scores as Albania women make their international debut UEFA.com
- Sue Prior. "Winning International debut for Liz". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- "Montenegro vs. Albania 2 – 4". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- "Albania vs. Montenegro 4 – 3". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- "Albania vs. Macedonia FYR 2 – 0". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- Δράμα -Αλβανία μέσα απο το φακό
- Αυλαία στο τουρνουά της Δράμας (+photos)- Κόγγουλη "Καλό τεστ το τουρουά για την Εθνική"
- UEFA. "Albania, Montenegro learn debut opposition". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- UEFA. "Four through from World Cup preliminary round". Retrieved 9 April 2013.
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