Albania women's national football team
|Nickname(s)||Kuq e Zinjtë
(Red and Blacks)
|Association||Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)|
|Head coach||Altin Rraklli|
|Most caps||Pellumbesha Gjyli (6)|
|Top scorer||Suada Jashari (4)|
|Home stadium||Loni Papuçiu Stadium|
|Current||76 5 (25 March 2016)|
|Highest||59 (December 2013)|
|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)
- 1 History
- 2 Results
- 3 Competitive record
- 4 Current squad
- 5 Stadium
- 6 Kit suppliers
- 7 Managers
- 8 Record against other countries
- 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 the 15 May 2012, Albania faced Montenegro in Bar and won 2–4.  Three days later, the Albanian won again with a rematch against Montenegro, winning 4–3 at the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër.  On the 22nd of May, Albania encountered Macedonia FYR again, this time with a 2–0 win with 2 goals from Suada Jashari.  The national team had so far been undefeated in 5 games, 15 goals scored, and 6 goals conceded. On the 29th of 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 the 18 December 2012, it was announced that Albania would be in a group with Malta, Luxembourg and Latvia in the preliminary round of the 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 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup preliminary round mini-tournament to earn a slot in the qualifying group stage. Albania are 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 lost against Belgium in the World Cup Qualifying group stage. Albania only won a single game in this group, against Greece on 30 October 2013, with a 1–0. 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 from them, and a total of 54 from their rivals.
|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
|September 21, 2013||Belgium||L||0–2||2015 WWC Q. G5|
|September 26, 2013||Netherlands||L||0–4||2015 WWC Q. G5|
|October 26, 2013||Norway||L||0–7||2015 WWC Q. G5|
|October 30, 2013||Greece||W||1–0||2015 WWC Q. G5|
|February 12, 2014||Portugal||L||1–7||2015 WWC Q. G5|
|April 5, 2014||Belgium||L||0–6||2015 WWC Q. G5|
|April 10, 2014||Netherlands||L||1–10||2015 WWC Q. G5|
|June 14, 2014||Portugal||L||0–3||2015 WWC Q. G5|
|September 13, 2014||Norway||L||0–11||2015 WWC Q. G5|
|September 17, 2014||Greece||L||0–4||2015 WWC Q. G5|
|March 24, 2015||Luxembourg||W||2–0||Friendly|
|June 25, 2015||Montenegro||L||0–1||Friendly|
|August 19, 2015||Turkey||W||1–0||Friendly|
|August 21, 2015||Turkey||L||0–1||Friendly|
|August 31, 2015||Croatia||L||1–7||Friendly|
|September 2, 2015||Croatia||L||1–3||Friendly|
|October 22, 2015||Greece||L||1–4||2017 Euro Q. G3|
|October 27, 2015||Romania||L||0–3||2017 Euro Q. G3|
|November 27, 2015||France||L||0–6||2017 Euro Q. G3|
Women's Euro 2017 qualifying
The draw for the groups of the qualifying for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 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 on the 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 of Marigona Zani at the 14 minutes. 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 with a 3–0. Albania lost 6–0 against the group favorites, France in the return of the team to the Qemal Stafa Stadium, in home soil.
|1||France (Q)||7||7||0||0||21||0||+21||21||Final tournament||—||4–0||3–0||1–0||20 Sep|
|2||Ukraine||7||4||1||2||13||10||+3||13||Final tournament or Play-offs||0–3||—||2–2||2–0||2–0|
|3||Romania||6||3||1||2||11||7||+4||10||0–1||15 Sep||—||20 Sep||3–0|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Albania v Greece
22 October 2015
|Kurbogaj 23'||Report||Zani 14' (o.g.)
Romania v Albania
27 October 2015
Albania v France
27 November 2015
|Report||Houara 12', 15'
Le Sommer 25', 81'
Le Bihan 63', 73'
|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||To Be Determined|
- *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||2||0||0||2||1||7||−6|
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Marigona Zani||May 7, 1997||1||0||Rot-Weiß Göttingen|
|GK||Viona Rexhepi||July 24, 1996||0||0||Vllaznia Shkodër|
|DF||Arbiona Bajraktari||September 10, 1996||1||0||FK Kukësi|
|DF||Fitore Govori||August 3, 1987||1||1||Vllaznia Shkodër|
|DF||Lucije Gjini||May 2, 1994||1||0||Vllaznia Shkodër|
|DF||Sara Maliqi||October 9, 1995||1||0||FK Kukësi|
|DF||Irisa Beqiraga||December 29, 1993||0||0||Tirana AS|
|DF||Cyme Lulaj||October 20, 1989||1||0||FC Kinostudio|
|MF||Aurora Seranaj (Captain)||May 14, 1982||3||1||Lazio|
|MF||Megi Doci||October 14, 1996||1||0||Vllaznia Shkodër|
|MF||Marcela Ndoci||February 12, 1998||1||0||Juban Danja|
|MF||Saranda Hashani||May 20, 1996||1||0||Zürich Frauen|
|MF||Kujtime Kurbogaj||November 26, 1996||1||0||FC Rosengård|
|MF||Lavdie Begolli||January 19, 1993||1||0||Vllaznia Shkodër|
|MF||Ezmiralda Franja||February 4, 1997||1||0||Vllaznia Shkodër|
|FW||Aurora Thaçi||?||1||0||Øvrevoll Hosle Idrettslag|
|FW||Suada Jashari||October 19, 1988||2||2||Vllaznia Shkodër|
|FW||Klaudia Rrotani||May 16, 1995||0||0||Juban Danja|
|FW||Marsela Djegsina||May 13, 1995||1||0||The Door Albania|
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.
This is a list of the managers of Albania since 2011:
- Altin Rraklli (5 May 2011–present)
Record against other countries
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential|
|14 Countries and 1 Club||30||10||2||18||34||96||−62|
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- Seranaj scores as Albania women make their international debut UEFA.com
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- "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
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- UEFA. "Four through from World Cup preliminary round". Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- Femrat, miqesore me Malin e Zi
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