Albania women's national football team

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Albania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Kuq e Zinjtë
(Red and Blacks)
Association Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Altin Rraklli
Captain Aurora Seranaj
Most caps Pellumbesha Gjyli (6)
Top scorer Suada Jashari (4)
Home stadium Loni Papuçiu Stadium
FIFA code ALB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 76 Increase 5 (25 March 2016)
Highest 59 (December 2013)
Lowest 136 (December 2011)
First international
 Albania 1–0 Macedonia 
(Pogradec, Albania; May 5, 2011)[1]
Biggest win
 Macedonia 1–4 Albania 
(Struga, Macedonia; November 10, 2011)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Albania 0–11 Norway 
(Durrës, Albania; September 13, 2014)

The Albania women's national football team represents Albania in international women's football and is governed by Albanian Football Association (FSHF)

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

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.[2] 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. [3] 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. [4] Three days later, the Albanian won again with a rematch against Montenegro, winning 4–3 at the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër. [5] On the 22nd of May, Albania encountered Macedonia FYR again, this time with a 2–0 win with 2 goals from Suada Jashari. [6] 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[7] and lost 0–3 to Greece.[8]

FIFA Women's World Cup 2015[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Malta (H) 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 7 Group stage 6–0
2  Albania 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 1–1 2–0
3  Latvia 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1 0–2
4  Luxembourg 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7 1 1–2 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.

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.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Norway 10 9 0 1 41 5 +36 27 Women's World Cup 0–2 4–1 2–0 6–0 7–0
2  Netherlands 10 8 1 1 43 6 +37 25 Play-offs 1–2 1–1 3–2 7–0 10–1
3  Belgium 10 6 1 3 34 11 +23 19 1–2 0–2 4–1 11–0 2–0
4  Portugal 10 4 0 6 19 21 −2 12 0–2 0–7 0–1 1–0 7–1
5  Greece 10 1 0 9 6 49 −43 3[a] 0–5 0–6 1–7 1–5 4–0
6  Albania 10 1 0 9 3 54 −51 3[a] 0–11 0–4 0–6 0–3 1–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Greece scored more head-to-head goals than Albania

Results[edit]

Date Opposition Result Score Competition
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[edit]

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.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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
4  Greece (E) 7 2 0 5 9 15 −6 6 0–3 1–3 1–3 3–2
5  Albania (E) 7 0 0 7 3 25 −22 0 0–6 0–4 0–3 1–4
Updated to match(es) played on 7 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

22 October 2015 (2015-10-22)
14:00
Albania  1–4  Greece
Kurbogaj Goal 23' Report Zani Goal 14' (o.g.)
Kydonaki Goal 27'
Sidira Goal 37'
Markou Goal 90+2'
Loni Papuçiu Stadium, Fier
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Zuzana Štrpková (Slovakia)

27 October 2015 (2015-10-27)
15:00
Romania  3–0  Albania
Lunca Goal 9'
Corduneanu Goal 24'
Giurgiu Goal 74'
Report
Stadionul Mogoșoaia, Mogoșoaia
Attendance: 100
Referee: Ana Minić (Serbia)

27 November 2015 (2015-11-27)
21:00
Albania  0–6  France
Report Houara Goal 12'15'
Le Sommer Goal 25'81'
Le Bihan Goal 63'73'
Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana
Referee: Vera Opeykina (Russia)

26 January 2016 (2016-01-26)
Greece  v  Albania
Report

4 March 2016 (2016-03-04)
Albania  v  Ukraine
Report

8 April 2016 (2016-04-08)
Ukraine  v  Albania
Report

2 June 2016 (2016-06-02)
Albania  v  Romania
Report

20 September 2016 (2016-09-20)
France  v  Albania
Report

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

World Cup Finals World Cup Qualification record
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD Position GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify 6/6 13 3 1 9 8 56 −48
France 2019 To Be Determined
Total 0/8 - - - - - - - Total 13 3 1 9 8 56 −48
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European Championship[edit]

European Championship Finals European Championship Qualification record
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD Position GP W D* L GF GA GD
1984 Did Not Enter
Norway 1987
Germany 1989
Denmark 1991
Italy 1993
Germany 1995
Norway 1997
Germany 2001
England 2005
Finland 2009
Sweden 2013
Netherlands 2017 Did not qualify 5/5 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6
Total 0/11 - - - - - - - Total 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the Friendly match against Montenegro on 25 June 2015.[11]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marigona Zani (1997-05-07) May 7, 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Germany Rot-Weiß Göttingen
1GK Viona Rexhepi (1996-07-24) July 24, 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Arbiona Bajraktari (1996-09-10) September 10, 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Albania FK Kukësi
2DF Fitore Govori (1987-08-03) August 3, 1987 (age 29) 1 1 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Lucije Gjini (1994-05-02) May 2, 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Sara Maliqi (1995-10-09) October 9, 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Albania FK Kukësi
2DF Irisa Beqiraga (1993-12-29) December 29, 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Albania Tirana AS
2DF Cyme Lulaj (1989-10-20) October 20, 1989 (age 26) 1 0 Albania FC Kinostudio
3MF Aurora Seranaj (Captain) (1982-05-14) May 14, 1982 (age 34) 3 1 Italy Lazio
3MF Megi Doci (1996-10-14) October 14, 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
3MF Marcela Ndoci (1998-02-12) February 12, 1998 (age 18) 1 0 Albania Juban Danja
3MF Saranda Hashani (1996-05-20) May 20, 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Switzerland Zürich Frauen
3MF Kujtime Kurbogaj (1996-11-26) November 26, 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Sweden FC Rosengård
3MF Festime Hasrollaj ? 1 0  ?
3MF Lavdie Begolli (1993-01-19) January 19, 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
3MF Ferite Kastrati ? 1 0  ?
3MF Ezmiralda Franja (1997-02-04) February 4, 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
4FW Aurora Thaçi ? 1 0 Norway Øvrevoll Hosle Idrettslag
4FW Suada Jashari (1988-10-19) October 19, 1988 (age 27) 2 2 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
4FW Klaudia Rrotani (1995-05-16) May 16, 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Albania Juban Danja
4FW Marsela Djegsina (1995-05-13) May 13, 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Albania The Door Albania

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Pëllumbesha Gjyli (1986-08-31) August 31, 1986 (age 29)  ?
1GK Veronika Jashari (1997-05-16) May 16, 1997 (age 19) Sweden Forsby FF
1GK Desantila Hoxhaj (1988-07-01) July 1, 1988 (age 28) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
1GK Elandra Basha (1988-03-24) March 24, 1988 (age 28) Germany TSV Schwaben Augsburg
2DF Albina Rrahmani (1989-02-24) February 24, 1989 (age 27) Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav
3MF Fatbardha Aliu (1996-06-05) June 5, 1996 (age 20) Sweden Falkenbergs FF
2DF Erida Bajrakurtaj (1994-03-16) March 16, 1994 (age 22) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Nora Selmani (1988-09-14) September 14, 1988 (age 27) Kosovo KFF Kosova
2DF Xhuljeta Preci (1994-12-16) December 16, 1994 (age 21) Albania Juban Danja
2DF Donilda Sufaj (1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 23) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Greta Lazri (1995-08-07) August 7, 1995 (age 21) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Denisa Proto (1991-04-25) April 25, 1991 (age 25) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Lumturie Muhadri (1982-11-30) November 30, 1982 (age 33) Kosovo FC Prishtina
3MF Floralba Krasniqi (1994-08-26) August 26, 1994 (age 21) Austria Union Kleinmünchen
3MF Dafina Memedov (1990-02-21) February 21, 1990 (age 26) Sweden IF Limhamn Bunkeflo
3MF Geldona Morina (1994-08-03) August 3, 1994 (age 22) Germany MSV Duisburg
3MF Atdhetare Halitjaja (1994-11-02) November 2, 1994 (age 21) Italy Reggiana
3MF Nurtene Topalli (1993-05-26) May 26, 1993 (age 23) Austria SPG LUV Graz/DFC Leoben
3MF Furtuna Velaj (1990-08-03) August 3, 1990 (age 26) Germany SC Sand
3MF Xhemile Berisha (1981-07-22) July 22, 1981 (age 35) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
3MF Rovena Ndoci (1998-01-05) January 5, 1998 (age 18) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
3MF Endrina Elezaj (1997-01-12) January 12, 1997 (age 19) Germany 1. FFC 08 Niederkirchen
3MF Elizabeta Ejupi (1994-04-21) April 21, 1994 (age 22) England Nottingham Forest
3MF Dielona Luta (1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Germany FC Köln
3MF Arjeta Krasniqi (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 (age 27) Germany SpVgg Rheurdt-Schaephuysen
3MF Naime Merovci (1993-03-28) March 28, 1993 (age 23) Sweden IFK Strömstad
4FW Arbnora Robelli (1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 23) Sweden IS Halmia
4FW Ana Baro (1992-11-01) November 1, 1992 (age 23) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
4FW Ellvana Curo (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992 (age 24) Australia Bundoora United FC
4FW Emanuela Jaku (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993 (age 23) Albania Juban Danja
4FW Blerta Kaçiu (1992-02-24) February 24, 1992 (age 24) Kosovo FC Prishtina

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Loni Papuçiu Stadium

In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards.[12] 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.

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit provider Period
Italy Legea 2011
Germany Adidas 2011–present

Managers[edit]

This is a list of the managers of Albania since 2011:

  1. Albania Altin Rraklli (5 May 2011–present)

Record against other countries[edit]

Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential
Greece Amazons Drama 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
 Croatia 2 0 0 2 2 10 −8
 France 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
 Greece 4 1 0 3 2 11 −9
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Luxembourg 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3
 Macedonia 4 3 0 1 10 5 +5
 Malta 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Montenegro 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2
 Netherlands 2 0 0 2 1 14 −13
 Norway 2 0 0 2 0 18 −18
 Portugal 2 0 0 2 1 10 −9
 Romania 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3
 Turkey 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
14 Countries and 1 Club 30 10 2 18 34 96 −62

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