Albania women's national football team

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Albania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Vasha't Kuq e Zinjtë
(Red and Blacks)
Association Albanian Football Association
(Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit, FSHF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Armir Grimaj
Captain Albina Rrahmani
Most caps Denisa Proto (22)
Top scorer Furtuna Velaj (7)
Home stadium Elbasan Arena
Loni Papuçiu Stadium
FIFA code ALB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 73 Increase 2 (1 September 2017)
Highest 40 (April 2015)
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)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 2015)

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

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.

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 15th of May, 2012, Albania faced Montenegro in Bar and won 4-2. [4] Three days later, the Albanian team 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, winning 2–0 with 2 goals from Suada Jashari. [6] The national team had so far been undefeated in 5 games, with 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 18th of 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.[9] 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.[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 the 21st of 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 October 30th 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.


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

Women's Euro 2017 qualifying[edit]

The draw for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying groups took place on February 19, 2015. Albania was drawn in Group 3 along with France, Ukraine, Romania and Greece. Their debut was on the 22nd of 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 the 27th of 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.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 8 8 0 0 27 0 +27 24 Final tournament 3–0 4–0 1–0 6–0
2  Romania 8 5 1 2 17 8 +9 16 Play-offs 0–1 2–1 4–0 3–0
3  Ukraine 8 4 1 3 14 12 +2 13 0–3 2–2 2–0 2–0
4  Greece 8 2 0 6 9 19 −10 6 0–3 1–3 1–3 3–2
5  Albania 8 0 0 8 3 31 −28 0 0–6 0–3 0–4 1–4
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent schedule and results[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

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 official World Cup Qualifiers match against Kosovo, Greece, and Malta on 4–11 April 2017.[11]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marigona Zani (1996-07-05) July 5, 1996 (age 21) 9 0 Germany TSV-Jahn Calden
1GK Viona Rexhepi (1996-07-24) July 24, 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Kosovo Hajvalia
2DF Albina Rrahmani (1989-02-24) February 24, 1989 (age 28) 16 1 Kosovo Hajvalia
2DF Cyme Lulaj (1989-10-20) October 20, 1989 (age 28) 14 0 Albania Kinostudio
2DF Lucie Gjini (1994-05-02) May 2, 1994 (age 23) 13 0 Albania Vllaznia
2DF Arbiona Bajraktari (1996-09-10) September 10, 1996 (age 21) 7 0 Albania Vllaznia
2DF Sara Maliqi (1995-10-09) October 9, 1995 (age 22) 5 0 Albania Vllaznia
2DF Arbenita Curraj (1996-07-28) July 28, 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Kosovo Hajvalia
2DF Denisa Proto (1991-04-25) April 25, 1991 (age 26) 18 0 Albania Vllaznia
3MF Ezmiralda Franja (1997-02-04) February 4, 1997 (age 20) 9 0 Albania Vllaznia
3MF Lavdie Begolli (1993-01-19) January 19, 1993 (age 24) 6 0 Kosovo Hajvalia
3MF Megi Doci (1996-10-14) October 14, 1996 (age 21) 6 0 Albania Vllaznia
3MF Endrina Elezaj (1997-01-12) January 12, 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Kosovo Hajvalia
3MF Furtuna Velaj (1990-08-03) August 3, 1990 (age 27) 22 7 Germany SC Sand
3MF Qendresa Krasniqi (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 23) 5 1 Switzerland Yverdon
4FW Suada Jashari (1988-10-19) October 19, 1988 (age 29) 13 3 Albania Vllaznia
4FW Ambra Gjergji (1997-03-13) March 13, 1997 (age 20) 3 0 Albania Vllaznia
4FW Uendi Muja (1999-06-04) June 4, 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Albania Vllaznia
3MF Kujtime Kurbogaj (1996-11-26) November 26, 1996 (age 21) 3 1 Sweden FC Rosengård
3MF Dafina Memedov (1990-02-21) February 21, 1990 (age 27) 10 2 Sweden IF Limhamn Bunkeflo
3MF Geldona Morina (1994-08-03) August 3, 1994 (age 23) 3 - Germany MSV Duisburg
3MF Saranda Hashani (1996-05-20) May 20, 1996 (age 21) 10 2 Switzerland Zürich Frauen
3MF Elizabeta Ejupi (1994-04-21) April 21, 1994 (age 23) 3 - England Nottingham Forest

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
4FW Emanuela Jaku (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Albania Juban Danja
3MF Gleona Taullaj (1996-04-29) April 29, 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Albania Apolonia
2DF Erida Bajrakurtaj (1994-03-16) March 16, 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Albania Kinostudio
2DF Ester Pocesta (1993-08-09) August 9, 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Albania Kinostudio
4FW Marsela Djegsina (1995-05-13) May 13, 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Albania AAS
1GK Ardiola Raxhimi (1998-09-12) September 12, 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Albania Vllaznia
1GK Besa Leci 0 0 Germany ?
1GK Pëllumbesha Gjyli (1986-08-31) August 31, 1986 (age 31) 15 0
1GK Veronika Jashari (1997-05-16) May 16, 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Sweden Forsby FF
1GK Desantila Hoxhaj (1988-07-01) July 1, 1988 (age 29) 0 0 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
1GK Elandra Basha (1988-03-24) March 24, 1988 (age 29) 0 0 Germany TSV Schwaben Augsburg
2DF Fitore Govori (1987-08-03) August 3, 1987 (age 30)
2DF Irisa Beqiraga (1993-12-29) December 29, 1993 (age 23) Kosovo KFF Mitrovica
2DF Fatbardha Aliu (1996-06-05) June 5, 1996 (age 21) Sweden Falkenbergs FF
2DF Nora Selmani (1988-09-14) September 14, 1988 (age 29) Kosovo KFF Kosova
2DF Xhuljeta Preci (1994-12-16) December 16, 1994 (age 23) Albania Juban Danja
2DF Donilda Sufaj (1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 24) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Greta Lazri (1995-08-07) August 7, 1995 (age 22) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Lumturie Muhadri (1982-11-30) November 30, 1982 (age 35) Kosovo WFC Prishtina
3MF Aurora Seranaj (1982-05-14) May 14, 1982 (age 35) 3 1 Italy Lazio
3MF Marcela Ndoci (1998-02-12) February 12, 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Albania Juban Danja
3MF Festime Hasrollaj ? 1 0  ?
3MF Ferite Kastrati ? 1 0  ?
3MF Floralba Krasniqi (1994-08-26) August 26, 1994 (age 23) Austria Union Kleinmünchen
3MF Atdhetare Halitjaja (1993-11-02) November 2, 1993 (age 24) Italy Sassuolo
3MF Valbona Jusufi (1992-09-18) September 18, 1992 (age 25) Italy Roma Decimoquarto
3MF Nurtene Topalli (1993-05-26) May 26, 1993 (age 24) Austria SPG LUV Graz/DFC Leoben
3MF Xhemile Berisha (1981-07-22) July 22, 1981 (age 36) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
3MF Rovena Ndoci (1998-01-05) January 5, 1998 (age 19) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër


3MF Dielona Luta (1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Germany FC Köln
3MF Arjeta Krasniqi (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 (age 28) Germany GSV Moers
4FW Aurora Thaçi ? 1 0 Norway Øvrevoll Hosle Idrettslag
4FW Klaudia Rrotani (1995-05-16) May 16, 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Albania Juban Danja
3MF Naime Merovci (1993-03-28) March 28, 1993 (age 24) Sweden IFK Strömstad
4FW Arbnora Robelli (1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 25) Sweden IS Halmia
4FW Ana Baro (1992-11-01) November 1, 1992 (age 25) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
4FW Ellvana Curo (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992 (age 25) Australia Bundoora United FC
4FW Blerta Kaçiu (1992-02-24) February 24, 1992 (age 25) Kosovo WFC Prishtina

Stadium[edit]

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 2011–2016
Italy Macron 2016–present

Coaching history[edit]

Record against other nations[edit]

Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
 Croatia 2 0 0 2 2 10 −8
 France 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12
 Greece 5 2 0 3 6 12 −6
 Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
 Kosovo 1 1 0 0 3 2 −1
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Luxembourg 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
 Macedonia 4 3 0 1 10 5 +5
 Malta 2 0 2 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 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
 Turkey 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
 Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
16 Countries 36 11 2 23 36 117 −81

See also[edit]

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