Chameria national football team

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Chameria
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFederata e Futbollit të Republikës së Çamërisë (FFRÇ)
ConfederationCONIFA
Head coachArben Kasolli
First colours
First international
 Chameria 6–0 Kurdistan Region 
(The Hague, Netherlands; 17 June 2017)
Biggest win
 Chameria 6–0 Kurdistan Region 
(The Hague, Netherlands; 17 June 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Abkhazia 3–1 Chameria 
(Askeran, Republic of Artsakh; 2 June 2019)
CONIFA European Football Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best result4th, (2019)

The Chameria national football team (Albanian: Përfaqësuesja e futbollit të Çamërisë) represents Cham Albanians of Chameria, a coastal part of Epirus, Greece. It is not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA and therefore cannot compete for the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championships.

History[edit]

First match[edit]

The Chameria national football team was formed during mid-2017 and has played a number of friendly matches. On 17 June 2017, the first one that was simultaneously also the first biggest win and the first-ever competitive win was against Iraqi Kurdistan in the framework of the 2017 Unrepresented Nations Cup and the match ended with a 6–0 home win.[1][2]

Membership in CONIFA[edit]

On 24 May 2018, Chameria was accepted in CONIFA and would now play in the various tournaments and individual matches against other national teams.[3]

On 2 June 2019, Chameria played its first international match after the membership in CONIFA against Abkhazia in the framework of the 2019 CONIFA European Football Cup and the match ended in a 3–1 defeat, that was simultaneously also the biggest defeat and the first defeat of Chameria.[4]

Competitive record[edit]

CONIFA European Football Cup[edit]

On 20 February 2019, in Krakow, it was decided that Chameria should be part in Group 2 of the 2019 CONIFA European Football Cup, together with Abkhazia and County of Nice.[5] On 22 May 2019, CONIFA announced that County of Nice was withdrawal from competition and the group where the Chameria was is changed, where besides Abkhazia, will also faced with the host country, Artsakh and Sápmi.[6] On 2 June 2019, Chameria made his debut on CONIFA European Football Cup with a 3–1 away defeat against Abkhazia.[4]

CONIFA European Football Cup record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Székely Land 2015 to Northern Cyprus 2017 Team did not exist
Republic of Artsakh 2019 Fourth place 4th 5 2 2 1 9 4 Squad
Total 1/3 5 2 2 1 9 4

Fixtures and results[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2019 CONIFA European Football Cup.[7]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
99 1GK Fatjon Çollari (1999-04-02) 2 April 1999 (age 20) Albania Elbasani

4 2DF Feliks Cane (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 29) Albania Devolli
2 2DF Xhorxhian Boçi (1994-02-14) 14 February 1994 (age 25) Albania Iliria
6 2DF Flavio Prendi (1995-10-12) 12 October 1995 (age 24) Albania Tërbuni Pukë

11 3MF Tedi Baholli (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 (age 29) Albania Luzi United
6 3MF Anxhelo Isaraj (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 27) Albania Tërbuni Pukë
3 3MF Jurgen Vogli (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 26) Albania Egnatia
96 3MF Kevis Gjeçi (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 23) France Espaly
40 3MF Shyqyri Hasa (1996-10-17) 17 October 1996 (age 23) Albania Luzi United
98 3MF Rei Zaimi (1998-10-30) 30 October 1998 (age 21) Albania Gramshi
75 3MF Klajdi Kryemadhi (1998-12-09) 9 December 1998 (age 20) Albania Besëlidhja Lezhë

10 4FW Samet Gjoka (1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 29) Albania Luzi United
19 4FW Vilson Mziu (1991-07-15) 15 July 1991 (age 28) Albania Luzi United
44 4FW Edmond Hoxha (1997-05-16) 16 May 1997 (age 22) Albania Besëlidhja Lezhë
89 4FW Marko Çema (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 21) Albania Kukësi

Head-to-head records against other countries[edit]

As of 8 June 2019
Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
 Abkhazia 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 000.00
 Ambazonia 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
 Artsakh 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.00
 Kurdistan Region 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 100.00
 Sápmi 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00
 South Ossetia 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00
6 Countries 7 4 2 1 18 5 +13 057.14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chameria vs Kurdistan". Football Federation of the Republic of Chameria. 17 June 2017. As part of the Unrepresented Nations Cup
  2. ^ "Chameria wins international tournament". Football Federation of the Republic of Chameria. 17 June 2017. On Saturday 17 June 2017 an international footbal tournament was held in The Hague, the Netherlands. The event brought together eight teams from various nationalities who played for the World Cup of unrecognised nations. Teams from West Papua, Kurdistan, Chameria, Southern Cameroons and others played against each other in the tournament. Many of the players came from far away. There were also many supporters who showed their excitement for their team and nation through song and dance and traditional cuisine. Chameria won its group matches and subsequently went to the final, which they won with three to two
  3. ^ "Chameria joins World Football Federation CONIFA". Football Federation of the Republic of Chameria. 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Abkhazia 3–1 Chameria". CONIFA. 2 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Sportsbet.io sponsors the 2019 CONIFA European Football Cup". Sportsbet.io. 20 February 2019. Looking at the draw, Group 2 is already being dubbed the "Group of Death", featuring as it does two former CONIFA World Football Cup Champions in the form of Abkhazia (winners in front of a home crowd in 2016) and the County of Nice, which one the inaugural tournament in 2014. The teams are drawn alongside Chameria, which is making its debut at the competition
  6. ^ "Match schedule: CONIFA Sportsbet.io European Football Cup 2019". CONIFA. 22 May 2019. After the unfortunate late withdrawal of Sardinia, County of Nice, Donetsk and Luhansk, the previous four groups were merged into two, entitled A and B, and are as follows. Group A: Artsakh, Sápmi, Abkhazia, Chameria
  7. ^ "Chameria squad" (PDF). CONIFA. May 2019.

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