Albania national football team
The Albania national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja e futbollit të Shqipërisë) is the men's football team that has represented Albania in international competition since 1946 and is controlled by the Albanian Football Association which is headquartered in the city of Tirana. The team is affiliated with UEFA and competes in the three major professional tournaments, the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship and the UEFA Nations League. Albania was the winner of the 1946 Balkan Cup and the 2000 Malta Rothmans International Tournament. At Euro 2016, Albania made its debut at a major men's football tournament. Albania scored their first ever goal in a major tournament and secured their first ever win in a European Championship, when they beat Romania on 19 June 2016.
|Nickname(s)||Kuq e Zinjtë (The Red and Blacks)|
Shqiponjat (The Eagles)
|Association||Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)|
|Head coach||Edoardo Reja|
|Most caps||Lorik Cana (93)|
|Top scorer||Erjon Bogdani (18)|
|Home stadium||Niko Dovana|
|Current||64 2 (25 July 2019)|
|Highest||22 (August 2015)|
|Lowest||124 (August 1997)|
|Current||77 7 (20 August 2019)|
|Lowest||118 (14 & 18 December 1994)|
Albania 5–0 Montenegro
(Shkodër, Albania; 22 August 1946)
Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia
(Tirana, Albania; 7 October 1946)
| Albania 6–1 Cyprus |
(Tirana, Albania; 12 August 2009)
| Hungary 12–0 Albania |
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Group stage (2016)|
The colours of the team are red, white and black, and the double headed eagle its symbol. Its supporters are collectively known as the Tifozët Kuq e Zi and display as well as the country's national flag colours, red and black.
Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before the Albanian Football Association (Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit; FSHF) was created on 6 June 1930. Albania joined FIFA during a congress held between 12 June and 16 June. Albania played its first international match against Yugoslavia in 1946, which ended in a 3–2 home defeat at Qemal Stafa Stadium. In 1946, Albania also participated for the first time in the Balkan Cup in which Albania won by beating Romania 1–0 in the final. In 1954, Albania was one of the founding members of UEFA. Albania waited until 1962 to compete in a Euro Cup competition and the only time Albania was between the best 16 teams of the Continent, the reason being Albania got past the first leg as Greece, for political reasons forfeited the game. At the end of the tournament Albania ranked 9th in Europe.
Albania participated for the first time in a qualifying phrase of a World Cup in the qualifiers of the 1966 edition in England. The team was drawn in the Group 5 which finished in the last position with only one point from six matches. In the qualifiers, of the UEFA Euro 1968 Albania had a draw 0–0 against West Germany that denied the Germans the participation to the UEFA Euro 1968 finals. In later years, Albania did not participate in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1970, UEFA Euro 1972, UEFA Euro 1976, World Cup 1978 and UEFA Euro 1980 for unknown political reasons. After six years without playing any international matches, Albania entered in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1982, managing to finish in a place other than last for the first time in a qualifying match, with Finland getting last place instead. The qualifiers of the World Cup 1990 were probably the worst qualifier in Albania's history as there were 6 losses in as many games with no memorable matches.
In the qualifiers of the World Cup 2002, Albania recorded a 2–0 win over Greece which was the only team that they beat during the qualifiers. Albania was able to make some impact in the qualifying of the UEFA Euro 2004 by beating 3–1 Russia at Loro Boriçi Stadium. This match was also the debut of the German coach Hans-Peter Briegel who led Albania to an undefeated run at home matches. Despite the good results, Albania finished the group in the penultimate spot with only eight points. In the qualifiers of the World Cup 2006 Albania recorded some historical results. Two months after Greece beat Portugal to win the European Championship, Albania defeated Greece 2–1.
In the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2008 Albania won twice in both matches against Luxembourg. Albania also drew 2–2 with Belarus and 0–0 away with Bulgaria. Albania's Euro campaign ended with a 6–1 loss away to Romania which resulted in the resignation of the coach Otto Barić and his assistant. On December 2007, Arie Haan was named Albania's head coach by signing a two-year contract for the qualifiers of the World Cup 2010, where Albania made a very negative performance by winning only one match. Albania won only seven points from ten matches and Haan was replaced by Josip Kuže in May 2009 following the end of the campaign. However, Kuže couldn't lead Albania to the better results as the team ended the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2012 with only nine points from ten matches. With Kuže in charge, Albania recorded its second biggest win the history by defeating Cyprus 6–1 at home, equal with Albania's 5–0 victory over Vietnam in 2003.
Josip Kuže parted ways with Albania three and a half years after he started the job, and in December 2011, Italian coach Gianni de Biasi replaced him. Albania started the qualifiers and was, at one point, 2nd in group with six matches played and four to spare, but failed to be successful in the last four, losing away in Slovenia and Iceland, as well as at home against Switzerland, and drawing in Cyprus. Albania started the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2016 with an emphatic 1–0 away win against Portugal, which was followed by a 1–1 draw against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena. After beating Armenia 3–0 in the last qualifying match, Albania made history by qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016, its first ever appearance at a major men's football tournament. In the tournament itself, Albania lost 0–1 to Switzerland and 0–2 to hosts France. While they beat Romania 1–0 (their first win against Romania since 1947), the team finished last among the third-placed teams and didn't progress beyond the group stage.
Despite the UEFA European Championship's almost successful debut, Albania suffered massive setback. In 2018 World Cup qualification, Albania had been thrown into a tough group composing Spain and Italy. Albania, despite its passionate play, failed to reach the World Cup, falling to both Italy and Spain as well as a shocking 0–3 loss to Israel at home. During this era, their successful manager, Gianni De Biasi, resigned and Christian Panucci, another Italian, replaced him as coach of Albania. However, thing got little improved. Albania played poorly in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, winning only to Israel 1–0 and lost the remaining three, especially the devastating 0–4 defeat to Scotland at home. Panucci would be sacked after Albania got a hammered 0–2 defeat to Turkey in the opening campaign for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying. Another Italian, Edoardo Reja, was appointed to help Albania to improve in a tough group, but improvement is still very little. The Albanian side continued to slump, suffering a 0–1 loss away to Iceland before managed to gain its second win against Moldova 2–0.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualifications record|
|1930 to 1962||Did not participate||—|
|1966||Did not qualify||1966||4th||6||0||1||5||2||12|
|1970||Entry not accepted||—|
|1974||Did not qualify||1974||4th||6||1||0||5||3||13|
|1978||Did not participate||—|
|1982||Did not qualify||1982||4th||8||1||0||7||4||22|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA European ChampionshipEdit
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualifications record|
|1960||Did not participate||—|
|1964||Did not qualify||1964||1Q||4||3||0||1||7||4|
|1976||Did not participate||—|
|1984||Did not qualify||1984||5th||8||0||2||6||4||14|
|2020||Qualifications in progress||2020||3rd||2||1||0||1||3||2|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
|Total||Best: Group stage||1/17||3||1||0||2||1||3||—||Total||13/17||95||19||22||54||81||161|
|Albania's European Championship record|
|First match||Albania 0–1 Switzerland|
(Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France; 11 June 2016)
|Biggest win||Romania 0–1 Albania|
(Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France; 19 June 2016)
|Biggest defeat||France 2–0 Albania|
(Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France; 15 June 2016)
|Best result||Group stage at the UEFA Euro 2016|
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020–21||C||—||To be determined||N/A|
|Total||Best: Group stage||1/2||4||1||0||3||1||8||—|
Fixtures and resultsEdit
|7 September 2018–19 UEFA|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Xhaka 55'||Report||Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
|10 September 2018–19 UEFA|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Gjimshiti 47' (o.g.)
|Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
|10 October Friendly||Albania||0–0||Jordan||Elbasan, Albania|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)
|14 October 2018–19 UEFA|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Hemed 8'
|Report||Stadium: Turner Stadium|
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (Italy)
|17 November 2018–19 UEFA|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Report||Fraser 14'
Fletcher 45+2' (pen.)
Forrest 55', 67'
|Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium|
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Russia)
|20 November Friendly||Albania||1–0||Wales||Elbasan, Albania|
|20:00 (UTC+1)||Balaj 58' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Macedonia)
|22 March UEFA Euro 2020|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Report||Yılmaz 21'
|Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium|
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
|25 March UEFA Euro 2020|
|Andorra||0–3||Albania||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Report||Sadiku 21'
|Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
|8 June UEFA Euro 2020|
|15:00 (UTC+1)||Guðmundsson 22'||Report||Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur|
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
|11 June UEFA Euro 2020|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Cikalleshi 66'
|Report||Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (Finland)
|7 September UEFA Euro 2020|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Stade de France|
|14 October UEFA Euro 2020|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Zimbru Stadium|
The following players have been called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Iceland and Moldova, on 8 and 11 June 2019.
All caps and goals as of 11 June 2019 after match against Moldova.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Etrit Berisha||10 March 1989||57||0||SPAL|
|12||GK||Alban Hoxha||23 November 1987||3||0||Partizani Tirana|
|23||GK||Gentian Selmani||9 March 1998||0||0||Menemenspor|
|15||DF||Mërgim Mavraj (Captain)||9 June 1986||49||3||Greuther Fürth|
|4||DF||Elseid Hysaj (Vice-captain)||20 February 1994||48||0||Napoli|
|3||DF||Ermir Lenjani||5 August 1989||30||3||Sion|
|5||DF||Freddie Veseli||20 November 1992||21||0||Empoli|
|17||DF||Naser Aliji||27 December 1993||13||0||Unattached|
|6||DF||Ardian Ismajli||30 September 1996||6||0||Hajduk Split|
|18||DF||Kastriot Dermaku||15 January 1992||3||0||Parma|
|2||DF||Iván Balliu||1 January 1992||2||0||Almería|
|13||DF||Enea Mihaj||5 July 1998||2||0||PAOK|
|21||MF||Odise Roshi||21 May 1991||51||4||Akhmat Grozny|
|22||MF||Amir Abrashi||27 March 1990||31||1||SC Freiburg|
|14||MF||Taulant Xhaka||28 March 1991||30||1||Basel|
|20||MF||Ergys Kaçe||8 July 1993||25||2||PAOK|
|9||MF||Ylber Ramadani||12 April 1996||5||1||Vejle|
|7||MF||Emanuele Ndoj||20 November 1996||5||1||Brescia|
|8||MF||Kristi Qose||10 June 1995||2||0||Ružomberok|
|10||FW||Armando Sadiku||27 May 1991||37||12||Levante|
|19||FW||Bekim Balaj||11 January 1991||33||6||Sturm Graz|
|16||FW||Sokol Cikalleshi||27 July 1990||31||3||Akhisar Belediyespor|
|11||FW||Myrto Uzuni||31 May 1995||7||0||Lokomotiva|
The following players have also been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Alban Hoxha||28 September 1999||0||0||Winterthur||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|GK||Thomas Strakosha||19 March 1995||8||0||Lazio||v. Turkey, 22 March 2019|
|GK||Elhan Kastrati||2 February 1997||0||0||Pescara||v. Wales, 20 November 2018|
|DF||Arlind Ajeti||25 September 1993||20||1||Unattached||v. Moldova, 11 June 2019|
|DF||Egzon Binaku||27 August 1995||5||0||Norrköping||v. Iceland, 8 June 2019INJ|
|DF||Marash Kumbulla||8 February 2000||0||0||Hellas Verona||v. Iceland, 8 June 2019U21|
|DF||Drilon Kryeziu||1 July 1997||0||0||Triglav Kranj||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019INJ/U21|
|DF||Leonardo Maloku||18 May 1998||0||0||Fermana||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|DF||Sergio Kalaj||28 January 2000||0||0||Lazio||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|DF||Blerton Sheji||21 October 2000||0||0||Struga||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|DF||Berat Gjimshiti||19 February 1993||23||1||Atalanta||v. Andorra, 25 March 2019INJ|
|DF||Herdi Prenga||31 August 1994||2||0||Riga||v. Israel, 14 October 2018|
|DF||Ansi Agolli||11 November 1982||73||3||New York Cosmos||v. Scotland, 10 September 2018|
|DF||Besir Demiri||1 August 1994||0||0||Žilina||v. Israel, 7 September 2018|
|MF||Migjen Basha||5 January 1987||34||3||Aris Thessaloniki||v. Moldova, 11 June 2019|
|MF||Ledian Memushaj||7 December 1986||36||1||Pescara||v. Iceland, 8 June 2019INJ|
|MF||Eros Grezda||15 April 1995||13||1||Rangers||v. Iceland, 8 June 2019WD|
|MF||Lorenc Trashi||19 May 1992||0||0||Partizani Tirana||v. Iceland, 8 June 2019PRE|
|MF||Bruno Telushi||14 November 1990||0||0||Partizani Tirana||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019|
|MF||Shefit Shefiti||19 February 1998||0||0||Shkëndija||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|MF||Agim Zeka||6 September 1998||0||0||Fortuna Sittard||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|MF||Esat Mala||18 October 1998||0||0||Partizani Tirana||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|MF||Kleandro Lleshi||9 January 1999||0||0||Leganés B||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|MF||Arbin Zejnullai||15 February 1999||0||0||Shkëndija||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|MF||Omar Imeri||13 December 1999||0||0||Shkëndija||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|MF||Jurgen Çelhaka||6 December 2000||0||0||Tirana||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019|
|MF||Kristal Abazaj||6 July 1996||1||0||Osijek||v. Andorra, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Andi Lila||12 February 1986||70||0||Unattached||v. Turkey, 22 March 2019INJ|
|MF||Keidi Bare||28 August 1997||1||0||Málaga||v. Turkey, 22 March 2019CLUB|
|MF||Sabien Lilaj||10 February 1989||19||0||Sektzia Nes Tziona||v. Wales, 20 November 2018|
|MF||Loret Sadiku||28 July 1991||0||0||Kasımpaşa||v. Scotland, 17 November 2018WD|
|MF||Jahmir Hyka||8 March 1988||47||2||Maccabi Netanya||v. Scotland, 10 September 2018|
|MF||Bujar Lika||11 August 1992||2||0||Unattached||v. Scotland, 10 September 2018|
|FW||Din Sula||2 March 1998||0||0||Waasland-Beveren||Durrës Training Camp, 21–26 May 2019U21|
|FW||Rey Manaj||24 February 1997||8||1||Albacete||v. Turkey, 22 March 2019CLUB|
|FW||Giacomo Vrioni||15 October 1998||1||0||Sampdoria||v. Wales, 20 November 2018|
|FW||Albion Ademi||19 February 1999||0||0||Inter Turku||v. Wales, 20 November 2018|
|FW||Egli Kaja||26 July 1997||0||0||AFC Wimbledon||v. Wales, 20 November 2018|
|FW||Sindrit Guri||23 October 1993||2||0||Oostende||v. Scotland, 10 September 2018|
Current technical staffEdit
|Head coach||Edoardo Reja|
|Athletic coach(es)||Luca Laurenti|
|Goalkeeping coach||Ilir Bozhiqi|
|Team manager||Dritan Babamusta|
|Video analyst||Alarico Marco Rossi|
In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards. Due to Albania being undeveloped and having very poor infrastructure, not a single stadium in Albania fulfills FIFA standards for international competitions. As a result, the Albanian government is upgrading Ruzhdi Bizhuta stadium of Elbasan named Elbasan Arena in time for the Euro 2016 qualifiers beginning in September 2014, and Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër in time for the October 2015 Euro Qualifier against Serbia.
|Albania national football team home stadiums|
|Image||Stadium||Capacity||Location||First match||Last match||Ref|
|131||Qemal Stafa Stadium||25,000||Tirana, Albania||v. Yugoslavia, 7 October 1946||v. Georgia, 16 November 2015|||
|10||Elbasan Arena||13,800||Elbasan, Albania||v. Denmark, 11 October 2014||v. Israel, 7 September 2018|||
|8||Loro Boriçi Stadium||20,200||Shkodër, Albania||v. Russia, 29 March 2003||v. Italy, 9 October 2017|||
|6||Niko Dovana Stadium||12,040||Durrës, Albania||v. Uzbekistan, 11 August 2010||v. Malta, 5 March 2014|||
|1||Tomori Stadium||17,890||Berat, Albania||v. Cuba, 6 August 1988|||
|Flamurtari Stadium||10,500||Vlorë, Albania||v. Romania, 28 October 1987|||
Arena Kombëtare (English: National Arena) is an under-construction all-seater football stadium in Tirana, the capital of Albania. This planned stadium will be the new home of Albania national football team and it will serve as a venue for major football club cup finals and other sports and non-sports related activities.
The stadium was designed with a capacity of 22,500 spectators, making it the first-highest capacity stadium for football in Albania. Ever since an initial stadium proposal in 2010, Albanian Football Association has had two additional stadium proposals that failed to be built. The stadium is planned to be completed by June 2018, Albania national football team began playing in September of the same year. The stadium will be built on the same site of Qemal Stafa, demolished in June 2016.
The old Qemal Stafa was closed for demolition in June 2016, and the site will be redeveloped with a new larger-capacity Arena Kombëtare. The final design of the new stadium was done by Marco Cassamonti of Archea Associati, and the construction is scheduled to be finished in 2018. It is expected to cost around €60 million
Individual all-time recordsEdit
Below are two lists of the top 10 players with the most caps and goals for Albania.
- As of 13 November 2017.
- 1946–1953 Loro Boriçi
- 1946 → Bahri Kavaja (Vice-captain)
- 1958 Besim Fagu
- 1963–1964 Fatbardh Deliallisi
- 1964–1970 Lin Shllaku
- 1967 → Mikel Janku (Vice-captain)
- 1970–1973 Panajot Pano
- 1971 → Bashkim Muhedini (Vice-captain)
- 1973 → Ramazan Rragami (Vice-captain)
- 1976 Sabah Bizi
- 1980–1981 Safet Berisha
- 1982 Ilir Luarasi
- 1982–1985 Muhedin Targaj
- 1983 → Haxhi Ballgjini (Vice-captain)
- 1986–1989 Arben Minga
- 1987 → Perlat Musta (Vice-captain)
- 1987 → Shkëlqim Muça (Vice-captain)
- 1989–1990 Skënder Hodja
- 1990–1995 Sulejman Demollari
- 1990–1991 → Hysen Zmijani (Vice-captain)
- 1992 → Agustin Kola (Vice-captain)
- 1993 → Sokol Kushta (Vice-captain)
- 1995 → Foto Strakosha (Vice-captain)
- 1995 → Ilir Shulku (Vice-captain)
- 1995–1996 Sokol Kushta
- 1996 → Foto Strakosha (Vice-captain)
- 1997–2002 Rudi Vata
- 2000 → Edvin Murati (Vice-captain)
- 2001 → Foto Strakosha (Vice-captain)
- 2002 → Indrit Fortuzi (Vice-captain)
- 2002–2004 Foto Strakosha
- 2004 → Besnik Hasi (Vice-captain)
- 2005–2007 Igli Tare
- 2005 → Altin Haxhi (Vice-captain)
- 2005–2006 → Altin Lala (Vice-captain)
- 2005 → Alban Bushi (Vice-captain)
- 2005 → Besnik Hasi (Vice-captain)
- 2007–2009 Altin Lala
- 2007 → Klodian Duro (Vice-captain)
- 2007 → Altin Haxhi (Vice-captain)
- 2007–2009 → Ervin Skela (Vice-captain)
- 2009–2011 Ervin Skela
- 2009 → Elvin Beqiri (Vice-captain)
- 2010–2011 → Altin Lala (Vice-captain)
- 2010 → Lorik Cana (Vice-captain)
- 2011 Altin Lala
- 2011 → Lorik Cana (Vice-captain)
- 2011 → Arjan Beqaj (Vice-captain)
- 2011–2016 Lorik Cana
- 2012–2013 → Ervin Bulku (Vice-captain)
- 2013 → Erjon Bogdani (Vice-captain)
- 2014 → Etrit Berisha (Vice-captain)
- 2015–2016 → Ansi Agolli (Vice-captain)
- 2016 → Ledian Memushaj (Vice-captain)
- 2016 → Elseid Hysaj (Vice-captain)
- 2016–Ansi Agolli
- 2016–2017 → Mërgim Mavraj (Vice-captain)
- 2017 → Elseid Hysaj (Vice-captain)
- 2017–Etrit Berisha (Vice-captain) →
Tifozat Kuq e Zi (English: Red and Black Fans, also known as the Albania National Football Team Supporters Club) is a non-profit football supporters' association for the Albania national football team and various national team sportive activities. It was founded on 25 December 2003. In cooperation with FSHF, it organises trips for football fans to visit games, and develops and sells merchandise to support itself and fund sporting related projects.
Tifozat Kuq e Zi stands firm in the political view that Albanians should share only one national team and have continuous aspirations to join in one state (Një Komb, Një Kombëtare), i.e. unification of Albania, Kosovo, etc. In this sense, TKZ is joined by different supporters' associations throughout Albanian-speaking regions mainly in Kosovo (Shqiponjat of Peja, Kuqezinjet e Jakoves of Gjakova, Plisat of Pristina, Torcida of Mitrovica, etc.), North Macedonia (Ballistët of Tetovo, Ilirët of Kumanovo, Shvercerat of Skopje, etc.) and in Albania itself (Ultras Guerrils of Partizani Tirana, Tirona Fanatics of KF Tirana, Vllaznit Ultras of Vllaznia Shkodër, Ujqërit e Deborës (English: Snow Wolves) Skënderbeu Korçë, Shqiponjat of KF Besa Pejë and many other different Albanian fans).
The ongoing dispute between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Football Association of Albania has been seen as a political intrusion by FIFA and UEFA, which led to the banning of Albania from international sportive activities. FSHF president Armand Duka is highly unwanted by the TKZ who have numerously asked for his resignation believing he is responsible for internal corruption in the Albanian Football Association.
The TKZ have been praised by many different football players and managers, whom were not just Albanian. Switzerland's former coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld was astonished by how many Albanian fans turned up and how enthusiastic they were in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) between Switzerland and Albania where the Swiss won 2–0 thanks to goals from Gökhan Inler and Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri. He didn't believe that there was 12,000 Albanian fans in the stands which was more than how many Swiss fans turned up for the game. He stated Albanian fans are fantastic and the most passionate fans I have ever seen. During that campaign, TKZ attended all games Albania played apart from a match against Cyprus in Nicosia and were also large in numbers in the away games to Slovenia where they lost 1–0 and Norway where they won 1–0 thanks to a stunning goal by Hamdi Salihi.
Head-to-Head records against other countriesEdit
- As of 13 November 2017
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential||Reference|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||1||2||1||3||3||0||H2H results|
|China PR||2||1||1||0||4||3||+1||H2H results|
|East Germany||3||0||1||2||2||7||−5||H2H results|
|North Macedonia||10||2||4||4||7||12||−5||H2H results|
|Northern Ireland||9||2||2||5||5||13||−8||H2H results|
|Republic of Ireland||4||0||1||3||2||6||−4||H2H results|
|San Marino||2||2||0||0||6||0||+6||H2H results|
( Yugoslavia 1946–1967)
|H2H results[note 1]|
|62 Countries||328||87||68||173||308||505||−197||All results at EU-Football.info|
- The Serbia v Albania match was abandoned with the score at 0–0 shortly before halftime after "various incidents", which resulted in the Albania players refusing to return to the field. UEFA ruled that Albania had forfeited the match and awarded a 3–0 win to Serbia, but also deducted three points from Serbia for their involvement in the events. Serbia must also play their next two home qualifying games behind closed doors, and both the Serbian and Albanian FAs were fined €100,000. Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited, but the decision was upheld by UEFA. Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and on 10 July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal filed by the Serbian FA, and upholds in part the appeal filed by the Albanian FA, meaning the match is deemed to have been forfeited by Serbia with 0–3 and they are still deducted three points. Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.
- Albania national under-23 football team
- Albania national under-21 football team
- Albania national under-20 football team
- Albania national under-19 football team
- Albania national under-18 football team
- Albania national under-17 football team
- Albania national under-16 football team
- Albania national under-15 football team
- Albania national youth football team
- Albanian Superliga
- Football in Albania
- List of Albania international footballers
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