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Albania national football team

The Albania national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja Shqiptare e Futbollit) is the men's football team that has represented Albania in international competition since 1946. It is controlled by the Albanian Football Federation, the governing body for football in the country.

Albania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Kuq e Zinjtë
(The Red and Blacks)
Shqiponjat
(The Eagles)
Association Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Christian Panucci
Captain Ansi Agolli
Most caps Lorik Cana (93)
Top scorer Erjon Bogdani (18)
Home stadium Loro Boriçi Stadium
FIFA code ALB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 63 Increase 3 (6 July 2017)
Highest 22 (August 2015[1])
Lowest 124 (August 1997[1])
Elo ranking
Current 69 Steady (7 May 2017)[2]
Highest 55 (29 May 2016, 19 June 2016 [2])
Lowest 127 (14 & 18 December 1994 [2])
First international
Albania Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(Tirana, Albania; 7 October 1946)[3]
Biggest win
 Albania 5–0 Vietnam 
(Bastia Umbra, Italy; 12 February 2003)
 Albania 6–1 Cyprus 
(Tirana, Albania; 12 August 2009)[3]
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 12–0 Albania 
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)[3]
European Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 2016)
Best result Group Stage, 2016

Albania was the winner of the 1946 Balkan Cup and the 2000 Malta Rothmans International Tournament, but had never participated in any major UEFA or FIFA tournament until 2016.

At the UEFA Euro 2016, Albania made its first debut at a major men's football tournament. Albania scored their first ever goal in a major tournament and secured first ever win in European Championship, when they beat Romania on June 19, 2016.[4][5]

The National Arena (Albanian: Arena Kombëtare) will be after its completion in 2018, the home ground of the national team. Albania's highest FIFA World Rankings was 22nd in August 2015.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before the Albanian Football Association was created in 1930. FSHF was founded on 6 June 1930, and in, Albania joined FIFA (during the congress 12 June – 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 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.[6] At the end of the tournament Albania ranked 9th in Europe.[7][8][9]

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. Again six years without playing any international match, Albania entered in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1982, and finished the group no longer last in the class, but "revenges" Finland allocating the Nordic country to get the "wooden spoon".

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.[10] This match was also the debut of the German coach Hans-Peter Briegel who led Albania to an undefeated run at home matches. 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 a match which Albania scored goals in the 2nd and 11th minutes.[11]

Lorik Cana is Albania's most capped player of all time. He captained the French Olympique de Marseille, as well as the Albanian national team. (left) Lorenzo Boriçi captained Albania in winning the 1946 Balkan Cup. (right)

In the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2008 Albania won two times 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 loss 6–1 away to Romania which resulted in the resignation of the coach Otto Barić and his assistant.[12] 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.[13] 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 biggest win the history by defeating Cyprus 6–1 at home.[14]

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.[15] Albania started the qualifiers and was, at one point, 2nd in group with six matches played, and four in hand, 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.[16] Albania started the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2016 with an emphatic 1–0 away win against Portugal,[17] which was followed by a 1–1 draw against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena.[18] 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.[19]

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2016Edit

2017Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Luxembourg on 4 June 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Israel on 11 June 2017.[20]
Caps and goals as of 11 June 2017 after the match against Israel.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Orges Shehi (1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 39) 7 0   Skënderbeu Korçë
1 1GK Thomas Strakosha (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 22) 4 0   Lazio
23 1GK Alban Hoxha (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 (age 29) 3 0   Partizani Tirana

15 2DF Mërgim Mavraj (Captain) (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 31) 36 3   Hamburger SV
4 2DF Elseid Hysaj (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 23) 32 0   Napoli
6 2DF Berat Djimsiti (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 24) 14 1   Benevento
18 2DF Arlind Ajeti (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 23) 14 1   Torino
17 2DF Naser Aliji (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 23) 10 0   FC Kaiserslautern
5 2DF Freddie Veseli (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 (age 24) 8 0   Empoli

2 3MF Andi Lila (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 31) 64 0   PAS Giannina
14 3MF Jahmir Hyka (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 29) 44 2   San Jose Earthquakes
21 3MF Odise Roshi (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 26) 43 2   Akhmat Grozny
8 3MF Migjen Basha (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 (age 30) 26 3   Bari
22 3MF Amir Abrashi (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 27) 26 0   SC Freiburg
3 3MF Ermir Lenjani (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 27) 25 3 Unattached
13 3MF Burim Kukeli (1984-01-16) 16 January 1984 (age 33) 25 0   Zürich
9 3MF Ledian Memushaj (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 30) 24 1   Pescara
20 3MF Ergys Kaçe (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 24) 19 2   PAOK
7 3MF Liridon Latifi (1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 (age 23) 3 0   Skënderbeu Korçë
11 3MF Azdren Llullaku (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 29) 3 0   Tobol
19 3MF Eros Grezda (1995-04-15) 15 April 1995 (age 22) 2 0   Osijek

10 4FW Armando Sadiku (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 26) 28 9   Legia Warsaw
16 4FW Sokol Cikalleshi (1990-07-27) 27 July 1990 (age 26) 26 2   İstanbul Başakşehir

Recent call-upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Etrit BerishaSUSP (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 28) 43 0   Atalanta v.   Israel, 12 November 2016

DF Ansi AgolliSUSP (Captain) (1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 (age 34) 69 2   Qarabağ v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 28 March 2017
DF Albi Alla (1993-02-01) 1 February 1993 (age 24) 1 0   AEL v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 28 March 2017

MF Afrim Taku (1989-08-04) 4 August 1989 (age 27) 0 0   Skënderbeu Korçë v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 28 March 2017
MF Keidi Bare (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 19) 0 0   Atlético Madrid v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 28 March 2017
MF Taulant Xhaka (1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 (age 26) 18 0   Basel v.   Italy, 24 March 2017
MF Shkëlzen Gashi (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 29) 17 1   Colorado Rapids v.   Macedonia, 5 September 2016

FW Bekim Balaj (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 26) 21 4   Akhmat Grozny v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 28 March 2017
FW Edgar Çani (1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 28) 16 4 Unattached v.   Israel, 12 November 2016
FW Rey Manaj (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 20) 3 1   Inter Milan v.   Israel, 12 November 2016
  • RET = Retired from international football.
  • SUSP = Not called up cause was suspended.

Previous squadsEdit

European Championship

Individual all-time recordsEdit

 
Stamps of Albania in 2006. The 60th Anniversary of Victory at the Balkan Cup.

Below are two lists of the top 10 players with the most caps and goals for Albania.

As of 11 June 2017.[21]
  Players that are still active
  Part of the squad that won the 1946 Balkan Cup [22]
  Part of the squad that won the 2000 Rothmans International Tournament [23]

Appearances recordsEdit

 
Lorik Cana is the most capped player in the history of Albania with 94 caps.
 
Panajot Pano was selected between 52 UEFA Golden Players and was rated by the Football Association of Albania as the most outstanding player of the past 50 years.
Rank Position Name Career Caps Goals
1 DF
Lorik Cana
2003–2016 93 1
2 MF
Altin Lala
1998–2011 79 3
3 MF
Klodian Duro
2001–2011 77 6
4
MF
Ervin Skela
2000–2011 75 13
5 FW
Erjon Bogdani
1996–2013 74 18
6 GK
Foto Strakosha
1990–2004 73 0
6 DF
Ansi Agolli
2005– 69 2
8 MF
Altin Haxhi
1995–2009 68 3
FW
Igli Tare
1997–2007 68 10
10 FW
Alban Bushi
1995–2007 67 14

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Hamdi Salihi is the fourth-top goalscorer in the history of Albania with 11 goals.
Rank Position Name Career Goals Caps
1 FW
Erjon Bogdani
1996–2013 18 74
2 FW
Alban Bushi
1995–2007 14 67
3 MF
Ervin Skela
2000–2011 13 75
4 FW
Altin Rraklli
1992–2005 11 63
FW
Hamdi Salihi
2006–2015 11 50
6 FW
Sokol Kushta
1987–1996 10 31
FW
Igli Tare
1997–2007 10 68
8 FW
Armando Sadiku
2012– 9 28
9 DF
Adrian Aliaj
2002–2006 8 29
10
FW
Loro Boriçi
1946–1958 6 24
FW
Qamil Teliti
1946–1952 6 13
MF
Bledar Kola
1994–2002 6 39
MF
Klodian Duro
2000–2011 6 77
FW
Edmond Kapllani
2004–2014 6 41

CaptainsEdit

List of captaincy periods of the various captains throughout the years.[24]

Managerial historyEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staff:[25]

Position Name
Head Coach   Christian Panucci
Assistant Coach   Paolo Rodolfi
Assistant Coach   Ervin Bulku
Athletic Coach   Alessandro Ciullini
Goalkeeping Coach   Ilir Bozhiqi
Video analyst   Marco Rossi
Team Doctor   Gianluca Stesina
Osteopat   Filippo Iori
Masseur   Arzen Voci
Physiotherapists   Ylli Mihali
Material Base   Fatos Kademi

This is a chronological list of the managers who have guided Albania since 1946.[26]

  1.   Ljubiša Broćić (1st) (22.08.1946 – 13.10.1946)
  2.   Adem Karapici (1st) (25.05.1947 – 25.05.1947)
  3.   Ljubiša Broćić (2nd) (15.06.1947 – 20.08.1947)
  4.   Adem Karapici (2nd) (14.09.1947 – 27.06.1948)
  5.   Sllave Llambi (23.10.1949 – 17.11.1949)
  6.   Ludovik Jakova (29.11.1949 – 08.10.1950)
  7.   Myslym Alla (1st) (29.11.1952 – 07.12.1952)
  8.   Miklós Vadas (29.11.1953 – 29.11.1953)
  9.   Nikolay Lyukshinov (?.?.1956 – ?.?.1957)[27]
  10.   Loro Boriçi (1st) (15.09.1957 – 29.06.1963)
  11.   Zyber Konçi (1st) (30.10.1963 – 07.05.1965)
  12.   Loro Boriçi (2nd) (24.11.1965 – 21.06.1972)
  13.   Myslym Alla (2nd) (29.10.1972 – 06.05.1973)
  14.   Ilia Shuke (10.10.1973 – 08.11.1973)
  15.   Loro Boriçi (3rd) (03.11.1976 – 03.11.1976)
  16.   Zyber Konçi (2nd) (03.09.1980 – 06.12.1980)
  17.   Loro Boriçi (4th) (01.04.1981 – 18.11.1981)
  18.   Shyqyri Rreli (1st) (22.09.1982 – 30.05.1985)
  19.   Agron Sulaj (1st) (30.10.1985 – 18.11.1987)
  20.   Shyqyri Rreli (2nd) (06.08.1988 – 15.11.1989)
  21.   Bejkush Birçe (1st) (30.05.1990 – 30.05.1990)
  22.   Agron Sulaj (2nd) (05.09.1990 – 19.12.1990)
  23.   Bejkush Birçe (2nd) (30.03.1991 -14.05.1994)
  24.   Neptun Bajko (07.09.1994 – 14.12.1996)
  25.   Astrit Hafizi (29.03.1997 – 09.10.1999)
  26.   Medin Zhega (06.02.2000 – 06.06.2001)
  27.   Sulejman Demollari (01.09.2001 – 17.04.2002)
  28.   Giuseppe Dossena (12.10.2002 – 16.10.2002)
  29.   Hans-Peter Briegel (12.02.2003 – 22.03.2006)
  30.     Otto Barić (16.08.2006 – 17.10.2007)
  31.     Slavko Kovačić(Caretaker) (17.11.2007 – 21.11.2007)
  32.   Arie Haan (27.05.2008 – 01.04.2009)
  33.   Josip Kuže (06.06.2009 – 11.10.2011)
  34.   Džemal Mustedanagić(Caretaker) (11.11.2011 – 15.11.2011)
  35.     Gianni De Biasi (29.02.2012 – 14.06.2017)
  36.   Christian Panucci (19.07.2017 – )

HonoursEdit

 
Stamps of Albania, 2007. 60th Anniversary of Victory at the Balkan Cup

StadiumEdit

 
Panoramic view of the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër

In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards.[29] 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.[30]

Stadiums which have hosted Albania international football matches:

Number of
matches
Stadium First international Last international
129 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tiranë 7 October 1946 16 November 2015
7 Elbasan Arena, Elbasan 11 October 2014 28 March 2017
6 Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër 29 March 2003 9 October 2016
2 Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës 11 August 2010 5 March 2014
1
Flamurtari Stadium, Vlorë 28 October 1987
Tomori Stadium, Berat 6 August 1988

National ArenaEdit

National Arena (Albanian: Arena Kombëtare) is an under-construction all-seater football stadium in Tirana, the capital of Albania.[31] 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.[32]

The old Qemal Stafa was closed for demolition in June 2016, and the site will be redeveloped with a new larger-capacity National Arena. The final design of the new stadium was done by Marco Cassamonti of Archea Associati,[33] and the construction is scheduled to be finished in 2018. It is expected to cost around 60 million[34]

SupportersEdit

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.), Former Yugoslav Republic of 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.[35] 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.

Media coverageEdit

Albania's qualifying matches and friendlies are currently televised by TVSH and SuperSport Albania, a trademark of Digitalb.

Kit historyEdit

The Albanian kit has been mostly red and black with few changes throughout the years.

Home

Away

Kit provider Period
  Adidas 1980–1991
  Uhlsport 1992–1995
  Puma 1996–2004
  Umbro 2004–2008
  Nike 2008–2010
  Legea 2010–2011
  Adidas 2011–2016
  Macron 2016–present

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Position Pld W D * L GF GA
  1930 Did Not Participate
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 Did Not Qualify 4/4 6 0 1 5 2 12
  1970 Entry Not Accepted[36]
  1974 Did Not Qualify 4/4 6 1 0 5 3 13
  1978 Did Not Participate
  1982 Did Not Qualify 4/5 8 1 0 7 4 22
  1986 3/4 6 1 2 3 6 9
  1990 4/4 6 0 0 6 3 15
  1994 7/7 12 1 2 9 6 26
  1998 6/6 10 1 1 8 7 20
    2002 5/5 8 1 0 7 5 14
  2006 5/7 12 4 1 7 11 20
  2010 5/6 10 1 4 5 6 13
  2014 5/6 10 3 2 5 9 11
  2018 To Be Determined 3/6 6 3 0 3 7 8
  2022
Total Best: – 0/20 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 100 17 13 70 69 183
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Position Pld W D * L GF GA
  1960 Did Not Participate
  1964 Did Not Qualify First round 4 3 0 1 7 4
  1968 3/3 4 0 1 3 0 12
  1972 4/4 6 1 1 4 5 9
  1976 Did Not Participate
  1980
  1984 Did Not Qualify 5/5 8 0 2 6 4 14
  1988 4/4 6 0 0 6 2 17
  1992 5/5 7 1 0 6 2 21
  1996 5/6 10 2 2 6 10 16
    2000 5/6 10 1 4 5 8 14
  2004 4/5 8 2 2 4 11 15
    2008 5/7 12 2 5 5 12 18
    2012 5/6 10 2 3 5 7 14
  2016 Group Stage 18th 3 1 0 2 1 3 2/5 8 4 2 2 10 5
  2020 To Be Determined
Total Best: Group Stage 1/15 3 1 0 2 1 3 Total 93 18 22 53 78 159
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Albania's European Championship record
First Match
Albania   0–1    Switzerland
(11 June 2016; Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France)
Biggest Win
Romania   0–1   Albania
(19 June 2016; Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France)
Biggest Defeat
France   2–0   Albania
(15 June 2016; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France)
Best Result
Group stage at the UEFA Euro 2016
Worst Result
Group stage at the UEFA Euro 2016

Head-to-Head records against other countriesEdit

As of 4 June 2017
Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential Reference
  Algeria 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 1964 match*
H2H results
  Andorra 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 H2H results
  Argentina 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 H2H results
  Armenia 5 3 1 1 8 5 +3 H2H results
  Austria 7 0 0 7 2 19 −17 H2H results
  Azerbaijan 5 3 1 1 5 3 +2 H2H results
  Bahrain 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 H2H results
  Belarus 5 1 2 2 5 8 −3 H2H results
  Belgium 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 H2H results
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 1 2 1 3 3 0 H2H results
  Bulgaria 13 2 4 7 8 17 −9 H2H results
  Cameroon 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 H2H results
  China PR 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 H2H results
1957 match
  Cuba 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 H2H results
  Cyprus 6 2 2 2 12 7 +5 H2H results
  Czechoslovakia 5 2 0 3 6 10 −4 H2H results
  Denmark 10 1 3 6 4 19 −15 H2H results
  East Germany 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 H2H results
  England 4 0 0 4 1 12 −11 H2H results
  Estonia 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 H2H results
  Finland 7 2 1 4 6 8 −2 H2H results
  France 7 1 1 5 3 14 −11 H2H results
  Georgia 14 3 3 8 13 23 −10 H2H results
  Germany
  West (1967–1983)
14
(8)
0 1
(1)
13
(7)
10
(2)
38
(22)
−28
(−20)
H2H results
  Greece 15 6 3 6 16 13 +3 H2H results[7][8][37]
  Hungary 6 0 1 5 0 19 −19 H2H results
  Iceland 5 2 0 3 5 7 −2 H2H results
  Iran 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 H2H results
  Israel 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 H2H results
  Italy 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 H2H results
  Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 H2H results
  Kosovo 4 3 1 0 9 5 +4 1993 Match
2002 Match
2010 match
H2H results
  Latvia 5 0 5 0 6 6 0 H2H results
  Liechtenstein 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 H2H results
  Lithuania 4 2 0 2 7 6 +1 H2H results
  Luxembourg 7 4 1 2 10 4 +6 H2H results
  Macedonia 9 2 3 4 6 11 −5 H2H results
  Malta 8 5 2 1 14 3 +11 H2H results
  Mexico 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 H2H results
  Moldova 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 H2H results
  Montenegro 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 1946 Match
H2H results
  Morocco 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 H2H results
  Netherlands 4 0 0 4 1 7 −6 H2H results
  Northern Ireland 9 2 2 5 5 13 −8 H2H results
  Norway 6 1 2 1 5 5 0 H2H results
  Poland 11 1 3 7 7 14 −7 H2H results
  Portugal 7 1 1 5 5 13 −8 H2H results
  Qatar 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 H2H results
  Republic of Ireland 4 0 1 3 2 6 −4 H2H results
  Romania 19 3 3 13 12 45 −33 H2H results
  Russia 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 H2H results
  San Marino 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 H2H results
  Serbia
(  Yugoslavia 1946–1967)
7
(5)
1
(0)
1
(1)
5
(4)
7
(4)
15
(13)
−8
(–9)
H2H results[note 1]
  Slovenia 7 1 2 4 2 6 −4 H2H results
  Spain 6 0 0 6 2 26 −24 H2H results
  Sweden 5 1 1 3 5 10 −5 H2H results
   Switzerland 7 0 1 6 4 12 −8 H2H results
  Turkey 9 3 2 4 11 8 +3 H2H results
  Ukraine 5 0 1 4 3 9 −6 H2H results
  Uzbekistan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 H2H results
  Vietnam 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 H2H Results
  Wales 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 H2H results
62 Countries 321 83 67 171 298 498 −200 All results at EU-Football.info
  1. ^ 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.[38] Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited,[39][40] but the decision was upheld by UEFA.[41] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[42] 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.[43] Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.[44]

Memorable victoriesEdit

Source: Results

Date Tournament Place Opponents Score Additional Notes
22 September 1946 N/A Shkodër, Albania   Montenegro 5 – 0 FIFA unofficial. Largest ever victory (without conceding)
9 October 1946 Balkan Cup in Albania Tirana, Albania   Bulgaria 3 – 1
13 October 1946 Balkan Cup in Albania Tirana, Albania   Romania 1 – 0
2 May 1948 Balkan Cup in Romania Bucharest, Romania   Romania 1 – 0
29 November 1952 Friendly Tirana, Albania   Czechoslovakia 3 – 2
30 October 1963 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying Tirana, Albania   Denmark 1 – 0
9 December 1952 Friendly Tirana, Albania   Czechoslovakia 2 – 1
29 November 1953 Friendly Tirana, Albania   Poland 2 – 0
14 November 1971 UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying Tirana, Albania   Turkey 3 – 0
10 October 1976 Friendly Tirana, Albania   Algeria 3 – 0
22 December 1984 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania   Belgium 2 – 0
14 February 1993 Friendly Tirana, Albania   Kosovo 3 – 1 Unofficial first international for Kosovo was hosted by Albania.
30 November 1995 Friendly Tirana, Albania   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 – 0 First FIFA international for Bosnia-Herzegovina was hosted by Albania[45]
10 September 1997 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification Zürich, Switzerland   Northern Ireland 1 – 0
21 January 1998 Friendly Ankara, Turkey   Turkey 4 – 1
11 October 2000 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania   Greece 2 – 0
25 April 2001 Friendly Gaziantep, Turkey   Turkey 2 – 0
29 March 2003 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying Shkodër, Albania   Russia 3 – 1
18 February 2004 Friendly Tirana, Albania   Sweden 2 – 1
4 September 2004 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania   Greece 2 – 1 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (14th)[46]
and current UEFA Euro 2004 champion.
12 August 2009 Friendly Tirana, Albania   Cyprus 6 – 1 Largest ever victory
17 February 2010 Friendly Pristina, Kosovo   Kosovo 3 – 2 Unofficial international.
25 May 2010 Friendly Podgorica, Montenegro   Montenegro 1 – 0
22 May 2012 Friendly Madrid, Spain   Qatar 2 – 1
27 May 2012 Friendly Istanbul, Turkey   Iran 1 – 0
16 October 2012 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania   Slovenia 1 – 0
22 March 2013 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Oslo, Norway   Norway 1 – 0
7 September 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Aveiro, Portugal   Portugal 1 – 0 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (11th)[47]
14 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Belgrade, Serbia   Serbia 3 – 0 Awarded victory as Serbia forfeited by Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling.
13 June 2015 Friendly Elbasan, Albania   France 1 – 0 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (9th)[48]
and the hosts also of the UEFA Euro 2016, tournament of the time.
11 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Yerevan, Armenia   Armenia 3 – 0 Qualified to UEFA Euro 2016; first senior final tournament.
19 June 2016 UEFA Euro 2016 Lyon, France   Romania 1 – 0 First ever win in a senior final tournament.

See alsoEdit

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