Albania national under-19 football team

The Albania national under-19 football team represents Albania in international football at this age level in the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup, as well as any other under-19 international football tournaments. It is controlled by Albanian Football Association, the governing body for football in Albania.

Albania Under-19
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Kuq e Zinjtë (The Red and Blacks)
Shqiponjat (The Eagles)
AssociationAlbanian Football Association
(Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit – FSHF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachArmando Cungu
Most capsRenato Arapi (11)
Top scorerErnest Muçi (6)
FIFA codeALB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Albania 1–8 Netherlands 
(Capbreton, France; 10 November 2001)
Biggest win
 Albania 4–0 Malta 
(Seitenstetten, Austria; 10 October 2011)
Biggest defeat
 France 9–0 Albania 
(Moscow, Russia; 6 September 2002)
European U-19 Championship
Appearances –
Best result –

Recent resultsEdit

2020 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualificationEdit

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Belgium (H) 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9 Elite round
2   Iceland 3 2 0 1 9 7 +2 6
3   Greece 3 1 0 2 7 7 0 3
4   Albania 3 0 0 3 4 11 −7 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
Greece  5–1  Albania
Report
Luminus Arena Stadium B, Genk
Referee: Kevin Clancy (Scotland)
Belgium  2–1  Albania
Report
Luminus Arena Stadium B, Genk
Referee: Vitali Meshkov (Russia)
Albania  2–4  Iceland
Report

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were named in the squad for the 2022 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round matches against France, Serbia and North Macedonia, which were played on 10, 13 and 16 November 2021 respectively.[1]

All caps and goals as of 16 November 2021.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Henrik Weiper (2003-07-31) 31 July 2003 (age 18) 1 0   Kickers Offenbach
1GK Simon Simoni (2004-04-22) 22 April 2004 (age 17) 2 0   Dinamo Tirana
1GK Leonard Kaçaj (2003-06-19) 19 June 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Vllaznia

2DF Marçelino Preka (2003-08-02) 2 August 2003 (age 18) 3 0   Bylis
2DF Elio Zalli (2003-06-28) 28 June 2003 (age 18) 3 0   Sassuolo
2DF Arbër Bytyqi (2003-10-16) 16 October 2003 (age 18) 3 0   Laçi
2DF Daniel Hysaj (2004-05-17) 17 May 2004 (age 17) 3 0   Napoli
2DF Kristian Dervishi (2003-05-25) 25 May 2003 (age 18) 3 0   Inter
2DF Mateo Çipi (2004-07-08) 8 July 2004 (age 17) 2 0   Sassuolo

3MF Paulo Pjeshka (2003-02-18) 18 February 2003 (age 18) 3 1   Vllaznia
3MF Rejan Alivoda (2003-06-05) 5 June 2003 (age 18) 3 0   Vllaznia
3MF Klevis Bebeziqi (2003-08-24) 24 August 2003 (age 18) 1 0   Olimpija Ljubljana
3MF Henrik Nerguti (2003-04-25) 25 April 2003 (age 18) 2 1   Mura
3MF Stiven Bibo (2003-09-26) 26 September 2003 (age 18) 3 1   Manresa
3MF Endri Zenelaj (2003-03-11) 11 March 2003 (age 18) 2 0   Sassuolo
3MF Zajsar Arapi (2003-10-20) 20 October 2003 (age 18) 3 0   Kickers Offenbach
3MF Asan Mata (2003-03-22) 22 March 2003 (age 18) 3 1   Sassuolo

4FW Stiven Shpendi (2003-05-19) 19 May 2003 (age 18) 2 0   Cesena
4FW Cristian Shpendi (2003-05-19) 19 May 2003 (age 18) 3 1   Cesena
4FW Devid Fejzulla (2003-02-13) 13 February 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Dinamo Tirana
4FW Dijar Nikqi (2004-10-20) 20 October 2004 (age 17) 0 0   Akademia e Futbollit
4FW Eljon Toci (2003-01-09) 9 January 2003 (age 18) 3 0   Fiorentina

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staff:[2]

Position Name
Head Coach   Nevil Dede
Assistant Coach   Pietro Matafora
Goalkeeping Coach   Artur Lekbello
Team Doctor   Xhaferr Koci
Physiotherapists   Indrit Shkrela

Competitive recordEdit

Before 2002, the event was classified as a U-18 tournament.

UEFA European Under-19 ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Under-19 Championship record UEFA European Under-19 Championship Qualification/Elite record
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Position Pld W D * L GF GA
  2002 Did Not Qualify Qualifying round 3/4 3 0 1 2 2 14
  2003 First qualifying round 4/4 3 0 0 3 1 16
  2004 First qualifying round 3/4 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2005 Elite qualification round 4/4 6 2 1 3 7 17
  2006 Qualification round 4/4 3 0 0 3 2 8
  2007 Qualification round 3/4 3 2 0 1 5 4
  2008 Elite qualification round 4/4 6 1 2 3 4 9
  2009 Qualification round 4/4 3 0 0 3 1 10
  2010 Qualification round 3/4 3 1 0 2 4 8
  2011 Qualification round 4/4 3 0 1 2 1 8
  2012 Qualification round 3/4 3 1 1 1 4 1
  2013 Qualification round 4/4 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2014 Qualification round 4/4 3 0 2 1 2 3
  2015 Qualification round 4/4 3 0 0 3 2 7
  2016 Qualification round 3/4 3 1 0 2 3 8
  2017 Qualification round 3/4 3 1 0 2 3 4
  2018 Qualification round 4/4 3 0 0 3 1 9
  2019 Qualification round 4/4 3 0 0 3 0 5
  2020 Qualification round 4/4 3 0 0 3 4 11
Total: 0/15 Best: – 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 60 10 9 41 50 146

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Europiani U-19/ Trajneri Cungu zbardh listën me 22 lojtarët e grumbulluar" (in Albanian). FSHF. 6 November 2021. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  2. ^ Kombëtarja U-19 (Albania national under-19 team) FSHF.org

External linksEdit