Albania national under-21 football team
The Albania national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Albania and is controlled by the Football Association of Albania. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, which is held every two years.
|Nickname(s)||Kuq e Zinjtë (The Red and Blacks)|
Shqiponjat (The Eagles)
Shpresat e Shqipërisë (Albanian Hopes)
|Head coach||Alban Bushi|
|Most caps||Amarildo Belisha (16)|
|Top scorer||Odise Roshi (7)|
|Home stadium||Elbasan Arena|
Loro Boriçi Stadium
| Yugoslavia 1–0 Albania |
(Thessaloniki, Greece; 25 June 1976)
| Albania 7–1 Romania |
(Tirana, Albania; April 12, 1978)
| Germany 8–0 Albania |
(Cologne, Germany; March 23, 2001)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1984)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 1984|
Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Albanian under-21 team was formed.
Balkan Youth ChampionshipEdit
Albania Under-21 participated in the Balkan Youth Championship as a succeder of Under-23 team, in the 1976–78 and 1981 competitions, winning both with finals against Romania and Bulgaria. Notably in 1978, the second leg of the final match against Romania was characterized by a large Albania's win 7–1, which is the largest win ever recorded by Albania U-21.
1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football ChampionshipEdit
Albania Under-21s have managed to qualify only once in their history, and that came in the year of 1984 when they managed to qualify for the 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, although they were competing for the first time in such tournament. They were drawn in a very tough group which included the West Germany, Turkey and Austria. The historic event was the first time any Albanian squad qualified for a Europe or World Championship, and is only the second time any Albanian squad qualified for the major championships. To this day the team that qualified for 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship are still regarded as the most successful team in Albanian football history. Albania U21 managed to qualify without losing a single game and managing two very good draws against one of the biggest and best footballing nations, West Germany.
Albania played the quarter finals against Italy, against which it lost twice 0–1, and 0–1, in Albania and Italy respectively. Italy advanced to the semifinals of Euro '84 and lost them against England, eventual champions of the tournament.
In the 1986 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came last in group after Poland and Greece, and could not qualify. In the 1988 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came again last in group after Spain, Romania and Austria. In the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came last in group after Sweden, England and Poland. In the 1992 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship managed to precede Iceland as last in the group, but was preceded by Czechoslovakia, France and Spain. In the qualifiers of the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania preceded bottom team Republic of Ireland, but was preceded by Spain, Germany and Denmark.
In the 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification Albania did not participate. In the qualifiers of the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania left behind Armenia, but had to trail in the final rankings Germany, Ukraine, and Portugal. In the qualifiers of the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania trailed Greece, Norway, Georgia, Latvia, and Slovenia and closed at the bottom of the group. In the qualifiers of the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came again last behind England, Greece, Germany, and Finland.
In the qualifiers of the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania had the best result since Euro '84, when it had won the group, as it left two teams behind (Republic of Ireland and Georgia), but was preceded by Switzerland and Russia, and thus failed to qualify to the main tournament. In the qualifiers of the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania left behind itself Kazakhstan, but was preceded by Denmark, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, and Georgia. In the qualifiers of the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, in a 3 teams group, Albania came last behind Spain and Slovakia and failed to qualify.
In the qualifiers of the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania was fourth out of 6 teams in the final ranking, leaving behind the Faroe Islands and Azerbaijan, but trailing behind Italy, Croatia and Greece. In the qualifiers of the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania left again behind Azerbaijan but trailed Scotland, Belarus, and Austria in the final rankings. In the qualifiers of the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came last trailing behind Russia, Portugal, Poland, and Moldova. However, as a consolation for the first time an Albanian footballer, Armando Sadiku was the top goalscorer of the group. Albania drew in Russia against the famous hosts during that tournament, a noticeable fact.
2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit
|4||Bosnia and Herzegovina||8||2||0||6||10||22||−12||6||1–6||0–2||1–4||—||4–1|
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit
2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit
Fixtures and resultsEdit
|23 March 2018 2019 UEFA Q||Albania||2–3||Slovakia||Tirana|
|Manaj 44', 52'||Report||Špalek 48'
|Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium|
Referee: Stefan Apostolov (Bulgaria)
|27 March 2018 2019 UEFA Q||Slovakia||4–1||Albania||Žilina|
Mráz 45+2', 74'
|Report||Manaj 63'||Stadium: Štadión pod Dubňom|
Referee: Iwan Arwel Griffith (Wales)
|28 May 2018 Friendly||Albania||0–2||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Elbasan|
|19:00 (CET)||Report||Dujaković 11'
|Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
|5 June 2018 Friendly||Albania||3–2||Belarus||Elbasan|
Sahiti 63', 69'
|Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
|8 June 2018 Friendly||Albania||1–1||Belarus||Elbasan|
|19:00||Selmani 90+3'||Report||Bakhar 4'||Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
|16 September 2018 Friendly||Italy||3–1||Albania||Cagliari|
|Report||Vrioni 90+1'||Stadium: Sardegna Arena|
Referee: Lionel Tschudi, Switzerland
|6 September 2018 2019 UEFA Q||Spain||3–0||Albania||Córdoba|
|Report||Stadium: Nuevo Arcángel|
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland)
|11 October 2018 2019 UEFA Q||Albania||0–1||Spain||Tirana|
||Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium, Tirana|
Referee: João Pinheiro (Portugal)
|16 October 2018 2019 UEFA Q||Estonia||2–2||Albania||Pärnu|
||Stadium: Pärnu Rannastaadion|
Referee: Yigal Frid (Israel)
|16 November 2018 Friendly||Albania||2–0||Malta||Tirana|
|Report||Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium|
|19 November 2018 Friendly||Albania||3–2||Malta||Shkodër|
Hebaj 76' (pen.), 87'
|Report||37', 66' Brincat||Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium|
Referee: Eldorjan Hamiti
|23 March 2019 2021 UEFA Q||Albania||1–2||Turkey||Elbasan|
|19:00||Stafa 20'||Report|| 11' Yüksel
|Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
Referee: Erik Lambrechts
|26 March 2019 2021 UEFA Q||Andorra||2–2||Albania||Istanbul|
|18:30||Aláez 19', 55'||Report|| 53' Imeri
|Stadium: Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella|
Referee: Kári Jóannesarson Á Høvdanum
|7 June 2019 2021 UEFA Q||Turkey||2–2||Albania||Istanbul|
|Report|| 49' Maloku
|Stadium: Necmi Kadıoğlu Stadium|
Referee: Alain Durieux
|9 June 2019 Friendly||Albania||2–1||Wales||Tirana|
|17:00||Broja 48', 60'||Report||80' Pugh||Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium|
|11 June 2019 Friendly||Albania||3–1||Wales||Durrës|
|Report||90' (pen.) Lewis||Stadium: Niko Dovana Stadium|
Referee: Andi Koci
|5 September 2019 Friendly||France||4–0||Albania||Amiens|
|21:00||Gouiri 43' (pen.)
Édouard 78', 89'
|Report||Stadium: Stade de la Licorne|
|9 September 2019 2021 UEFA Q||Albania||0–4||Austria||Durrës|
|18:00||Report|| 6' Raguž
9', 73' Lovrić
|Stadium: Niko Dovana Stadium|
|15 October 2019 2021 UEFA Q||Albania||2–1||Kosovo||Elbasan|
|Report||90' Baftiu||Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
COACH: Alban Bushi
The following players were called up for a 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against England on 5 November 2019. Caps and goals as of 11 November 2019.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Gentian Selmani||9 March 1998||11||1||Menemenspor|
|GK||Andrea Hoxha||28 September 1999||1||0||08 Villingen|
|GK||Romeo Harizaj||26 September 1998||0||0||Apolonia|
|DF||Leonardo Maloku||18 May 1998||13||1||San Roque de Lepe|
|DF||Geraldo Bajrami||24 September 1999||2||0||Birmingham City|
|DF||Sergio Kalaj||28 January 2000||1||0||Lazio|
|DF||Jon Mersinaj||8 February 1999||1||0||Lokomotiva|
|DF||Franklin Domi||24 May 2000||0||0||Queens Park Rangers|
|DF||Marsel Ismailgeci||14 March 2000||0||0||Tirana|
|MF||Jurgen Çelhaka||6 December 2000||6||0||Tirana|
|MF||Omar Imeri||13 December 1999||4||2||Shkëndija|
|MF||Esat Mala||19 October 1998||4||0||Partizani|
|MF||Juljan Shehu||6 September 1999||2||0||Laçi|
|MF||Arbin Zejnullai||15 February 1999||2||0||Shkëndija|
|MF||Sherif Kallaku||1 March 1998||1||0||Teuta|
|MF||Aristidi Kolaj||9 April 1999||1||0||Pro Patria|
|MF||Enis Çokaj||23 February 1999||0||0||Lokomtiva|
|FW||Indrit Tuci||14 September 2000||2||0||NK Lokomotiva|
|FW||Eridon Qardaku||10 August 2000||1||0||Bylis|
|FW||Redon Xhixha||14 July 1998||1||0||Laçi|
|FW||Agim Zeka||6 September 1998||1||0||Fortuna Sittard|
Following players have been called up in the previous 12 months and are still eligible to represent Under 21 team.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|MF||Lindon Selahi||26 February 1999||5||0||Twente||v. France, 5 September 2019 INJ|
- INJ = Withdrew due to the injury.
- KOS = Withdrew to play for Kosovo U21.
Current coaching staff:
|Head Coach||Alban Bushi|
|Assistant Coach||Arjan Bellaj|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Alfred Osmani|
|Athletic Coach||Iris Selimi|
|Team Doctor||Erald Derveni|
|Base materials||Roland Rarani|
UEFA European Under-23 ChampionshipEdit
UEFA U-21 Championship RecordEdit
|UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record||UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record|
|Year||Round||Pld||W||D *||L||GF||GA||Position||Pld||W||D *||L||GF||GA|
|1978||Did Not Participate|
|1984||Quarter-finals||2||0||0||2||0||2||Qualifying stage 1/4||6||4||2||0||9||3|
|1986||Did not qualify||Qualifying Stage 3/3||4||1||0||3||3||7|
|1988||Qualifying Stage 4/4||6||0||2||4||4||10|
|1990||Qualifying Stage 4/4||6||0||1||5||1||8|
|1992||Qualifying Stage 4/5||7||1||2||4||3||13|
|1994||Qualifying round 4/5||8||1||2||5||5||18|
|1996||Did Not Participate|
|1998||Did not qualify||Qualifying round 4/5||8||1||1||6||6||19|
|2000||Qualifying round 6/6||10||1||4||5||8||21|
|2002||Qualifying round 5/5||8||1||1||6||3||19|
|2004||Qualifying round 3/5||8||3||1||4||10||10|
|2006||Qualifying round 6/7||12||2||3||7||9||27|
|2007||Qualifying round 3/3||2||0||1||1||0||3|
|2009||Qualifying round 4/6||10||3||3||4||10||13|
|2011||Qualifying round 4/5||8||1||1||6||11||20|
|2013||Qualifying round 5/5||8||1||2||5||11||18|
|2015||Qualifying round 5/5||8||2||0||6||7||15|
|2017||Qualifying round 4/6||10||3||3||4||11||20|
|2019||Qualifying round 5/6||10||1||4||5||9||17|
|Total: 1/22||Best: Quarter-finals||2||0||0||2||0||2||Total||139||26||33||80||121||266|
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
*The 2019 Competition in Italic is currently playing
Balkan Youth Championship RecordEdit
|Balkan Youth Championship record|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shoot-out.
- **Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
- Winners (2): 1978, 1981
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