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.

Albania U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Kuq e Zinjtë (The Red and Blacks)
Shqiponjat (The Eagles)
Shpresat e Shqipërisë (Albanian Hopes)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachAlban Bushi
CaptainSherif Kallaku
Most capsShaqir Tafa (23)
Top scorerOdise Roshi (7)
Home stadiumElbasan Arena
Loro Boriçi Stadium
FIFA codeALB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Yugoslavia 1–0 Albania 
(Thessaloniki, Greece; 25 June 1976)[1]
Biggest win
 Albania 7–1 Romania 
(Tirana, Albania; April 12, 1978)[2]
Biggest defeat
 Germany 8–0 Albania 
(Cologne, Germany; March 23, 2001)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances1 (first in 1984)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 1984
Medal record
Albania national under-21 football team
Medal record
U-21 Balkan Youth Championship
Gold medal – first place 1976–1978 Team
Gold medal – first place 1981 Team

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Albanian under-21 team was formed.

HistoryEdit

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.[3]

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 fifth 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.

1986–1994Edit

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.

1996–2002Edit

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.

2004–2007Edit

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.

2009–2013Edit

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.


CompetitionsEdit

1984 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit

Group stageEdit

2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit

2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit

Group stageEdit

The teams competing in Group 1 of the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championships qualifying competition are Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Faroe Islands, Greece and Italy.

StandingsEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Italy 10 7 3 0 21 5 +16 24
  Croatia 10 7 1 2 20 12 +8 22
  Greece 10 5 3 2 20 13 +7 18
  Albania 10 3 3 4 10 13 −3 12
  Faroe Islands 10 1 1 8 5 18 −13 4
  Azerbaijan 10 0 3 7 6 21 −15 3

Key: Pts Points, Pld Matches played, W Won, D Drawn, L Lost, GF Goals for, GA Goals against, GD Goal Difference

MatchesEdit

Italy  4 – 0  Albania
Acquafresca   8'
Dessena   17'
Criscito   35'
Lupoli   81'
Report
Greece  4 – 1  Azerbaijan
Christodoulopoulos   4'89'
Yusifov   72' (o.g.)
Petropoulos   75'
Report Abdullayev   56'
Croatia  2 – 0  Faroe Islands
Rukavina   24'
Begović   90+2'
Report

Croatia  3 – 2  Greece
Iličević   25'60'
Bušić   84'
Report Aravidis   2'
Petropoulos   90'

Italy  2 – 1  Faroe Islands
Russotto   21'
Cigarini   81'
Report Hansen   31'
Azerbaijan  0 – 2  Greece
Report Christodoulopoulos   10'
Aravidis   53'
Albania  1 – 0  Croatia
Cani   75' Report

Albania  0 – 1  Italy
Report Acquafresca   64'
Croatia  3 – 2  Azerbaijan
Tadić   12'
Iličević   21'
Abishov   45' (o.g.)
Report Mammadov   34'62'
Faroe Islands  0 – 2  Greece
Report Petropoulos   30'
Papastathopoulos   39'

Italy  2 – 0  Croatia
Acquafresca   39'57' Report
Faroe Islands  1 – 0  Azerbaijan
Olsen   45' Report

Greece  2 - 2  Italy
Petropoulos   19'
Mitroglou   88' (pen.)
Report Rossi   62'
Dessena   81'
Azerbaijan  1 – 1  Albania
Nadirov   74' Report Shoshi   81'
Faroe Islands  1 – 2  Croatia
Hansen   4' Report Kalinić   14'
Bušić   21'

Italy  5 – 0  Azerbaijan
Amirguliyev   41' (o.g.)
Acquafresca   45+2'
Cerci   77'
Russotto   84'
Dessena   90+2'
Report
Referee: Leontios Trattou (Cyprus)
Faroe Islands  0 – 5  Albania
Report Sukaj   25'49'58'
Abilaliaj   51'
Progni   85'
Greece  3 – 4  Croatia
Petropoulos   31'
Tripotseris   47'
Dimoutsos   66'
Report Ljubičić   4'
Bušić   42'
Rukavina   81'84'

Azerbaijan  0 – 1  Croatia
Report Bušić   85'
Faroe Islands  0 – 1  Italy
Report Pozzi   79'
Greece  2 – 1  Albania
Christodoulopoulos   28' (pen.)
Mitroglou   54'
Report Sukaj   34'

Azerbaijan  0 – 2  Italy
Report Rossi   18'63' (pen.)

Albania  1 – 1  Greece
Sukaj   65' Report Christodoulopoulos   25'

Croatia  4 – 0  Albania
Ljubičić   14'
Iličević   59'
Smrekar   79'
Brezovec   83'
Report
Italy  1 – 1  Greece
Balotelli   34' Report Christodoulopoulos   54'
Azerbaijan  2 – 2  Faroe Islands
Abishov   18'
Nadirov   32'
Report Nielsen   25'
Hanssen   80'

Croatia  1 – 1  Italy
Tomasov   82' Report Motta   38'
Greece  1 - 0  Faroe Islands
Petropoulos   55' Report

GoalscorersEdit

Pos Player Country Goals
1 Lazaros Christodoulopoulos   Greece 6
Antonis Petropoulos   Greece
3 Xhevahir Sukaj   Albania 5
Robert Acquafresca   Italy
5 Tomislav Bušić   Croatia 4
Ivo Iličević   Croatia
7 Ante Rukavina   Croatia 3
Daniele Dessena   Italy
Giuseppe Rossi   Italy
10 Nodar Mammadov   Azerbaijan 2
Vüqar Nadirov   Azerbaijan
Krešo Ljubičić   Croatia
Christos Aravidis   Greece
Kostantinos Mitroglou   Greece
Andrea Russotto   Italy
1 goal
Own goals

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Portugal 10 8 2 0 34 5 +29 26 Final tournament 0–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 4–0
2   Israel 10 6 3 1 21 4 +17 21 0–3 4–0 4–0 3–0 4–0
3   Greece 10 4 1 5 13 14 −1 13 0–4 0–1 2–1 3–1 5–0
4   Albania 10 3 3 4 11 20 −9 12 1–6 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0
5   Hungary 10 3 3 4 19 16 +3 12 3–3 0–0 2–1 2–2 4–0
6   Liechtenstein 10 0 0 10 1 40 −39 0 1–7 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–6
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 10 9 0 1 31 10 +21 27 Final tournament 1–2 5–1 1–0 3–0 3–1
2   Northern Ireland 10 6 2 2 15 11 +4 20 3–5 1–0 0–0 1–0 4–2
3   Slovakia 10 6 0 4 17 18 −1 18 1–4 1–0 0–2 4–1 2–0
4   Iceland 10 3 2 5 16 19 −3 11 2–7 0–1 2–3 2–3 5–2
5   Albania 10 1 4 5 9 17 −8 7 0–1 1–1 2–3 0–0 0–0
6   Estonia 10 0 2 8 11 24 −13 2 0–1 1–2 1–2 2–3 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: UEFA

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   England 10 9 1 0 34 9 +25 28 Final tournament 5–1 5–0 2–1 2–0 3–1
2   Austria 10 6 0 4 24 16 +8 18 1–2 1–5 3–0 4–0 4–0
3   Albania 10 4 2 4 16 21 −5 14 0–3 0–4 1–2 2–1 3–1
4   Turkey 10 4 1 5 15 18 −3 13 2–3 3–2 2–2 3–0 1–0
5   Kosovo 10 3 0 7 9 20 −11 9 0–6 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–0
6   Andorra 10 1 2 7 10 24 −14 5 3–3 1–3 2–2 2–0 0–4
Source: UEFA

2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualificationEdit

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Albania 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Final tournament 14 Jun '22 29 Mar '22 25 Mar '22 11 Oct 7 Oct
2   Kosovo 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Play-offs 16 Nov 10 Jun '22 7 Oct 25 Mar '22 2–0
3   England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 Jun '22 7 Sep 11 Nov 14 Jun '22 25 Mar '22
4   Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 Sep 12 Oct 3 Jun '22 2 Sep 14 Jun '22
5   Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 Nov 29 Mar '22 7 Oct 16 Nov 10 Jun '22
6   Andorra 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0 0–3 4 Jun '22 11 Oct 29 Mar '22 6 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 8 June 2021. Source: UEFA

Fixtures and resultsEdit

23 March 2018 2019 UEFA Q Albania   2–3   Slovakia Tirana
Manaj   44'52' Report Špalek   48'
Dimun   80'
Mráz   87'
Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium
Referee: Stefan Apostolov (Bulgaria)
27 March 2018 2019 UEFA Q Slovakia   4–1   Albania Žilina
Haraslín   19'
Mráz   45+2'74'
Sipľak   70'
Report Manaj   63' Stadium: Štadión pod Dubňom
Referee: Iwan Arwel Griffith (Wales)
5 June 2018 Friendly Albania   3–2   Belarus Elbasan
19:00 Shefiti   45'
Sahiti   63'69'
Report Fedosov   30'
Antilevsky   89'
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 (2018-09-16) Friendly Italy   3–1   Albania Cagliari
Dimarco   27'
Murgia   90+3'
Parigini   90+4'
Report Vrioni   90+1' Stadium: Sardegna Arena
Referee: Lionel Tschudi, Switzerland
6 September 2018 (2018-09-06) 2019 UEFA Q Spain   3–0   Albania Córdoba
Report Stadium: Nuevo Arcángel
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland)
11 October 2018 (2018-10-11) 2019 UEFA Q Albania   0–1   Spain Tirana
Report
Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium, Tirana
Referee: João Pinheiro (Portugal)
16 October 2018 (2018-10-16) 2019 UEFA Q Estonia   2–2   Albania Pärnu
Report
Stadium: Pärnu Rannastaadion
Referee: Yigal Frid (Israel)
16 November 2018 (2018-11-16) Friendly Albania   2–0   Malta Tirana
18:00 Hebaj   35'
Imeri   41'
Report Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium
19 November 2018 (2018-11-19) Friendly Albania   3–2   Malta Shkodër
18:00 Shefiti   11'
Hebaj   76' (pen.)87'
Report   37'66' Brincat Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium
Referee: Eldorjan Hamiti
23 March 2019 (2019-03-23) 2021 UEFA Q Albania   1–2   Turkey Elbasan
19:00 Tafa   20' Report   11' Yüksel
  78' Özcan
Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Attendance: 1,900
Referee: Erik Lambrechts
26 March 2019 (2019-03-26) 2021 UEFA Q Andorra   2–2   Albania Istanbul
18:30 Aláez   19'55' Report   53' Imeri
  86' Sula
Stadium: Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella
Attendance: 578
Referee: Kári Jóannesarson Á Høvdanum
7 June 2019 (2019-06-07) 2021 UEFA Q Turkey   2–2   Albania Istanbul
20:30 Müldür   54'
Dervişoğlu   85'
Report   49' Maloku
  90+5' Bullari
Stadium: Necmi Kadıoğlu Stadium
Attendance: 2,100
Referee: Alain Durieux
9 June 2019 (2019-06-09) Friendly Albania   2–1   Wales Tirana
17:00 Broja   48'60' Report   80' Pugh Stadium: Selman Stërmasi Stadium
Attendance: 280
11 June 2019 (2019-06-11) Friendly Albania   3–1   Wales Durrës
15:00 Bullari   9'
Mala   14'
Broja   65'
Report   90' (pen.) Lewis Stadium: Niko Dovana Stadium
Attendance: 275
Referee: Andi Koci
5 September 2019 (2019-09-05) Friendly France   4–0   Albania Amiens
21:00 Gouiri   43' (pen.)
Édouard   78'89'
Zagadou   90+3'
Report Stadium: Stade de la Licorne
9 September 2019 (2019-09-09) 2021 UEFA Q Albania   0–4   Austria Durrës
18:00 Report   6' Raguž
  9'73' Lovrić
  72' Baumgartner
Stadium: Niko Dovana Stadium
Attendance: 1,200
15 October 2019 (2019-10-15) 2021 UEFA Q Albania   2–1   Kosovo Elbasan
18:00 Tafa   76'
Mucolli   81'
Report   90' Baftiu Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Attendance: 845
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
5 November 2019 (2019-11-05) 2021 UEFA Q Albania   0–3   England Shkodër
19:00 Report   22' Foden
  43' Gallagher
  90+3' Nelson
Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium
Attendance: 1,050
Referee: Léonce Lionel Tschudi
4 September 2020 (2020-09-04) 2021 UEFA Q Austria   1–5   Albania Ried im Innkreis
18:30 Wolf   84' (pen.) Report Kallaku   17'
Tuci   27'
Muçi   65'88'
Selmani   90'
Stadium: Keine Sorgen Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Rob Jenkins (Wales)
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) 2021 UEFA Q Albania   3–1   Andorra Elbasan
19:00
Report Aláez   3' (pen.) Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jasmin Sabotic (Luxembourg)
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04) 2023 UEFA Q Andorra   0–3   Albania Andorra la Vella
18:00 CEST Report Broja   17'
Mehmeti   43' (pen.)
Iker   62' (o.g.)
Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Referee: Amine Kourgheli (Belarus)
8 June 2021 (2021-06-08) Friendly Bulgaria   4–0   Albania Sofia
18:30 EEST Shopov   2'
S. Petrov   5'
Gruev   12'
Nikolov   68' (pen.)
Report Stadium: Stadion Slavia

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against   Andorra and friendly match against   Bulgaria, on 4 and 8 June 2021.[4] All caps and goals as of 17 November 2020 after the match against   England.

  • Players in bold have been called up or have played at least one full international match with national senior team.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Marco Alia (2000-04-26) 26 April 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Lazio
12 1GK Arlis Shala (2000-07-26) 26 July 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Kastrioti

4 2DF Jorgo Pëllumbi (2000-07-15) 15 July 2000 (age 21) 8 0   Varaždin
22 2DF Albion Marku (2000-11-14) 14 November 2000 (age 20) 5 0   Laçi
5 2DF Sergio Kalaj (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Grosseto
14 2DF Marsel Ismailgeci (2000-03-14) 14 March 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Tirana
21 2DF Kosta Vangjeli (2000-07-21) 21 July 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Skënderbeu
2 2DF Redon Dragoshi (2000-03-18) 18 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Kukësi
13 2DF Masimiliano Doda (2000-11-17) 17 November 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Palermo
6 2DF Nikolas Smajlaj (2002-09-30) 30 September 2002 (age 18) 0 0   Cittadella

8 3MF Anis Mehmeti (2001-01-09) 9 January 2001 (age 20) 1 1   Wycombe Wanderers
11 3MF Bernard Karrica (2001-01-07) 7 January 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Dinamo Zagreb II
18 3MF Mark Bushaj (2001-03-19) 19 March 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Dugopolje
3MF Eldis Kraja (2000-03-22) 22 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Tirana
17 3MF Ledio Beqja (2001-06-18) 18 June 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Teuta

20 4FW Mario Gjata (2000-07-06) 6 July 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Apolonia
7 4FW Tedi Cara (2000-09-14) 14 September 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Partizani
19 4FW Armelindo Mema (2002-05-23) 23 May 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Queens Park Rangers U23

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have 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 Marco Molla (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Bologna v.   Bulgaria, 8 June 2021
GK Vokli Laroshi (2001-08-06) 6 August 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Turbina v.   Andorra, 4 June 2021PRE
GK Angelo Tafa (2000-07-05) 5 July 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Kukësi Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
GK Mario Mara (2002-01-29) 29 January 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Erzeni Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021

DF Mario Mitaj (2003-08-06) 6 August 2003 (age 17) 3 0   AEK Athens v.   Bulgaria, 8 June 2021
DF Franklin Domi (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Queens Park Rangers U23 v.   Andorra, 4 June 2021PRE
DF Ramën Çepele (2003-03-21) 21 March 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Hannover 96 v.   Andorra, 4 June 2021INJ
DF Marçelino Preka (2003-08-02) 2 August 2003 (age 17) 0 0   Bylis v.   Andorra, 4 June 2021PRE
DF Adolf Selmani (2000-06-26) 26 June 2000 (age 21) 4 2   Laçi Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
DF Elmir Lekaj (2000-01-18) 18 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Arbëria Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
DF Amet Korça (2000-09-16) 16 September 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Dubrava Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
DF Altin Bytyçi (2001-01-14) 14 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Kukësi Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
DF Hajdin Salihu (2002-01-18) 18 January 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Lokomotiva Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
DF Angelo Ndrecka (2000-04-26) 26 April 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Lazio v.   England, 17 November 2020
DF Omar Musaj (2002-04-15) 15 April 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Tirana v.   England, 17 November 2020
DF Adrian Hajdari (2000-05-31) 31 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Rapid Wien Training Camp, 8–10 October 2020
DF Kristian Mataj (2000-12-25) 25 December 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Elbasani Training Camp, 8–10 October 2020

MF Armando Dobra (2001-04-14) 14 April 2001 (age 20) 4 0   Ipswich Town v.   Bulgaria, 8 June 2021
MF Jurgen Çelhaka (2000-12-06) 6 December 2000 (age 20) 2 0   Tirana v.   Andorra, 4 June 2021INJ
MF Drin Halili (2000-06-12) 12 June 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Sturm Graz II v.   Andorra, 4 June 2021PRE
MF Mateo Shanaj (2001-09-06) 6 September 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Apolonia v.   Andorra, 4 June 2021PRE
MF Kristjan Asllani (2002-03-09) 9 March 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Empoli v.   Andorra, 4 June 2021INJ
MF Dean Liço (2000-02-08) 8 February 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Ascoli Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
MF Erdis Kraja (2000-07-07) 7 July 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Grosseto Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
MF Erald Lakti (2000-01-06) 6 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Renate Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021CLUB
MF Lundrim Hetemi (2000-02-18) 18 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Vejle Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021

FW Armando Broja (2001-09-10) 10 September 2001 (age 19) 3 0   Vitesse v.   Bulgaria, 8 June 2021
FW Ernest Muçi (2001-03-19) 19 March 2001 (age 20) 4 2   Legia Warsaw v.   Andorra, 4 June 2021INJ
FW Arbër Mehmetllari (2000-04-19) 19 April 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Bylis Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
FW Jeton Krasniqi (2001-01-16) 16 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Apolonia Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
FW Dijar Nikqi (2004-10-20) 20 October 2004 (age 16) 0 0   Akademia e Futbollit Training Camp, 22–30 March 2021
FW Emiliano Bullari (2001-04-06) 6 April 2001 (age 20) 6 3   Olympiacos v.   England, 17 November 2020
FW Indrit Tuci (2000-09-14) 14 September 2000 (age 20) 5 1   Lokomotiva v.   England, 17 November 2020
Notes
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.
  • INJ = The player is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • CLUB = It is not part of the current squad after the club has not allowed him to join.

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staff:[5]

Position Name
Head Coach   Alban Bushi
Assistant Coach   Arjan Bellaj
Goalkeeping Coach   Alfred Osmani
Athletic Coach   Iris Selimi
Team Doctor   Erald Derveni
Physiotherapists   Gledi Rexha
Physiotherapists   Edison Koçi
Base materials   Roland Rarani

Competitive recordEdit

UEFA European Under-23 ChampionshipEdit

The event was classified as a U-23 tournament where at time were played three competitions, 1972, 1974 & 1976.

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
1980
1982
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     2021 Qualifying round 3/6 10 4 2 4 16 21
Total: 1/22 Best: Quarter-finals 2 0 0 2 0 2 Total 139 30 35 84 137 287

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

*The 2021 Competition in Hungary and Slovenia will be played

Balkan Youth Championship RecordEdit

Balkan Youth Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1976–1978 Champions 1st 6 3 2 1 12 6
  1981 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 6 2
Total 2 Titles 2/2 8 5 2 1 18 8
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shoot-out.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.

HonoursEdit

Balkan Youth Championship
  • Winners (2): 1978, 1981

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Balkan Youth Championship 1976 RSSSF
  2. ^ Second leg of the Balkan Youth Championship final RSSSF
  3. ^ Balkan Youth Championship 1968–1981 RSSSF
  4. ^ "Europiani 2023/Bushi shpall listën: Synojmë vendin e dytë, përqëndrim maksimal ndaj Andorrës" [European 2023/Bushi announces the list: We aim for the second place, maximum concentration against Andorra] (in Albanian). Albanian Football Association. 24 May 2021.
  5. ^ Kombëtarja U-21 (Albania national under-21 team) FSHF.org

External linksEdit

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