Albania women's national football team
The Albania women's national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja e Femrave) represents the country of Albania in international football 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 two major professional tournaments, the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship.
|Nickname(s)||Kuq e Zinjtë |
(The Red and Blacks)
|Association||Albanian Football Association|
|Head coach||Vioresin Sinani|
|Most caps||Denisa Proto (22)|
|Top scorer||Furtuna Velaj (7)|
|Home stadium||Elbasan Arena|
|Current||75 2 (14 August 2020)|
|Highest||40 (April 2015)|
|Lowest||136 (December 2011)|
| Albania 1–0 Macedonia |
(Pogradec, Albania; 5 May 2011)
| Macedonia 1–4 Albania |
(Struga, Macedonia; 10 November 2011)
| Albania 0–11 Norway |
(Durrës, Albania; 13 September 2014)
Women's football was long met with skepticism in Albania, and the first recorded tournament took place as late as 2007, before the FSHF formed the Albanian Women's National Championship in 2009, which is the only women's league in the country. The rise in popularity of the sport among women led to the formation of the Albania national team in 2011, and they made their debut in a friendly match against Macedonia that ended in a 1–0 win. The current head coach is Armir Grimaj, replacing Altin Rraklli who was in charge from the formation in 2011 until 2016.
The Albanian women's national football team was formed in 2011 and made their debut in a friendly against Macedonia FYR on 5 May 2011 at the Gjorgji Kyçyku Stadium. The match ended 1–0 with Albania's first win and midfielder Aurora Seranaj scoring the first goal for Albania.
Towards the end of 2011, the national team strengthened its squad with the arrival of football players from the Albanian diaspora communities, notably Furtuna Velaj, Dafina Memedov, Ellvana Curo, Elizabeta Ejupi, Arjeta Krasniqi and Arbnora Robelli. The national team ended the year with their second win against Macedonia FYR away in Struga.  The second victory against Macedonia FYR is currently the national team's biggest win.
On 15 May 2012, Albania faced Montenegro in Bar and won 4–2.  Three days later, the Albanian team won again with a rematch against Montenegro, winning 4–3 at the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër.  On 22 May, Albania encountered Macedonia FYR again, winning 2–0 with 2 goals from Suada Jashari.  The national team had so far been undefeated in 5 games, with 15 goals scored, and 6 goals conceded. On 29 August, The Albanian national team participated in an unofficial football tournament held in Drama. The national team drew 1–1 with Amazons Drama and lost 0–3 to Greece.
The Elbasan Arena is currently the national stadium of the Albania women's national football team. The first home match in the country was played in the Gjorgji Kyçyku Stadium of Pogradec in May 2011. Following the completion, the National Arena in Tirana will be the home venue of both the men's and women's national team.
In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards. During the period of friendly games and the Euro qualifier with Greece in 2015, the women's team used the Loni Papuçiu Stadium in Fier to hold their matches. The Qemal Stafa Stadium held the match between France and Albania on 27 November 2015.
Women's World Cup recordEdit
|World Cup Finals||World Cup qualification record|
|1991||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2015||Did not qualify||6/6||13||3||1||9||8||56||−48|
|2023||To be determined||To be determined|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
UEFA Women's Championship recordEdit
|European Championship Finals||European Championship qualification record|
|1984||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2017||Did not qualify||5/5||8||0||0||8||3||31||−28|
|2021||To be determined||4/5||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|Head coach||Vioresin Sinani|
The following players were named to the squad for the match against Cyprus on 27 November 2020.
Caps and goals accurate up to and including 27 November 2020.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Viona Rexhepi||24 July 1996||7||0||Mitrovica|
|12||GK||Antigona Hyska||23 June 2003||1||0||Apolonia|
|23||GK||Dajana Dizdari||4 August 1998||0||0||Unknown|
|3||DF||Arbenita Curraj||28 July 1996||8||0||Hajvalia|
|4||DF||Albina Rrahmani||24 February 1989||33||1||Morön|
|6||DF||Sara Maliqi||9 October 1995||19||0||Vllaznia|
|13||DF||Mikaela Metalla||22 October 2002||1||0||Unknown|
|15||DF||Alma Hila||2 February 2000||5||0||Orobica|
|16||DF||Lucie Gjini||2 May 1994||30||2||Vllaznia|
|5||DF||Arbiona Bajraktari||10 September 1996||23||1||Vllaznia|
|2||MF||Endrina Elezaj||12 January 1997||10||0||Mitrovica|
|7||MF||Suada Jashari||19 October 1988||21||2||Mitrovica|
|10||MF||Qendresa Krasniqi||28 June 1994||18||1||Yverdon|
|11||MF||Megi Doçi||14 October 1996||23||5||Vllaznia|
|18||MF||Ezmiralda Franja||4 February 1997||27||0||Vllaznia|
|19||MF||Vanesa Levenaj||10 August 2001||1||0||Vllaznia|
|8||FW||Zylfije Bajramaj||2 October 1997||10||1||KFF Juban Danja|
|9||FW||Anna Memija||18 February 2004||1||0||Unknown|
|17||FW||Kristina Maksuti||6 February 1993||13||1||Unattached|
Recent call upsEdit
The following players have been called up to the Albania squad in the past 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Meriem Isa||9 May 2000||0||0||Rosengård||v. Scotland, 22 October 2020|
|GK||Ardiola Raxhimi||12 September 1998||0||0||Vllaznia||v. Cyprus, 11 March 2020|
|DF||Aidena Mustafa||18 February 1998||2||0||Vllaznia||v. Scotland, 22 October 2020|
|MF||Mimoza Hamidi||28 April 1998||1||0||Young Boys||v. Scotland, 22 October 2020|
|MF||Vanesa Levendi||10 August 1997||1||0||Apolonia||v. Scotland, 22 October 2020|
|MF||Paula Jaku||29 June 1997||0||0||KFF Juban Danja||v. Scotland, 22 October 2020|
|MF||Alketa Rragami||31 January 2001||0||0||Reading||v. Scotland, 22 October 2020|
|MF||Geldona Morina||8 November 1993||28||1||MSV Duisburg||v. Cyprus, 11 March 2020|
|MF||Markela Bejleri||28 May 2001||1||0||Quinnipiac Bobcats||v. Cyprus, 11 March 2020|
|FW||Esi Lufo||10 September 2001||1||0||Vllaznia||v. Scotland, 22 October 2020|
- Active players in bold.
Most capped playersEdit
Results and fixturesEdit
The following is a list of matches in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Lose Fixtures
|11 March 2020 2021 Euro qualifier||Cyprus||0–2||Albania||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|15:00||Report||Stadium: Ammochostos Stadium|
Referee: Jelena Jermolajeva ()
|23 October 2020 2021 Euro qualifier||Scotland||3–0||Albania||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Report||Stadium: Tynecastle Park|
Referee: Graziella Pirriatore (Italy)
|27 November 2020 2021 Euro qualifier||Albania||4–0||Cyprus||Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër|
|14:00||Report||Referee: Jelena Cvetković (Serbia)|
Head-to-head record against other nationsEdit
As of 2020
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential|
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- Rraklli largohet nga stoli i Kombëtares së femrave, ja kush e zëvendëson