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.

Albania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Kuq e Zinjtë
(The Red and Blacks)
AssociationAlbanian Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachVioresin Sinani
CaptainAlbina Rrahmani
Most capsDenisa Proto (22)
Top scorerFurtuna Velaj (7)
Home stadiumElbasan Arena
FIFA codeALB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 75 Increase 2 (14 August 2020)[1]
Highest40 (April 2015)
Lowest136 (December 2011)
First international
 Albania 1–0 Macedonia 
(Pogradec, Albania; 5 May 2011)[2]
Biggest win
 Macedonia 1–4 Albania 
(Struga, Macedonia; 10 November 2011)[2]
Biggest defeat
 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.

HistoryEdit

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.[3] The match ended 1–0 with Albania's first win and midfielder Aurora Seranaj scoring the first goal for Albania.[3]

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. [4] 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. [5] Three days later, the Albanian team won again with a rematch against Montenegro, winning 4–3 at the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër. [6] On 22 May, Albania encountered Macedonia FYR again, winning 2–0 with 2 goals from Suada Jashari. [7] 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[8] and lost 0–3 to Greece.[9]

Home stadiumEdit

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.[3] 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.[10] 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.

Team imageEdit

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit provider Period
  Legea 2011
  Adidas 2011–2016
  Macron 2016–present

AchievementsEdit

Women's World Cup recordEdit

World Cup Finals World Cup qualification record
Year Result Pld W D * L GF GA GD Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1991 Did not enter Did not enter
  1995
  1999
  2003
  2007
  2011
  2015 Did not qualify 6/6 13 3 1 9 8 56 −48
  2019 4/5 11 3 2 6 9 25 −16
   2023 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/9 Total 24 6 3 15 17 81 −64
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's Championship recordEdit

European Championship Finals European Championship qualification record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Position Pld W D* L GF GA GD
1984 Did not enter Did not enter
  1987
  1989
  1991
  1993
  1995
  1997
  2001
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017 Did not qualify 5/5 8 0 0 8 3 31 −28
  2021 To be determined 4/5
Total 0/11 Total 8 0 0 8 3 31 −28

HonoursEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name Ref.
Head coach  Vioresin Sinani
Assistant coach

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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 1GK Viona Rexhepi (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 24) 7 0   Mitrovica
12 1GK Antigona Hyska (2003-06-23) 23 June 2003 (age 17) 1 0   Apolonia
23 1GK Dajana Dizdari (1998-08-04) 4 August 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Unknown

3 2DF Arbenita Curraj (1996-07-28) 28 July 1996 (age 24) 8 0   Hajvalia
4 2DF Albina Rrahmani (1989-02-24) 24 February 1989 (age 31) 33 1   Morön
6 2DF Sara Maliqi (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 25) 19 0   Vllaznia
13 2DF Mikaela Metalla (2002-10-22) 22 October 2002 (age 18) 1 0 Unknown
15 2DF Alma Hila (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 20) 5 0   Orobica
16 2DF Lucie Gjini (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 26) 30 2   Vllaznia
5 2DF Arbiona Bajraktari (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 24) 23 1   Vllaznia

2 3MF Endrina Elezaj (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 23) 10 0   Mitrovica
7 3MF Suada Jashari (1988-10-19) 19 October 1988 (age 32) 21 2   Mitrovica
10 3MF Qendresa Krasniqi (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 26) 18 1   Yverdon
11 3MF Megi Doçi (1996-10-14) 14 October 1996 (age 24) 23 5   Vllaznia
18 3MF Ezmiralda Franja (1997-02-04) 4 February 1997 (age 23) 27 0   Vllaznia
19 3MF Vanesa Levenaj (2001-08-10) 10 August 2001 (age 19) 1 0   Vllaznia

8 4FW Zylfije Bajramaj (1997-10-02) 2 October 1997 (age 23) 10 1   KFF Juban Danja
9 4FW Anna Memija (2004-02-18) 18 February 2004 (age 16) 1 0 Unknown
17 4FW Kristina Maksuti (1993-02-06) 6 February 1993 (age 27) 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 (2000-05-09) 9 May 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Rosengård v.   Scotland, 22 October 2020
GK Ardiola Raxhimi (1998-09-12) 12 September 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Vllaznia v.   Cyprus, 11 March 2020

DF Aidena Mustafa (1998-02-18) 18 February 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Vllaznia v.   Scotland, 22 October 2020

MF Mimoza Hamidi (1998-04-28) 28 April 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Young Boys v.   Scotland, 22 October 2020
MF Vanesa Levendi (1997-08-10) 10 August 1997 (age 23) 1 0   Apolonia v.   Scotland, 22 October 2020
MF Paula Jaku (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 23) 0 0   KFF Juban Danja v.   Scotland, 22 October 2020
MF Alketa Rragami (2001-01-31) 31 January 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Reading v.   Scotland, 22 October 2020
MF Geldona Morina (1993-11-08) 8 November 1993 (age 27) 28 1   MSV Duisburg v.   Cyprus, 11 March 2020
MF Markela Bejleri (2001-05-28) 28 May 2001 (age 19) 1 0   Quinnipiac Bobcats v.   Cyprus, 11 March 2020

FW Esi Lufo (2001-09-10) 10 September 2001 (age 19) 1 0   Vllaznia v.   Scotland, 22 October 2020

Previous squadsEdit

Individual recordsEdit

  • Active players in bold.

ManagersEdit

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

2020Edit

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 (2020-11-27) 2021 Euro qualifier Albania   4–0   Cyprus Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër
14:00
Report Referee: Jelena Cvetković (Serbia)
1 December 2020 (2020-12-01) 2021 Euro qualifier Portugal   1–0   Albania Lisbon, Portugal
18:45 (17:45 WET)
Report Stadium: Estádio do Restelo
Referee: Olga Zadinová (Czech Republic)

Head-to-head record against other nationsEdit

As of 2020

Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential
  Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
  Croatia 2 0 0 2 2 10 −8
  Finland 2 0 0 2 1 11 −11
  France 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12
  Greece 5 2 0 3 6 12 −6
  Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
  Kosovo 1 1 0 0 3 2 −1
  Latvia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Luxembourg 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
  North Macedonia 4 3 0 1 10 5 +5
  Malta 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
  Montenegro 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2
  Netherlands 2 0 0 2 1 14 −13
  Norway 2 0 0 2 0 18 −18
  Portugal 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10
  Romania 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
  Turkey 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
  Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
18 Countries 39 11 2 26 37 129 −92

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b Kirill (16 August 2010). "Albania matches". Kirill. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Fatjon Pandovski - Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) (6 May 2011). "Seranaj scores as Albania women make their debut". uefa.com.
  4. ^ Sue Prior. "Winning International debut for Liz". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Montenegro vs. Albania 2 – 4". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Albania vs. Montenegro 4 – 3". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Albania vs. Macedonia FYR 2 – 0". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Δράμα -Αλβανία μέσα απο το φακό". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Αυλαία στο τουρνουά της Δράμας (+photos)- Κόγγουλη "Καλό τεστ το τουρουά για την Εθνική"". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Sport.albeu.com – UEFA "djeg" edhe "Ruzhdi Bizhutën" e "Niko Dovanën"". Archived from the original on 26 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  11. ^ Rraklli largohet nga stoli i Kombëtares së femrave, ja kush e zëvendëson

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