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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 coachArmir Grimaj
CaptainAlbina Rrahmani
Most capsDenisa Proto (22)
Top scorerFurtuna Velaj (7)
Home stadiumElbasan Arena
FIFA codeALB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 77 Increase 1 (29 March 2019)[1]
Highest40 (April 2015)
Lowest136 (December 2011)
First international
 Albania 1–0 North Macedonia 
(Pogradec, Albania; 5 May 2011)[2]
Biggest win
 North 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.

Contents

OverviewEdit

HistoryEdit

The Albanian women's national football team was formed in 2011 and made their debut in a friendly against Macedonia FYR on May 5, 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]

VenuesEdit

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 November 27, 2015.

Kit suppliersEdit

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

Competitive recordEdit

World CupEdit

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
Total 0/8 Total 24 6 3 15 17 81 −64
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European ChampionshipEdit

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

Coaching historyEdit

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were named to the squad for official World Cup Qualifiers match against   Kosovo,   Greece and   Malta on 4 to 11 April 2017.[12]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marigona Zani (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 (age 22) 9 0   TSV-Jahn Calden
1GK Viona Rexhepi (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Hajvalia
2DF Albina Rrahmani (1989-02-24) 24 February 1989 (age 30) 16 1   Hajvalia
2DF Cyme Lulaj (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 29) 14 0   Kinostudio
2DF Lucie Gjini (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 25) 13 0   Vllaznia
2DF Arbiona Bajraktari (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 22) 7 0   Vllaznia
2DF Sara Maliqi (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 23) 5 0   Vllaznia
2DF Arbenita Curraj (1996-07-28) 28 July 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Hajvalia
2DF Denisa Proto (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 28) 18 0   Vllaznia
3MF Ezmiralda Franja (1997-02-04) 4 February 1997 (age 22) 9 0   Vllaznia
3MF Lavdie Begolli (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26) 6 0   JyPK
3MF Megi Doci (1996-10-14) 14 October 1996 (age 22) 6 0   Vllaznia
3MF Endrina Elezaj (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Hajvalia
3MF Furtuna Velaj (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 28) 22 7   SC Sand
3MF Qendresa Krasniqi (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 24) 5 1   Yverdon
4FW Suada Jashari (1988-10-19) 19 October 1988 (age 30) 13 3   Vllaznia
4FW Ambra Gjergji (1997-03-13) 13 March 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Vllaznia
4FW Uendi Muja (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Vllaznia
3MF Kujtime Kurbogaj (1996-11-26) 26 November 1996 (age 22) 3 1   FC Rosengård
3MF Dafina Memedov (1990-02-21) 21 February 1990 (age 29) 10 2   IF Limhamn Bunkeflo
3MF Geldona Morina (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 24) 3 -   MSV Duisburg
3MF Saranda Hashani (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 23) 10 2   Zürich Frauen
3MF Elizabeta Ejupi (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 (age 25) 3 -   Nottingham Forest

Recent callupsEdit

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
4FW Emanuela Jaku (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Juban Danja
3MF Gleona Taullaj (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Apolonia
2DF Erida Bajrakurtaj (1994-03-16) 16 March 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Kinostudio
2DF Ester Pocesta (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Kinostudio
4FW Marsela Djegsina (1995-05-13) 13 May 1995 (age 24) 0 0   AAS
1GK Ardiola Raxhimi (1998-09-12) 12 September 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Vllaznia
1GK Besa Leci 0 0   ?
1GK Pëllumbesha Gjyli (1986-08-31) 31 August 1986 (age 32) 15 0
1GK Veronika Jashari (1997-05-16) 16 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Forsby FF
1GK Desantila Hoxhaj (1988-07-01) 1 July 1988 (age 30) 0 0   Vllaznia Shkodër
1GK Elandra Basha (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 31) 0 0   TSV Schwaben Augsburg
2DF Fitore Govori (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 31)
2DF Irisa Beqiraga (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 25)   KFF Mitrovica
2DF Fatbardha Aliu (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 23)   Falkenbergs FF
2DF Nora Selmani (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 30)   KFF Kosova
2DF Xhuljeta Preci (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 24)   Juban Danja
2DF Donilda Sufaj (1993-03-14) 14 March 1993 (age 26)   Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Greta Lazri (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 23)   Vllaznia Shkodër
2DF Lumturie Muhadri (1982-11-30) 30 November 1982 (age 36)   WFC Prishtina
3MF Aurora Seranaj (1982-05-14) 14 May 1982 (age 37) 3 1   Lazio
3MF Marcela Ndoci (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Juban Danja
3MF Festime Hasrollaj ? 1 0 ?
3MF Ferite Kastrati ? 1 0 ?
3MF Floralba Krasniqi (1994-08-26) 26 August 1994 (age 24)   Union Kleinmünchen
3MF Atdhetare Halitjaja (1993-11-02) 2 November 1993 (age 25)   Sassuolo
3MF Valbona Jusufi (1992-09-18) 18 September 1992 (age 26)   Roma Decimoquarto
3MF Nurtene Topalli (1993-05-26) 26 May 1993 (age 26)   SPG LUV Graz/DFC Leoben
3MF Xhemile Berisha (1981-07-22) 22 July 1981 (age 37)   Vllaznia Shkodër
3MF Rovena Ndoci (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 21)   Vllaznia Shkodër
3MF Dielona Luta (1994-11-09) 9 November 1994 (age 24) 0 0   FC Köln
3MF Arjeta Krasniqi (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 (age 29)   GSV Moers
4FW Aurora Thaçi ? 1 0   Øvrevoll Hosle Idrettslag
4FW Klaudia Rrotani (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Juban Danja
3MF Naime Merovci (1993-03-28) 28 March 1993 (age 26)   IFK Strömstad
4FW Arbnora Robelli (1992-09-03) 3 September 1992 (age 26)   IS Halmia
4FW Ana Baro (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 26)   Vllaznia Shkodër
4FW Ellvana Curo (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 27)   Bundoora United FC
4FW Blerta Kaçiu (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 27)   WFC Prishtina

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

2015Edit

2016Edit

2017Edit

2018Edit

Record against other nationsEdit

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
  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 2 0 0 2 1 10 −9
  Romania 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
  Turkey 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
  Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
16 Countries 36 11 2 23 36 117 −81

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  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
  9. ^ Αυλαία στο τουρνουά της Δράμας (+photos)- Κόγγουλη "Καλό τεστ το τουρουά για την Εθνική"
  10. ^ "Sport.albeu.com – UEFA "djeg" edhe "Ruzhdi Bizhutën" e "Niko Dovanën"". Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  11. ^ Rraklli largohet nga stoli i Kombëtares së femrave, ja kush e zëvendëson
  12. ^ LISTA E GRIMES PER MIQESOREN

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