Albania national football team

The Albania national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja e futbollit të Shqipërisë) represents Albania in men's international football competitions and governed by the Albanian Football Association, the governing body for football in Albania. It competes in the three major international tournaments; the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship and UEFA Nations League. Albania was the winner of the 1946 Balkan Cup and the 2000 Malta Rothmans International Tournament. At Euro 2016, Albania made its second appearance at a major men's football tournament after 50 years.

Albania
Nickname(s)
  • Kuq e Zinjtë (The Red and Blacks)
  • Shqiponjat (The Eagles)
AssociationFederata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachEdoardo Reja
CaptainEtrit Berisha
Most capsLorik Cana (93)
Top scorerErjon Bogdani (18)
Home stadiumArena Kombëtare
FIFA codeALB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 66 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest22 (August 2015[2])
Lowest124 (August 1997[3])
First international
 Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia 
(Tirana, Albania; 7 October 1946)
Biggest win
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 12–0 Albania 
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultGroup stage, (2016)
Medal record
Balkan Cup
1946 AlbaniaTeam

After its completion in 2019, Arena Kombëtare (English: National Arena), known as Air Albania Stadium for sponsorship reasons, will be the home ground of the national team. Albania's highest FIFA World Ranking was 22nd in August 2015.

The colours of the team are red, white and black, and the double headed eagle its symbol. Its supporters are collectively known as the Tifozët Kuq e Zi and display as well as the country's national flag colours, red and black.

In 2020, Albania won for the first time a group by finishing first in group 4 of UEFA Nations League C and has been promoted in UEFA Nations League B.

History

20th century

Loro Boriçi captained the team in winning the 1946 Balkan Cup.

Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before the Albanian Football Association (Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit; FSHF) was created on 6 June 1930. Albania joined FIFA during a congress held between 12 June and 16 June. Albania played its first international match against Yugoslavia in 1946, which ended in a 3–2 home defeat at Qemal Stafa Stadium.[4] In 1946, Albania also participated for the first time in the Balkan Cup in which Albania won by beating Romania 1–0 in the final.[5] In 1954, Albania was one of the founding members of UEFA. Albania waited until 1962 to compete in a Euro Cup competition and the only time Albania was between the best 16 teams of the Continent, the reason being Albania got past the first leg as Greece, for political reasons forfeited the game.[6][7] At the end of the tournament Albania ranked 9th in Europe.[8][9][10]

Albania participated for the first time in a qualifying phrase of a World Cup in the qualifiers of the 1966 edition in England. The team was drawn in the Group 5 which finished in the last position with only one point from six matches. In the qualifiers, of the UEFA Euro 1968 Albania had a draw 0–0 against West Germany that denied the Germans the participation to the UEFA Euro 1968 finals.[11][12] In later years, Albania did not participate in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1970, UEFA Euro 1972, UEFA Euro 1976, World Cup 1978 and UEFA Euro 1980 for unknown political reasons. After six years without playing any international matches, Albania entered in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1982, managing to finish in a place other than last for the first time in a qualifying match, with Finland getting last place instead. The qualifiers of the World Cup 1990 were probably the worst qualifier in Albania's history as there were 6 losses in as many games with no memorable matches.

21st century

Lorik Cana is Albania's most capped player of all time. He captained the French Olympique de Marseille as well as the team.

In the qualifiers of the World Cup 2002, Albania recorded a 2–0 win over Greece which was the only team that they beat during the qualifiers. Albania was able to make some impact in the qualifying of the UEFA Euro 2004 by beating 3–1 Russia at Loro Boriçi Stadium.[13] This match was also the debut of the German coach Hans-Peter Briegel who led Albania to an undefeated run at home matches. Despite the good results, Albania finished the group in the penultimate spot with only eight points. In the qualifiers of the World Cup 2006 Albania recorded some historical results. Two months after Greece beat Portugal to win the European Championship, Albania defeated Greece 2–1.[14]

In the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2008 Albania won twice in both matches against Luxembourg. Albania also drew 2–2 with Belarus and 0–0 away with Bulgaria. Albania's Euro campaign ended with a 6–1 loss away to Romania which resulted in the resignation of the coach Otto Barić and his assistant.[15] In December 2007, Arie Haan was named Albania's head coach by signing a two-year contract for the qualifiers of the World Cup 2010, where Albania made a very negative performance by winning only one match. Albania won only seven points from ten matches and Haan was replaced by Josip Kuže in May 2009 following the end of the campaign.[16] However, Kuže couldn't lead Albania to the better results as the team ended the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2012 with only nine points from ten matches. With Kuže in charge, Albania recorded its second biggest win the history by defeating Cyprus 6–1 at home, equal with Albania's 5–0 victory over Vietnam in 2003.[17]

Josip Kuže parted ways with Albania three and a half years after he started the job, and in December 2011, Italian coach Gianni de Biasi replaced him.[18] Albania started the qualifiers and was, at one point, 2nd in group with six matches played and four to spare, but failed to be successful in the last four, losing away in Slovenia and Iceland, as well as at home against Switzerland, and drawing in Cyprus.[19] Albania started the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2016 with an emphatic 1–0 away win against Portugal,[20] which was followed by a 1–1 draw against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena.[21] After beating Armenia 3–0 in the last qualifying match, Albania made history by qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016, its second ever appearance at a major men's football tournament.[22] In the tournament itself, Albania lost 0–1 to Switzerland and 0–2 to hosts France. While they beat Romania 1–0 (their first win against Romania since 1947), the team finished last among the third-placed teams and didn't progress beyond the group stage.[23]

Following the almost successful UEFA European Championship's, Albania suffered massive setback. In 2018 World Cup qualification, Albania failed to qualify and finished in 3rd, which was, however, their best result in history. During this era, their successful manager, Gianni De Biasi, resigned and Christian Panucci, another Italian, replaced him as coach of Albania.[24] However, things were little improved. Albania played poorly in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, winning only to Israel 1–0 and lost the remaining three, especially the devastating 0–4 defeat to Scotland at home.[25] Panucci would be sacked after a 0–2 defeat to Turkey in the opening campaign for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying.[26] Another Italian, Edoardo Reja, was appointed to help Albania to improve in a tough group,[27] but improvement is still very little. Albania failed to qualify to UEFA Euro 2020, archiving just a disappointing 4th place.[28]

Team image

Kits

Albania home kit at 2016–17 season.

Albania' colours are red and black, mirroring the nation's flag. The team typically wears red shirts, black shorts and red socks. Away kits are usually all-white, with red and black trim.

Supporters

A choreography of Tifozat Kuq e Zi in the national team's first match at Elbasan Arena against Denmark in October 2014.

Tifozat Kuq e Zi (English: Red and Black Fans, also known as the Albania National Football Team Supporters Club) is a non-profit football supporters' association for the Albania national football team and various national team sportive activities.[29][30] It was founded on 25 December 2003.[29] In cooperation with FSHF, it organises trips for football fans to visit games, and develops and sells merchandise to support itself and fund sporting related projects.

Tifozat Kuq e Zi stands firm in the political view that Albanians should share only one national team and have continuous aspirations to join in one state (Një Komb, Një Kombëtare), i.e. unification of Albania, Kosovo, etc.[31][32] In this sense, TKZ is joined by different supporters' associations throughout Albanian-speaking regions mainly in Kosovo (Shqiponjat of Peja, Kuqezinjet e Jakoves of Gjakova, Plisat of Pristina, Torcida of Mitrovica, etc.), North Macedonia (Ballistët of Tetovo, Ilirët of Kumanovo, Shvercerat of Skopje, etc.) and in Albania itself (Ultras Guerrils of Partizani Tirana, Tirona Fanatics of KF Tirana, Vllaznit Ultras of Vllaznia Shkodër, Ujqërit e Deborës of Skënderbeu Korçë, Shqiponjat of KF Besa Pejë and many other different Albanian fans).[29]

The ongoing dispute between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Football Association of Albania has been seen as a political intrusion by FIFA and UEFA, which led to the banning of Albania from international sportive activities. FSHF president Armand Duka is highly unwanted by the TKZ who have numerously asked for his resignation believing he is responsible for internal corruption in the Albanian Football Association.[33][34][35][36]

The TKZ have been praised by many different football players and managers, whom were not just Albanian. One example is with Switzerland's former coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, who was astonished by how many Albanian fans turned up and how enthusiastic they were in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Switzerland and Albania where the Swiss won 2–0 thanks to goals from Gökhan Inler and Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri. He didn't believe that there was 12,000 Albanian fans in the stands which was more than how many Swiss fans turned up for the game. He stated that "Albanian fans are fantastic and the most passionate fans I have ever seen".[37] During that campaign, TKZ attended all games Albania played apart from a match against Cyprus in Nicosia and were also large in numbers in the away games to Slovenia in Maribor and Norway in Oslo.[38][39][40]

Home stadium

Construction of Arena Kombëtare in the city center, 2019

Albania's main stadium for most part of the history was Qemal Stafa Stadium located in Tirana. The work started in April 1939 during the Italy regime. The construction lasted for three years but it stopped briefly in August 1943 following the fall of fascist regime.[41] The stadium had an Olympic Stadium shape, as idealized by Gherardo Bosio, a young fascist architect from Florence, Italy.[42] The stadium's initial capacity was 15,000, this due to the fact that Tirana at that time had only 60,000 inhabitants.[42] It was named after Qemal Stafa, a Hero of Albania in World War II.[43] The stadium was inaugurated officially on 7 October 1946 when Albania played its first competitive match against Yugoslavia.[44] Ever since then, further 130 international matches took place in the stadium, with the last being a friendly against Georgia in November 2015.[45] In 2005, Cecilia de Marco and Elisabetta Lorusso, two young Italian students, called the stadium as "one of the strongest symbols of Italian impact in Albania".[41] In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards.[46] The stadium's demolition started in June 2016, and it was announced that is going to be replaced by Arena Kombëtare.[47]

Albania sometimes has played home matches at other venues. Outside Tirana, the national team has played matches in Flamurtari Stadium in Vlorë,[48] Tomori Stadium in Berat,[49] Niko Dovana Stadium in Durrës,[50] Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër[51] and Elbasan Arena in Elbasan.[52] In February 2014, due to Albania not having a stadium that fulfills international standards set by FIFA, the work for renovation of Elbasan Arena (at the time Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium) started.[53] The work lasted for 7 months, and the stadium was inaugurated on 9 October when Albania played a friendly match against KF Elbasani under-19 squad; Albania won the match 17–0.[54] The official inauguration occurred two days later in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Denmark.[55]

The first international match at Loro Boriçi Stadium was played on 29 March 2003 against Russia, with Albania winning 3–1.[13] In October 2014, Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, promised the reconstruction of the stadium.[56] The stadium's construction started in May 2015 and finished in August 2016.[57] In 2016–17, the stadium served temporary as the home of Kosovo national team, due to stadiums in Mitrovica and Pristina were under renovation and did not meet UEFA standards.[58]

Albania national football team home stadiums
Nr. of
matches
Image Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match Ref
131 Qemal Stafa Stadium 25,000 Tirana, Albania v.  Yugoslavia, 7 October 1946 v.  Georgia, 16 November 2015 [44]
10 Elbasan Arena 13,800 Elbasan, Albania v.  Denmark, 11 October 2014 v.  Iceland, 10 September 2019 [52]
8 Loro Boriçi Stadium 20,200 Shkodër, Albania v.  Russia, 29 March 2003 v.  Italy, 9 October 2017 [51]
6 Niko Dovana Stadium 12,040 Durrës, Albania v.  Uzbekistan, 11 August 2010 v.  Malta, 5 March 2014 [50]
1 Arena Kombëtare 22,500 Tirana, Albania v.  France, 17 November 2019 [59]
1 Tomori Stadium 17,890 Berat, Albania v.  Cuba, 6 August 1988 [49]
1 Flamurtari Stadium 10,500 Vlorë, Albania v.  Romania, 28 October 1987 [48]

Media coverage

Albania's qualifying matches and friendlies are currently televised by RTSH and SuperSport Albania, a trademark of Digitalb.

Results and fixtures

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page

2020

4 September 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Belarus  0–2  Albania Minsk, Belarus
20:45 (CEST; UTC+03:00) Report Cikalleshi  23'
Bare  78'
Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson (Sweden)
7 September 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Albania  0–1  Lithuania Tirana, Albania
20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00) Report Kazlauskas  51' Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Attendance: 0
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (Ukraine)
11 October 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Kazakhstan  0–0  Albania Almaty, Kazakhstan
15:00 (CEST; UTC+06:00) Report Stadium: Central Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)
14 October 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Lithuania  0–0  Albania Vilnius, Lithuania
18:00 (CEST; UTC+03:00) Report Stadium: LFF Stadium
Referee: Karim Abed (France)
11 November Friendly
(Brotherly derby)
Albania  2–1  Kosovo Elbasan, Albania
16:00 (CET; UTC+01:00) Balaj  31'
Uzuni  65'
Report
Report (UEFA)
Muriqi  85' (pen.) Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
15 November 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Albania  3–1  Kazakhstan Tirana, Albania
18:00 (CET; UTC+01:00) Cikalleshi  16'
Ismajli  23'
Manaj  63' (pen.)
Report Abiken  25' Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (Spain)
18 November 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Albania  3–2  Belarus Tirana, Albania
16:00 (CET; UTC+01:00) Cikalleshi  20', 27' (pen.)
Manaj  44'
Report Skavysh  35'
Ebong  80'
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)

2021

25 March 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Andorra  0–1  Albania Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Lenjani  41' Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Attendance: 0
Referee: Volen Chinkov (Bulgaria)
28 March 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Albania  0–2  England Tirana, Albania
18:00 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Kane  38'
Mount  63'
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Attendance: 0
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
31 March 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
San Marino  0–2  Albania Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Manaj  63'
Uzuni  85'
Stadium: San Marino Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (Norway)
5 June Friendly Wales  v  Albania Cardiff, Wales
18:00 Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
8 June Friendly Czech Republic  v  Albania Prague, Czech Republic
Report
2 September 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Poland  v  Albania Poland
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
5 September 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Albania  v  Hungary Tirana, Albania
18:00 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
8 September 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Albania  v  San Marino Tirana, Albania
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
9 October 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Hungary  v  Albania Budapest, Hungary
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Puskás Aréna
12 October 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Albania  v  Poland Tirana, Albania
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
12 November 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
England  v  Albania England
20:45 (19:45; UTC±0) Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
15 November 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Albania  v  Andorra Tirana, Albania
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare

Coaching staff

Edoardo Reja, the current manager of the Albania national football team.

Current technical staff

Position Name
Head coach Edoardo Reja
Assistant coach(es)
Sergio Porrini
Ervin Bulku
Hamdi Salihi
Athletic coach(es) Luca Laurenti
Luigi Febbrari
Goalkeeping coach Ilir Bozhiqi
Physiotherapist(s)
Altin Haxhia
Ylli Mihali
Doctor Gianluca Stesina
Masseur Arzen Voci
Material base(s)
Fatos Kademi
Osman Bulku
Osteopat Arjan Llaperi
Team manager Dritan Babamusta
Video analyst Alarico Marco Rossi

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against  Wales and  Czech Republic, on 5 and 8 June 2021.[60]
All caps and goals as of 31 March 2021 after the match against  San Marino.[61]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alen Sherri (1997-12-15) 15 December 1997 0 0 Laçi
1GK Gentian Selmani (1998-03-09) 9 March 1998 0 0 Boluspor
1GK Romeo Harizaj (1998-09-26) 26 September 1998 0 0 Apolonia

2DF Berat Djimsiti (Captain) (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 38 1 Atalanta
2DF Ermir Lenjani (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 37 4 Grasshoppers
2DF Freddie Veseli (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 34 0 Salernitana
2DF Arlind Ajeti (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 21 1 Reggiana
2DF Ardian Ismajli (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 16 1 Spezia
2DF Lorenc Trashi (1992-05-19) 19 May 1992 7 1 Qadsia
2DF Marash Kumbulla (2000-02-08) 8 February 2000 4 0 Roma
2DF Albi Doka (1997-06-26) 26 June 1997 3 0 Gorica
2DF Erion Hoxhallari (1995-10-15) 15 October 1995 1 0 Tirana

3MF Amir Abrashi (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 40 1 Basel
3MF Keidi Bare (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 13 2 Espanyol
3MF Ylber Ramadani (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 11 1 Vejle
3MF Qazim Laçi (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 8 0 Ajaccio
3MF Sherif Kallaku (1998-03-01) 1 March 1998 3 0 Lokomotiva
3MF Endri Çekiçi (1996-11-23) 23 November 1996 1 0 Ankaragücü

4FW Bekim Balaj (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 41 8 Sturm Graz
4FW Sokol Cikalleshi (1990-07-27) 27 July 1990 40 10 Konyaspor
4FW Rey Manaj (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 23 6 Barcelona B
4FW Taulant Seferi (1996-11-15) 15 November 1996 5 0 Tirana

Recent call-ups

The following players have also 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 Etrit Berisha (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 66 0 SPAL v.  Wales, 5 June 2021INJ
GK Thomas Strakosha (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 15 0 Lazio v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021
GK Alban Hoxha (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 4 0 Partizani Tirana v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020
GK Marco Molla (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 0 0 Bologna v.  Kazakhstan, 15 November 2020U21 / INJ

DF Elseid Hysaj (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 59 1 Napoli v.  Wales, 5 June 2021INJ
DF Hysen Memolla (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 6 0 Diósgyőri v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021
DF Mario Mitaj (2003-08-06) 6 August 2003 1 0 AEK Athens v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021U21
DF Marsel Ismailgeci (2000-03-14) 14 March 2000 1 0 Tirana v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020U21
DF Ramën Çepele (2003-03-21) 21 March 2003 1 0 Hannover 96 v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020U21 / INJ
DF Kastriot Dermaku (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 11 1 Lecce v.  Lithuania, 14 October 2020INJ
DF Enea Mihaj (1998-07-05) 5 July 1998 5 0 PAOK v.  Lithuania, 14 October 2020INJ
DF Jon Mersinaj (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 0 0 Lokomotiva v.  Kazakhstan, 11 October 2020INJ

MF Odise Roshi (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 61 5 Diósgyőr v.  Wales, 5 June 2021INJ
MF Ledian Memushaj (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 44 1 Pescara v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021
MF Klaus Gjasula (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989 11 0 Hamburger SV v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021SUS
MF Enis Çokaj (1999-02-23) 23 February 1999 0 0 Lokomotiva v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021
MF Nedim Bajrami (1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 0 0 Empoli v.  Andorra, 25 March 2021FIFA
MF Lindon Selahi (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 4 0 Willem II v.  Belarus, 18 November 2020

FW Armando Broja (2001-09-10) 10 September 2001 6 0 Vitesse v.  Wales, 5 June 2021U21
FW Myrto Uzuni (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 15 2 Ferencváros v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021
FW Florian Kamberi (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 0 0 Aberdeen v.  San Marino, 31 March 2021INJ
FW Emiliano Bullari (2001-04-06) 6 April 2001 0 0 Atromitos v.  Kazakhstan, 15 November 2020U21
FW Giacomo Vrioni (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 2 0 Juventus U23 v.  Kosovo, 11 November 2020INJ
FW Armando Sadiku (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 38 12 Bolívar v.  Lithuania, 7 September 2020COACH
Notes
  • INJ = It is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • U21 = Was called up from national U21 squad.
  • SUS = It is not available in next match due to red card suspension.
  • FIFA = It is not available after FIFA did not permit him to play for Albania due to problems with documentation.
  • COACH = It is not available in the next game due to suspended by the coach.

Player records

As of 20 December 2019.[62]
Players in bold are still active with Albania.

Most appearances

Lorik Cana is the most capped player in the history of Albania with 93 caps.
# Player Caps Goals Period
1 Lorik Cana 93 1 2003–2016
2 Altin Lala 78 3 1998–2011
3 Klodian Duro 77 4 2001–2011
4 Erjon Bogdani 75 18 1996–2013
Ervin Skela 75 13 2000–2011
6 Ansi Agolli 73 3 2005–2017
Foto Strakosha 73 0 1990–2004
8 Andi Lila 70 0 2007–2018
9 Igli Tare 68 10 1997–2007
10 Alban Bushi 67 14 1995–2007
Altin Haxhi 67 3 1995–2009

Top goalscorers

# Player Goals Caps Average Period
1 Erjon Bogdani 18 75 0.24 1996–2013
2 Alban Bushi 14 67 0.21 1995–2007
3 Ervin Skela 13 75 0.17 2000–2011
4 Armando Sadiku 12 37 0.32 2012–present
5 Hamdi Salihi 11 50 0.22 2006–2015
Altin Rraklli 11 63 0.17 1992–2005
7 Sokol Kushta 10 31 0.32 1987–1996
Sokol Cikalleshi 10 37 0.27 2014–present
Igli Tare 10 68 0.15 1997–2007
10 Adrian Aliaj 8 29 0.28 2002–2006
Bekim Balaj 8 41 0.2 2012–present

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualifications record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Year Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1962 Did not participate
1966 Did not qualify 1966 4th6015212
1970 Entry not accepted[63]
1974 Did not qualify 1974 4th6105313
1978 Did not participate
1982 Did not qualify 1982 4th8107422
1986 1986 3rd612369
1990 1990 4th6006315
1994 1994 7th12129626
1998 1998 6th10118720
2002 2002 5th8107514
2006 2006 5th124171120
2010 2010 5th10145613
2014 2014 5th10325911
2018 2018 3rd104151013
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026
Total 0/23 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 12/23 104 18 14 72 72 188

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifications record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Year Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1960 Did not participate
1964 Did not qualify 1964 R16430174
1968 1968 3rd4013012
1972 1972 4th611459
1976 Did not participate
1980
1984 Did not qualify 1984 5th8026414
1988 1988 4th6006217
1992 1992 5th7106221
1996 1996 5th102261016
2000 2000 5th10145814
2004 2004 4th82241115
2008 2008 5th122551218
2012 2012 5th10235714
2016 Group stage18th310213Squad 2016 2nd8422105
2020 Did not qualify 2020 4th104151614
2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Best: Group stage 1/17 3 1 0 2 1 3 Total 13/17 101 20 23 58 88 173

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
2018–19 C 1 Group stage 3rd41031834th
2020–21 C 4 1st63218435th
2022–23 B Future event
Total Best: Group stage 2/2 10 4 2 4 9 12 34th

FIFA Rankings

Last update was on 26 July 2020. Source:[64]

  Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

Albania's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Pld Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
6620202366 369 3
6620191661 266 4
602018656 260 3
622017951 971 12
4920161235 549 10
 382015722 1563 7
 582014945 2570 16
572013837 1671 13
632012958 1797 10
7420111150 2375 14
652010958 1397 7
962009978 398 11
 812008773 19102 18
8020071166 1188 12
872006662 2088 13
8220051082 793 4
862004886 594 5
8920031186 13101 5
932002992 497 5
962001774 196 6
722000872 1394 6
831999883 1595 2
1061998897 14109 8
 11619977113 8124 4
 1161996590 6116 12
911995887 13106 6
1001994593 9113 11
921993791 193 6

Honours

Stamps of Albania, 2007. 60th Anniversary of Victory at the Balkan Cup
  • Winners of VIII Balkan Cup (Tirana, October 1946)
  • Winners of Rothmans Football International Tournament: 2000 (VIII) (Valletta, 4 February — 10 February 2000)[65]

UEFA Nations League:

League C:

  • Winners: 2020

Head-to-Head records against other countries

As of 18 November 2020
  1. The Serbia v Albania match was abandoned with the score at 0–0 shortly before halftime after "various incidents", which resulted in the Albania players refusing to return to the field. UEFA ruled that Albania had forfeited the match and awarded a 3–0 win to Serbia, but also deducted three points from Serbia for their involvement in the events. Serbia must also play their next two home qualifying games behind closed doors, and both the Serbian and Albanian FAs were fined €100,000.[67] Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited,[68][69] but the decision was upheld by UEFA.[70] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[71] and on 10 July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal filed by the Serbian FA, and upholds in part the appeal filed by the Albanian FA, meaning the match is deemed to have been forfeited by Serbia with 0–3 and they are still deducted three points.[72] Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.[73]

See also

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