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Albania team profile

Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 1.01CET
UEFA EURO 2016 will be Albania's first major tournament and continues an upward curve under Italian coach Gianni De Biasi, who built on a promising 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

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Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 1.01CET

Albania team profile

UEFA EURO 2016 will be Albania's first major tournament and continues an upward curve under Italian coach Gianni De Biasi, who built on a promising 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

Best result: never previously qualified
Gianni De Biasi
Leading scorer:
all-time – Erjon Bogdani (18); current – Hamdi Salihi (11)
Most appearances:
all-time – Lorik Cana (87); current – Lorik Cana (87)
Association formed:
Shqiponjat (The Eagles)
Where they play:
Elbasani Arena, Elbasan

A founder member of UEFA, Albania had never qualified for a major tournament until reaching UEFA EURO 2016, although there was a sign of things to come with improved recent results under experienced coaches like German Hans-Peter Briegel and Dutchman Arie Haan. Albania have not ended bottom of a qualifying group in their last seven campaigns; indeed, but for a poor finish to 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, they might have reached the play-offs under Italian Gianni De Biasi, the man who stayed on to steer them to France as Group I runners-up.

Albania: Top five qualifying goals

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P93 W18 D22 L53 F8 A159
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P93 W18 D22 L53 F78 A159

Albania's introduction to the UEFA European Championship brought a famous win in a losing cause, a pattern that continued until UEFA EURO 2016 qualification. Having sat out the inaugural tournament, they achieved their first success in the competition against Denmark in the last 16 of the 1964 edition. A side led by perhaps the country's greatest player, Panajot Pano, won 1-0 in Tirana, but the Danes had already done the damage with a 4-0 first-leg victory.

Four years later Albania again displayed their quality, albeit when already eliminated. They held West Germany 0-0 to deny them a finals place for the only time. Since then there has been only sporadic success, a 3-0 victory against Turkey in the run-up to the 1972 tournament and a memorable 3-1 win against Russia in 2003 the highlights. Albania recorded their best performance in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, collecting 11 points, but missed out on the finals; four years later, they finished second in their group behind Portugal to earn a first appearance.

Memorable EURO matches
11/10/15: Armenia 0-3 Albania UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
A convincing win in Yerevan sealed Albania's first qualification for a major tournament.

29/03/03: Albania 3-1 Russia, UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying
Goals from Altin Rraklli, Altin Lala and Igli Tare gave coach Briegel a dream competitive debut.

17/12/67: Albania 0-0 West Germany, 1968 UEFA European Championship qualifying
The hosts denied their opponents a finals place with a memorable draw.

Did you know?
Scorer of Albania's first goal in EURO qualifying, in a 1-0 win against Denmark in October 1963, and considered the nation's greatest player, Pano was a goalkeeper up to his teens before a shortage of outfield players led to his coach gambling on a change of position. His team lost 4-0, but Pano was on the path to greatness.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 09/12/15 14.22CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/06/2016 22:49 CET
7 September 2014 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: Municipal, Aveiro (POR)
01/08/2016 08:06:23
11 October 2014 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
06/15/2016 09:15:53
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Serbia0-3 (f)Albania
Match forfeited f
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
05/26/2016 10:08:49
14 November 2014 14 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) Stadium: Stade de la Route-de-Lorient, Rennes (FRA)
04/06/2016 08:47:41
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT) Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa (ITA)
12/17/2015 15:40:31
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
06/15/2016 09:15:58
13 June 2015 13 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
06/15/2016 09:15:51
4 September 2015 04 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
05/31/2016 13:19:30
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
06/15/2016 09:15:56
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
06/15/2016 09:15:54
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)
05/25/2016 07:30:54
16 November 2015 16 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
06/09/2016 10:29:52
26 March 2016 26 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
06/04/2016 08:12:13
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
06/15/2016 13:43:12
29 May 2016 29 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available Stadium: Hartberg, Hartberg (AUT)
05/31/2016 12:51:22
3 June 2016 03 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available Stadium: Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo (ITA)
06/10/2016 11:17:50
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Agglo (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:49:23
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
06/17/2016 10:08:43
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Lyon (FRA)
06/21/2016 10:11:53
AlbaniaFYR Macedonia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:24:47
6 October 2016 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: TBD Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (LIE)
05/09/2016 14:09:54
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:38:02
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:23:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:17:47
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 18:19:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:49:18
FYR MacedoniaAlbania
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:56:18
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:57:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:27:48

General info

  • Founded : 1930
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    11/10/2015, Armenia 0-3 Albania, Yerevan
    06/06/2007, Luxembourg 0-3 Albania, Luxembourg
    29/03/1995, Albania 3-0 Moldova, Tirana
    14/11/1971, Albania 3-0 Turkey, Tirana
  • Biggest defeat:
    19/12/1990, Spain 9-0 Albania, Seville
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 12
  • Player with most appearances: 29
    Fotaq Strakosha (ALB)
    Altin Lala (ALB)
    Lorik Cana (ALB)
  • Top scorers: 5
    Sokol Kushta (ALB)
    Edmond Kapllani (ALB)