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Gianni De Biasi, Albania coach:


It was a historic victory for Albania and the most important match of my career, but now it's over. We did a good job. Armenia got into our area once and scored, but we dominated the rest of the match. They are a team that defends well, and we know it would be difficult. At half-time I told my players we could win this match - we were full of belief, and we did it. The match against Armenia was, as I said, the most important of my career, but now the next qualifier against Denmark is the match of my life.

29/03/201521:01Jim Wirth

Albania are the odd team out this Week of Football, the only one of the 53 qualifying hopefuls not in competitive action. They are busy enough, though, with friendlies against France (Friday) and Italy (Tuesday).

Giovanni De Biasi has selected a 27-man squad for the games, including first call-ups for Arlind Ajeti and goalkeeper Stivi Frasheri. There is no place for Alban Meha and Shkëlzen Gashi while Ledjan Memushaj and Erando Karabeci earn recalls.

Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha (SS Lazio), Orges Shehi (KS Skënderbeu), Stivi Frasheri (KF Tirana).

Defenders: Ansi Agolli (Qarabağ FK), Lorik Cana (SS Lazio), Debatik Curri (KF Tirana), Andi Lila (PAS Giannina FC), Mërgim Mavraj (1. FC Köln), Elseid Hysaj (Empoli FC), Emir Lenjani (FC St Gallen), Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel 1893), Arlind Ajeti (FC Basel 1893).

Midfielders: Amir Abrashi (Grasshopper Club), Ervin Bulku (KF Tirana), Ergys Kaçe (PAOK FC), Burim Kukeli (FC Zürich), Ledjan Memushaj (Pescara Calcio), Herolind Shala (Odds BK), Odhise Roshi (FSV Frankfurt), Valdet Rama (TSV 1860 München), Emiljano Vila (KF Partizani).

Forwards: Sokol Çikalleshi (RNK Split), Bekim Bala (SK Slavia Praha), Erando Karabeci (KF Tirana), Hamdi Salihi (Hapoel Akko FC), Armando Vajushi (PFK Litex Lovech), Edmond Kapllani (FSV Frankfurt).

12/11/20149:17Fatjon Pandovski

Video

  • Highlights: Albania 2-1 Armenia
    Highlights: Albania 2-1 Armenia
  • Highlights: Five shocks
    Highlights: Five shocks
  • Watch five of the best goals so far
    Watch five of the best goals so far
  • Highlights: France v Albania
    Highlights: France v Albania
  • Highlights: Albania v Denmark
    Highlights: Albania v Denmark
  • See how Albania shocked Portugal
    See how Albania shocked Portugal
  • Captain Cana hails heroic Albania
    Captain Cana hails heroic Albania
  • Balaj joy after Albania winner
    Balaj joy after Albania winner
  • France - Albania reaction
    France - Albania reaction
  • France taking nothing for granted
    France taking nothing for granted
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Photos

  • Antoine Griezmann (France)
    Antoine Griezmann (France)
  • Bekim Balaj (Albania) & Matija Nastasić (Serbia)
    Bekim Balaj (Albania) & Matija Nastasić (Serbia)
  • Albania players celebrate
    Albania players celebrate
  • Nicolai Boilesen (Denmark) & Andi Lila (Albania)
    Nicolai Boilesen (Denmark) & Andi Lila (Albania)
  • Lasse Vibe (Denmark) & Mërgim Mavraj (Albania)
    Lasse Vibe (Denmark) & Mërgim Mavraj (Albania)
  • Taulant Xhaka (Albania) & Simon Kjær (Denmark)
    Taulant Xhaka (Albania) & Simon Kjær (Denmark)
  • Giovanni de Biasi (Albania)
    Giovanni de Biasi (Albania)
  • Amir Abrashi (Albania) & William Kvist (Denmark)
    Amir Abrashi (Albania) & William Kvist (Denmark)
  • Peter Ankersen (Denmark) & Taulant Xhaka (Albania)
    Peter Ankersen (Denmark) & Taulant Xhaka (Albania)
  • Ermir Lenjani (Albania)
    Ermir Lenjani (Albania)
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Squad

Coach:

Giovanni de Biasi (ITA)

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Data based on current competition
Last updated: 25/05/2015 09:09 CET

Highlights

  • Highlights: Albania 2-1 Armenia

    Late goals from Mërgim Mavraj and Shkelzen Gashi help Albania come from behind to win 2-1 against Armenia in Group I.
  • Highlights: Albania v Denmark

    See the goals as the sides drew 1-1 in Elbasan.
  • See how Albania shocked Portugal

    Watch Bekim Balaj's goal for Albania as they overcame the odds to claim the scalp of Portugal in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I.

Suspensions and injuries

Matches

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Last result
Sat
13
Jun

Standings

* Serbia have had 3 point(s) deducted
Last updated: 09/04/2015 11:31 CET

Statistics

Last updated: 08/04/2015 13:54 CET

Record in this competition

Recent campaigns
SeasonStagePWDL
2010/12Qualifying round10235
2006/08Qualifying round12255
2002/04Qualifying round8224
1998/00Preliminary round10145
1994/96Preliminary round10226
Full UEFA competition record
CompetitionPWDL
UEFA European Football Championship87142251
FIFA World Cup94141367
Qualifying matches included
Last updated: 30/03/2015 09:51 CET
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