Best result: never previously qualified
Coach: 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: 1930
Nickname: 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.
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 has continued ever since. 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.
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
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|Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) – Stadium: Municipal, Aveiro (POR)|
|Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) – Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)|
|Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) – Stadium: Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)|
14 November 2014 14 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
|Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) – Stadium: Stade de la Route-de-Lorient, Rennes (FRA)|
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
|Referee: not available – Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa (ITA)|
|Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) – Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)|
13 June 2015 13 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
|Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR) – Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)|
|Referee: William Collum (SCO) – Stadium: Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)|
|Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) – Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)|
|Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)|
|Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) – Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)|
16 November 2015 16 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
|Referee: not available|