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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.

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 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

Last updated: 18/11/15 15.59CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 23/11/2015 15:23 CET
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: Municipal, Aveiro (POR)
09/08/2015 23:13:33
11 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
09/08/2015 23:13:37
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Serbia0-3 (f)Albania
Match forfeited f
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
09/08/2015 23:13:41
14 November 2014 14 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) Stadium: Stade de la Route-de-Lorient, Rennes (FRA)
10/15/2015 17:08:37
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa (ITA)
10/15/2015 17:11:10
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
09/08/2015 23:13:44
13 June 2015 13 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
10/15/2015 17:12:38
4 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
09/11/2015 14:39:56
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
10/19/2015 13:53:57
8 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
10/09/2015 16:40:33
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)
11/23/2015 14:29:47
16 November 2015 16 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 14:06:07
AlbaniaFYR Macedonia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:24:47
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:16:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:38:02
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07/26/2015 16:23:03
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07/26/2015 14:17:47
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07/26/2015 18:19:03
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07/26/2015 19:49:18
FYR MacedoniaAlbania
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:56:18
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07/26/2015 16:57:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:27:48

General info

  • Founded : 1930
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, European Championship 2014/2016