Albania's biggest European success stories

With Skënderbeu in the UEFA Europa League group stage and the national team bound for UEFA EURO 2016, UEFA.com celebrates Albania's top UEFA club performers.

Most appearances by an Albanian player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
35: Besnik Hasi (Anderlecht)
21: Altin Haxhi (Litex Lovech, CSKA Sofia, Anorthosis, APOEL)
20: Lorik Cana (Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Lazio)
20: Taulant Xhaka (Basel)
19: Elvis Sina (Tirana, Dinamo Tirana)
16: Eldorado Merkoci (Vllaznia, Tirana)
16: Orges Shehi (Skënderbeu)
15: Rezart Dabulla (Tirana)
15: Nevil Dede (Tirana, Elbasani)

Top-scoring Albanian players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
6: Hamdi Salihi (Tirana, Skënderbeu)
5: Devis Mukaj (Tirana)
4: Alban Bushi (Litex Lovech)
3: Klodian Duro (Vllaznia, Tirana)
3: Indrit Fortuzi (Tirana)
3: Agostin Kola (Dinamo Tirana, Tirana)
3: Bledi Shkëmbi (Skënderbeu)

Most appearances by Albanian players in UEFA club competition*
56: Lorik Cana (Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Galatasaray, Lazio)
48: Admir Teli (Vllaznia, Elbasani, Qarabağ)
45: Ansi Agolli (Tirana, Neuchâtel Xamax, Qarabağ)
44: Besnik Hasi (Genk, Anderlecht)
40: Altin Haxhi (Panahaiki, Litex Lovech, Iraklis, CSKA Sofia, Anorthosis, APOEL)
37: Hamdi Salihi (Vllaznia, Tirana, Ried, Rapid Wien, Skënderbeu)
36: Orges Shehi (Teuta, Bylis, Vllaznia, Partizani, Besa, Skënderbeu)
34: Elvis Sina (Tirana, Dinamo Tirana)
33: Kliton Bozgo (Maribor, Olimpija Ljubljana)
32: Igli Allmuça (Partizani, Tirana, Dinamo Tirana, Skënderbeu, Kukësi)

Hamdi Salihi with Rapid Wien
Hamdi Salihi with Rapid Wien©GEPA

Top-scoring Albanian players in UEFA club competition*
14: Hamdi Salihi (Vllaznia, Tirana, Ried, Rapid Wien, Skënderbeu)
13: Kliton Bozgo (Maribor, Olimpija Ljubljana)
10: Indrit Fortuzi (Tirana)
6: Dorian Bylykbashi (Vllaznia, Partizani)
6: Klodian Duro (Vllaznia, Tirana, Omonia)
6: Devis Mukaj (Flamurtari, Varaždin, Tirana)
6: Vasil Ruci (Flamurtari)
5: Gentian Begeja (Teuta)
5: Daniel Xhafaj (Dinamo Tirana, Teuta, Elbasani, Tirana, Flamurtari, Skënderbeu)

Only Albanian player to play in a UEFA club competition final
Igli Tare (Brescia 1-1agg Paris Saint-Germain, Paris win on away goals, 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup)

First Albanian to play in the UEFA Champions League group stage
Bledar Kola (Panathinaikos 2-0 Dynamo Kyiv, 16/09/98)

First Albanian to coach in the UEFA Champions League group stage
Besnik Hasi (Anderlecht, 2014/15)

First Albanian to score in the UEFA Champions League group stage
Besart Berisha (Hamburg 3-2 CSKA Moskva, 06/12/06)

First Albanian to score in the European Champion Clubs' Cup
Kolec Kraja (Partizani 1-1 Norrköping, 12/09/62)

Igli Tare with Brescia in the 2001/02 season
Igli Tare with Brescia in the 2001/02 season©Getty Images

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup