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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
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.

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

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/06/2017 14:57 CET
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Albania0-0Morocco
Referee: not available Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkoder (ALB)
06/07/2017 11:01:31
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group G)
Albania2-1FYR Macedonia
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkoder (ALB)
06/07/2017 11:01:28
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group G)
Liechtenstein0-2Albania
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN) Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (LIE)
06/02/2017 13:35:13
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group G)
Albania0-2Spain
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkoder (ALB)
06/07/2017 11:01:29
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group G)
Albania0-3Israel
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
06/01/2017 09:00:18
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group G)
Italy2-0Albania
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN) Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
05/30/2017 16:13:08
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Albania1-2Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: not available Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
06/01/2017 09:00:17
4 June 2017 04 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Luxembourg2-1Albania
Referee: not available Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
06/16/2017 14:48:54
Israel0-3Albania
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa (ISR)
06/17/2017 13:57:27
2 September 2017 02 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group G)
AlbaniaLiechtenstein
Referee: TBD Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
06/13/2017 10:22:30
5 September 2017 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group G)
FYR MacedoniaAlbania
Referee: TBD Stadium: Mladost, Strumica (MKD)
07/25/2017 15:59:16
6 October 2017 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group G)
SpainAlbania
Referee: TBD Stadium: Rico Perez, Alicante (ESP)
07/26/2017 11:09:19
9 October 2017 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group G)
AlbaniaItaly
Referee: TBD Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkoder (ALB)
07/10/2017 15:42:30

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)
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