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UEFA EURO: France - Albania Match press kits

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FranceFranceStade de France - Saint-DenisSaturday 7 September 2019
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Group H - Matchday -8
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/06/2016GS-FTFrance - Albania2-0
MarseilleGriezmann 90, Payet 90+6
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/10/2011QR (GS)France - Albania3-0
ParisMalouda 11, Rémy 38, Réveillère 67
02/09/2011QR (GS)Albania - France1-2
TiranaBogdani 46; Benzema 11, M'Vila 18
EURO '92
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
30/03/1991PR (GS)France - Albania5-0
ParisSauzée 1, 9, Papin 33, 42, Zmijani 81 (og)
17/11/1990PR (GS)Albania - France0-1
TiranaBoli 25
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

Last updated 05/09/2019 10:09CET

Squad list Only this chapter

France - Squad list
Current season
-Hugo Lloris26/12/198632Tottenham - 4000
-Alphonse Areola27/02/199326Real Madrid - 0000
-Mike Maignan03/07/199524LOSC - 0000
-Lucas Digne20/07/199326Everton - 1000
-Samuel Umtiti14/11/199325Barcelona - 3100
-Kurt Zouma27/10/199424Chelsea - 1100
-Raphaël Varane25/04/199326Real Madrid - 3100
-Clément Lenglet17/06/199524Barcelona - 1000
-Lucas Hernández14/02/199623Bayern - 0000
-Benjamin Pavard28/03/199623Bayern - 3000
-Léo Dubois14/09/199424Lyon - 1000
-Blaise Matuidi09/04/198732Juventus - 3000
-Moussa Sissoko16/08/198930Tottenham - 3000
-Steven Nzonzi15/12/198830Galatasaray - 0000
-Thomas Lemar12/11/199523Atlético - 3000
-Corentin Tolisso03/08/199425Bayern - 0000
-Jonathan Ikoné02/05/199821LOSC - 0000
-Mattéo Guendouzi14/04/199920Arsenal - 0000
-Antoine Griezmann21/03/199128Barcelona - 4200
-Olivier Giroud30/09/198632Chelsea - 4200
-Wissam Ben Yedder12/08/199029Monaco - 2100
-Kingsley Coman13/06/199623Bayern - 1000
-Nabil Fekir18/07/199326Betis - 1000
-Didier Deschamps15/10/196850 - 4000
Albania - Squad list
Current season
-Alban Hoxha23/11/198731Partizani - 0000
-Etrit Berisha10/03/198930SPAL - 4000
-Thomas Strakosha19/03/199524Lazio - 0000
-Frédéric Veseli20/11/199226Empoli - 3000
-Mërgim Mavraj09/06/198633Fürth - 1000
-Elseid Hysaj02/02/199425Napoli - 4000
-Berat Xhimshiti19/02/199326Atalanta - 2000
-Marash Kumbulla08/02/200019Verona - 0000
-Ardian Ismajli30/09/199622Hajduk Split - 4000
-Kastriot Dermaku15/01/199227Parma - 1000
-Odise Roshi22/05/199128Akhmat - 1000
-Taulant Xhaka28/03/199128Basel - 3000
-Amir Abrashi27/03/199029Freiburg - 4100
-Ermir Lenjani05/08/198930Sion - 2000
-Keidi Bare28/08/199722Málaga - 0000
-Kristi Qose10/06/199524Ružomberok - 1000
-Ylber Ramadani12/04/199623VB - 1100
-Egzon Binaku27/08/199524Norrköping - 0000
-Klaus Gjasula14/12/198929Paderborn - 0000
-Bekim Balaj11/01/199128Sturm - 3100
-Sokol Çikalleshi27/07/199029Akhisar - 2100
-Rei Manaj24/02/199722Albacete - 0000
-Myrto Uzuni31/05/199524Lokomotiva Zagreb - 3000
-Edoardo Reja10/10/194573 - 2000

Last updated 07/09/2019 09:01CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Didier Deschamps

Date of birth: 15 October 1968
Nationality: French
Playing career: Nantes, Marseille (twice), Bordeaux, Juventus, Chelsea, Valencia
Coaching career: Monaco, Juventus, Marseille, France

• A product of Nantes's highly rated youth system, Deschamps had success with Marseille as a defensive midfielder, winning Ligue 1 in 1990 and 1992 and captaining them to UEFA Champions League glory in 1993. Signed for Juve in 1994 and won the UEFA Champions League again in 1996, adding three Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a European/South American Cup.

• Left in 1999 for Chelsea, staying one season and lifting the FA Cup, before ending his career with a year in Valencia, watching from the bench as they lost the 2001 UEFA Champions League final to Bayern München. Skippered France to victory on home soil at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and also at UEFA EURO 2000, retiring that year with 103 caps.

• Started coaching career in 2001 with Monaco, landing the French League Cup in 2003 and reaching the UEFA Champions League final a year later, going down to José Mourinho's Porto. Resigned in September 2005 and joined his old club Juventus, then in Serie B, the following June. Stepped down after securing promotion back to Serie A in May 2007.

• Appointed Marseille boss in May 2009, replacing Eric Gerets. Ended OM's 18-year wait for the Ligue 1 championship in his first term and added a maiden League Cup, retaining the latter trophy in the next two campaigns.

• Succeeded Laurent Blanc after UEFA EURO 2012 and guided France to the 2014 World Cup, where they lost to eventual winners Germany in the quarter-finals, and then to the final of UEFA EURO 2016 on home soil only to lose to Portugal in extra time. Redemption followed at Russia 2018, where France went all the way to lift the trophy, making Deschamps only the third man to win the World Cup as both player and coach after Mário Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.


Edoardo Reja

Date of birth: 10 October 1945
Playing career: SPAL, Palermo, Alessandria, Benevento
Coaching career: Molinella, Monselice (twice), Pordenone, Pro Gorizia, Treviso, Mestre, Varese, Pescara (youth), Pescara, Cosenza, Verona, Bologna, Lecce, Brescia, Torino, Vicenza, Genoa, Catania, Cagliari, Napoli, Hajduk Split, Lazio (twice), Atalanta, Albania

• Reja came through the ranks at SPAL alongside close friend Fabio Capello, the pair also featuring in the club's first team in Serie A in 1965; Reja went on to make more than 100 career appearances in Italy's top flight and also appeared for Palermo, Alessandria and Benevento before hanging up his boots in 1977.

• Started his coaching career in Serie D with Molinella in 1979, going on to have short spells at a number of lower league clubs before stepping up to Serie B in 1989, when he took charge of Pescara.

• After spells at Cosenza and Lecce, Reja led Brescia – including a young Andrea Pirlo – to the Serie B title in 1997, but opted to drop back into the second division to take charge of Torino. His Serie A debut came in 1998/99 with Vicenza, who he was unable to save from relegation but who he guided to an immediate top-flight return; subsequently also took Cagliari into Serie A in 2003/04.

• In charge of Napoli between 2005 and 2009, winning successive promotions as the club returned to Italy's highest level, with the likes of Marek Hamšík and Ezequiel Lavezzi flourishing under Reja's guidance; then had a short spell in Croatia with Hajduk.

• Returned to his homeland in February 2010, taking charge of Lazio for two years; had a second stint in 2014 prior to a short spell with Atalanta, but had not coached for three years before taking charge of the Albanian national side in April 2019, replacing fellow Italian Christian Panucci.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeJesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesDiego Barbero Sevilla (ESP) , Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
  • Fourth officialJosé María Sánchez (ESP)
  • UEFA DelegateJānis Mežeckis (LVA)
  • UEFA Referee observerEugen Strigel (GER)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Jesús Gil Manzano04/02/1984134

Jesús Gil Manzano

Referee since: 1995
First division: 2012
FIFA badge: 2014

Tournaments: 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship


UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
27/07/2016UCL3QRFenerbahçe SKAS Monaco FC2-1Istanbul
02/11/2017UELGSSS LazioOGC Nice1-0Rome
30/08/2018UELPOFC Girondins de BordeauxKAA Gent2-0Bordeaux
25/10/2018UELGSOlympique de MarseilleSS Lazio1-3Marseille

Last updated 06/09/2019 03:24CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (22/03/2019)
    Moldova 1-4 France
    0-1 Griezmann 24, 0-2 Varane 27, 0-3 Giroud 36, 0-4 Mbappé 87, 1-4 Ambros 89
    Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Pogba, Griezmann (73 Thauvin), Giroud (81 Fekir), Mbappé, Kanté, Matuidi (73 Lemar), Kurzawa
  • Matchday 2 (25/03/2019)
    France 4-0 Iceland
    1-0 Umtiti 12, 2-0 Giroud 68, 3-0 Mbappé 78, 4-0 Griezmann 84
    Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Pogba, Griezmann, Giroud (90 Sissoko), Mbappé, Kanté (80 Lemar), Matuidi, Kurzawa (85 Kimpembe)
  • Matchday 3 (08/06/2019)
    Turkey 2-0 France
    1-0 Kaan Ayhan 30, 2-0 Cengiz Ünder 40
    Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Pogba, Griezmann, Giroud (72 Ben Yedder), Mbappé, Digne (46 Mendy), Matuidi (46 Coman), Sissoko
  • Matchday 4 (11/06/2019)
    Andorra 0-4 France
    0-1 Mbappé 11, 0-2 Ben Yedder 30, 0-3 Thauvin 45+1, 0-4 Zouma 60
    Lloris, Mendy, Pogba, Griezmann, Mbappé, Zouma, Dubois, Lenglet, Thauvin (81 Lemar), Ndombele (64 Sissoko), Ben Yedder (73 Giroud)
  • Matchday 5 (07/09/2019)
  • Matchday 6 (10/09/2019)
  • Matchday 7 (11/10/2019)
  • Matchday 8 (14/10/2019)
  • Matchday 9 (14/11/2019)
  • Matchday 10 (17/11/2019)


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (22/03/2019)
    Albania 0-2 Turkey
    0-1 Burak Yılmaz 21, 0-2 Çalhanoğlu 55
    Berisha, Iván Balliu (58 Sadiku), Hysaj, Veseli, Xhimshiti, Memushaj, Xhaka, Ismajli, Balaj (58 Grezda), Uzuni, Abrashi
  • Matchday 2 (25/03/2019)
    Andorra 0-3 Albania
    0-1 Sadiku 21, 0-2 Balaj 87, 0-3 Abrashi 90+6
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Grezda (70 Balaj), Basha (87 Memushaj), Sadiku, Xhaka (67 Abrashi), Ismajli, Aliji, Kaçe, Uzuni
  • Matchday 3 (08/06/2019)
    Iceland 1-0 Albania
    1-0 Gudmundsson 22
    Berisha, Dermaku, Lenjani, Hysaj, Veseli, Ismajli, Basha (67 Kaçe), Xhaka (72 Ndoj), Çikalleshi (79 Sadiku), Balaj, Abrashi
  • Matchday 4 (11/06/2019)
    Albania 2-0 Moldova
    1-0 Çikalleshi 66, 2-0 Ramadani 90+3
    Berisha, Lenjani (57 Roshi), Hysaj, Veseli, Ismajli, Ramadani, Sadiku (57 Çikalleshi), Uzuni, Mavraj, Kaçe (84 Qose), Abrashi
  • Matchday 5 (07/09/2019)
  • Matchday 6 (10/09/2019)
  • Matchday 7 (11/10/2019)
  • Matchday 8 (14/10/2019)
  • Matchday 9 (14/11/2019)
  • Matchday 10 (17/11/2019)

Last updated 05/09/2019 10:09CET


:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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