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AlbaniaAlbaniaLoro Boriçi Stadium - ShkoderSunday 9 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group G - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
22/09/1993QR (GS)Albania - Spain1-5
TiranaSalinas 4, 30, 61, Gomez 19, Caminero 67
22/04/1992QR (GS)Spain - Albania3-0
SevilleMíchel 2 (P), 65, Hierro 87
EURO '92
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
19/12/1990PR (GS)Spain - Albania9-0
SevilleAmor 21, Muñoz 24, 65, Butragueño 31, 57, 68, 88, Hierro 40, Bakero 76
1988 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
18/11/1987PR (GS)Spain - Albania5-0
SevilleBakero 6, 31, 75, Míchel 37 (P), Llorente 64
03/12/1986PR (GS)Albania - Spain1-2
TiranaMuca 27; Arteche 67, Alonso 84
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Albania - Squad list
Current season
-Orges Shehi25/09/197739Skënderbeu - 0000
-Alban Hoxha23/11/198728Partizani - 0000
-Etrit Berisha10/03/198927Atalanta - 2000
-Ansi Agolli11/10/198233Qarabağ - 1000
-Andi Lila12/02/198630Giannina - 1000
-Frédéric Veseli20/11/199223Empoli - 0000
-Mërgim Mavraj09/06/198630Köln - 2000
-Elseid Hysaj20/02/199422Napoli - 2000
-Berat Xhimshiti19/02/199323Avellino - 2000
-Azdren Llullaku15/02/198828Gaz Metan - 1000
-Naser Aliji27/12/199322Kaiserslautern - 1000
-Jahmir Hyka08/03/198828Luzern*2000
-Migjen Basha05/01/198729Bari - 1000
-Odise Roshi22/05/199125Terek - 2000
-Taulant Xhaka28/03/199125Basel - 1000
-Amir Abrashi27/03/199026Freiburg - 2000
-Burim Kukeli16/01/198432Zürich - 2000
-Ermir Lenjani05/08/198927Nantes - 0000
-Ledian Memushaj 17/12/198629Pescara - 1000
-Bekim Balaj11/01/199125Terek - 2200
-Sokol Çikalleshi27/07/199026İstanbul Başakşehir - 1000
-Edgar Çani02/07/198927Pisa - 0000
-Eros Grezda15/04/199521Lokomotiva Zagreb - 0000
-Giovanni de Biasi16/06/195660 - 2000
Spain - Squad list
Current season
-Pepe Reina31/08/198234Napoli - 0000
-David de Gea07/11/199025Man. United - 2000
-Sergio Rico01/09/199323Sevilla - 0000
-Gerard Piqué02/02/198729Barcelona*2000
-Sergio Ramos30/03/198630Real Madrid*2000
-Nacho Monreal26/02/198630Arsenal - 0000
-Nacho18/01/199026Real Madrid - 1000
-Sergi Roberto07/02/199224Barcelona - 1100
-Dani Carvajal11/01/199224Real Madrid - 1000
-Iñigo Martínez17/05/199125Real Sociedad - 0000
-Andrés Iniesta11/05/198432Barcelona - 1000
-David Silva08/01/198630Man. City - 2200
-Thiago Alcántara11/04/199125Bayern - 2000
-Koke08/01/199224Atlético - 2000
-Sergio Busquets16/07/198828Barcelona*2000
-Ander Herrera14/08/198927Man. United - 0000
-Isco21/04/199224Real Madrid - 0000
-Diego Costa07/10/198828Chelsea*2200
-José Callejón11/02/198729Napoli - 0000
-Nolito15/10/198629Man. City - 1000
-Álvaro Morata23/10/199223Real Madrid - 2200
-Lucas Vázquez01/07/199125Real Madrid - 0000
-Julen Lopetegui28/08/196650 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Gianni De Biasi

Date of birth: 16 June 1956
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: Treviso FC, FC Internazionale Milano, AC Reggiana 1919, Pescara Calcio, Brescia Calcio, US Città di Palermo, Vicenza Calcio, Bassano Virtus 55 ST
Coaching career: FC Pro Vasto, Carpi FC 1909, Cosenza Calcio, SPAL 1907, Modena FC, Brescia Calcio, Torino FC (three times), Levante UD, Udinese Calcio, Albania

• Served apprenticeship as an academy coach and on the lower rungs of the Italian football ladder before making his name overseeing back-to-back promotions at Modena – guiding them from the third division to Serie A in 2002. It ended a 38-year absence from the top flight.

• Helped Modena survive first season among the elite before moving to Brescia, where he stayed two years before embarking on a tumultuous spell at Torino in 2005.

• Arrived with Torino picking up the pieces after bankruptcy and exceeded expectations by steering them back to Serie A in his first campaign, only to be replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni three days before the start of the next term. He was reappointed within seven months, leading the Granata to safety.

• Spent 2007/08 at Levante, winning plaudits despite relegation, then returned for a third stint at Torino with five games of the season remaining and saved them from relegation again. Sacked that December, he had a two-month reign at Udinese in 2009/10 before finding more constancy as Albania boss.

• A one-time midfielder with a handful of top-flight playing campaigns under his belt, De Biasi was installed in December 2011 as successor to Josip Kuže. He signed a new deal running until the end of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying in November 2013, and promptly led the team to the finals for the first time, Albania only narrowly missing out on the last 16 in France after a memorable win against Romania in their final game.



Julen Lopetegui

Date of birth: 28 August 1966
Playing career: San Sebastián CF, Castilla CF, UD Las Palmas, Real Madrid CF, CD Logroñés, FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Spain
Coaching career: Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Real Madrid Castilla, Spain Under-19s, Spain Under-20s, Spain Under-21s, FC Porto, Spain

• Lopetegui's promising goalkeeping performances for Real Sociedad de Fútbol's youth sides led to a move to Real Madrid. The Basque native progressed into the senior squad, but, starved of opportunities, switched to Logroñes, where he made 107 Spanish top-flight appearances over three seasons.

• Those displays earned a move to Barcelona but again he found playing time limited, prompting a transfer to Rayo Vallecano, where he featured 112 times until retirement in 2002. He earned one senior international cap and was part of Spain's 1994 FIFA World Cup squad.

• Started his coaching career in 2003/04, at second division Rayo, but the experience was short-lived – he was dismissed after ten games. After five years away from the bench he returned to active duty in 2008/09, with Real Madrid Castilla, ending the campaign in sixth place.

• In 2010 Lopetegui joined the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and led the U19s to the European title two years later before reaching the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013. He had assumed control of the U21s in August 2012 and guided the holders to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winning the title in Israel.

• On 6 May 2014, he returned to club duties with Porto but failed to win any silverware with the club and left his post in January 2016. Appointed Vicente del Bosque's successor as Spain coach in July that year.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeBas Nijhuis (NED)
  • Assistant refereesRob van de Ven (NED) , Charles Schaap (NED)
  • Fourth officialSerdar Gözübüyük (NED)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerBarry Bright (ENG)
  • Referee observerBertrand Layec (FRA)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Bas Nijhuis12/01/1977360

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
11/10/2013WCQRSpainBelarus2-1Palma de Mallorca

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
16/11/2004RCUPIRNord-Pas de Calais (FRA)Basque Country (ESP)0-3Le Touquet
08/07/2007UICR2Trabzonspor AŞKF Vllaznia6-0Trabzon
26/07/2008UICR3RC Deportivo La CoruñaBnei Sakhnin FC 1-0La Coruna
31/07/2008UEL1QRFK PartizaniNK Široki Brijeg1-3Tirana
27/08/2009UELPOValencia CFStabæk Fotball4-1Valencia
21/10/2010UELGSFC Karpaty LvivSevilla FC0-1Lviv
29/09/2011UELGSAthletic ClubParis Saint-Germain2-0Bilbao
11/10/2013WCQRSpainBelarus2-1Palma de Mallorca
23/10/2013UCLGSManchester United FCReal Sociedad de Fútbol1-0Manchester
21/08/2014UELPOFC AstanaVillarreal CF0-3Astana
16/04/2015UELQFSevilla FCFC Zenit2-1Seville
21/10/2015UCLGSManchester City FCSevilla FC2-1Manchester
25/11/2015UCLGSFC Shakhtar DonetskReal Madrid CF3-4Lviv
18/02/2016UELR32Villarreal CFSSC Napoli1-0Villarreal
27/09/2016UCLGSSevilla FCOlympique Lyonnais1-0Seville

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group G - Group Standings
    FYR Macedonia2002240
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Albania 2-1 FYR Macedonia
    1-0 Sadiku 9, 1-1 Alioski 51, 2-1 Balaj 89
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Agolli, Sadiku, Gashi (60 Memushaj ), Kukeli, Xhaka, Mavraj, Hyka (67 Roshi), Abrashi (60 Balaj)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Liechtenstein 0-2 Albania
    0-1 Jehle 12 (og) , 0-2 Balaj 71
    Berisha, Hysaj, Xhimshiti, Llullaku (69 Çikalleshi), Kukeli (44 Basha), Mavraj, Aliji, Hyka, Balaj, Roshi, Abrashi (46 Lila)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Albania
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Diego Costa 10, 2-0 Sergi Roberto 55, 3-0 Silva 59, 4-0 Vitolo 60, 5-0 Diego Costa 66, 6-0 Morata 82, 7-0 Morata 83, 8-0 Silva 90+1
    De Gea, Piqué, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Koke, Thiago Alcántara (46 Nolito), Vitolo (79 Asensio), Ramos, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa (68 Morata), Silva
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Italy 1-1 Spain
    0-1 Vitolo 55, 1-1 De Rossi 82 (P)
    De Gea, Carvajal, Piqué, Busquets, Iniesta, Koke, Vitolo (84 Thiago Alcántara), Ramos, Jordi Alba (22 Nacho), Diego Costa (67 Morata), Silva
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Spain-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    FYR Macedonia-Spain
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

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


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on