Albania national football team

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Nickname(s) Kuq e Zinjtë (The Red and Blacks)
Shqiponjat (The Eagles)
Association Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Edoardo Reja
Captain Etrit Berisha
Most caps Lorik Cana (93)
Top scorer Erjon Bogdani (18)
Home stadium Arena Kombëtare
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First colours
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Second colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 66 Steady2.svg (27 May 2021) [1]
Highest22 (August 2015 [2] )
Lowest124 (August 1997 [3] )
First international
Flag of Albania (1946-1992).svg  Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia  Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
(Tirana, Albania; 7 October 1946)
Biggest win
Biggest defeat
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary 12–0 Albania  Flag of Albania (1946-1992).svg
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2016 )
Best resultGroup stage (2016)
Medal record

The Albania national football team (Albanian : Kombëtarja e futbollit të Shqipërisë) represents Albania in men's international football, and is governed by the Albanian Football Association, the governing body for football in Albania.

Albania competes in the three major international football tournaments; the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship and UEFA Nations League. Albania was the winner of the 1946 Balkan Cup and the 2000 Malta Rothmans International Tournament. At Euro 2016, Albania made its second appearance at a major men's football tournament after 50 years.

After its completion in 2019, Arena Kombëtare (English: National Arena), known as Air Albania Stadium for sponsorship reasons, will be the home ground of the national team. Albania's highest FIFA World Ranking was 22nd in August 2015.

The colours of the team are red, white and black, and the double headed eagle its symbol. Its supporters are collectively known as the Tifozët Kuq e Zi and display as well as the country's national flag colours, red and black.

In 2020, Albania won for the first time a group by finishing first in group 4 of UEFA Nations League C and has been promoted in UEFA Nations League B.


20th century

Loro Borici captained the team in winning the 1946 Balkan Cup. Loro borici.jpg
Loro Boriçi captained the team in winning the 1946 Balkan Cup.

Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before the Albanian Football Association (Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit; FSHF) was created on 6 June 1930. Albania joined FIFA during a congress held between 12 June and 16 June. Albania played its first international match against Yugoslavia in 1946, which ended in a 3–2 home defeat at Qemal Stafa Stadium. [4] In 1946, Albania also participated for the first time in the Balkan Cup in which Albania won by beating Romania 1–0 in the final. [5] In 1954, Albania was one of the founding members of UEFA. Albania waited until 1962 to compete in a Euro Cup competition and the only time Albania was between the best 16 teams of the Continent, the reason being Albania got past the first leg as Greece, for political reasons forfeited the game. [6] [7] At the end of the tournament Albania ranked 9th in Europe. [8] [9] [10]

Albania participated for the first time in a qualifying phrase of a World Cup in the qualifiers of the 1966 edition in England. The team was drawn in the Group 5 which finished in the last position with only one point from six matches. In the qualifiers, of the UEFA Euro 1968 Albania had a draw 0–0 against West Germany that denied the Germans the participation to the UEFA Euro 1968 finals. [11] [12] In later years, Albania did not participate in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1970, UEFA Euro 1972, UEFA Euro 1976, World Cup 1978 and UEFA Euro 1980 for unknown political reasons. After six years without playing any international matches, Albania entered in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1982, managing to finish in a place other than last for the first time in a qualifying match, with Finland getting last place instead. The qualifiers of the World Cup 1990 were probably the worst qualifier in Albania's history as there were 6 losses in as many games with no memorable matches.

21st century

Lorik Cana is Albania's most capped player of all time. He captained the French Olympique de Marseille as well as the team. Olympique de Marseille - Association de la Jeunesse auxerroise 2007 2008 Lorik Cana.jpg
Lorik Cana is Albania's most capped player of all time. He captained the French Olympique de Marseille as well as the team.

In the qualifiers of the World Cup 2002, Albania recorded a 2–0 win over Greece which was the only team that they beat during the qualifiers. Albania was able to make some impact in the qualifying of the UEFA Euro 2004 by beating 3–1 Russia at Loro Boriçi Stadium. [13] This match was also the debut of the German coach Hans-Peter Briegel who led Albania to an undefeated run at home matches. Despite the good results, Albania finished the group in the penultimate spot with only eight points. In the qualifiers of the World Cup 2006 Albania recorded some historical results. Two months after Greece beat Portugal to win the European Championship, Albania defeated Greece 2–1. [14]

In the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2008 Albania won twice in both matches against Luxembourg. Albania also drew 2–2 with Belarus and 0–0 away with Bulgaria. Albania's Euro campaign ended with a 6–1 loss away to Romania which resulted in the resignation of the coach Otto Barić and his assistant. [15] In December 2007, Arie Haan was named Albania's head coach by signing a two-year contract for the qualifiers of the World Cup 2010, where Albania made a very negative performance by winning only one match. Albania won only seven points from ten matches and Haan was replaced by Josip Kuže in May 2009 following the end of the campaign. [16] However, Kuže couldn't lead Albania to the better results as the team ended the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2012 with only nine points from ten matches. With Kuže in charge, Albania recorded its second biggest win the history by defeating Cyprus 6–1 at home, equal with Albania's 5–0 victory over Vietnam in 2003. [17]

Josip Kuže parted ways with Albania three and a half years after he started the job, and in December 2011, Italian coach Gianni de Biasi replaced him. [18] Albania started the qualifiers and was, at one point, 2nd in group with six matches played and four to spare, but failed to be successful in the last four, losing away in Slovenia and Iceland, as well as at home against Switzerland, and drawing in Cyprus. [19] Albania started the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2016 with an emphatic 1–0 away win against Portugal, [20] which was followed by a 1–1 draw against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena. [21] After beating Armenia 3–0 in the last qualifying match, Albania made history by qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016, its second ever appearance at a major men's football tournament. [22] In the tournament itself, Albania lost 0–1 to Switzerland and 0–2 to hosts France. While they beat Romania 1–0 (their first win against Romania since 1947), the team finished last among the third-placed teams and didn't progress beyond the group stage. [23]

Following the almost successful UEFA European Championship's, Albania suffered massive setback. In 2018 World Cup qualification, Albania failed to qualify and finished in 3rd, which was, however, their best result in history. During this era, their successful manager, Gianni De Biasi, resigned and Christian Panucci, another Italian, replaced him as coach of Albania. [24] However, things were little improved. Albania played poorly in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, winning only to Israel 1–0 and lost the remaining three, especially the devastating 0–4 defeat to Scotland at home. [25] Panucci would be sacked after a 0–2 defeat to Turkey in the opening campaign for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying. [26] Another Italian, Edoardo Reja, was appointed to help Albania to improve in a tough group, [27] but improvement is still very little. Albania failed to qualify to UEFA Euro 2020, archiving just a disappointing 4th place. [28]

Team image


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Albania home kit at 2016–17 season.

Albania' colours are red and black, mirroring the nation's flag. The team typically wears red shirts, black shorts and red socks. Away kits are usually all-white, with red and black trim.

Home stadium

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Construction of Arena Kombëtare in the city center, 2019

Albania's main stadium for most part of the history was Qemal Stafa Stadium located in Tirana. The work started in April 1939 during the Italy regime. The construction lasted for three years but it stopped briefly in August 1943 following the fall of fascist regime. [29] The stadium had an Olympic Stadium shape, as idealized by Gherardo Bosio, a young fascist architect from Florence, Italy. [30] The stadium's initial capacity was 15,000, this due to the fact that Tirana at that time had only 60,000 inhabitants. [30] It was named after Qemal Stafa, a Hero of Albania in World War II. [31] The stadium was inaugurated officially on 7 October 1946 when Albania played its first competitive match against Yugoslavia. [32] Ever since then, further 130 international matches took place in the stadium, with the last being a friendly against Georgia in November 2015. [33] In 2005, Cecilia de Marco and Elisabetta Lorusso, two young Italian students, called the stadium as "one of the strongest symbols of Italian impact in Albania". [29] In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards. [34] The stadium's demolition started in June 2016, and it was announced that is going to be replaced by Arena Kombëtare. [35]

Albania sometimes has played home matches at other venues. Outside Tirana, the national team has played matches in Flamurtari Stadium in Vlorë, [36] Tomori Stadium in Berat, [37] Niko Dovana Stadium in Durrës, [38] Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër [39] and Elbasan Arena in Elbasan. [40] In February 2014, due to Albania not having a stadium that fulfills international standards set by FIFA, the work for renovation of Elbasan Arena (at the time Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium) started. [41] The work lasted for 7 months, and the stadium was inaugurated on 9 October when Albania played a friendly match against KF Elbasani under-19 squad; Albania won the match 17–0. [42] The official inauguration occurred two days later in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Denmark. [43]

The first international match at Loro Boriçi Stadium was played on 29 March 2003 against Russia, with Albania winning 3–1. [13] In October 2014, Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, promised the reconstruction of the stadium. [44] The stadium's construction started in May 2015 and finished in August 2016. [45] In 2016–17, the stadium served temporary as the home of Kosovo national team, due to stadiums in Mitrovica and Pristina were under renovation and did not meet UEFA standards. [46]

Albania national football team home stadiums
Nr. of
ImageStadiumCapacityLocationFirst matchLast matchRef
131 QemalStafaStadiumTirana.JPG Qemal Stafa Stadium 25,000 Tirana, Albaniav. Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia , 7 October 1946v. Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia , 16 November 2015 [32]
10 Panoramic view of Elbasan Arena.jpg Elbasan Arena 13,800 Elbasan, Albaniav. Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark , 11 October 2014v. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland , 10 September 2019 [40]
8 Loro-Borici-Stadion.jpg Loro Boriçi Stadium 20,200 Shkodër, Albaniav. Flag of Russia.svg  Russia , 29 March 2003v. Flag of Italy.svg  Italy , 9 October 2017 [39]
6 Stadiumi Niko Dovana.jpg Niko Dovana Stadium 12,040 Durrës, Albaniav. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 11 August 2010v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 5 March 2014 [38]
1 Muzeu Arkeologjike Tirane.jpg Arena Kombëtare 22,500 Tirana, Albaniav. Flag of France.svg  France , 17 November 2019 [47]
1 Tomori Stadium.png Tomori Stadium 17,890 Berat, Albaniav. Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba , 6 August 1988 [37]
1 Flamurtari-stadium 55891.jpg Flamurtari Stadium 10,500 Vlorë, Albaniav. Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania , 28 October 1987 [36]



This derby is otherwise known as Brotherly derby (Albanian : Derbi vëllazëror), also known as the Brotherly (Albanian : Vëllazërorja). The documented beginnings of this derby date back to the time during the World War II, respectively on 29 November 1942, where they played a friendly match as part of the celebrations for 30th Anniversary of the Independence of Albania and the match ended with a 2–0 win for Tirana, [a] [48] [49] [50] this derby is back 50 years after the first match, when the Football Federation of Kosovo signed a cooperation protocol with the Albanian Football Association and in the framework of this protocol it was decided to play on 14 February a friendly match between these two national teams, [51] and this match ended with a 3–1 win for Albania. [52]

During the period before 2016, these two national teams have exchanged players with each other, which influenced these two teams to be called reserve (B) teams of each other, Kosovo national team was called Albania B due to many players coming to play for Kosovo as they had no space to play for Albania, while Albania national team was called Kosovo B due to of the large number of players of Kosovo Albanian descent in its composition. [53] These exchanges began to be called acts of treason after Kosovo's membership in UEFA and FIFA, where some Albania players of Kosovo Albanian descent such as Amir Rrahmani, Herolind Shala and Milot Rashica who were part of the plans for the future of the Albania, moved to Kosovo. [54]


This football rivalry between Albania and Serbia is mainly due to historical tensions between the two countries. It has been described "one of the fiercest rivalries in the world". During the Euro 2016 qualifying phase, the Serbian crowd were chanting "Kill, kill Albanians" [55] and were throwing flares at the Albanian team, after which there was a clash between the Serbian and Albanian teams. [56]


A choreography of Tifozat Kuq e Zi in the national team's first match at Elbasan Arena against Denmark in October 2014. Tifozat Kuq e Zi ne Elbasan Arena.jpg
A choreography of Tifozat Kuq e Zi in the national team's first match at Elbasan Arena against Denmark in October 2014.

Tifozat Kuq e Zi (English: Red and Black Fans, also known as the Albania National Football Team Supporters Club) is a non-profit football supporters' association for the Albania national football team and various national team sportive activities. [57] [58] It was founded on 25 December 2003. [57] In cooperation with FSHF, it organises trips for football fans to visit games, and develops and sells merchandise to support itself and fund sporting related projects.

Tifozat Kuq e Zi stands firm in the political view that Albanians should share only one national team and have continuous aspirations to join in one state (Një Komb, Një Kombëtare), i.e. unification of Albania, Kosovo, etc. [59] [60] In this sense, TKZ is joined by different supporters' associations throughout Albanian-speaking regions mainly in Kosovo (Shqiponjat of Peja, Kuqezinjet e Jakoves of Gjakova, Plisat of Pristina, Torcida of Mitrovica, etc.), North Macedonia (Ballistët of Tetovo, Ilirët of Kumanovo, Shvercerat of Skopje, etc.) and in Albania itself (Ultras Guerrils of Partizani Tirana, Tirona Fanatics of KF Tirana, Vllaznit Ultras of Vllaznia Shkodër, Ujqërit e Deborës of Skënderbeu Korçë, Shqiponjat of KF Besa Pejë and many other different Albanian fans). [57]

The ongoing dispute between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Football Association of Albania has been seen as a political intrusion by FIFA and UEFA, which led to the banning of Albania from international sportive activities. FSHF president Armand Duka is highly unwanted by the TKZ who have numerously asked for his resignation believing he is responsible for internal corruption in the Albanian Football Association. [61] [62] [63] [64]

The TKZ have been praised by many different football players and managers, whom were not just Albanian. One example is with Switzerland's former coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, who was astonished by how many Albanian fans turned up and how enthusiastic they were in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Switzerland and Albania where the Swiss won 2–0 thanks to goals from Gökhan Inler and Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri. He didn't believe that there was 12,000 Albanian fans in the stands which was more than how many Swiss fans turned up for the game. He stated that "Albanian fans are fantastic and the most passionate fans I have ever seen". [65] During that campaign, TKZ attended all games Albania played apart from a match against Cyprus in Nicosia and were also large in numbers in the away games to Slovenia in Maribor and Norway in Oslo. [66] [67] [68]

Media coverage

Albania's qualifying and friendly matches are televised by state-owned Albanian Radio Television and by privately-owned SuperSport Albania. Also these matches are broadcast by Kosovo's state-owned Radio Television of Kosovo.

BroadcasterTelevision channelTelevised
Flag of Albania.svg Albanian Radio Television Qualifying and friendly matches
Flag of Kosovo.svg Radio Television of Kosovo Flag of Kosovo.svg RTK 1
Flag of Albania.svg Flag of Kosovo.svg SuperSport Albania

Results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Loss


4 September 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Belarus  Flag of Belarus.svg0–2Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Minsk, Belarus
20:45 (CEST; UTC+03:00) Report Cikalleshi Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Bare Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson (Sweden)
7 September 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Albania  Flag of Albania.svg0–1Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Tirana, Albania
20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00) Report Kazlauskas Soccerball shade.svg 51'Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Attendance: 0
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (Ukraine)
11 October 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Kazakhstan  Flag of Kazakhstan.svg0–0Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Almaty, Kazakhstan
15:00 (CEST; UTC+06:00) Report Stadium: Central Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)
14 October 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Lithuania  Flag of Lithuania.svg0–0Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Vilnius, Lithuania
18:00 (CEST; UTC+03:00) Report Stadium: LFF Stadium
Referee: Karim Abed (France)
11 November Friendly
(Brotherly derby)
Albania  Flag of Albania.svg2–1Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo Elbasan, Albania
16:00 (CET; UTC+01:00) Balaj Soccerball shade.svg 31'
Uzuni Soccerball shade.svg 65'
Report (UEFA)
Muriqi Soccerball shade.svg 85' (pen.)Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
15 November 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Albania  Flag of Albania.svg3–1Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Tirana, Albania
18:00 (CET; UTC+01:00) Cikalleshi Soccerball shade.svg 16'
Ismajli Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Manaj Soccerball shade.svg 63' (pen.)
Report Abiken Soccerball shade.svg 25'Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (Spain)
18 November 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Albania  Flag of Albania.svg3–2Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus Tirana, Albania
16:00 (CET; UTC+01:00) Cikalleshi Soccerball shade.svg 20', 27' (pen.)
Manaj Soccerball shade.svg 44'
Report Skavysh Soccerball shade.svg 35'
Ebong Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)


25 March 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Andorra  Flag of Andorra.svg0–1Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Lenjani Soccerball shade.svg 41'Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Attendance: 0
Referee: Volen Chinkov (Bulgaria)
28 March 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Albania  Flag of Albania.svg0–2Flag of England.svg  England Tirana, Albania
18:00 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Kane Soccerball shade.svg 38'
Mount Soccerball shade.svg 63'
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Attendance: 0
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
31 March 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
San Marino  Flag of San Marino.svg0–2Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Manaj Soccerball shade.svg 63'
Uzuni Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Stadium: San Marino Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (Norway)
5 June Friendly Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg0–0Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Cardiff, Wales
18:00 Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Neil Doyle (Republic of Ireland)
8 June Friendly Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg3–1Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Prague, Czech Republic
20:15  UTC+2 Schick Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Masopust Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Čelůstka Soccerball shade.svg 89'
Report Cikalleshi Soccerball shade.svg 42'Stadium: Stadion Letná
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovakia)

Coaching staff

Edoardo Reja, the current manager of the Albania national football team. Edoardo Reja 2014 (cropped).jpg
Edoardo Reja, the current manager of the Albania national football team.

Current technical staff

Head coach Flag of Italy.svg Edoardo Reja
Assistant coach(es)
Flag of Italy.svg Sergio Porrini
Flag of Albania.svg Ervin Bulku
Flag of Albania.svg Hamdi Salihi
Athletic coach(es) Flag of Italy.svg Luca Laurenti
Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Febbrari
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Albania.svg Ilir Bozhiqi
Flag of Albania.svg Altin Haxhia
Flag of Albania.svg Ylli Mihali
Doctor Flag of Italy.svg Gianluca Stesina
Masseur Flag of Albania.svg Arzen Voci
Material base(s)
Flag of Albania.svg Fatos Kademi
Flag of Albania.svg Osman Bulku
Osteopat Flag of Albania.svg Arjan Llaperi
Team manager Flag of Albania.svg Dritan Babamusta
Video analyst Flag of Italy.svg Alarico Marco Rossi


Current squad

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Gentian Selmani (1998-03-09) 9 March 1998 (age 23)20 Flag of Turkey.svg Boluspor
121 GK Romeo Harizaj (1998-09-26) 26 September 1998 (age 22)00 Flag of Albania.svg Dinamo Tirana
231 GK Alen Sherri (1997-12-15) 15 December 1997 (age 23)00 Flag of Albania.svg Laçi

62 DF Berat Djimsiti (Vice-captain) (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 28)401 Flag of Italy.svg Atalanta
32 DF Ermir Lenjani (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 31)394 Flag of Switzerland.svg Grasshoppers
52 DF Frédéric Veseli (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 (age 28)360 Flag of Italy.svg Salernitana
132 DF Arlind Ajeti (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 27)211 Unattached
182 DF Ardian Ismajli (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 24)181 Flag of Italy.svg Spezia
92 DF Lorenc Trashi (1992-05-19) 19 May 1992 (age 29)91 Flag of Kuwait.svg Qadsia
152 DF Marash Kumbulla (2000-02-08) 8 February 2000 (age 21)60 Flag of Italy.svg Roma
172 DF Albi Doka (1997-06-26) 26 June 1997 (age 24)50 Flag of Croatia.svg Gorica
22 DF Erion Hoxhallari (1995-10-15) 15 October 1995 (age 25)10 Flag of Albania.svg Tirana

223 MF Amir Abrashi (Captain) (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 31)421 Flag of Switzerland.svg Grasshoppers
73 MF Keidi Bare (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 23)152 Flag of Spain.svg Espanyol
203 MF Ylber Ramadani (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 25)111 Flag of Hungary.svg MTK Budapest
143 MF Qazim Laçi (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 25)100 Flag of France.svg Ajaccio
83 MF Sherif Kallaku (1998-03-01) 1 March 1998 (age 23)50 Flag of Croatia.svg Lokomotiva
43 MF Endri Çekiçi (1996-11-23) 23 November 1996 (age 24)30 Flag of Turkey.svg Konyaspor

194 FW Bekim Balaj (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 30)438 Flag of Russia.svg Nizhny Novgorod
164 FW Sokol Cikalleshi (1990-07-27) 27 July 1990 (age 31)4211 Flag of Turkey.svg Konyaspor
104 FW Rey Manaj (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 24)256 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona B
114 FW Taulant Seferi (1996-11-15) 15 November 1996 (age 24)70 Flag of Albania.svg Tirana

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Etrit Berisha (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 32)660 Flag of Italy.svg Torino v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 5 June 2021INJ
GK Thomas Strakosha (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 26)150 Flag of Italy.svg Lazio v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino , 31 March 2021
GK Alban Hoxha (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 (age 33)40 Flag of Albania.svg Partizani Tirana v. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus , 18 November 2020
GK Marco Molla (2002-06-19) 19 June 2002 (age 19)00 Flag of Italy.svg Bologna v. Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan , 15 November 2020U21 / INJ

DF Elseid Hysaj (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 27)591 Flag of Italy.svg Lazio v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 5 June 2021INJ
DF Hysen Memolla (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 29)60 Unattached v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino , 31 March 2021
DF Mario Mitaj (2003-08-06) 6 August 2003 (age 17)10 Flag of Greece.svg AEK Athens v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino , 31 March 2021U21
DF Marsel Ismailgeci (2000-03-14) 14 March 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Albania.svg Tirana v. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus , 18 November 2020U21
DF Ramën Çepele (2003-03-21) 21 March 2003 (age 18)10 Flag of Germany.svg Hannover 96 v. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus , 18 November 2020U21 / INJ
DF Kastriot Dermaku (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 29)111 Flag of Italy.svg Parma v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 14 October 2020INJ
DF Enea Mihaj (1998-07-05) 5 July 1998 (age 23)50 Flag of Greece.svg PAOK v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 14 October 2020INJ
DF Jon Mersinaj (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Croatia.svg Lokomotiva v. Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan , 11 October 2020INJ

MF Odise Roshi (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 30)615 Unattached v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 5 June 2021INJ
MF Ledian Memushaj (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 34)441 Flag of Italy.svg Pescara v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino , 31 March 2021
MF Klaus Gjasula (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989 (age 31)110 Flag of Germany.svg Hamburger SV v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino , 31 March 2021SUS
MF Enis Çokaj (1999-02-23) 23 February 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Croatia.svg Lokomotiva v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino , 31 March 2021
MF Nedim Bajrami (1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Italy.svg Empoli v. Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra , 25 March 2021FIFA
MF Lindon Selahi (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 22)40 Flag of Croatia.svg Rijeka v. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus , 18 November 2020

FW Armando Broja (2001-09-10) 10 September 2001 (age 19)60 Flag of England.svg Chelsea v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 5 June 2021U21
FW Myrto Uzuni (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 26)152 Flag of Hungary.svg Ferencváros v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino , 31 March 2021
FW Florian Kamberi (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 26)00 Flag of England.svg Sheffield Wednesday v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino , 31 March 2021INJ
FW Emiliano Bullari (2001-04-06) 6 April 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of Greece.svg Atromitos v. Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan , 15 November 2020U21
FW Giacomo Vrioni (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 22)20 Flag of Austria.svg WSG Tirol v. Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo , 11 November 2020INJ
FW Armando Sadiku (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 30)3812 Flag of Spain.svg Las Palmas v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 7 September 2020COACH

  • INJ = It is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • U21 = Was called up from national U21 squad.
  • SUS = It is not available in next match due to red card suspension.
  • FIFA = It is not available after FIFA did not permit him to play for Albania due to problems with documentation.
  • COACH = It is not available in the next game due to suspended by the coach.

Player records

As of 20 December 2019. [71]
Players in bold are still active with Albania.

Most appearances

Lorik Cana is the most capped player in the history of Albania with 93 caps. Lorik cana crop.jpg
Lorik Cana is the most capped player in the history of Albania with 93 caps.
1 Lorik Cana 9312003–2016
2 Altin Lala 7831998–2011
3 Klodian Duro 7742001–2011
4 Erjon Bogdani 75181996–2013
Ervin Skela 75132000–2011
6 Ansi Agolli 7332005–2017
Foto Strakosha 7301990–2004
8 Andi Lila 7002007–2018
9 Igli Tare 68101997–2007
10 Alban Bushi 67141995–2007
Altin Haxhi 6731995–2009

Top goalscorers

1 Erjon Bogdani 18750.241996–2013
2 Alban Bushi 14670.211995–2007
3 Ervin Skela 13750.172000–2011
4 Armando Sadiku 12370.322012–present
5 Hamdi Salihi 11500.222006–2015
Altin Rraklli 11630.171992–2005
7 Sokol Kushta 10310.321987–1996
Sokol Cikalleshi 11400.272014–present
Igli Tare 10680.151997–2007
10 Adrian Aliaj 8290.282002–2006
Bekim Balaj 8410.22012–present

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Not a FIFA memberNot a FIFA member
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958
Flag of Chile.svg 1962
Flag of England.svg 1966 Did not qualify 4th 6015212
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Entry not accepted [72] Did not participate
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify 4th 6105313
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Did not qualify 4th 8107422
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 3rd 612369
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 4th 6006315
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 7th 12129626
Flag of France.svg 1998 6th 10118720
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 5th 8107514
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 5th 124171120
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 5th 10145613
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 5th 10325911
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 3rd 104151013
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined TBD In progress
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determined

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1960 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964 Did not qualify R16 210114
Flag of Italy.svg 1968 3rd 4013012
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972 4th 611459
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Italy.svg 1980
Flag of France.svg 1984 Did not qualify 5th 8026414
Flag of Germany.svg 1988 4th 6006217
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 5th 7106221
Flag of England.svg 1996 5th 102261016
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 5th 10145814
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 4th 82241115
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 5th 122551218
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 5th 10235714
Flag of France.svg 2016 Group stage 18th310213 Squad 2nd 8422105
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 Did not qualify 4th 104151614
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
TotalGroup stage1/1631021310120235888173

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 C 1 3rd410318Equals-sign-blue.gif34th
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 C 4 1st632184Green Arrow Up Darker.svg35th
Flag of none.svg 2022–23 B To be determined

FIFA Rankings

Last update was on 26 July 2020. Source: [73]

 Best Ranking   Worst Ranking   Best Mover   Worst Mover  

Albania's FIFA world rankings
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6620191661Increase2.svg 266Decrease2.svg 4
602018656Increase2.svg 260Decrease2.svg 3
622017951Increase2.svg 971Decrease2.svg 12
4920161235Increase2.svg 549Decrease2.svg 10
 382015722Increase2.svg 1563Decrease2.svg 7
 582014945Increase2.svg 2570Decrease2.svg 16
572013837Increase2.svg 1671Decrease2.svg 13
632012958Increase2.svg 1797Decrease2.svg 10
7420111150Increase2.svg 2375Decrease2.svg 14
652010958Increase2.svg 1397Decrease2.svg 7
962009978Increase2.svg 398Decrease2.svg 11
 812008773Increase2.svg 19102Decrease2.svg 18
8020071166Increase2.svg 1188Decrease2.svg 12
872006662Increase2.svg 2088Decrease2.svg 13
8220051082Increase2.svg 793Decrease2.svg 4
862004886Increase2.svg 594Decrease2.svg 5
8920031186Increase2.svg 13101Decrease2.svg 5
932002992Increase2.svg 497Decrease2.svg 5
962001774Increase2.svg 196Decrease2.svg 6
722000872Increase2.svg 1394Decrease2.svg 6
831999883Increase2.svg 1595Decrease2.svg 2
1061998897Increase2.svg 14109Decrease2.svg 8
 11619977113Increase2.svg 8124Decrease2.svg 4
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1001994593Increase2.svg 9113Decrease2.svg 11
921993791Increase2.svg 193Decrease2.svg 6


Stamps of Albania, 2007. 60th Anniversary of Victory at the Balkan Cup 2007 stamps of Albania-National Team 1946.jpg
Stamps of Albania, 2007. 60th Anniversary of Victory at the Balkan Cup

Head-to-head record

As of 18 November 2020
  1. The Serbia v Albania match was abandoned with the score at 0–0 shortly before halftime after "various incidents", which resulted in the Albania players refusing to return to the field. UEFA ruled that Albania had forfeited the match and awarded a 3–0 win to Serbia, but also deducted three points from Serbia for their involvement in the events. Serbia must also play their next two home qualifying games behind closed doors, and both the Serbian and Albanian FAs were fined €100,000. [76] Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited, [77] [78] but the decision was upheld by UEFA. [79] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, [80] and on 10 July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal filed by the Serbian FA, and upholds in part the appeal filed by the Albanian FA, meaning the match is deemed to have been forfeited by Serbia with 0–3 and they are still deducted three points. [81] Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland. [82]

See also

Notes and references


  1. ^
    The alternative name of the Albania national team that was used during this match. [50]

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