|Nickname(s)||Kuq e Zinjtë (The Red and Blacks)|
Shqiponjat (The Eagles)
|Association||Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)|
|Head coach||Edoardo Reja|
|Most caps||Lorik Cana (93)|
|Top scorer||Erjon Bogdani (18)|
|Home stadium||Arena Kombëtare|
|Current||66 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||22 (August 2015 )|
|Lowest||124 (August 1997 )|
| Albania 2–3 Yugoslavia |
(Tirana, Albania; 7 October 1946)
| Hungary 12–0 Albania |
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 September 1950)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016 )|
|Best result||Group stage (2016)|
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.
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.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. 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. At the end of the tournament Albania ranked 9th in Europe.
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.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.
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.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.
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.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. 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.
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.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. Albania started the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2016 with an emphatic 1–0 away win against Portugal, which was followed by a 1–1 draw against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena. 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. 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.
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.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. Panucci would be sacked after a 0–2 defeat to Turkey in the opening campaign for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying. Another Italian, Edoardo Reja, was appointed to help Albania to improve in a tough group, but improvement is still very little. Albania failed to qualify to UEFA Euro 2020, archiving just a disappointing 4th place.
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.
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.The stadium had an Olympic Stadium shape, as idealized by Gherardo Bosio, a young fascist architect from Florence, Italy. The stadium's initial capacity was 15,000, this due to the fact that Tirana at that time had only 60,000 inhabitants. It was named after Qemal Stafa, a Hero of Albania in World War II. The stadium was inaugurated officially on 7 October 1946 when Albania played its first competitive match against Yugoslavia. Ever since then, further 130 international matches took place in the stadium, with the last being a friendly against Georgia in November 2015. 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". In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards. The stadium's demolition started in June 2016, and it was announced that is going to be replaced by Arena Kombëtare.
Albania sometimes has played home matches at other venues. Outside Tirana, the national team has played matches in Flamurtari Stadium in Vlorë,Tomori Stadium in Berat, Niko Dovana Stadium in Durrës, Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër and Elbasan Arena in Elbasan. 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. 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. The official inauguration occurred two days later in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Denmark.
The first international match at Loro Boriçi Stadium was played on 29 March 2003 against Russia, with Albania winning 3–1.In October 2014, Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, promised the reconstruction of the stadium. The stadium's construction started in May 2015 and finished in August 2016. 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.
|Albania national football team home stadiums|
|Image||Stadium||Capacity||Location||First match||Last match||Ref|
|131||Qemal Stafa Stadium||25,000||Tirana, Albania||v. Yugoslavia , 7 October 1946||v. Georgia , 16 November 2015|
|10||Elbasan Arena||13,800||Elbasan, Albania||v. Denmark , 11 October 2014||v. Iceland , 10 September 2019|
|8||Loro Boriçi Stadium||20,200||Shkodër, Albania||v. Russia , 29 March 2003||v. Italy , 9 October 2017|
|6||Niko Dovana Stadium||12,040||Durrës, Albania||v. Uzbekistan , 11 August 2010||v. Malta , 5 March 2014|
|1||Arena Kombëtare||22,500||Tirana, Albania||v. France , 17 November 2019|
|1||Tomori Stadium||17,890||Berat, Albania||v. Cuba , 6 August 1988|
|1||Flamurtari Stadium||10,500||Vlorë, Albania||v. Romania , 28 October 1987|
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] 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, and this match ended with a 3–1 win for Albania.
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.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.
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"and were throwing flares at the Albanian team, after which there was a clash between the Serbian and Albanian teams.
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. It was founded on 25 December 2003. 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.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).
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.
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".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.
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.
|Albanian Radio Television||Qualifying and friendly matches|
|Radio Television of Kosovo||RTK 1|
Win Draw Loss
|4 September 2020–21 UEFA|
|20:45 (CEST; UTC+03:00)||Report|| Cikalleshi 23'|
|Stadium: Dinamo Stadium |
Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson (Sweden)
|7 September 2020–21 UEFA|
|20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00)||Report||Kazlauskas 51'||Stadium: Arena Kombëtare |
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (Ukraine)
|11 October 2020–21 UEFA|
|15:00 (CEST; UTC+06:00)||Report||Stadium: Central Stadium |
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)
|14 October 2020–21 UEFA|
|18:00 (CEST; UTC+03:00)||Report||Stadium: LFF Stadium |
Referee: Karim Abed (France)
|11 November Friendly |
|16:00 (CET; UTC+01:00)|| Balaj 31'|
| Report |
|Muriqi 85' (pen.)||Stadium: Elbasan Arena |
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
|15 November 2020–21 UEFA|
|18:00 (CET; UTC+01:00)|| Cikalleshi 16'|
Manaj 63' (pen.)
|Report||Abiken 25'||Stadium: Arena Kombëtare |
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (Spain)
|25 March 2022 FIFA World|
|Andorra||0–1||Albania||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45|| Report (FIFA) |
|Lenjani 41'||Stadium: Estadi Nacional |
Referee: Volen Chinkov (Bulgaria)
|28 March 2022 FIFA World|
|18:00|| Report (FIFA) |
| Kane 38'|
|Stadium: Arena Kombëtare |
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
|31 March 2022 FIFA World|
|San Marino||0–2||Albania||Serravalle, San Marino|
|20:45|| Report (FIFA) |
| Manaj 63'|
|Stadium: San Marino Stadium |
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (Norway)
|5 June Friendly||Wales||0–0||Albania||Cardiff, Wales|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium |
Referee: Neil Doyle (Republic of Ireland)
|8 June Friendly||Czech Republic||3–1||Albania||Prague, Czech Republic|
|20:15 UTC+2|| Schick 18'|
|Report||Cikalleshi 42'||Stadium: Stadion Letná |
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovakia)
|2 September 2022 FIFA World|
|20:45|| Report (FIFA) |
|Stadium: Stadion Narodowy|
|5 September 2022 FIFA World|
|18:00|| Report (FIFA) |
|Stadium: Arena Kombëtare|
|8 September 2022 FIFA World|
|Albania||v||San Marino||Tirana, Albania|
|20:45|| Report (FIFA) |
|Stadium: Arena Kombëtare|
|9 October 2022 FIFA World|
|20:45|| Report (FIFA) |
|Stadium: Puskás Aréna|
|12 October 2022 FIFA World|
|20:45|| Report (FIFA) |
|Stadium: Arena Kombëtare|
|12 November 2022 FIFA World|
|20:45 (19:45; UTC±0)|| Report (FIFA) |
|Head coach||Edoardo Reja|
|Athletic coach(es)||Luca Laurenti|
|Goalkeeping coach||Ilir Bozhiqi|
|Team manager||Dritan Babamusta|
|Video analyst||Alarico Marco Rossi|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Gentian Selmani||9 March 1998||2||0||Boluspor|
|12||GK||Romeo Harizaj||26 September 1998||0||0||Dinamo Tirana|
|23||GK||Alen Sherri||15 December 1997||0||0||Laçi|
|6||DF||Berat Djimsiti (Vice-captain)||19 February 1993||40||1||Atalanta|
|3||DF||Ermir Lenjani||5 August 1989||39||4||Grasshoppers|
|5||DF||Frédéric Veseli||20 November 1992||36||0||Salernitana|
|13||DF||Arlind Ajeti||25 September 1993||21||1||Unattached|
|18||DF||Ardian Ismajli||30 September 1996||18||1||Spezia|
|9||DF||Lorenc Trashi||19 May 1992||9||1||Qadsia|
|15||DF||Marash Kumbulla||8 February 2000||6||0||Roma|
|17||DF||Albi Doka||26 June 1997||5||0||Gorica|
|2||DF||Erion Hoxhallari||15 October 1995||1||0||Tirana|
|22||MF||Amir Abrashi (Captain)||27 March 1990||42||1||Grasshoppers|
|7||MF||Keidi Bare||28 August 1997||15||2||Espanyol|
|20||MF||Ylber Ramadani||12 April 1996||11||1||MTK Budapest|
|14||MF||Qazim Laçi||19 January 1996||10||0||Ajaccio|
|8||MF||Sherif Kallaku||1 March 1998||5||0||Lokomotiva|
|4||MF||Endri Çekiçi||23 November 1996||3||0||Konyaspor|
|19||FW||Bekim Balaj||11 January 1991||43||8||Nizhny Novgorod|
|16||FW||Sokol Cikalleshi||27 July 1990||42||11||Konyaspor|
|10||FW||Rey Manaj||24 February 1997||25||6||Barcelona B|
|11||FW||Taulant Seferi||15 November 1996||7||0||Tirana|
The following players have also been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Etrit Berisha||10 March 1989||66||0||Torino||v. Wales , 5 June 2021INJ|
|GK||Thomas Strakosha||19 March 1995||15||0||Lazio||v. San Marino , 31 March 2021|
|GK||Alban Hoxha||23 November 1987||4||0||Partizani Tirana||v. Belarus , 18 November 2020|
|GK||Marco Molla||19 June 2002||0||0||Bologna||v. Kazakhstan , 15 November 2020U21 / INJ|
|DF||Elseid Hysaj||20 February 1994||59||1||Lazio||v. Wales , 5 June 2021INJ|
|DF||Hysen Memolla||3 July 1992||6||0||Unattached||v. San Marino , 31 March 2021|
|DF||Mario Mitaj||6 August 2003||1||0||AEK Athens||v. San Marino , 31 March 2021U21|
|DF||Marsel Ismailgeci||14 March 2000||1||0||Tirana||v. Belarus , 18 November 2020U21|
|DF||Ramën Çepele||21 March 2003||1||0||Hannover 96||v. Belarus , 18 November 2020U21 / INJ|
|DF||Kastriot Dermaku||15 January 1992||11||1||Parma||v. Lithuania , 14 October 2020INJ|
|DF||Enea Mihaj||5 July 1998||5||0||PAOK||v. Lithuania , 14 October 2020INJ|
|DF||Jon Mersinaj||8 February 1999||0||0||Lokomotiva||v. Kazakhstan , 11 October 2020INJ|
|MF||Odise Roshi||21 May 1991||61||5||Unattached||v. Wales , 5 June 2021INJ|
|MF||Ledian Memushaj||7 December 1986||44||1||Pescara||v. San Marino , 31 March 2021|
|MF||Klaus Gjasula||14 December 1989||11||0||Hamburger SV||v. San Marino , 31 March 2021SUS|
|MF||Enis Çokaj||23 February 1999||0||0||Lokomotiva||v. San Marino , 31 March 2021|
|MF||Nedim Bajrami||28 February 1999||0||0||Empoli||v. Andorra , 25 March 2021FIFA|
|MF||Lindon Selahi||26 February 1999||4||0||Rijeka||v. Belarus , 18 November 2020|
|FW||Armando Broja||10 September 2001||6||0||Chelsea||v. Wales , 5 June 2021U21|
|FW||Myrto Uzuni||31 May 1995||15||2||Ferencváros||v. San Marino , 31 March 2021|
|FW||Florian Kamberi||8 March 1995||0||0||Sheffield Wednesday||v. San Marino , 31 March 2021INJ|
|FW||Emiliano Bullari||6 April 2001||0||0||Atromitos||v. Kazakhstan , 15 November 2020U21|
|FW||Giacomo Vrioni||15 October 1998||2||0||WSG Tirol||v. Kosovo , 11 November 2020INJ|
|FW||Armando Sadiku||27 May 1991||38||12||Las Palmas||v. Lithuania , 7 September 2020COACH|
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1934||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1966||Did not qualify||4th||6||0||1||5||2||12|
|1970||Entry not accepted||Did not participate|
|1974||Did not qualify||4th||6||1||0||5||3||13|
|1978||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1982||Did not qualify||4th||8||1||0||7||4||22|
|2022||To be determined||TBD||In progress|
|2026||To be determined|
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualifying record|
|1960||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1964||Did not qualify||R16||2||1||0||1||1||4|
|1976||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1984||Did not qualify||5th||8||0||2||6||4||14|
|2020||Did not qualify||4th||10||4||1||5||16||14|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
|Albania's European Championship history|
|First Match|| Albania 0–1 Switzerland |
(Lens, France; 11 June 2016)
|Biggest win|| Romania 0–1 Albania |
(Lyon, France; 19 June 2016)
|Biggest defeat|| France 2–0 Albania |
(Marseille, France; 15 June 2016)
|Best result||Group stage (2016)|
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022–23||B||To be determined|
Last update was on 26 July 2020. Source:
Worst Ranking Best Mover Worst MoverBest Ranking
|Albania's FIFA world rankings|
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential||Reference|
|Algeria||2||1||1||0||4||1||+3|| 1964 match* |
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||1||2||1||3||3||0||H2H results|
|China PR||2||1||1||0||4||3||+1|| H2H results |
|East Germany||3||0||1||2||2||7||−5||H2H results|
| Germany |
|Kosovo||6||4||1||1||9||8||+1|| 1993 Match |
|North Macedonia||10||2||4||4||7||12||−5||H2H results|
|Northern Ireland||9||2||2||5||5||13||−8||H2H results|
|Republic of Ireland||4||0||1||3||2||6||−4||H2H results|
|San Marino||2||2||0||0||6||0||+6||H2H results|
| Serbia |
( Yugoslavia 1946–1967)
|64 Countries||365||102||74||189||353||553||−200||All results at EU-Football.info|
Sports in Albania revolves mostly around team sports, such as football, basketball, volleyball and handball. Other sports includes boxing, weightlifting, tennis, swimming, judo, karate, athletics, table tennis, and chess. Football in particular has seen a rapid transformation, with the Albanian national football team making its debut at the 1964 UEFA European Football Championship. The national football team also qualified for the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship. Many Albanian athletes have also achieved significant success and have won European and Mediterranean titles in numerous sports during the years, such as wrestling, football, athletics and weightlifting. Albanian athletes have won a total 43 medals for Albania in 8 different Mediterranean sports, an achievement which makes Albania 7th out of 10 nations from the Balkans. Albania has had some success in others sport such as volleyball and basketball as well.
Tifozat Kuq e Zi is a non-profit football supporters' association for the Albania national football team and various national team sportive activities. It was founded on December 25, 2003. 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.
The Qemal Stafa Stadium, named after Qemal Stafa, a World War II hero, was a national stadium and the largest football stadium in Tirana, Albania. Construction started in 1939 and the stadium was inaugurated in 1946 for the Balkan Cup, which was won by the Albania national football team. The stadium has been used for football matches of the Albanian Superliga and the national team, athletic events, and the six Albanian Spartakiads. Although it was enlarged in 1974 to accommodate up to 35,000 spectators, in the 1990s it became an all-seater stadium, and its capacity was reduced to the current 19,700.
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The history of the Albania national football team dates back to the team's formation and first ever international match in 1946.
Arena Kombëtare is an all-seater, multi-purpose football stadium located in the capital city of Tirana which was built on the ground of the former Qemal Stafa Stadium. Officially known as the Air Albania Stadium for sponsorship reasons, the stadium has a seating capacity of 22,500 constituting the largest stadium in Albania.
The 2016 Albanian Supercup was the 23rd edition of the Albanian Supercup, an annual Albanian football match. The teams were decided by taking the winner of the previous season's Albanian Superliga and the winner of the Albanian Cup.
This is a list of Albania national football team's all kinds of competitive records The page is updated where necessary after each Albania match, and is correct as of 17 November 2019.
This is a list of Kosovo national football team results from 1942 to 1975.
Brotherly derby, also known as the Brotherly is the name given in football to any match between the men's national senior football team of Albania and Kosovo.
14/02/1993, Tiranë, Dinamo, 14000, Friendly International, ALBANIA–KOSOVA
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