Albania women's national football team

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Albania
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Nickname(s) Kuq e Zinjtë
(The Red and Blacks)
Association Albanian Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Armir Grimaj
Captain Albina Rrahmani
Most caps Denisa Proto (22)
Top scorer Furtuna Velaj (7)
Home stadium Elbasan Arena
FIFA code ALB
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FIFA ranking
Current 78 Decrease2.svg 2 (7 December 2018) [1]
Highest40 (April 2015)
Lowest136 (December 2011)
First international
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 1–0 Macedonia  Flag of North Macedonia.svg
(Pogradec, Albania; 5 May 2011) [2]
Biggest win
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia 1–4 Albania  Flag of Albania.svg
(Struga, Macedonia; 10 November 2011) [2]
Biggest defeat
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 0–11 Norway  Flag of Norway.svg
(Durrës, Albania; 13 September 2014)

The Albania women's national football team (Albanian : Kombëtarja e Femrave) represents the country of Albania in international football and is controlled by the Albanian Football Association which is headquartered in the city of Tirana. The team is affiliated with UEFA and competes in the two major professional tournaments, the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship.

Albanian language Indo-European language

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Albanian Football Association governing body of association football in Albania

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Women's football was long met with skepticism in Albania, and the first recorded tournament took place as late as 2007, before the FSHF formed the Albanian Women's National Championship in 2009, which is the only women's league in the country. The rise in popularity of the sport among women led to the formation of the Albania national team in 2011, and they made their debut in a friendly match against Macedonia that ended in a 1–0 win. The current head coach is Armir Grimaj, replacing Altin Rraklli who was in charge from the formation in 2011 until 2016.

Albanian Womens National Championship

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Overview

History

The Albanian women's national football team was formed in 2011 and made their debut in a friendly against Macedonia FYR on May 5, 2011 at the Gjorgji Kyçyku Stadium. [3] The match ended 1–0 with Albania's first win and midfielder Aurora Seranaj scoring the first goal for Albania. [3]

Gjorgji Kyçyku Stadium

Gjorgji Kyçyku Stadium is a stadium in Pogradec, Albania. It is the home ground of KS Pogradeci.

Aurora Seranaj is an Albanian footballer who currently plays for Lazio and the Albania national team where she has been captain since the team was founded in 2011.

Towards the end of 2011, the national team strengthened its squad with the arrival of football players from the Albanian diaspora communities, notably Furtuna Velaj, Dafina Memedov, Ellvana Curo, Elizabeta Ejupi, Arjeta Krasniqi and Arbnora Robelli. The national team ended the year with their second win against Macedonia FYR away in Struga. [4] The second victory against Macedonia FYR is currently the national team's biggest win.

The Albanian diaspora are the ethnic Albanians and their descendants living outside of Albania, Kosovo, Southeast Montenegro, West North Macedonia, Southeast Serbia and Northwest Greece.

Struga Place in North Macedonia

Struga is a town and popular tourist destination situated in the south-western region of North Macedonia, lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. The town of Struga is the seat of Struga Municipality.

On 15 May 2012, Albania faced Montenegro in Bar and won 4-2. [5] Three days later, the Albanian team won again with a rematch against Montenegro, winning 4–3 at the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër. [6] On 22 May, Albania encountered Macedonia FYR again, winning 2–0 with 2 goals from Suada Jashari. [7] The national team had so far been undefeated in 5 games, with 15 goals scored, and 6 goals conceded. On 29 August, The Albanian national team participated in an unofficial football tournament held in Drama. The national team drew 1–1 with Amazons Drama [8] and lost 0–3 to Greece. [9]

The Montenegro women's national football team represents Montenegro in international women's football, and it is organised by Football Association of Montenegro.

Bar, Montenegro Place in Bar Municipality, Montenegro

Bar is a coastal town and seaport in southern Montenegro. It is the capital of the Bar Municipality and a center for tourism. According to the 2011 census, the city proper had 17,649 inhabitants, while the total population of Bar Municipality was 42,068.

The Loro Boriçi Stadium, previously known as Vojo Kushi Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Shkodër, Albania, which is used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of KF Vllaznia Shkodër. The stadium has a capacity of around 16,000 seated.

Venues

The Elbasan Arena is currently the national stadium of the Albania women's national football team. The first home match in the country was played in the Gjorgji Kyçyku Stadium of Pogradec in May 2011. [3] Following the completion, the National Arena in Tirana will be the home venue of both the men's and women's national team.

Elbasan Arena

Elbasan Arena is a multi-purpose stadium in Elbasan, Albania. The stadium was completed in 1967 and has been the home ground of KF Elbasani ever since. The stadium was under reconstruction and was officially inaugurated on October 8, 2014 in time for the match against Denmark, valid for the qualifiers of UEFA Euro 2016, with total capacity of 12,800, making it the 2nd largest in Albania, after the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër.

Pogradec Municipality in Korçë, Albania

Pogradec is a city and municipality in central Albania, situated on the shores the Ohrid lake. The lake is one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes. It is located in the County of Korçë.

Tirana Capital of Albania

Tirana is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Albania.

In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards. [10] During the period of friendly games and the Euro qualifier with Greece in 2015, the women's team used the Loni Papuçiu Stadium in Fier to hold their matches. The Qemal Stafa Stadium held the match between France and Albania on November 27, 2015.

Kit suppliers

Kit providerPeriod
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Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 2011–2016
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Competitive record

World Cup

World Cup FinalsWorld Cup Qualification record
YearResultGPWD*LGFGAGDPositionGPWD*LGFGAGD
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Did Not Enter
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995
Flag of the United States.svg 1999
Flag of the United States.svg 2003
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007
Flag of Germany.svg 2011
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Did Not Qualify6/613319856−48
Flag of France.svg 2019 Did Not Qualify4/511326925−16
Total0/8-------Total2463151781−64
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European Championship

European Championship FinalsEuropean Championship Qualification record
YearResultGPWD*LGFGAGDPositionGPWD*LGFGAGD
1984 Did Not Enter
Flag of Norway.svg 1987
Flag of Germany.svg 1989
Flag of Denmark.svg 1991
Flag of Italy.svg 1993
Flag of Germany.svg 1995
Flag of Norway.svg 1997
Flag of Germany.svg 2001
Flag of England.svg 2005
Flag of Finland.svg 2009
Flag of Sweden.svg 2013
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2017 Did not qualify5/58008331−28
Flag of England.svg 2021 To be determined4/5
Total0/11-------Total8008331−28

Coaching history

Team

Current squad

The following players were named to the squad for official World Cup Qualifiers match against Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo, Flag of Greece.svg  Greece and Flag of Malta.svg  Malta on 4 to 11 April 2017. [12]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Marigona Zani (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 (age 22)90 Flag of Germany.svg TSV-Jahn Calden
1 GK Viona Rexhepi (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 22)00 Flag of Kosovo.svg Hajvalia
2 DF Albina Rrahmani (1989-02-24) 24 February 1989 (age 30)161 Flag of Kosovo.svg Hajvalia
2 DF Cyme Lulaj (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 29)140 Flag of Albania.svg Kinostudio
2 DF Lucie Gjini (1994-05-02) 2 May 1994 (age 24)130 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia
2 DF Arbiona Bajraktari (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 22)70 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia
2 DF Sara Maliqi (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 23)50 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia
2 DF Arbenita Curraj (1996-07-28) 28 July 1996 (age 22)00 Flag of Kosovo.svg Hajvalia
2 DF Denisa Proto (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 27)180 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia
3 MF Ezmiralda Franja (1997-02-04) 4 February 1997 (age 22)90 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia
3 MF Lavdie Begolli (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26)60 Flag of Finland.svg JyPK
3 MF Megi Doci (1996-10-14) 14 October 1996 (age 22)60 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia
3 MF Endrina Elezaj (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 22)10 Flag of Kosovo.svg Hajvalia
3 MF Furtuna Velaj (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 28)227 Flag of Germany.svg SC Sand
3 MF Qendresa Krasniqi (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 24)51 Flag of Switzerland.svg Yverdon
4 FW Suada Jashari (1988-10-19) 19 October 1988 (age 30)133 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia
4 FW Ambra Gjergji (1997-03-13) 13 March 1997 (age 22)30 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia
4 FW Uendi Muja (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia
3 MF Kujtime Kurbogaj (1996-11-26) 26 November 1996 (age 22)31 Flag of Sweden.svg FC Rosengård
3 MF Dafina Memedov (1990-02-21) 21 February 1990 (age 29)102 Flag of Sweden.svg IF Limhamn Bunkeflo
3 MF Geldona Morina (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 24)3- Flag of Germany.svg MSV Duisburg
3 MF Saranda Hashani (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 22)102 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich Frauen
3 MF Elizabeta Ejupi (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 (age 24)3- Flag of England.svg Nottingham Forest

Recent callups

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
4 FW Emanuela Jaku (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 25)00 Flag of Albania.svg Juban Danja
3 MF Gleona Taullaj (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 22)00 Flag of Albania.svg Apolonia
2 DF Erida Bajrakurtaj (1994-03-16) 16 March 1994 (age 25)10 Flag of Albania.svg Kinostudio
2 DF Ester Pocesta (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 25)00 Flag of Albania.svg Kinostudio
4 FW Marsela Djegsina (1995-05-13) 13 May 1995 (age 23)00 Flag of Albania.svg AAS
1 GK Ardiola Raxhimi (1998-09-12) 12 September 1998 (age 20)00 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia
1 GK Besa Leci00 Flag of Germany.svg ?
1 GK Pëllumbesha Gjyli (1986-08-31) 31 August 1986 (age 32)150
1 GK Veronika Jashari (1997-05-16) 16 May 1997 (age 21)00 Flag of Sweden.svg Forsby FF
1 GK Desantila Hoxhaj (1988-07-01) 1 July 1988 (age 30)00 Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia Shkodër
1 GK Elandra Basha (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 30)00 Flag of Germany.svg TSV Schwaben Augsburg
2 DF Fitore Govori (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 31)
2 DF Irisa Beqiraga (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 25) Flag of Kosovo.svg KFF Mitrovica
2 DF Fatbardha Aliu (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 22) Flag of Sweden.svg Falkenbergs FF
2 DF Nora Selmani (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 30) Flag of Kosovo.svg KFF Kosova
2 DF Xhuljeta Preci (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 24) Flag of Albania.svg Juban Danja
2 DF Donilda Sufaj (1993-03-14) 14 March 1993 (age 26) Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia Shkodër
2 DF Greta Lazri (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 23) Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia Shkodër
2 DF Lumturie Muhadri (1982-11-30) 30 November 1982 (age 36) Flag of Kosovo.svg WFC Prishtina
3 MF Aurora Seranaj (1982-05-14) 14 May 1982 (age 36)31 Flag of Italy.svg Lazio
3 MF Marcela Ndoci (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of Albania.svg Juban Danja
3 MF Festime Hasrollaj ?10?
3 MF Ferite Kastrati ?10?
3 MF Floralba Krasniqi (1994-08-26) 26 August 1994 (age 24) Flag of Austria.svg Union Kleinmünchen
3 MF Atdhetare Halitjaja (1993-11-02) 2 November 1993 (age 25) Flag of Italy.svg Sassuolo
3 MF Valbona Jusufi (1992-09-18) 18 September 1992 (age 26) Flag of Italy.svg Roma Decimoquarto
3 MF Nurtene Topalli (1993-05-26) 26 May 1993 (age 25) Flag of Austria.svg SPG LUV Graz/DFC Leoben
3 MF Xhemile Berisha (1981-07-22) 22 July 1981 (age 37) Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia Shkodër
3 MF Rovena Ndoci (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 21) Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia Shkodër
3 MF Dielona Luta (1994-11-09) 9 November 1994 (age 24)00 Flag of Germany.svg FC Köln
3 MF Arjeta Krasniqi (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 (age 29) Flag of Germany.svg GSV Moers
4 FW Aurora Thaçi ?10 Flag of Norway.svg Øvrevoll Hosle Idrettslag
4 FW Klaudia Rrotani (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 23)00 Flag of Albania.svg Juban Danja
3 MF Naime Merovci (1993-03-28) 28 March 1993 (age 25) Flag of Sweden.svg IFK Strömstad
4 FW Arbnora Robelli (1992-09-03) 3 September 1992 (age 26) Flag of Sweden.svg IS Halmia
4 FW Ana Baro (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 26) Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia Shkodër
4 FW Ellvana Curo (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 27) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bundoora United FC
4 FW Blerta Kaçiu (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 27) Flag of Kosovo.svg WFC Prishtina

Recent schedule and results

2015

2016

2017

2018

Record against other nations

OpponentGamesWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal Differential
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 200208−8
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2002210−8
Flag of France.svg  France 2002012−12
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 5203612−6
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 100106−6
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 110032−1
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 110020+2
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 220042+2
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia 4301105+5
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 2020110
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 320186+2
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2002114−13
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 2002018−18
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2002110−9
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 200206−6
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 2101110
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 200206−6
16 Countries361122336117−81

See also

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