The Albania national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja shqiptare e futbollit) is the national association football team of Albania and it has represented the Albanian nation since 1946.

Albania was the winner of the 1946 Balkan Cup and the Malta Rothmans International Tournament 2000, but had never participated in any major UEFA or FIFA tournament, until UEFA Euro 2016, Albania's first ever appearance at the continental tournament and at a major men's football tournament. Albania scored their first ever goal in a major tournament and secured first ever win in European Championship when they beat Romania by 1–0 in a UEFA Euro 2016 match on 19 June 2016.[7][8]


Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before the Albanian Football Association was created in 1930. FSHF was founded on 6 June 1930, and in, Albania joined FIFA (during the congress 12 June – 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 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.[9] At the end of the tournament Albania ranked 9th in Europe.[10][11][12]

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. Again six years without playing any international match, Albania entered in the qualifiers of the World Cup 1982, and finished the group no longer last in the class, but "revenges" Finland allocating the Nordic country to get the "wooden spoon".

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.[13] This match was also the debut of the German coach Hans-Peter Briegel who led Albania to an undefeated run at home matches. 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 a match which Albania scored goals in the 2nd and 11th minutes.[14]

In the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2008 Albania won two times 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 loss 6–1 away to Romania which resulted in the resignation of the coach Otto Barić and his assistant.[15] On 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.[17] 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 biggest win the history by defeating Cyprus 6–1 at home.[18]

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.[19] Albania started the qualifiers and was, at one point, 2nd in group with six matches played, and four in hand, 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.[20] Albania started the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 2016 with an emphatic 1–0 away win against Portugal,[21] which was followed by a 1–1 draw against Denmark at the newly renovated stadium Elbasan Arena.[22] After beating Armenia 3–0 in the last qualifying match, Albania made history by qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016, its first ever appearance at a major men's football tournament.[23]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures






Current squad

The following 23 players are in the final squad for the UEFA Euro 2016[25]
Caps and goals as of 19 June 2016 after the match against Romania.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKEtrit Berisha(1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 380Italy Lazio
121GKOrges Shehi(1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 70Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
231GKAlban Hoxha(1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 10Albania Partizani Tirana

52DFLorik Cana RET (Captain)(1983-06-27) 27 June 1983 931France Nantes
72DFAnsi Agolli(1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 642Azerbaijan Qarabağ
22DFAndi Lila(1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 600Greece PAS Giannina
152DFMërgim Mavraj(1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 293Germany 1. FC Köln
42DFElseid Hysaj(1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 230Italy Napoli
182DFArlind Ajeti(1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 121Italy Torino
172DFNaser Aliji(1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 50Germany FC Kaiserslautern
62DFFreddie Veseli(1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 40Switzerland Lugano

213MFOdise Roshi(1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 351Croatia Rijeka
33MFErmir Lenjani(1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 223France Rennes
223MFAmir Abrashi(1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 210Germany SC Freiburg
83MFMigjen Basha(1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 203Switzerland Luzern
133MFBurim Kukeli(1984-01-16) 16 January 1984 170Switzerland Zürich
203MFErgys Kaçe(1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 172Greece PAOK
93MFLedian Memushaj(1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 160Italy Pescara
113MFShkëlzen Gashi(1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 151United States Colorado Rapids
143MFTaulant Xhaka(1991-03-28) 28 March 1991 140Switzerland Basel

104FWArmando Sadiku(1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 236Switzerland Zürich
164FWSokol Cikalleshi(1990-07-27) 27 July 1990 202Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
194FWBekim Balaj(1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 161Russia Terek Grozny

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up

DFBerat Djimsiti(1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 71Italy AtalantaUEFA Euro 2016 PRE
DFAmir Rrahmani(1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 21Croatia RNK SplitUEFA Euro 2016 PRE

MFHerolind Shala(1992-02-01) 1 February 1992 60Czech Republic Sparta PragueUEFA Euro 2016 PRE
MFMilot Rashica(1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 20Netherlands VitesseUEFA Euro 2016 PRE
MFSabien Lilaj(1989-02-10) 10 February 1989 130Albania Kukësiv.  Georgia, 16 November 2015
MFAlban Meha(1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 72Saudi Arabia Al-Nassrv.  Armenia, 11 October 2015
MFErvin Bulku(1981-03-03) 3 March 1981 561Albania Tiranav.  Denmark, 4 September 2015 PRE

FWRey Manaj(1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 21Italy Pescarav.  Georgia, 16 November 2015
FWHamdi Salihi(1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 5011Albania Skënderbeu Korçëv.  Armenia, 11 October 2015
  • = Not called-up due to the injury or currently injured.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.
  • RET = Retired from international football.

Previous squads

European Championship

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff:[26]

Head CoachItaly Albania Gianni De Biasi
Assistant CoachItaly Paolo Tramezzani
Assistant CoachAlbania Erjon Bogdani
Athletic CoachItaly Alberto Belle
Goalkeeping CoachAlbania Ilir Bozhiqi
National Team ManagerAlbania Alban Bushi
National Team ScouterAlbania Erjon Bogdani
Manager of the Young TalentsAlbania Redi Jupi
Team DoctorAlbania Arben Celiku
OsteopatItaly Filippo Iori
PhysiotherapistsAlbania Alban Merepeza
PhysiotherapistsAlbania Ylli Mihali
Base materialsAlbania Fatos Kademi


In November 2013, Qemal Stafa Stadium was shut down by FIFA for not fulfilling international standards.[27] Due to Albania being undeveloped and having very poor infrastructure, not a single stadium in Albania fulfills FIFA standards for international competitions. As a result, the Albanian government is upgrading Ruzhdi Bizhuta stadium of Elbasan named Elbasan Arena in time for the Euro 2016 qualifiers beginning in September 2014, and Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër in time for the October 2015 Euro Qualifier against Serbia.[28]

Stadiums which have hosted Albania international football matches:

Number of
StadiumFirst internationalLast international
129Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tiranë7 October 194616 November 2015
5Elbasan Arena, Elbasan11 October 20148 October 2015
4Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër29 March 200310 August 2011
2Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës11 August 20105 March 2014
1Flamurtari Stadium, Vlorë28 October 198728 October 1987
1Tomori Stadium, Berat6 August 19886 August 1988


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.), Former Yugoslav Republic of 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 (English: Snow Wolves) 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. Switzerland's former coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld was astonished by how many Albanian fans turned up and how enthusiastic they were in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) 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 Albanian fans are fantastic and the most passionate fans I have ever seen.[29] 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 where they lost 1–0 and Norway where they won 1–0 thanks to a stunning goal by Hamdi Salihi.

Media coverage

Albania's qualifying matches and friendlies are currently televised by TVSH and SuperSport Albania, a trademark of Digitalb.

Kit history

The Albanian kit has been mostly red and black with few changes throughout the years.



Kit suppliers

Kit providerPeriod
Germany Adidas1980–1991
Germany Uhlsport1992–1995
Germany Puma1996–2004
United Kingdom Umbro2004–2008
United States Nike2008–2010
Italy Legea2010–2011
Germany Adidas2011–2016
Italy Macron2016–present

Managerial History

This is a chronological list of the managers who have guided Albania since 1946.[30]

  1. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubiša Broćić (1st) (22.08.1946 – 13.10.1946)
  2. Albania Adem Karapici (1st) (25.05.1947 – 25.05.1947)
  3. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubiša Broćić (2nd) (15.06.1947 – 20.08.1947)
  4. Albania Adem Karapici (2nd) (14.09.1947 – 27.06.1948)
  5. Albania Sllave Llambi (23.10.1949 – 17.11.1949)
  6. Albania Ludovik Jakova (29.11.1949 – 08.10.1950)
  7. Albania Myslym Alla (1st) (29.11.1952 – 07.12.1952)
  8. Hungary Miklós Vadas (29.11.1953 – 29.11.1953)
  9. Albania Loro Boriçi (1st) (15.09.1957 – 29.06.1963)
  10. Albania Zyber Konçi (1st) (30.10.1963 – 07.05.1965)
  11. Albania Loro Boriçi (2nd) (24.11.1965 – 21.06.1972)
  12. Albania Myslym Alla (2nd) (29.10.1972 – 06.05.1973)
  13. Albania Ilia Shuke (10.10.1973 – 08.11.1973)
  14. Albania Loro Boriçi (3rd) (03.11.1976 – 03.11.1976)
  15. Albania Zyber Konçi (2nd) (03.09.1980 – 06.12.1980)
  16. Albania Loro Boriçi (4th) (01.04.1981 – 18.11.1981)
  17. Albania Shyqyri Rreli (1st) (22.09.1982 – 30.05.1985)
  18. Albania Agron Sulaj (1st) (30.10.1985 – 18.11.1987)
  19. Albania Shyqyri Rreli (2nd) (06.08.1988 – 15.11.1989)
  20. Albania Bejkush Birçe (1st) (30.05.1990 – 30.05.1990)
  21. Albania Agron Sulaj (2nd) (05.09.1990 – 19.12.1990)
  22. Albania Bejkush Birçe (2nd) (30.03.1991 -14.05.1994)
  23. Albania Neptun Bajko (07.09.1994 – 14.12.1996)
  24. Albania Astrit Hafizi (29.03.1997 – 09.10.1999)
  25. Albania Medin Zhega (06.02.2000 – 06.06.2001)
  26. Albania Sulejman Demollari (01.09.2001 – 17.04.2002)
  27. Italy Giuseppe Dossena (12.10.2002 – 16.10.2002)
  28. Germany Hans-Peter Briegel (12.02.2003 – 22.03.2006)
  29. Croatia Austria Otto Barić (16.08.2006 – 17.10.2007)
  30. Croatia Austria Slavko Kovačić – (Caretaker) (17.11.2007 – 21.11.2007)
  31. Netherlands Arie Haan (27.05.2008 – 01.04.2009)
  32. Croatia Josip Kuže (06.06.2009 – 11.10.2011)
  33. Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemal Mustedanagić(Caretaker) (11.11.2011 – 15.11.2011)
  34. Italy Albania Gianni De Biasi (29.02.2012 – present)

Individual all-time records

Below are two lists of the top 10 players with the most caps and goals for Albania.

As of 19 June 2016.[31]
  Active players are highlighted
  Part of the squad who won 1946 Balkan Cup
  Part of the squad who won Malta Rothmans International Tournament 2000

Appearances records

Lorik Cana[34]
Altin Lala[34]
Klodian Duro[34]
Ervin Skela[34]
Foto Strakosha[34]
Erjon Bogdani
Igli Tare[34]
Alban Bushi[34]
Altin Haxhi
Altin Rraklli[34]
Ansi Agolli

Top goalscorers

Erjon Bogdani
Alban Bushi
Ervin Skela
Altin Rraklli
Hamdi Salihi
Sokol Kushta
Igli Tare
Adrian Aliaj
Loro Boriçi
Qamil Teliti
Bledar Kola
Klodian Duro
Edmond Kapllani
Armando Sadiku


List of captaincy periods of the various captains throughout the years.[35]


Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup recordFIFA World Cup Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGAPositionPldWD *LGFGA
Uruguay 1930Did Not Participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966Did Not Qualify4/46015212
Mexico 1970Entry Not Accepted[37]
West Germany 1974Did Not Qualify4/46105313
Argentina 1978Did Not Participate
Spain 1982Did Not Qualify4/58107422
Mexico 19863/4612369
Italy 19904/46006315
United States 19947/712129626
France 19986/610118720
South Korea Japan 20025/58107514
Germany 20065/7124171120
South Africa 20105/610145613
Brazil 20145/610325911
Russia 2018To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
TotalBest: –0/20000000Total9414136762175
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship recordUEFA European Championship Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGAPositionPldWD *LGFGA
France 1960Did Not Participate
Spain 1964Did Not QualifyFirst round430174
Italy 19683/34013012
Belgium 19724/4611459
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976Did Not Participate
Italy 1980
France 1984Did Not Qualify5/58026414
West Germany 19884/46006217
Sweden 19925/57106221
England 19965/6102261016
Belgium Netherlands 20005/610145814
Portugal 20044/582241115
Austria Switzerland 20085/7122551218
Poland Ukraine 20125/610235714
France 2016Group Stage18th3102132/58422105
TotalBest: Group Stage1/15310213Total9318225378159
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Albania's European Championship record
First Match
Albania  0–1   Switzerland
(11 June 2016; Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France)
Biggest Win
Romania  0–1  Albania
(19 June 2016; Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France)
Biggest Defeat
France  2–0  Albania
(15 June 2016; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France)
Best Result
Group stage at the UEFA Euro 2016
Worst Result
Group stage at the UEFA Euro 2016

Head-to-Head records against other countries

As of 19 June 2016
OpponentGamesWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferentialReference
 Bosnia and Herzegovina412133=0
 China PR101011=0
 East Germany301227−5
 Germany (Germany West 1967–1983)14 (8)01 (1)13 (7)10 (2)38 (22)−28 (−20)
 Northern Ireland9225513−8
 Republic of Ireland401326−4
 San Marino220060+6
60 Countries3117966166283492−209 at
  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.[41] Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited,[42][43] but the decision was upheld by UEFA.[44] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[45] 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.[46] Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.[7]

Memorable victories

DateTournamentPlaceOpponentsScoreAdditional Notes
22 September 1946N/AShkodër, Albania Montenegro5 – 0FIFA unofficial. Largest ever victory (without conceding)
9 October 1946Balkan Cup in AlbaniaTirana, Albania Bulgaria3 – 1
13 October 1946Balkan Cup in AlbaniaTirana, Albania Romania1 – 0
2 May 1948Balkan Cup in RomaniaBucharest, Romania Romania1 – 0
29 November 1952FriendlyTirana, Albania Czechoslovakia3 – 2
30 October 19631964 European Nations' Cup qualifyingTirana, Albania Denmark1 – 0
9 December 1952FriendlyTirana, Albania Czechoslovakia2 – 1
29 November 1953FriendlyTirana, Albania Poland2 – 0
14 November 1971UEFA Euro 1972 qualifyingTirana, Albania Turkey3 – 0
10 October 1976FriendlyTirana, Albania Algeria3 – 0
22 December 19841986 FIFA World Cup qualificationTirana, Albania Belgium2 – 0
14 February 1993N/AN/A, AlbaniaAlbania Kosovo3 – 1Unofficial first international for Kosovo was hosted by Albania.
30 November 1995FriendlyTirana, AlbaniaBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina2 – 0First FIFA international for Bosnia-Herzegovina was hosted by Albania[48]
10 September 19971998 FIFA World Cup qualificationZürich, Switzerland Northern Ireland1 – 0
21 January 1998FriendlyAnkara, Turkey Turkey4 – 1
11 October 20002002 FIFA World Cup qualificationTirana, Albania Greece2 – 0
25 April 2001FriendlyGaziantep, Turkey Turkey2 – 0
29 March 2003UEFA Euro 2004 qualifyingShkodër, Albania Russia3 – 1
18 February 2004FriendlyTirana, Albania Sweden2 – 1
4 September 20042006 FIFA World Cup qualificationTirana, Albania Greece2 – 1Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (14th)[49]
and current UEFA Euro 2004 champion.
12 August 2009FriendlyTirana, Albania Cyprus6 – 1Largest ever victory
17 February 2010FriendlyPristina, Kosovo Kosovo3 – 2Unofficial international.
25 May 2010FriendlyPodgorica, Montenegro Montenegro1 – 0
22 May 2012FriendlyMadrid, Spain Qatar2 – 1
27 May 2012FriendlyIstanbul, Turkey Iran1 – 0
16 October 20122014 FIFA World Cup qualificationTirana, Albania Slovenia1 – 0
22 March 20132014 FIFA World Cup qualificationOslo, Norway Norway1 – 0
7 September 2014UEFA Euro 2016 qualifyingAveiro, Portugal Portugal1 – 0Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (11th)[50]
14 October 2014UEFA Euro 2016 qualifyingBelgrade, Serbia Serbia3 – 0Awarded victory as Serbia forfeited by Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling.
13 June 2015FriendlyElbasan, Albania France1 – 0Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (9th)[51]
and the hosts also of the UEFA Euro 2016, tournament of the time.
11 October 2015UEFA Euro 2016 qualifyingYerevan, Armenia Armenia3 – 0Qualified to UEFA Euro 2016; first senior final tournament.
19 June 2016UEFA Euro 2016Lyon, France Romania1 – 0First ever win in a senior final tournament.