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]

History

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

2014

2015

2016

2017

Players

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 # 0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1 GK Etrit Berisha ( 1989-03-10 ) 10 March 1989 38 0 Italy Lazio
12 1 GK Orges Shehi ( 1977-09-25 ) 25 September 1977 7 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
23 1 GK Alban Hoxha ( 1987-11-23 ) 23 November 1987 1 0 Albania Partizani Tirana

5 2 DF Lorik Cana RET ( Captain) ( 1983-06-27 ) 27 June 1983 93 1 France Nantes
7 2 DF Ansi Agolli ( 1982-11-11 ) 11 November 1982 64 2 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
2 2 DF Andi Lila ( 1986-02-12 ) 12 February 1986 60 0 Greece PAS Giannina
15 2 DF Mërgim Mavraj ( 1986-06-09 ) 9 June 1986 29 3 Germany 1. FC Köln
4 2 DF Elseid Hysaj ( 1994-02-20 ) 20 February 1994 23 0 Italy Napoli
18 2 DF Arlind Ajeti ( 1993-09-25 ) 25 September 1993 12 1 Italy Torino
17 2 DF Naser Aliji ( 1993-12-27 ) 27 December 1993 5 0 Germany FC Kaiserslautern
6 2 DF Freddie Veseli ( 1992-11-20 ) 20 November 1992 4 0 Switzerland Lugano

21 3 MF Odise Roshi ( 1991-05-21 ) 21 May 1991 35 1 Croatia Rijeka
3 3 MF Ermir Lenjani ( 1989-08-05 ) 5 August 1989 22 3 France Rennes
22 3 MF Amir Abrashi ( 1990-03-27 ) 27 March 1990 21 0 Germany SC Freiburg
8 3 MF Migjen Basha ( 1987-01-05 ) 5 January 1987 20 3 Switzerland Luzern
13 3 MF Burim Kukeli ( 1984-01-16 ) 16 January 1984 17 0 Switzerland Zürich
20 3 MF Ergys Kaçe ( 1993-07-08 ) 8 July 1993 17 2 Greece PAOK
9 3 MF Ledian Memushaj ( 1986-12-07 ) 7 December 1986 16 0 Italy Pescara
11 3 MF Shkëlzen Gashi ( 1988-07-15 ) 15 July 1988 15 1 United States Colorado Rapids
14 3 MF Taulant Xhaka ( 1991-03-28 ) 28 March 1991 14 0 Switzerland Basel

10 4 FW Armando Sadiku ( 1991-05-27 ) 27 May 1991 23 6 Switzerland Zürich
16 4 FW Sokol Cikalleshi ( 1990-07-27 ) 27 July 1990 20 2 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
19 4 FW Bekim Balaj ( 1991-01-11 ) 11 January 1991 16 1 Russia Terek Grozny

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Berat Djimsiti ( 1993-02-19 ) 19 February 1993 7 1 Italy Atalanta UEFA Euro 2016 PRE
DF Amir Rrahmani ( 1994-02-24 ) 24 February 1994 2 1 Croatia RNK Split UEFA Euro 2016 PRE

MF Herolind Shala ( 1992-02-01 ) 1 February 1992 6 0 Czech Republic Sparta Prague UEFA Euro 2016 PRE
MF Milot Rashica ( 1996-06-28 ) 28 June 1996 2 0 Netherlands Vitesse UEFA Euro 2016 PRE
MF Sabien Lilaj ( 1989-02-10 ) 10 February 1989 13 0 Albania Kukësi v. Georgia , 16 November 2015
MF Alban Meha ( 1986-04-25 ) 25 April 1986 7 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v. Armenia , 11 October 2015
MF Ervin Bulku ( 1981-03-03 ) 3 March 1981 56 1 Albania Tirana v. Denmark , 4 September 2015 PRE

FW Rey Manaj ( 1997-02-24 ) 24 February 1997 2 1 Italy Pescara v. Georgia , 16 November 2015
FW Hamdi Salihi ( 1984-01-19 ) 19 January 1984 50 11 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë v. 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]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Albania Gianni De Biasi
Assistant Coach Italy Paolo Tramezzani
Assistant Coach Albania Erjon Bogdani
Athletic Coach Italy Alberto Belle
Goalkeeping Coach Albania Ilir Bozhiqi
National Team Manager Albania Alban Bushi
National Team Scouter Albania Erjon Bogdani
Manager of the Young Talents Albania Redi Jupi
Team Doctor Albania Arben Celiku
Osteopat Italy Filippo Iori
Physiotherapists Albania Alban Merepeza
Physiotherapists Albania Ylli Mihali
Base materials Albania Fatos Kademi

Stadium

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
matches
Stadium First international Last international
129 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tiranë 7 October 1946 16 November 2015
5 Elbasan Arena, Elbasan 11 October 2014 8 October 2015
4 Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër 29 March 2003 10 August 2011
2 Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës 11 August 2010 5 March 2014
1 Flamurtari Stadium, Vlorë 28 October 1987 28 October 1987
1 Tomori Stadium, Berat 6 August 1988 6 August 1988

Supporters

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.

Home

Away

Kit suppliers

Kit provider Period
Germany Adidas 1980–1991
Germany Uhlsport 1992–1995
Germany Puma 1996–2004
United Kingdom Umbro 2004–2008
United States Nike 2008–2010
Italy Legea 2010–2011
Germany Adidas 2011–2016
Italy Macron 2016–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
[32] [33]

Appearances records

# Name Career Caps Goals
1
Lorik Cana [34]
2003–2016 93 1
2
Altin Lala [34]
1998–2011 80 3
3
Klodian Duro [34]
2001–2011 78 6
4
Ervin Skela [34]
2000–2011 76 13
5
Foto Strakosha [34]
1990–2004 74 0
Erjon Bogdani
1996–2013 74 18
7
Igli Tare [34]
1997–2007 69 10
8
Alban Bushi [34]
1995–2007 68 14
Altin Haxhi
1995–2009 68 3
10
Altin Rraklli [34]
1992–2005 64 11
Ansi Agolli
2005– 64 2

Top goalscorers

# Name Career Goals Caps
1
Erjon Bogdani
1996–2013 18 74
2
Alban Bushi
1995–2007 14 68
3
Ervin Skela
2000–2011 13 76
4
Altin Rraklli
1992–2005 11 64
Hamdi Salihi
2006– 11 50
6
Sokol Kushta
1987–1996 10 31
Igli Tare
1997–2007 10 68
8
Adrian Aliaj
2002–2006 8 29
9
Loro Boriçi
1946–1958 6 24
Qamil Teliti
1946–1952 6 13
Bledar Kola
1994–2002 6 41
Klodian Duro
2000–2011 6 78
Edmond Kapllani
2004–2014 6 41
Armando Sadiku
2012– 6 23

Captains

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

Honours

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did Not Qualify 4/4 6 0 1 5 2 12
Mexico 1970 Entry Not Accepted [37]
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify 4/4 6 1 0 5 3 13
Argentina 1978 Did Not Participate
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify 4/5 8 1 0 7 4 22
Mexico 1986 3/4 6 1 2 3 6 9
Italy 1990 4/4 6 0 0 6 3 15
United States 1994 7/7 12 1 2 9 6 26
France 1998 6/6 10 1 1 8 7 20
South Korea Japan 2002 5/5 8 1 0 7 5 14
Germany 2006 5/7 12 4 1 7 11 20
South Africa 2010 5/6 10 1 4 5 6 13
Brazil 2014 5/6 10 3 2 5 9 11
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total Best: – 0/20 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 94 14 13 67 62 175
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Position Pld W D * L GF GA
France 1960 Did Not Participate
Spain 1964 Did Not Qualify First round 4 3 0 1 7 4
Italy 1968 3/3 4 0 1 3 0 12
Belgium 1972 4/4 6 1 1 4 5 9
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Did Not Participate
Italy 1980
France 1984 Did Not Qualify 5/5 8 0 2 6 4 14
West Germany 1988 4/4 6 0 0 6 2 17
Sweden 1992 5/5 7 1 0 6 2 21
England 1996 5/6 10 2 2 6 10 16
Belgium Netherlands 2000 5/6 10 1 4 5 8 14
Portugal 2004 4/5 8 2 2 4 11 15
Austria Switzerland 2008 5/7 12 2 5 5 12 18
Poland Ukraine 2012 5/6 10 2 3 5 7 14
France 2016 Group Stage 18th 3 1 0 2 1 3 2/5 8 4 2 2 10 5
Total Best: Group Stage 1/15 3 1 0 2 1 3 Total 93 18 22 53 78 159
* 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
Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential Reference
Algeria 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3
Andorra 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2
Argentina 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4
Armenia 5 3 1 1 8 5 +3
Austria 7 0 0 7 2 19 −17
Azerbaijan 5 3 1 1 5 3 +2
Bahrain 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3
Belarus 5 1 2 2 5 8 −3
Belgium 2 1 0 1 3 3 =0
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 1 2 1 3 3 =0
Bulgaria 13 2 4 7 8 17 −9
Cameroon 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0
China PR 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0
Cuba 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0
Cyprus 6 2 2 2 12 7 +5
Czechoslovakia 5 2 0 3 6 10 −4
Denmark 10 1 3 6 4 19 −15
East Germany 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5
England 4 0 0 4 1 12 −11
Estonia 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2
Finland 7 2 1 4 6 8 −2
France 7 1 1 5 3 14 −11
Georgia 14 3 3 8 13 23 −10
Germany ( Germany West 1967–1983) 14 (8) 0 1 (1) 13 (7) 10 (2) 38 (22) −28 (−20)
Greece 15 6 3 6 16 13 +3 [10] [11]
Hungary 6 0 1 5 0 19 −19
Iceland 5 2 0 3 5 7 −2
Iran 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
Italy 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2
Kosovo 4 3 1 0 9 5 +4 [38] [39] [40]
Latvia 5 0 5 0 6 6 =0
Liechtenstein 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
Lithuania 4 2 0 2 7 6 +1
Luxembourg 6 4 1 1 9 2 +7
Macedonia 8 1 3 4 4 10 −6
Malta 8 5 2 1 14 3 +11
Mexico 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4
Moldova 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4
Montenegro 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
Netherlands 4 0 0 4 1 7 −6
Northern Ireland 9 2 2 5 5 13 −8
Norway 6 1 2 1 5 5 =0
Poland 11 1 3 7 7 14 −7
Portugal 7 1 1 5 5 13 −8
Qatar 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3
Republic of Ireland 4 0 1 3 2 6 −4
Romania 19 3 3 13 12 45 −33
Russia 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1
San Marino 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6
Slovenia 7 1 2 4 2 6 −4
Spain 5 0 0 5 2 24 −22
Sweden 5 1 1 3 5 10 −5
Switzerland 7 0 1 6 4 12 −8
Turkey 9 3 2 4 11 8 +3
Ukraine 6 0 1 5 4 12 −8
Uzbekistan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
Vietnam 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5
Wales 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
Yugoslavia
Serbia
5
2
0
1
1
0
4
1
4
3
13
2
−9
+1
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  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

Date Tournament Place Opponents Score Additional Notes
22 September 1946 N/A Shkodër, Albania Montenegro 5 – 0 FIFA unofficial. Largest ever victory (without conceding)
9 October 1946 Balkan Cup in Albania Tirana, Albania Bulgaria 3 – 1
13 October 1946 Balkan Cup in Albania Tirana, Albania Romania 1 – 0
2 May 1948 Balkan Cup in Romania Bucharest, Romania Romania 1 – 0
29 November 1952 Friendly Tirana, Albania Czechoslovakia 3 – 2
30 October 1963 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying Tirana, Albania Denmark 1 – 0
9 December 1952 Friendly Tirana, Albania Czechoslovakia 2 – 1
29 November 1953 Friendly Tirana, Albania Poland 2 – 0
14 November 1971 UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying Tirana, Albania Turkey 3 – 0
10 October 1976 Friendly Tirana, Albania Algeria 3 – 0
22 December 1984 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania Belgium 2 – 0
14 February 1993 N/A N/A, Albania Albania Kosovo 3 – 1 Unofficial first international for Kosovo was hosted by Albania.
30 November 1995 Friendly Tirana, Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 – 0 First FIFA international for Bosnia-Herzegovina was hosted by Albania [48]
10 September 1997 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification Zürich, Switzerland Northern Ireland 1 – 0
21 January 1998 Friendly Ankara, Turkey Turkey 4 – 1
11 October 2000 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania Greece 2 – 0
25 April 2001 Friendly Gaziantep, Turkey Turkey 2 – 0
29 March 2003 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying Shkodër, Albania Russia 3 – 1
18 February 2004 Friendly Tirana, Albania Sweden 2 – 1
4 September 2004 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania Greece 2 – 1 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (14th) [49]
and current UEFA Euro 2004 champion.
12 August 2009 Friendly Tirana, Albania Cyprus 6 – 1 Largest ever victory
17 February 2010 Friendly Pristina, Kosovo Kosovo 3 – 2 Unofficial international.
25 May 2010 Friendly Podgorica, Montenegro Montenegro 1 – 0
22 May 2012 Friendly Madrid, Spain Qatar 2 – 1
27 May 2012 Friendly Istanbul, Turkey Iran 1 – 0
16 October 2012 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Tirana, Albania Slovenia 1 – 0
22 March 2013 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Oslo, Norway Norway 1 – 0
7 September 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Aveiro, Portugal Portugal 1 – 0 Victory over top 15 ranked team at the time (11th) [50]
14 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Belgrade, Serbia Serbia 3 – 0 Awarded victory as Serbia forfeited by Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling.
13 June 2015 Friendly Elbasan, Albania France 1 – 0 Victory 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 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Yerevan, Armenia Armenia 3 – 0 Qualified to UEFA Euro 2016 ; first senior final tournament.
19 June 2016 UEFA Euro 2016 Lyon, France Romania 1 – 0 First ever win in a senior final tournament.