Albania women's national football team

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.

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.

Albania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Kuq e Zinjtë
(The Red and Blacks)
AssociationAlbanian Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachArmir Grimaj
CaptainAlbina Rrahmani
Most capsDenisa Proto (22)
Top scorerFurtuna Velaj (7)
Home stadiumElbasan Arena
FIFA codeALB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 78 Decrease 1 (12 July 2019)[1]
Highest40 (April 2015)
Lowest136 (December 2011)
First international
 Albania 1–0 North Macedonia 
(Pogradec, Albania; 5 May 2011)[2]
Biggest win
 North Macedonia 1–4 Albania 
(Struga, Macedonia; 10 November 2011)[2]
Biggest defeat
 Albania 0–11 Norway 
(Durrës, Albania; 13 September 2014)

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]

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.

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]

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.

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 provider Period
Italy Legea 2011
Germany Adidas 2011–2016
Italy Macron 2016–present

Competitive record

World Cup

World Cup Finals World Cup qualification record
Year Result Pld W D * L GF GA GD Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015 Did not qualify 6/6 13 3 1 9 8 56 −48
France 2019 4/5 11 3 2 6 9 25 −16
Total 0/8 Total 24 6 3 15 17 81 −64
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European Championship

European Championship Finals European Championship qualification record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Position Pld W D* L GF GA GD
1984 Did not enter Did not enter
Norway 1987
Germany 1989
Denmark 1991
Italy 1993
Germany 1995
Norway 1997
Germany 2001
England 2005
Finland 2009
Sweden 2013
Netherlands 2017 Did not qualify 5/5 8 0 0 8 3 31 −28
England 2021 To be determined 4/5
Total 0/11 Total 8 0 0 8 3 31 −28

Coaching history

Team

Current squad

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

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
GK Marigona Zani 5 July 1996 (age 23) 9 0 Germany TSV-Jahn Calden
GK Viona Rexhepi 24 July 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Kosovo Hajvalia
DF Albina Rrahmani 24 February 1989 (age 30) 16 1 Kosovo Hajvalia
DF Cyme Lulaj 20 October 1989 (age 29) 14 0 Albania Kinostudio
DF Lucie Gjini 2 May 1994 (age 25) 13 0 Albania Vllaznia
DF Arbiona Bajraktari 10 September 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Albania Vllaznia
DF Sara Maliqi 9 October 1995 (age 23) 5 0 Albania Vllaznia
DF Arbenita Curraj 28 July 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Kosovo Hajvalia
DF Denisa Proto 25 April 1991 (age 28) 18 0 Albania Vllaznia
MF Ezmiralda Franja 4 February 1997 (age 22) 9 0 Albania Vllaznia
MF Lavdie Begolli 19 January 1993 (age 26) 6 0 Finland JyPK
MF Megi Doci 14 October 1996 (age 22) 6 0 Albania Vllaznia
MF Endrina Elezaj 12 January 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Kosovo Hajvalia
MF Furtuna Velaj 3 August 1990 (age 28) 22 7 Germany SC Sand
MF Qendresa Krasniqi 28 June 1994 (age 25) 5 1 Switzerland Yverdon
FW Suada Jashari 19 October 1988 (age 30) 13 3 Albania Vllaznia
FW Ambra Gjergji 13 March 1997 (age 22) 3 0 Albania Vllaznia
FW Uendi Muja 4 June 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Albania Vllaznia
MF Kujtime Kurbogaj 26 November 1996 (age 22) 3 1 Sweden FC Rosengård
MF Dafina Memedov 21 February 1990 (age 29) 10 2 Sweden IF Limhamn Bunkeflo
MF Geldona Morina 3 August 1994 (age 24) 3 - Germany MSV Duisburg
MF Saranda Hashani 20 May 1996 (age 23) 10 2 Switzerland Zürich Frauen
MF Elizabeta Ejupi 21 April 1994 (age 25) 3 - England Nottingham Forest

Recent callups

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

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
FW Emanuela Jaku 11 May 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Albania Juban Danja
MF Gleona Taullaj 29 April 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Albania Apolonia
DF Erida Bajrakurtaj 16 March 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Albania Kinostudio
DF Ester Pocesta 9 August 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Albania Kinostudio
FW Marsela Djegsina 13 May 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Albania AAS
GK Ardiola Raxhimi 12 September 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Albania Vllaznia
GK Besa Leci 0 0 Germany ?
GK Pëllumbesha Gjyli 31 August 1986 (age 32) 15 0
GK Veronika Jashari 16 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Sweden Forsby FF
GK Desantila Hoxhaj 1 July 1988 (age 31) 0 0 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
GK Elandra Basha 24 March 1988 (age 31) 0 0 Germany TSV Schwaben Augsburg
DF Fitore Govori 3 August 1987 (age 31)
DF Irisa Beqiraga 29 December 1993 (age 25) Kosovo KFF Mitrovica
DF Fatbardha Aliu 5 June 1996 (age 23) Sweden Falkenbergs FF
DF Nora Selmani 14 September 1988 (age 30) Kosovo KFF Kosova
DF Xhuljeta Preci 16 December 1994 (age 24) Albania Juban Danja
DF Donilda Sufaj 14 March 1993 (age 26) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
DF Greta Lazri 7 August 1995 (age 23) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
DF Lumturie Muhadri 30 November 1982 (age 36) Kosovo WFC Prishtina
MF Aurora Seranaj 14 May 1982 (age 37) 3 1 Italy Lazio
MF Marcela Ndoci 12 February 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Albania Juban Danja
MF Festime Hasrollaj ? 1 0 ?
MF Ferite Kastrati ? 1 0 ?
MF Floralba Krasniqi 26 August 1994 (age 24) Austria Union Kleinmünchen
MF Atdhetare Halitjaja 2 November 1993 (age 25) Italy Sassuolo
MF Valbona Jusufi 18 September 1992 (age 26) Italy Roma Decimoquarto
MF Nurtene Topalli 26 May 1993 (age 26) Austria SPG LUV Graz/DFC Leoben
MF Xhemile Berisha 22 July 1981 (age 37) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
MF Rovena Ndoci 5 January 1998 (age 21) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
MF Dielona Luta 9 November 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Germany FC Köln
MF Arjeta Krasniqi 29 June 1989 (age 30) Germany GSV Moers
FW Aurora Thaçi ? 1 0 Norway Øvrevoll Hosle Idrettslag
FW Klaudia Rrotani 16 May 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Albania Juban Danja
MF Naime Merovci 28 March 1993 (age 26) Sweden IFK Strömstad
FW Arbnora Robelli 3 September 1992 (age 26) Sweden IS Halmia
FW Ana Baro 1 November 1992 (age 26) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër
FW Ellvana Curo 22 January 1992 (age 27) Australia Bundoora United FC
FW Blerta Kaçiu 24 February 1992 (age 27) Kosovo WFC Prishtina

Recent schedule and results

2018

Record against other nations

Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
 Croatia 2 0 0 2 2 10 −8
 France 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12
 Greece 5 2 0 3 6 12 −6
 Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
 Kosovo 1 1 0 0 3 2 −1
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Luxembourg 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
 North Macedonia 4 3 0 1 10 5 +5
 Malta 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
 Montenegro 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2
 Netherlands 2 0 0 2 1 14 −13
 Norway 2 0 0 2 0 18 −18
 Portugal 2 0 0 2 1 10 −9
 Romania 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
 Turkey 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
 Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
16 Countries 36 11 2 23 36 117 −81

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Kirill (16 August 2010). "Albania matches". Kirill. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Fatjon Pandovski - Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) (6 May 2011). "Seranaj scores as Albania women make their debut". uefa.com.
  4. ^ Sue Prior. "Winning International debut for Liz". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Montenegro vs. Albania 2 – 4". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Albania vs. Montenegro 4 – 3". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Albania vs. Macedonia FYR 2 – 0". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  8. ^ Δράμα -Αλβανία μέσα απο το φακό
  9. ^ Αυλαία στο τουρνουά της Δράμας (+photos)- Κόγγουλη "Καλό τεστ το τουρουά για την Εθνική"
  10. ^ "Sport.albeu.com – UEFA "djeg" edhe "Ruzhdi Bizhutën" e "Niko Dovanën"". Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  11. ^ Rraklli largohet nga stoli i Kombëtares së femrave, ja kush e zëvendëson
  12. ^ LISTA E GRIMES PER MIQESOREN

External links

Albania women's national football team results

This is a list of the Albania women's national football team results from its formation in 2011 to the present day.

Albania women's national under-17 football team

Albania women's national under-17 football team represents Albania in international youth football competitions.

Albanian Football Association

The Albanian Football Association (Albanian: Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit; FSHF) is the governing body of football in Albania. The association is based in Tirana, Albania. The association organizes the national football leagues of the Albanian Superliga, the First Division, the Second Division, the Third Division, the Albanian Cup and Supercup. Albania women's national football team, Albanian women's football championship, and the Albanian Women's Cup are also overseen. The association also coordinates the activities of the Albania national football team and the Albania national youth football teams such as Under-21, Under-20, Under-19, Under-18, Under-17, Under-16 and Under-15.

Dafina Memedov

Dafina Memedov is an Albanian football midfielder, currently playing for Stattena IF in Sweden's Division 1, and for the Albania women's national football team. She previously played for IFK Norrköping DFK.

Elizabeta Ejupi

Elizabeta "Liz" Ejupi (born 21 April 1994) is an Albanian footballer from England, who represents the Albania women's national football team. She previously played for Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest of the FA Women's Premier League. She is a bronze medalist in the London Youth Games.

Ellvana Curo

Ellvana Curo (born 22 January 1992) nicknamed "Elly", is an Albanian Australian footballer, who currently plays for Bundoora United in the Victorian Women's Premier League and Albania women's national football team. Ellvana is a tall and strong target striker who rarely gets pushed off the ball.

Furtuna Velaj

Furtuna Velaj (born 8 March 1990), is an Albanian American active footballer for the Albanian women's national team and UWS amateur team New York Surf. Velaj, played for fours years at Quinnipiac University scoring 39 goals in 63 matches receiving many conference and regional accolades. After graduation, Velaj joined the Boston Breakers in the WPSL as a winger, forward but missed the whole session due to injury. Her team were the 2012 WPSL regular season champions. Velaj, continued her soccer career oversees first joining Afturelding in Iceland for the second half of the Icelandic Urvalsdeild. Velaj, tried to return and play in the new NWSL league as a trialist with the Portland Thorns but did not make the squad and instead played for amateur team the Toronto Lady Lynx in the USL W-League. After a good season for Toronto Lady Lynx in the W-League she got a contract offer from the former Finnish champions and was meant as a reinforce before the UEFA Women's Champions League and the end of the season. She got her debut in the 4–1 loss away against Åland United on 27 July 2013, where she came in as a substitute. After finishing the season in Finland in second place and winning the 2013 Finnish Cup with her team, she transferred to Kolbotn IL in the Norwegian Toppserie in the beginning of 2014.She is also a national team player for the Albania women's national football team.Velaj played for Albania in Sarpsborg, Norway in late 2013, and shortly afterwards she was offered a contract by the Norwegian club Kolbotn IL. Shortly afterwards she had a shoulder injury playing for the club at La Manga but it was found to be less serious than at first thought.After a successful season with Kolbotn IL she transferred to German club SC Sand, where she played for the first team and second team. Velaj helped SC Sand II win the Sud Regional Championship, helping the team get promoted to 2nd Bundesliga in 2015 and finishing as top goalscorer in the league with 20 goals. Velaj played one whole season with the 2nd team and two half season with the first team.

She also helped the Albanian Women's National team qualify twice in the world cup preliminary qualifiers in Malta and Albanian to advance to the UEFA World Cup group stage in 2013 and 2017. She is currently the top goal scorer for the Albanian Women's National team with 6 goals and 2 assist. She has featured for Albania 21 times. Her first stint as captain came in 2016 in the last match of the UEFA European group stage qualifiers against France.

Sports in Albania

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 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.

24 March 2015 Friendly Luxembourg1–2 AlbaniaStade Jean Donnersbach, Lintgen
18:00
25 June 2015 Friendly Montenegro1–0 AlbaniaStadion pod Malim brdom, Petrovac
18:00
19 August 2015 Friendly Albania1–0 TurkeyLoni Papuçiu Stadium, Fier
17:00
21 August 2015 Friendly Albania0–1 TurkeyLoni Papuçiu Stadium, Fier
17:00
31 August 2015 Friendly Croatia7–1 AlbaniaStadion Gradski, Belišće
17:00
2 September 2015 Friendly Croatia3–1 AlbaniaU Donjem Gradu, Osijek
17:00
22 October 2015 2017 Euro qualifierAlbania 1–4 GreeceLoni Papuçiu Stadium, Fier
14:00 Kurbogaj Goal 23' Report Zani Goal 14' (o.g.)
Kydonaki Goal 27'
Sidira Goal 37'
Markou Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Zuzana Štrpková (Slovakia)
27 October 2015 2017 Euro qualifierRomania 3–0 AlbaniaStadionul Mogoșoaia, Mogoșoaia
15:00 Lunca Goal 9'
Corduneanu Goal 24'
Giurgiu Goal 74'
Report Attendance: 100
Referee: Ana Minić (Serbia)
27 November 2015 2017 Euro qualifierAlbania 1–4 FranceQemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana
21:00 Report Houara Goal 12'15'
Le Sommer Goal 25'81'
Le Bihan Goal 63'73'
Attendance: 350
Referee: Vera Opeykina (Russia)
26 January 2016 2017 Euro qualifierGreece 3–2 AlbaniaTrikala Municipal Stadium, Trikala
13:00 Sidira Goal 6' (pen.)
Koggouli Goal 10'
Panteliadou Goal 15'
Report Velaj Goal 26'
Hashani Goal 41'
Attendance: 2,031
Referee: Virginie Derouaux (Belgium)
4 March 2016 2017 Euro qualifierAlbania 0–4 UkraineElbasan Arena, Elbasan
14:30 Report Apanaschenko Goal 14' (pen.)
Kozyrenko Goal 30'
Bajraktari Goal 67' (o.g.)
Kravets Goal 84'
Attendance: 100
Referee: Elia Martínez (Spain)
8 April 2016 2017 Euro qualifierUkraine 2–0 AlbaniaArena Lviv, Lviv
17:00 Apanaschenko Goal 15'74' (pen.) Report Attendance: 2,484
Referee: Tanja Subotič (Slovenia)
26 April 2016 Friendly Hungary6–0 AlbaniaMénfői út, Győr
13:30 Vágó Goal 5' (pen.)16' (pen.)26'43'
Rácz Goal 53'
Kaján Goal 77'
2 June 2016 2017 Euro qualifierAlbania 0–3 RomaniaElbasan Arena, Elbasan
17:00 Report Vătafu Goal 43'67'77' Attendance: 150
Referee: Lois Otte (Belgium)
20 September 2016 2017 Euro qualifierFrance 6–0 AlbaniaStade Jean-Bouin, Paris
21:00 Le Bihan Goal 18'
Hamraoui Goal 21'60'
Le Sommer Goal 45+1'64' (pen.)
Delie Goal 77'
Report Attendance: 7,521
Referee: Elvira Nurmustafina (Kazakhstan)
28 February 2017 Friendly Montenegro3–5 AlbaniaElbasan Arena, Albania
13:30 Attendance: 1,000
2 Mars 2017 Friendly Montenegro0–1 AlbaniaElbasan Arena, Albania
13:30 Attendance: 1,000
6 April 2017 FIFA WWCQ Albania3–2 KosovoElbasan Arena, Albania
12:00 Bajraktari Goal 17'
Velaj Goal 75'
Musa Goal 90+6' (o.g.)
Rexha Goal 35'59' Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Lorraine Clark (Scotland)
8 April 2017 FIFA WWCQ Malta0–0 AlbaniaElbasan Arena, Albania
14:00 Referee: Lorraine Clark (Scotland)
11 April 2017 FIFA WWCQ Albania2–1 GreeceElbasan Arena, Albania
14:00 Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
15 September 2017 FIFA WWCQ Albania1–4  SwitzerlandElbasan Arena, Albania
17:00 Begolli Goal 81' Brunner Goal 23'
Bachmann Goal 39'
Crnogorčević Goal 41' (pen.)
Dickenmann Goal 67'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Amy Rayner (England)
19 September 2017 FIFA WWCQ Belarus1–0 AlbaniaFC Minsk Stadium, Minsk
17:00 Shuppo Goal 48' Attendance: 350
Referee: Paula Brady (Republic of Ireland)
24 October 2017 FIFA WWCQ Scotland5–0 AlbaniaSt Mirren Park, Paisley
20:30 Begolli Goal 21' (o.g.)
Brown Goal 33'
Ross Goal 54'
Emslie Goal 56'
Evans Goal 82'
Referee: Dimitrina Milkova (Bulgaria)
24 November 2017 FIFA WWCQ Albania1–4 PolandElbasan Arena, Albania
17:00 Doci Goal 78' Sikora Goal 5'
Guściora Goal 13'
Winczo Goal 37'66'
Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)
28 November 2017 FIFA WWCQ  Switzerland5–1 AlbaniaTissot Arena, Switzerland
19:00 Ismaili Goal 8'87'
Bachmann Goal 85'
Kiwic Goal 73'
Calligaris Goal 80'
Krasniqi Goal 29' Referee: Petra Pavlikova (Slovakia)
6 April 2018 FIFA WWCQ Poland1–1 AlbaniaOsrodek Sportu i Rekreacji, Włocławek
Daleszczyk Goal 2' Morina Goal 74' Referee: María Dolores Martinez Madrona (Spain)
10 April 2018 FIFA WWCQ Albania1-0 BelarusElbasan Arena, Elbasan
Gjini Referee: Ifeoma Kulmala (Finland)
4 September 2018 FIFA WWCQ Albania1–2 ScotlandLoro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër
17:00
  • Doci Goal 45'
Attendance: 700
Referee: Barbara Poxhofer (Austria)
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