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Albania national under-21 football team

 

Albania national under-21 football team

Albania U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Shpresat e Shqipërisë (Albanian Expectations/Hopes)
Association Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit (FSHF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Skënder Gega
Captain TBA
Most caps Elvis Prençi (12)
Imran Bunjaku
Top scorer Armando Sadiku (6)
Home stadium Qemal Stafa Stadium
FIFA code ALB
Biggest win
Albania 7–1 Romania 
(Tirana, Albania; April 12, 1978)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Germany 8–0 Albania
(Cologne, Germany; March 23, 2001)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 1984)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1984

The Albania national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Albania and is controlled by the Football Association of Albania. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, which is held every two years.

In terms of youth football, this team is very amazing and is the highest age group team in which the best young, professional footballers who have were born in Albania, or have Albanian parents or grandparents, can be selected to play in. The team's players have the hope that they can successfully play international football with some success and possibly be called up to play in the full senior Albania team.

History

Albania U-21 participated in the Balkan Youth Championships, which started in 1969 and ended in 1981 in 10 overall competitions, and won the two last, the 1978 and the 1981 ones with finals against Romania and Bulgaria. Notably in 1978 the second leg of the final match against Romania was characterized by a large Albania win (7-1), which is, until September 2014, the largest win ever recorded of Albania U-21.[2]

1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

Albania Under-21's have managed to qualify only once in their history, and that came in the year of 1984 when they managed to qualify for the 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, although they were competing for the first time in such tournament. They were drawn in a very tough group which included the West Germany, Turkey and Austria. The historic event in Albanian football history is the only occasion where any Albanian national team has ever managed to qualify for a major European or even World championship. To this day the team that qualified for 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship are still regarded as the most successful team in Albanian football history. Albania U21 managed to qualify without losing a single game and managing two very good draws against one of the biggest and best footballing nations, West Germany.

Albania played the quarter finals against Italy, against which it lost twice 0-1, and 0-1, in Albania and Italy respectively. Italy advanced to the semifinals of Euro '84 and lost them against England, eventual champions of the tournament.

1986-1994

In the 1986 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came last in group after Poland and Greece, and could not qualify. In the 1988 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came again last in group after Spain, Romania nd Austria. In the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came last in group after Sweden, England and Poland. In the 1992 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship managed to leave last in groupe Iceland, but was preceded by Czechoslovakia, France and Spain. In the qualifiers of the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania againe left at bottom the Republic of Ireland, but was preceded by Spain, Germany and Denmark.

1996-2002

In the qualifiers of the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came again last behind England, Greece, Germany, and Finland.

2004-2007

In the qualifiers of the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, in a 3 teams group, Albania came last behind Spain and Slovakia and failed to qualify.

2009-2013

In the qualifiers of the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania was fourth out of 6 teams in the final ranking, leaving behind the Faroe Islands and Azerbaijan, but trailing behind Italy, Croatia and Greece. In the qualifiers of the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania left again behind Azerbaijan but trailed Scotland, Belarus, and Austria in the final rankings. In the qualifiers of the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Albania came last trailing behind Russia, Portugal, Poland, and Moldova. However, as a consolation for the first time an Albanian footballer, Armando Sadiku was the top goalscoarer of the group. Albania drew in Russia against the famous hosts during that tournament, a noticeable fact.

2015

Group stage

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 8 7 1 0 24 6 +18 22
 Austria 8 5 1 2 15 12 +3 16
 Hungary 8 3 0 5 12 13 –1 9
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 8 2 0 6 10 22 –12 6
 Albania 8 2 0 6 7 15 –8 6
 
Albania  0–1 0–1 1–2 0–2
Austria  1–3 2–0 4–2 2–6
Bosnia-Herzegovina  4–1 0–2 1–4 1–6
Hungary  0–2 0–2 4–1 0–1
Spain  4–0 1–1 3–2 1–0


Squad

Current Squad

The following players have been called up to participate in the international tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 12-18 november 2014. note: Will be unable to join the U-21 national team for the following reasons these players: Dreni Hoxha (injured), Enis Gavazaj (injured), Isnik Alimi (injured), Aldo Teqja (engaged with the club), Valmir Nafiu (engaged with the club).[3]

Caps and goals as of 16 November 2014

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Thomas Strakosha (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 7 0 Lazio
1GK Marsel Çaka (1995-03-31) 31 March 1995 0 0 KS Dinamo Tirana
2DF Paolo Sokoli (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 2 0 Barletta
2DF Kristi Marku (1995-04-13) 13 April 1995 2 0 Budapest Honvéd
2DF Bruno Lulaj (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 3 0 Skënderbeu Korçë
2DF Kristi Qose (1995-06-10) 10 June 1995 3 0 Apollon 1926
2DF Erion Hoxhallari (1995-10-15) 15 October 1995 3 0 Teuta Durrës
2DF Amir Rrahmani (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 7 1 Partizani Tirana
2DF Mërgim Vojvoda (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 3 0 Sint-Truiden
3MF Klodian Gino (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 8 0 Aris Thessaloniki
3MF Neti Meçe (1995-08-11) 11 August 1995 2 0 Niki Volos
4FW Vedat Muriqi (1994-04-24) 24 April 1994 6 1 Giresunspor
4FW Valon Ahmedi (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 4 1 Celje
4FW Albion Avdijaj (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 1 0 Wolfsburg
4FW Jurgen Vatnikaj (1995-08-08) 8 August 1995 2 1 Partizani Tirana

Recent call-ups

Following players have been called-up in the previous 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Aldo Teqja (1995-05-04) 4 May 1995 3 0 Elpida Xylofagou v.  United Arab Emirates, 7 November 2014
GK Entonjo Elezaj (1996-07-14) 14 July 1996 1 0 Juventus v.  Italy, 6 May 2014
GK Princ Cali (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 0 0 Kastrioti Krujë v.  Italy, 6 May 2014
DF Tom Syku (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 1 0 Reggina v.  Romania, 8 October 2014
DF Arben Muskaj (1994-06-27) 27 June 1994 1 0 Partizani Tirana v.  Romania, 8 October 2014
DF Leart Paqarada (1994-10-08) 8 October 1994 1 0 SV Sandhausen v.  Romania, 1 October 2014
DF Elseid Hysaj (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 4 0 Empoli v.  Italy, 6 May 2014
DF Amir Bilali (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 0 0 Celje v.  Italy, 6 May 2014
DF Mevlan Murati (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 0 0 Shkëndija Tetovo v.  Italy, 6 May 2014
MF Enis Gavazaj Injured (1995-03-21) 21 March 1995 4 1 Gent v.  United Arab Emirates, 7 November 2014
MF Dreni Hoxha Injured (1994-03-27) 27 March 1994 0 0 Schalke 04 II v.  United Arab Emirates, 7 November 2014
MF Eros Grezda (1995-04-15) 15 April 1995 1 0 NK Aluminij v.  Romania, 8 October 2014
MF Endri Çekiçi (1996-11-23) 23 November 1996 1 0 Dinamo Zagreb v.  Romania, 8 October 2014
MF Klaudio Hyseni (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 1 0 Teuta Durrës v.  Romania, 8 October 2014
MF Valmir Sulejmani (1996-02-01) 1 February 1996 0 0 Hannover 96 v.  Romania, 1 October 2014
MF Fabian Beqja (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 1 0 Teuta Durrës v.  Italy, 6 May 2014
MF Maldin Ymeraj (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 0 0 Panathinaikos U-20 v.  Italy, 6 May 2014
FW Isnik Alimi Injured (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 1 0 Lumezzane v.  United Arab Emirates, 7 November 2014
FW Valmir Nafiu (1994-04-23) 23 April 1994 0 0 Hamburger v.  United Arab Emirates, 7 November 2014
FW Esad Morina (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 1 0 Schalke 04 v.  Romania, 8 October 2014
FW Faton Ademi (1995-06-04) 4 June 1995 0 0 Nürnberg II v.  Italy, 6 May 2014
  • Injured = Not called-up due to injury

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff:
Head Coach Skënder Gega
Assistant Coach Genti Mahmutaj
Athletic Coach Iris Selimi
Goalkeeping Coach Gut Tafaj
Fitness Coach Xhaferr Koçi
Physiotherapists Perli Rusi
Team Doctor Alban Merepeza

Honours

Balkan Youth Championship
  • Winners (2): 1978, 1981

References

  1. ^ Second leg of the Balkan Youth Championship final
  2. ^ Balkan Youth Championship 1968-1981
  3. ^ Shpresat, turne miqesor ne Dubai FSHF.org

External links

See also

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