Albanian Football Association
Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit, abbreviated FSHF, the Albanian Football Association.
The association is headquartered in the capital Tirana aligns the Kampionati Shqiptar, the national cup competition Kupa e Shqipërisë and SuperKupa, the game the winner of the previous two contests, from. In addition, the games of the football team be organized.
The association was founded on June 6, 1930. In the same year Kampionati Shqiptar started with six teams: Skënderbeu Korçë, Teuta Durres, Elbasan Urani, SK Vlorë SK Tirana and Shkodra Bashkimi. 1932 joined the federation FIFA.
As Albania Greece replaced the Balkan Cup, it came on 7 October 1946 in Tirana for the first international match. There was a 2:3 defeat against Yugoslavia. Nevertheless, the title could be won - so far the only international title of the country selection.
1954 was the FSHF of the founding members of UEFA. The first participation in a major tournament was to qualify for the European Championship 1964 in Albania for a first round bye in the second - round after a 1-0 win in the first leg failed with a 0-4 second-leg defeat to Denmark.
From March to April 2008, the membership of the Albanian Football Federation with FIFA and UEFA was suspended because the government had interfered in the affairs of the Association.
The woman had national football team on 5 May 2011 their first game, a friendly match against Macedonia, which was won 1-0.
So far, the qualification failed to major tournaments. However, the selection could make several times attracted attention by individual games. In December 1967 denied in qualifying for the 1968 European Championship, known as the disgrace of Tirana in Germany 0-0 draw against the German national football team that participate in the final round. In qualifying for the 1986 World Cup even get two surprising results: The big favorites from Belgium were beaten 2-0 and Poland managed a 2-2 draw. Against the newly crowned European champions Greece won Albania in 2004 at home a victory.
The U- 21 team came in 1984 to qualify for the European Championship.
Similar to the national team have so far been of greater international success. In the 1980s, several teams reached the knockout stages of the European Cup. KF Tirana, with 23 national championships and record holder (2009), failed, for example, the 1988/89 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round in that at IFK Gothenburg. KS Flamurtari Vlora as the 1987/88 UEFA Cup against FC Barcelona.
Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, however, many players have moved abroad, and some celebrate there success. Most-capped player photo Strakosha was Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus for example. In Germany, especially players like Altin Rraklli, Igli Tare or Altin Lala become known.
UEFA five year ranking
Position in the UEFA five year ranking (in brackets the previous year placement). The abbreviation CL and EL countries behind the coefficients indicate the number of representatives in the 2014/15 season of the Champions League and the Europa League.
- 41 (42 ) Montenegro Montenegro (league, cup ) - coefficient: 5.250 - CL: 1, EL: 3
- 42 (39 ) Macedonia Macedonia (league, cup ) - coefficient: 5.250 - CL: 1, EL: 3
- 43 (44 ) Albania Albania (league, cup ) - coefficient: 4.166 - CL: 1, EL: 3
- 44 (45 ) Malta (league, cup ) - coefficient: 3.958 - CL: 1, EL: 3
- 45 (43 ) Liechtenstein Liechtenstein (Cup ) - coefficient: 3,500 - CL: 0 EL: 1
As of the end of the European campaign of 2012/13
" We lack the infrastructure. The seats are atrocious. The National Stadium is from the forties. "