Altin Lala

Altin Lala

Altin Lala ( born November 18, 1975 in Tirana ) is an Albanian former football player and current coach, the 96 stood for 14 years at Hanover under contract. He is his country's most capped player (as of October 2013).


Playing career


Lala started his football career in 1984 in the youth department of Dinamo Tirana and placed them in the run in 1991 (see Miscellaneous ) for SpVgg trousers field in Germany continues. After one season, he moved to Oberliga Borussia Fulda, with which he rose to the Regionalliga Süd.

After initially switching to the second division club Hannover 96 failed in January 1998, Talent scouts from Hannover 96 Lala discovered previously, this succeeded in the summer of the same year. Lala made ​​his debut on 30 July 1998 ( 1st Round ) 1-0 victory in the home match against Karlsruher SC. His first goal in the 2nd Bundesliga, he scored on 23 August 1998 ( 5th Round ) with the first goal in the 1-2 defeat in the away match against FC Gütersloh.

After four seasons and 115 second-division games (9 goals ) brought him to the club as second division champions in 2002 promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2002/03 season. There Lala remained loyal to the club until the end of the 2011/12 season. During this time he held from 2004 to 2007, the Office of the team captain, he ceded by goalkeeper Robert Enke. In the 181 first division matches, he scored the deficit to 5-0 Final on 31 January 2007 ( 19th Round ) in the home match against Hertha BSC his only Bundesliga. After 14 years of Hannover 96, he was adopted on 5 May 2012 by fans and club.

For the 2012/13 season he was engaged by the second team of FC Bayern Munich. There, he graduated from the first three games and then dropped out due to injury. Due to a serious knee injury Altin Lala was mid-October 2012, the end of his active career as a footballer and his return to Hanover known.


After working for the U-16 and U-21 national team of his country he played until October 11, 2011 79 caps for the senior national team of Albania, in which three goals get him. He is most-capped player of his homeland.

Coaching career

On March 6, 2014 Lala was introduced as the new assistant coach of the Albanian national team.


After the lost with 1:8 match against the U- 16 national team of Germany in November 1991 in Offenbach am Main Altin Lala fled together with ten other Albanian youth internationals. He stayed in the refugee camp Schwalbach and for two months in Hattersheim. As an asylum seeker, it was forbidden him an education to begin with. After he worked in a furniture store, he worked in the catering wholesalers.

Raised in Kavaja Lala is married since 1999 and has two children with his Italian wife. 2009 founded Lala, together with the drugstore chain Dirk Rossmann GmbH the company Rossmann & Lala, which operates drugstores in Albania.


  • Second division champions 2002 ( zgl. promotion to the 1st League)
  • 2002-2012: ten seasons with inserts in the 1st Bundesliga, Europa League qualifier in 2011 and 2012
  • 2012: quarter-final UEFA Europa League