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Euros: Albania news, fixtures, manager, key players, Euros record

Albania are gearing up for their second appearance at the European Championships and they will be hoping for a better showing than their group stage exit in 2016 after a strong qualification campaign.

The Balkan nation finished top of qualification Group E, ahead of the likes of the Czech Republic and Poland, and lost just one of their eight games - winning four.

However, they have been handed an incredibly tough draw in Group B, alongside three-time winners Spain, defending champions Italy and a Croatia side who came in third at the last World Cup.

Albania Euro 2024 fixtures

Italy v Albania, 21:00, Saturday 15th June, BVB Stadion Dortmund
Croatia v Albania, 15:00, Wednesday 19th June, Volksparkstadion
Albania v Spain, 21:00, Monday 24th June, Dusseldorf Arena

Albania Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha (Empoli), Thomas Strakosha (Brentford), Elhan Kastrati (Cittadella).

Defenders: Berat Djimsiti (Atalanta), Elseid Hysaj (Lazio), Ivan Balliu (Rayo Vallecano), Ardian Ismajli (Empoli), Arlind Ajeti (CFR Cluj), Naser Aliji (Voluntari), Mario Mitaj (Lokomotiv Moscow), Enea Mihaj (Famalicao), Marash Kumbulla (Sassuolo).

Midfielders: Amir Abrashi, Kristjan Asllani (Inter Milan), Nedim Bajrami (Sassuolo), Medon Berisha (Lecce), Klaus Gjasula (Darmstadt), Qazim Laci (Sparta Prague), Ernest Muci (Besiktas), Ylber Ramadani (Lecce).

Forwards: Jasir Asani (Gwangju FC), Armando Broja (Fulham), Mirlind Daku (Rubin Kazan), Arber Hoxha (Dinamo Zagreb), Rey Manaj (Sivasspor), Taulant Seferi (Baniyas).

Albania manager

Sylvinho

Former Brazil international Sylvinho has been in the Albania hot-seat since January 2023 and oversaw their qualification campaign.

The 50-year-old started his playing career with a five-year stint with Corinthians in his homeland before joining Arsenal in 1999, becoming the first Brazilian to represent the Gunners.

After working as an assistant at Corinthians, Inter Milan and the Brazil national team, Sylvinho secured his first role as head coach in May 2019 as he was appointed by French side Lyon. He won his first two games in charge but was then sacked after a seven-game winless run in October of the same year.

Sylvinho returned to Corinthians, this time as the head coach, in May 2021 but was sacked in February the following year, winning 16 of his 43 games in charge. 

The former defender was appointed as Albania manager in January 2023 and subsequently guided the Eagles into Euro 2024. 

Albania captain

Berat Djimsiti

Berat Djimsiti is the Albania captain and he currently plays his club football in Italy with Atalanta.

The defender was born in Zurich and represented Switzerland at youth level before he made the decision to switch allegiances to Albania in 2014.

Djimsiti made his debut in 2015 and has been capped 57 times by Albania, scoring one goal. 

Albania key players

Elseid Hysaj

Lazio defender Elseid Hysaj is the most experienced player in the Albania side having been capped 83 times, just 10 behind the country’s all-time appearances record holder Lorik Cana.

Hysaj brings quality to the Albania backline and forms an experienced defensive unit alongside captain Djimsiti and the versatile Frederic Veseli.

Armando Broja

Forward Armando Broja will come into the tournament following a difficult season in the Premier League.

Broja impressed on loan at Southampton two seasons ago and then returned to Chelsea. He featured sporadically and sparingly at Stamford Bridge before joining Fulham on loan, but he has been unable to secure regular game time with the Cottagers.

However, the 22-year-old clearly possesses a fair amount of quality and should be a key man for his country at Euro 2024.

Albania one to watch

Kristjan Asllani

There are a few quality young players in the Albania team and Inter Milan’s Kristjan Asllani is perhaps the pick of the bunch.

The 22-year-old is in his second season in Milan after joining from Empoli and is currently on the fringes of the Nerazzurri squad, but he has still seen plenty of game time and has the potential to announce himself as a major player for Albania on the big stage in Germany this summer.

Albania All-time Euros record

Year

Performance

1960

Did not participate

1964-1972

Did not qualify

1976-1980

Did not participate

1984-2012

Did not qualify

2016

Group Stage

2020

Did not qualify

Albania’s Euro 2024 prospects

Albania have a good mix of youth and experience within their squad and should come into the competition in a confident mood after their strong qualification campaign, but the draw has not been particularly kind to them.

They will be the underdogs in all three of their group stage games and they may well struggle to match the one victory they managed in 2016 when they made their tournament debut with a group stage exit.

This Eagles side is arguably stronger than their 2016 squad and, as the teams that finish third in the groups could potentially qualify for the knockout stages, they can’t be completely written off, but with Spain, Italy and Croatia joining them in Group B they will need to be at their very best to avoid falling at the first hurdle.

Albania Euro 2024 odds

To Win Outright - 500/1
To Reach Final -
150/1
To Reach Semi-Final -
40/1
To Reach Quarter-Final -
10/1
Group Betting - 25/1
Group Qualification Yes -
11/4
Group Qualification No -
1/4

You can see our latest odds on Euro 2024 with our Euros betting hubs.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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