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Arsenal star Granit Xhaka and wife Leonita risk furious backlash as they share Albanian Eagle gesture over dinner – here's what it means

Posted Friday, November 30, 2018 by hits

ARSENAL star Granit Xhaka and wife Leonita face a public backlash after they showed off the Albanian Eagle gesture over a romantic dinner. Xhaka was out for the evening with his other half when he shared an image of the pair combining hands to show off the signal. Granit Xhaka and wife Leonita showed off an Albanian Eagle at dinner The Switzerland international, along with Xherdan Shaqiri and...Full Story »

Giggs accuses players of complacency after embarrassing defeat to Albania

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by PA49 hits

Ryan Giggs accused his Wales players of complacency after an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Albania.Wales are 42 places higher than Albania, in 60th, on the FIFA rankings and the hosts had lost 4-0 to Scotland on Saturday to suffer Nations League relegation.But Bekim Balaj’s 59th minute penalty condemned Wales to a shock 1-0 friendly defeat in Elbasan, handing Giggs’ side a confidence bl...Full Story »

Wales slip to embarrassing defeat in Albania

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by PA45 hits

Wales suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Albania as Ryan Giggs’ first year in charge ended on a low note in Elbasan.Albania are ranked 42 spots below 18th-placed Wales in the FIFA rankings, had scored only twice in their previous eight games and were fresh from losing 4-0 at home to Scotland in the Nations League.But Bekim Balaj’s 59th-minute penalty condemned Wales to a shock fr...Full Story »

Albania vs Wales - Chris Gunter to set Wales record in friendly against Albania

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by PA138 hits

Chris Gunter is set to become Wales’ most-capped player on Tuesday after manager Ryan Giggs confirmed the Reading full-back will start against Albania in Elbasan.The 29-year-old will make his 93rd appearance for his country, eclipsing former goalkeeper Neville Southall’s 92-cap mark.Gunter said: “I never thought I’d get here. It means an awful lot.“It’s fantas...Full Story »

Albania 0 - 4 Scotland: Scotland ease to Nations League win over Albania

Posted Sunday, November 18, 2018 by PA86 hits

Scotland are within 90 minutes of a Nations League play-off spot after an emphatic 4-0 win over 10-man Albania at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.Ryan Fraser’s first international goal after 14 minutes gave the visitors the lead before home skipper Mergim Mavraj was sent off six minutes later by referee Vladislav Bezborodov for a headbutt on Ryan Christie.Steven Fletcher scored with a p...Full Story »

Albania vs Scotland - Alex McLeish: All nine Scotland withdrawals are genuine

Posted Saturday, November 17, 2018 by PA114 hits

Alex McLeish insists there is “nothing sinister” about the “extraordinary” amount to call-offs from his Scotland squad for the Nations League double-header against Albania and Israel.Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney returned to the Parkhead club with hamstring tightness on Friday to become the ninth withdrawal ahead of the Group C1 game in Shkoder on Saturday night.McLeish...Full Story »

Scotland 2 - 0 Albania: McLeish hails Naismith impact following Scotland’s win over Albania

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by PA95 hits

Alex McLeish felt Steven Naismith was destined to have the biggest say in his Scotland side’s 2-0 victory over Albania in their UEFA Nations League opener.Naismith was only called up to the squad seven days earlier following injury to Oli McBurnie but he and Johnny Russell were preferred to Leigh Griffiths up front and the Hearts forward was at the centre of the Hampden action.Naismith end...Full Story »

Scotland vs Albania - McLeish demands Scotland show fight in Nations League opener

Posted Monday, September 10, 2018 by PA133 hits

Alex McLeish wants Scotland to come out fighting in their Nations League opener against Albania at Hampden Park on Monday night.The Scots are still recovering from the punishing 4-0 friendly defeat to World Cup semi-finalists Belgium at the national stadium on Friday night,  the biggest home loss in 45 years.McLeish, who confirmed Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths had recovered from a knock,&n...Full Story »

Albania 0 - 1 Italy: Italy earn play-off seeding with win over Albania

Posted Monday, October 09, 2017 by PA154 hits

Antonio Candreva's second-half strike was enough for Italy to end their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory in Albania. Italy were already assured of a play-off spot for next summer's tournament in Russia despite their disappointing 1-1 draw against Macedonia on Friday night which saw them fall five points behind Group G winners Spain. But Candreva's strike at the Lo...Full Story »

Albania vs Italy - Italy face Albania with one eye already on WC qualifying play-offs

Posted Monday, October 09, 2017 by PA117 hits

Italy can begin their preparations for the World Cup play-offs when they head to Albania. Friday's disappointing 1-1 draw with Macedonia means the Italians cannot catch Group G leaders Spain. Nor can they be caught in second, however, and Belgium's win over Bosnia-Herzegovina means they are guaranteed a place in the play-offs. But Azzurri manager Gian Piero Ventura is under no illusions about...Full Story »

Spain 3 - 0 Albania: Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago on target as Spain seal World Cup finals spot

Posted Friday, October 06, 2017 by PA138 hits

Spain sealed their place in next year's World Cup finals with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Albania in a match which saw La Roja centre-back Gerard Pique once again the target of whistles and jeers. First-half goals from Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago helped make it eight wins from nine matches in Group G for Julen Lopetegui's unbeaten side. The 2010 world champions are now guaranteed to finish i...Full Story »

Spain vs Albania - Pique focused on beating Albania after turbulent week

Posted Friday, October 06, 2017 by PA108 hits

Spain will attempt to put off-field issues aside and take another significant step towards World Cup qualification on Friday when they host Albania in Alicante. The 2010 world champions are within touching distance of securing top spot in Group G, lying three points ahead of second-placed Italy heading into their final two qualifiers and boasting a superior goal difference over the Azzurri. Ho...Full Story »

Italy 2 - 0 Albania: GIanluigi Buffon marks 1,000th professional appearance with Italy victory

Posted Friday, March 24, 2017 by PA125 hits

Italy beat Albania 2-0 in World Cup qualifying as goalkeeper GIanluigi Buffon made his 1,000th professional appearance. Daniele De Rossi's 12th-minute penalty and Ciro Immobile's second-half header secured a deserved, if unimpressive, win in Palermo. The result sees Italy and Spain still level on points at the top of Group G after the latter beat Israel 4-1. Sokol Cikalleshi and Odise Roshi...Full Story »

Italy vs Albania - Gianluigi Buffon set for 1,000th senior match as Italy take on Albania

Posted Friday, March 24, 2017 by PA127 hits

Gianluigi Buffon will play his 1,000th senior match when Italy face Albania in a World Cup qualifier on Friday with the veteran seemingly no closer to thinking about retirement. The Italy and Juventus goalkeeper, 39, who has previously joked he will retire when he is 65, was giving little away about his future plans after arriving in Palermo on Thursday. "As far as I'm concerned, tomorrow will...Full Story »

Albania 0 - 3 Israel: Israel stun Albania to keep pace with big names

Posted Saturday, November 12, 2016 by PA43 hits

Israel stayed hot on the heels of Spain and Italy in FIFA European World Cup Qualifying Group G with a 3-0 victory over nine-man Albania. With Spain and Italy - the 2010 and 2006 World Cup winners respectively - winning on Saturday, Israel remained a point behind both. The visitors led through an 18th-minute Eran Zahavi penalty after Berat Djimsiti was dismissed for fouling Zahavi. On 55 minu...Full Story »

ISIS terrorists arrested in Albania for plotting attack on Israel team

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2016 by Skysports.com228 hits

The Israel national team's clash with Albania will still go ahead Four suspected ISIS terrorists have been arrested in Albania for plotting to attack the Israel national team this weekend. Israel's World Cup Group G qualifier was scheduled to be played in Shkoder on Saturday but, for security reasons, the game has been moved by FIFA to a stadium closer to the Albanian capital Tirana. The plot...Full Story »

Albania 0-2 Spain: Diego Costa and Nolito strike for visitors in easy win

Posted Monday, October 10, 2016 by 134 hits

Albania 0-2 Spain: Diego Costa and Nolito strike for visitors in easy win Goals in quick succession from the Chelsea and Manchester City men led to victory for the Roja, who lost Sergio Ramos to injury late on Spain made the most of their complete dominance over Albania on Sunday to cruise to an easy 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Shkoder. Julen Lopetegui's men enjoyed similar levels of cont...Full Story »

Albania 0 - 2 Spain: Spain take over at the top following victory in Albania

Posted Sunday, October 09, 2016 by PA111 hits

Spain took over as Group G leaders after spoiling previous incumbent Albania's 100 per cent record with a 2-0 win in Shkoder. The hosts, who were the early pacesetters after victories over minnows Macedonia and Liechtenstein, attempted to frustrate Julen Lopetegui's side from the off. But when their resistance was finally broken just before the hour, Spain cruised through to the finish with ...Full Story »

Albania vs Spain - Julen Lopetegui happy to have Diego Costa in his squad

Posted Sunday, October 09, 2016 by PA86 hits

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui is willing to accept Diego Costa's foibles as he attempts to get the best from the controversial striker. Costa is known for his all-action presence, as much as his goalscoring exploits, on the pitch but when the goals dried up for club and country last season he found himself left out of Vicente del Bosque's Euro 2016 squad. Spain's poor tournament, and Del Bosque ...Full Story »

Liechtenstein 0 - 2 Albania: Albania continue winning start with Liechtenstein victory

Posted Thursday, October 06, 2016 by PA53 hits

Albania made it two wins from two in World Cup qualifying Group G with a 2-0 victory against Liechtenstein. The visitors were gifted the opener when goalkeeper Peter Jehle juggled the ball over the line from Jahmir Hyka's header. Albania made the game safe in the 71st minute when Bekim Balaj headed home an Elseid Hysaj corner at the back post. They top the group after Italy played out a 1-1 d...Full Story »

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