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Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in World Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in World Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Buffon set to make it 1,000 not out

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Rome (AFP) – Gianluigi Buffon will make his 1,000th career appearance when the legendary goalkeeper pulls on the gloves once more for Italy on Friday against Albania.

The 39-year-old Juventus stopper made his professional debut in 1995 as a 17-year-old in goal for Parma and has gone on to become a football icon at home and abroad.

Italy coach wary of Albania slip-up

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Milan (AFP) – Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has warned a slip-up against minnows Albania would dent the Azzurri’s 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes even before a likely group decider away to Spain.

Ventura, who succeeded Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after he led Italy to a commendable quarter-place finish at Euro 2016, has steered Italy to three wins and a draw in their four qualifiers so far.

Italy coach wary of Albania slip-up

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Milan (AFP) – Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has warned a slip-up against minnows Albania would dent the Azzurri’s 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes even before a likely group decider away to Spain.

Ventura, who succeeded Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after he led Italy to a commendable quarter-place finish at Euro 2016, has steered Italy to three wins and a draw in their four qualifiers so far.

Marchisio, Chiellini out as Italy ring Albania changes

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus pair Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini were left at home as Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura called five new players into an enlarged 27-man squad for upcoming games against Albania and the Netherlands.

Italy host Albania in Palermo in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday before facing the Dutch in Amsterdam on March 28 as Ventura looks further ahead to a possible Group G qualifying decider away to leaders Spain on September 2.

Marchisio, Chiellini out as Italy ring Albania changes

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus pair Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini were left at home as Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura called five new players into an enlarged 27-man squad for upcoming games against Albania and the Netherlands.

Italy host Albania in Palermo in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday before facing the Dutch in Amsterdam on March 28 as Ventura looks further ahead to a possible Group G qualifying decider away to leaders Spain on September 2.

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique sticking to Spain retirement plan

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insists he will not reverse his decision to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup.

Pique announced his intention to leave La Roja after having to demonstrate he did not cut the colours of the Spanish flag off his kit during a 2-0 win in Albania last week.

Gerard Pique says will quit Spain team in political spat

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Madrid (AFP) Spanish defender Gerard Pique has announced that he will end his international career after the 2018 World Cup amid renewed controversy over his political views.

The Barcelona star, who supports independence for Catalonia, came under fire again after Sunday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against Albania.

Gerard Pique says will quit Spain team in political spat

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Madrid (AFP) Spanish defender Gerard Pique has announced that he will end his international career after the 2018 World Cup amid renewed controversy over his political views.

The Barcelona star, who supports independence for Catalonia, came under fire again after Sunday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against Albania.

Joy in Albania at historic win

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Tirana (AFP) Thousands of Albanians celebrated wildly in the streets of the capital Tiranaon Sunday after the national football team secured its first ever victory in a major international finals.

Car horns blared and red flags stamped with the black eagle of Albania flew while flares lit up the night sky.

Joy in Albania at historic win

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Tirana (AFP) Thousands of Albanians celebrated wildly in the streets of the capital Tiranaon Sunday after the national football team secured its first ever victory in a major international finals.

Car horns blared and red flags stamped with the black eagle of Albania flew while flares lit up the night sky.

Albania face wait after historic win over Romania

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Lyon (AFP) Armando Sadiku scored Albania's first goal at a major tournament in a historic 1-0 win over Romania on Sunday to keep alive their slender hopes of progressing to the Euro 2016 knockout phase.

Sadiku headed home the game's only goal after 43 minutes in Lyon to leave debutants Albania facing an anxious wait to see if they qualify from Group A as one of the four best third-placed teams.

Albania face wait after historic win over Romania

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Lyon (AFP) Armando Sadiku scored Albania's first goal at a major tournament in a historic 1-0 win over Romania on Sunday to keep alive their slender hopes of progressing to the Euro 2016 knockout phase.

Sadiku headed home the game's only goal after 43 minutes in Lyon to leave debutants Albania facing an anxious wait to see if they qualify from Group A as one of the four best third-placed teams.

Romania ring changes for Albania clash

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Lyon (AFP) Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu made wholesale changes to his team for Sunday's crucial Group A match against Albania in Lyon.

Alexandru Matel replaced the injured Razvan Rat at left-back with Denis Alibec handed a start up front. Ovidiu Hoban, Adrian Popa and Nicolae Stanciu were all recalled after the 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Romania ring changes for Albania clash

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Lyon (AFP) Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu made wholesale changes to his team for Sunday's crucial Group A match against Albania in Lyon.

Alexandru Matel replaced the injured Razvan Rat at left-back with Denis Alibec handed a start up front. Ovidiu Hoban, Adrian Popa and Nicolae Stanciu were all recalled after the 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

France coach Deschamps sees room for improvement at Euro 2016

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Marseille (AFP) Didier Deschamps praised the persistence of his French side after late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet steered the Euro 2016 hosts to a 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday.

But Deschamps admitted there were still areas in which France could improve despite starting the tournament with back-to-back victories.

France coach Deschamps sees room for improvement at Euro 2016

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Marseille (AFP) Didier Deschamps praised the persistence of his French side after late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet steered the Euro 2016 hosts to a 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday.

But Deschamps admitted there were still areas in which France could improve despite starting the tournament with back-to-back victories.

Giroud hails dogged France after Albania scare

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Marseille (AFP) Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud hailed France's never-say-die attitude after a last-gasp 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday sent the hosts into the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Giroud missed a few real chances for Les Bleus, notably hitting the base of the upright with a second-half header at a packed Stade Velodrome in Marseille where second-half substitute Antoine Griezmann broke the deadlock in the 90th minute.

Giroud hails dogged France after Albania scare

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Marseille (AFP) Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud hailed France's never-say-die attitude after a last-gasp 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday sent the hosts into the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Giroud missed a few real chances for Les Bleus, notably hitting the base of the upright with a second-half header at a packed Stade Velodrome in Marseille where second-half substitute Antoine Griezmann broke the deadlock in the 90th minute.

Satisfied Deschamps sees room for improvement

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Marseille (AFP) Late goals by Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet in Marseille secured the win against a stubborn Albania side as well as a slot in the last 16 in another late show for Euro 2016 hosts France.

"This is becoming a bit of a habit, I'd prefer us to break the deadlock a bit earlier," coach Didier Deschamps told media afterwards.

Satisfied Deschamps sees room for improvement

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Marseille (AFP) Late goals by Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet in Marseille secured the win against a stubborn Albania side as well as a slot in the last 16 in another late show for Euro 2016 hosts France.

"This is becoming a bit of a habit, I'd prefer us to break the deadlock a bit earlier," coach Didier Deschamps told media afterwards.

Spain

Where to find Albania vs. Spain on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Albania vs. Spain, you've come to the right place.

After Spain's 1-1 draw with Italy on Thursday, it's Albania who are the surprising leaders of Group G in World Cup qualifying among the teams in UEFA. A win for Spain will move them to the top of the group, but as we saw in Euro 2016, Albania will be no pushover.

Where to find Albania vs. Spain on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Albania vs. Spain, you've come to the right place.

After Spain's 1-1 draw with Italy on Thursday, it's Albania who are the surprising leaders of Group G in World Cup qualifying among the teams in UEFA. A win for Spain will move them to the top of the group, but as we saw in Euro 2016, Albania will be no pushover.

EURO 2016

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Albania’s day in the sun thoroughly deserved

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This was a long time coming. Almost 70 years after playing their first international fixture in Tirana against Yugoslavia in the wake of World War II, Albania finally scored its first goal and a victory in a major tournament.

While the world focused on a forgettable 0-0 draw between Switzerland and France on the final day of Group A play at Euro 2016, the competition's ultimate footballing minnows rode a late first half goal from Armando Sadiku of FC Zurich to a thrilling, heartwarming 1-0 win over Romania.

Albania’s day in the sun thoroughly deserved

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This was a long time coming. Almost 70 years after playing their first international fixture in Tirana against Yugoslavia in the wake of World War II, Albania finally scored its first goal and a victory in a major tournament.

While the world focused on a forgettable 0-0 draw between Switzerland and France on the final day of Group A play at Euro 2016, the competition's ultimate footballing minnows rode a late first half goal from Armando Sadiku of FC Zurich to a thrilling, heartwarming 1-0 win over Romania.

Euro Daily: Arsenal midfielder impressed yet again, Manchester United's €160m target produces his best performance

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France have secured the top of Group A at the Euro 2016 Championships after a 0-0 draw with Switzerland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille on Sunday.

Didier Deschamps made a few changes to the starting XI that won against Albania in the previous game. Paul Pogba and Antione Griezmann returned to starting line-up, while Andre-Pierre Gignac, Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko were included in the first team as well.

Francia e Svizzera negli ottavi a braccetto. Prima storica vittoria per l’Albania

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Francia e Svizzera agli ottavi di Euro 2016. Lo 0 a 0 finale (condito da tre traverse colpite dai transalpini) regala ad entrambe il pass per la fase ad eliminazione diretta, come prima e seconda forza del Girone A. L'Albania batte la Romania con la rete di Sadiku, conquista la prima storica vittoria ad un [.

Five things on Albania after their first Euro 2016 win

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Paris (AFP) Five things about Albania who scored their first goal and won their first game in a major tournament against Romania at Euro 2016 on Sunday:

Sadiku demands game time

Albania's goalscoring hero Armando Sadiku was FC Zurich's leading scorer last season when he demanded to go out on loan to get more playing time so he could make it into Albania's Euro 2016 squad.

Five things on Albania after their first Euro 2016 win

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Paris (AFP) Five things about Albania who scored their first goal and won their first game in a major tournament against Romania at Euro 2016 on Sunday:

Sadiku demands game time

Albania's goalscoring hero Armando Sadiku was FC Zurich's leading scorer last season when he demanded to go out on loan to get more playing time so he could make it into Albania's Euro 2016 squad.

Albania stuns Romania in first Euro win

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It took almost two-and-a-half matches, but Albania finally found a goal at Euro 2016, and the timing couldn't have been any better.

Albania pulled off a thrilling and historic 1-0 win against Romania in Sunday's Group A finale, givingGianni De Biasi's side hope of advancing to the knockout round.

Where to find Romania vs. Albania on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Romania vs. Albania in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Depending on what happens in the France-Switzerland, everything is still to play for in the Eastern European match between Romania and Albania. Both teams could still emerge into the knockout round as a third place team.

Where to find Romania vs. Albania on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Romania vs. Albania in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Depending on what happens in the France-Switzerland, everything is still to play for in the Eastern European match between Romania and Albania. Both teams could still emerge into the knockout round as a third place team.

Marseille

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Once again we had to check the train timetables to ensure our train was running. It was, but it departed 40 minutes late. So far our journeys have been by TGV, but today it is an inter regional train which means a slower journey, which should take about six hours.

We have been spoiled by the efficiency of the TGV network, as it has made travelling easy and by booking months in advance we had some bargain prices.

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Italia-Albania al Barbera. Le ultime sulla sfida tra Ventura e De Biasi

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Si avvicina, ad ampie falcate, la sfida tra Italia e Albania. Venerdì 24 marzo, allo Stadio "Renzo Barbera" di Palermo (ore 20:45, diretta tv su Rai1), gli azzurri di Ventura sfideranno le "Aquile" di De Biasi in questa sfida "in famiglia" valevole per la quinta giornata del Girone G di qualificazione ai Mondiali 2018 che [.

Albania 2017/18 Macron Home, Away and Third Kits

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The Albanian Football Federation (Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit) have unveiled a three match kit collection that will be worn by its national teams during the 2017/18 international football calendar. The second set of Albania kits from technical sponsor Macron will be on sale atUK Soccer Shop, Kitbag,World Soccer Shop and Subside Sports.

The JF 60 2017: Top 10 best Serie A young talents to watch in 2016/17

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We've reviewed 2015/16's most exciting young players to watch in the Netherlands, England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany on Just Football. Now it's time for us to announce the...

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