Tirana

Israel

Albania-Israel football match moved over attack fears

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Tirana (AFP) Albanian football officials said Tuesday that the country's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Israel this weekend would be moved for "security reasons", following reports of a planned attack.

The national football federation said in a statement that Saturday's match would be held in the central town of Elbasan instead of the northern town of Shkodra.

Albania-Israel football match moved over attack fears

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Tirana (AFP) Albanian football officials said Tuesday that the country's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Israel this weekend would be moved for "security reasons", following reports of a planned attack.

The national football federation said in a statement that Saturday's match would be held in the central town of Elbasan instead of the northern town of Shkodra.

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.

Gianni de Biasi, Albania’s favourite Italian

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Tirana (AFP) Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is not the only Italian coach to have brought unprecedented success to an unfancied football team: Gianni de Biasi has become a national hero in Albania.

The canny 59-year-old steered the Balkan country to Euro 2016, their first major tournament, a feat that prompted Albania's president to offer citizenship to the Italian.

Gianni de Biasi, Albania’s favourite Italian

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Tirana (AFP) Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is not the only Italian coach to have brought unprecedented success to an unfancied football team: Gianni de Biasi has become a national hero in Albania.

The canny 59-year-old steered the Balkan country to Euro 2016, their first major tournament, a feat that prompted Albania's president to offer citizenship to the Italian.