Duka deplores Albanian violence

With KF Tirana confirmed as league champions, Football Association of Albania (FSHF) president Armando Duka is looking to stem violence in domestic football. Tarnished season While Tirana confirmed their title success with a 1-0 win against FK Partizani on Wednesday,

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Kaka to play charity match in Albania

TIRANA, May 8 – Brazil playmaker Kaka will be present in July at a charity soccer match held in Tirana’s Qemal Stafa national soccer stadium, officials said Monday. A religious organization will hold the charity match in Tirana and Kaka

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Ahmet Jonuzi debuts with a goal

The third Albanian playing for Vorskla scored the only goal at Donetsk. Kosovo international, Ahmet Jonuzi, made his debut today with Vorskla in the Ukrainian First Division. He entered the game as a substitute in the 58th minute and scored

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Albanian Super League round 24

Flamurtari – Partizani 0-2 The first two matches between the teams this season ended with victories by Flamurtari, which were actually somewhat surprising. But Partizani could not allow losing all thre games and still maintaining its contentions. A penalty kick

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Baric among Albanian absentees

Coach Otto Baric has joined star players Igli Tare, Edvin Murati and Ervin Skela on the sick-list as Albania named their squad for their upcoming qualifiers. Health problems Albania take on Slovenia at home on Saturday before travelling to Bulgaria

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Albania lose to Macedonia

Albania lost again on Wednesday amidst the rain at “Loro Borici” which had been the “lucky” stadium since the victory against Russia four years ago in Hans Peter Briegel’s debut. The dense rain did not prevent many fans from supporting

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Albania – Super League round 15

Dinamo – Tirana 1-2 The derby of Tirana has been decided, once again, by the duo Sinani – Salihi; well, maybe just half of it. Vioresin Sinani was the protagonist of the match with his goals against Dinamo which gave

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Third round of the Albanian Cup

The third round of the Albanian cup came with many surprises. Champions of Elbasani lost 2-0 to Turbina while Kastrioti thrashed Besa at home with a 3-0 win. Tirana came back from a 1-0 defeat in the first half to

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Albania defiantly lose in Amsterdam

The Netherlands stayed two points clear of Bulgaria at the top of Group G with a difficult victory over Albania in Amsterdam. Tense finish Robin van Persie’s early strike and an own goal by defender Nevil Dede gave the Dutch

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No surprises in the Albanian Cup

TIRANA, Sep 27 – There were no surprises in the second round of the Albanian Cup played on Wednesday. All the Superleague teams managed to go through to the next round most of them winning at home against an “easy”

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                    [post_content] => With KF Tirana confirmed as league champions, Football Association of Albania (FSHF) president Armando Duka is looking to stem violence in domestic football.

Tarnished season
While Tirana confirmed their title success with a 1-0 win against FK Partizani on Wednesday, there remains a danger that the season will be remembered not for their exploits on the pitch, but the violent scenes that tarnished some games, with match officials being assaulted at several games. Moreover, concerns have been raised about match-fixing in Albanian league games.

Awful incident
Perhaps the most disturbing incident of the season came in November when former Tirana coach Sulejman Mema, who was working as an FSHF match delegate, was attacked in his dressing room after a second tier game between KS Burrel and KS Erzeni and badly beaten, spending 15 days in intensive care. Match officials were regularly subject to abuse and intimidation in other matches.

Duka accusation
"I think the violence at these matches is caused by people with power, whose only concern is for their team to win regardless of the cost," Duka told uefa.com. "The violence at matches is caused by the VIPs in the stands, not the players. There were fewer confrontations between players and referees this year but there is still a lot of work to be done."

Tough response
He added: "We are working with the clubs, the interior ministry and the police to improve security but certain people have a very hard time following the rules and we have to stop that. Our observers were attacked on a few occasions in the cities of Berat and Burrel and because of that we banned the teams concerned, who were automatically suspended and relegated."

Claims refuted
However, while he accepted that violence was a worrying element of Albanian football, Duka was not convinced that the impressive form of the league's top clubs in the final rounds of the season represented evidence of match-fixing. "Teams who need to get results raise their game and their results improve," he said, adding: "If I ever see evidence of match-rigging then the teams and individuals involved would be banned for a long time."

Bici dismissed
In other Albanian news, KS Besa have been left without a coach following the dismissal of Vasil Bici. Besa play KS Teuta in the Albanian Cup final on Wednesday.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 8 - Brazil playmaker Kaka will be present in July at a charity soccer match held in Tirana's Qemal Stafa national soccer stadium, officials said Monday.
A religious organization will hold the charity match in Tirana and Kaka is one of the invited players.
The match was first planned for June but due to the schedule of Kaka's national team it was postponed to July.
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                    [post_content] => The third Albanian playing for Vorskla scored the only goal at Donetsk. Kosovo international, Ahmet Jonuzi, made his debut today with Vorskla in the Ukrainian First Division. He entered the game as a substitute in the 58th minute and scored the only goal for Vorskla towards the end of the match. Vorskla lost 1-2 away to Shakhtar Donetsk. The former Kosova Vushtrria forward is the third Kosovar Albanian to play for Vorskla, after Debatik Curri and Armend Dallku. Jonuzi was caped by the Kosovo national team coach, Edmond Rrugova, in the Kosovo-Stars game, where he debuted with a goal as well.  As usual, Armend Dallku and Debatik Curri were starters for Vorskla in Thursday's game at Donetsk, where Dallku was booked in the 65th minute.
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                    [post_content] => Flamurtari - Partizani 0-2
The first two matches between the teams this season ended with victories by Flamurtari, which were actually somewhat surprising. But Partizani could not allow losing all thre games and still maintaining its contentions.
A penalty kick by Gjergj Muzaka in the 25th and a wonderful goal by Sokol Bulku were sufficient to give Partizani a win in Vlora. Flamurtari did have its fair share of opportunities to tie the score, most notably with Sasa Delain at the end of the first with a penalty kick awarded by Mentor Sopiani but Delain found only the post. Paritzani's tactical discipline was in display throughout and it is becoming a staple of the play of Partizani's young players.

Shkumbni - Tirana 2-1
Last week Shkumbini defeated Vllaznia and this week it repeated the success against the leaders, Tirana. Shkumbini's experienced coach Faruk Sejdini just might be able to once again keep another modest team in the Superleague. Tirana's ex striker, Rizvanolli, scored the first goal in the 20 th minute on a quick attack toward Isli Hidi's goal and closed the half on 1-0 for the hosts.
For Rizvanolli this was the second goal of the season against Tirana along with the one in the first phase, a 2-2 tie.
The second half was filled with scoring opportunities and emotions. The protagonists were the Duro brothers. The young one with a cross for Abert and the older with his goal in the 49 th which tied the score on 1-1.
The winning goal for Shkumbini came in the 67th by Dorian Bubeqi due in large part due the extraordinary work of Alban Byzhyti in midfield. The goal gives Shkumbini an enormously important victory and moves them further away from the bottom of the table and one point behind Luftetari which lost to Vllaznia.

Dinamo - Apolonia 2-1
Dinamo repeated the success of the second phase against Apolonia, by the same score, 2-1. The win for Dinamo re-confirms the team in the middle of the table along with Besa and Elbasani. The loss for Apolonia may have been somewhat undeserved considering the good level of play shown by the team from Fier. The first half was largely managed by the guests and in fact it was Apolonia that had the first scoring opportunity with Geraldino who was stopped by Hoxha. Apolonia again came close to a goal and this time Hoxha was only lucky to avoid the goal. Dianmo's response would have to wait until the 17 th when Visentic gave a brilliant pass to Qorri but the latter would not be able to capitalize. Most of the action took place in midfield and Apolonia continued to waste chances to punish Hoxha but Visentic did not hesitate to do just that at the other end. In the 37 th minute, on an assist by Poci he found the net.
In the second half, both coaches made several substitutions which gave the game a more aggressive tone but with few real chances. Apolonia's coach concentrated his team's attacks on the left which was the right recipe for the goal. Jakimovskin hit the net on a pass by Giraldino in the 15 th of the second half. Dianmo attempted to respond with both Qorri and Mile but they were unsuccessful until the two best players on the field, Ahmataj and Visentic would coordinate with one another to score (Visentic) and give Dinamo the win.

Kastrioti - Teuta 1-2
Teuta's 2-1 victory over Kastrioti was an important one for the Blues mainly because it serves to keep up and even shorten the distance with Tirana but also to strengthen its position in second place. The first half ended on 0-1 with a goal by Vrapi in the 16th minute. Kastrioti's response was forceful and when a goal seemed to be imminent, Teuta struck again with Bekim Kuli in the 75 th. Again Kastrioti continued its assault of Teuta goal and it was James Osusi that scored in the 77th but it was all too little, too late. Kastrioti refused to give up until the very last minute but ultimately the game would end in Teuta's favor. This was the second loss at home for Kastrioti and the 11 th overall and matters will not get any easier. Next week they will travel to Shkodra to play Vllaznia and the pressure from Shkumbini and Luftetari continues to become more daunting.

Vllaznia - Luftetari 1-0
The game between Vllaznia and Luftetari was anything but boring. A penalty kick missed by Arlind Nora, a post hit by Hasalla, a goal denied by the Meta-Guce and tremendous tension at "Gjirokastara" stadium along with a stoppage of play for about ten minutes which ended with Vllaznia's victory on a goal by Suad Lici and an astounding mistake by keeper Toci.
Luftetari played without its leader, Neritan Novi, suspended, and held its own against Vllaznia which controlled the game for better part of the half. In the second half, Vllaznia's goal came early, in the third minute, with Lici whose shot was spectacularly mishandled by Toci. Only minutes later Lufteratari tied the score with Shenaj but the lineman signaled him in an offside position which brought on a flurry of unhappiness and complaints by both players and spectators alike and the game was stopped for several minutes.
Ten minutes from the end, Luftetari would get another chance to tie the match from the penalty mark but Nora missed his second penalty kick of the season and failed to give his team a highly contested game. This is the 13 loss of the season which almost certainly sentences Luftetari to relegation also taking into consideration the fact that next week's match is against Tirana which will not allow itself a second consecutive loss.

Elbasani - Besa 3-0
Not only did they win, they won by a three to nothing score. After the very first minute, Samir Patushi gave his team the advantage and they continued to attack even after the goal. The opportunities were numerous but were wasted by Elbasani in truly amateurish manner. After an extended period of pressure, Elbasani found the second goal with Albert Kaci. The first half ended on 2-2 with two substitutions by Bici who saw his team struggling, but that would not change all that much. The start of the second would look much like the first, with Elbasani in control and Besa struggling. After another long period of total domination by Elbasani, Kaci found the third goal, his second for the game and third in the last two matches. Elbasani dominated every aspect of the game and deservedly won a match which is not only valuable but also needed considering its position in the charts.
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                    [post_content] => Coach Otto Baric has joined star players Igli Tare, Edvin Murati and Ervin Skela on the sick-list as Albania named their squad for their upcoming qualifiers.

Health problems
Albania take on Slovenia at home on Saturday before travelling to Bulgaria next Wednesday, but coach Bariæ will leave his assistants Slavko Kovaèiæ and Shpëtim Duro to take charge as he looks to recover from heart and breathing problems. Captain Tare has been omitted from the squad due to a lack of match practice along with Murati, Skela and goalkeeper Ilion Lika. Youngsters Enea Koliqi, Jahmir Hyka and Xhevahir Sukaj will have the chance to impress in their absence.

Shock departure
The loss of centre-forward and captain Igli Tare - ruled out due to a lack of playing time at S.S. Lazio - looked like being the big story when Austrian-born Bariæ named his squad for the week's Group G qualifiers at home to Slovenia and away to Bulgaria, until the coach himself was forced on to the sick list. The former Croatia boss has temporarily handed the reins to his assistants Slavko Kovaèiæ and Shpëtim Duro after suffering heart and breathing problems. The 74-year-old had only just announced his selection when doctors told him to take it easy and miss both matches.

'Otto Maximum'
Appointed following the departure of Hans-Peter Briegel last June, Bariæ has pledged to revive Albania's fortunes. "I have been around for 35 years as a coach, and won nine titles and seven cups in 18 years in Austria," he said. "I have also reached two European club finals - that's why they call me 'Otto Maximum'." However, his presence is yet to bring the positive results Albania supporters yearn for. A 2-2 draw in their Group G opener in Belarus preceded defeats by Romania and the Netherlands, while a recent 1-0 home friendly loss to F.Y.R. Macedonia meant more disappointment.

Hitting form
Sadly, the coach's lay-off appears to have coincided with a good run of form for Albania's front men. With Erion Bogdani, Hamdi Salihi, Edmond Kapllani and Alban Bushi all on song, the 33-year-old Tare suddenly seems almost surplus to requirements. Likely to start against Slovenia in Shkoder, Bogdani has scored four goals in his last four Serie A games for AC Chievo Verona. Meantime Salihi shows promise with SV Ried in Austria, Karlsruher SC's Kapllani is the leading marksman in Germany's 2. Bundesliga and Bushi is catching the eye at Greek club Apollon Kalamarias FC.

Bushi's medication
At 31, Bushi is no youngster, but five strikes in his last five league appearances tell their own story, and he is eager to partner Bogdani against Slovenia. "If I play and score, my goal will be like medication to help the coach get better," he said. A win against Slovenia would doubtless have Bariæ on his feet and celebrating, doctor's orders or otherwise.

Albania squad
Goalkeepers: Isli Hidi (KF Tirana), Arjan Beqaj (Anorthosis Famagusta FC), Enea Koliqi (Iraklis FC).
Defenders: Armend Dallku (FC Vorskla Poltava), Erion Xhafa (KF Tirana), Arjan Pisha (KS Dinamo Tirana), Nevil Dede (KF Tirana), Debatik Curri (FC Vorskla Poltava), Elvin Beqiri (FC Metalurh Donetsk), Besnik Hasi (KSC Lokeren OV), Blerim Rustemaj (VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach).
Midfielders: Devis Mukaj (KF Tirana), Altin Lala (Hannover 96), Altin Haxhi (Ergotelis FC), Lorik Cana (Olympique de Marseille) Ervin Bulku (KF Tirana), Klodian Duro (KF Tirana), Jahmir Hyka (Olympiacos CFP).
Forwards: Erjon Bogdani (AC Siena), Alban Bushi (Apollon Kalamarias FC) Edmond Kapllani (Karlsruher SC), Besart Berisha (Hamburger SV), Hamdi Salihi (SV Ried), Xhevahir Sukaj (KS Vllaznia).
Albania hope the absence of coach Otto Bariæ will motivate their strikers against Slovenia on Saturday as they chase a first UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying win.
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                    [post_content] => Albania lost again on Wednesday amidst the rain at "Loro Borici" which had been the "lucky" stadium since the victory against Russia four years ago in Hans Peter Briegel's debut. The dense rain did not prevent many fans from supporting their team but they left the stadium with frowns on their faces. Again! 
The game began with a minute of silence in honor of Arben Minga, who passed away on Saturday.
At the start of the match the guests attacked Beqaj's goal often and consistently, while the Albanians appeared uninspired, uncoordinated and generally unprepared. The team was tactically out of position and as a result was punished by the Macedonians in the 33rd minute with Ristic. 
Even the substitutions did not change the Albanian's fortunes and the only clear scoring opportunity came with Dallku who alone in front of Nikollovski managed to fail after a brilliant pass by Duro.
Wednesday's match serves many lessons that Albania will hopefully draw on. First off they need to stop pointing fingers at one another and start thinking of how to best position the players that are available instead of speculating on who and why did not agree to play. Whoever happens to be behind the decision-making of this team needs to think long and hard about where this team is headed and what this team is going to look like in the future.

Albania - Macedonia 0-1
Stadium "Loro Boriçi" , Shkodër 
Scorer - Ristic 33' 
Albania - Arjan Beqaj, Elvin Beqiri, Armend Dallku, Altin Haxhi, Nevil Dede, Altin Lala, Besnik Hasi, Devis Muka, Edmond Kapllani, Debatik Curri, Igli Tare - Coach: Otto Bariç 
Macedonia - Jane Nikoloski, Nikolce Noveski, Goce Sedloski, Igor Mitreski, Robert Popov, Velice Sumulikoski, Aleksandar Mitreski, Vlatko Grozdanovski, Vlade Lazarevski, Stevica Ristic, Goran Pandev - Coach: Sreçko Katanec 
Refere - Paulo Bertini (Itali) 
Yellow Card - Pollozhani 
Substitutes - 33' Berisha - Tare , 46' Duro - Muka,46' Bogdani- Kapllani , 46'Ervin Bulku - Altin Lala / 46' Pollozhani - Novevski , 46'Tashevski - Grozhdanovski , 62' Maznov - Ristic , 75' Jançevski - Sumilokoskit
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                    [post_content] => Dinamo - Tirana 1-2
The derby of Tirana has been decided, once again, by the duo Sinani - Salihi; well, maybe just half of it. Vioresin Sinani was the protagonist of the match with his goals against Dinamo which gave Tirana the late, narrow victory and him the lead in the scoring list with 12 over his partner, Salihi, who has 11. 
Dinamo struck first with Ilir Qorri in the tenth minute, scoring his third for the season. At the end of the half the referee sent off both Ishka for Dianmo and Abraham for Tirana after continued altercations between the two. Throughout the game both teams displayed signs of anxiety and even player-coach Redi Jupi was booked. In the 40th minute, Sinani took advantage of a lapse by Dinamo's defense and tied the score 1-1. After the game, Jupi spoke at length about the goal and contended that Sinani had been in an offside position. 
The second half continued to be tense and most of the play developed in midfield. In the 90th minute Sinani surprised everyone, including Coach Muca, by scoring and sending everyone in the stands into frenzy. With the win Tirana will have 29 points and will maintain the lead for at least one more week. 

Vllaznia - Shkumbini 2-1
After last week's loss to Tirana, Vllaznia's players were hungry for a victory but it would not come easy or early. The "red and blues" had to wait till the 88th minute for the hard-earned three points. The tempo of the game was limited by the continuing rain and the absence of Skerdi Bejzade was certainly felt in the ranks of Vllaznia. Shkumbini was careful in defense but Sejdini's team would counter-attack with punctuality. 
Shkumbini would strike first with Beqi from the penalty mark in the 42nd after Lika handed the ball in the box and the match for Vllaznia became even more difficult. In the 56th, referee Belcani pointed to the penalty mark once more and this time in favor of the hosts. From 12 yards, Bici does not fail. After the goal, Vllaznia launched ahead at full capacity and Shkumbini could do nothing else but defend. In the 88th, came the coup de grace with Dalipi which gives Vllaznia the win and the three points. With the victory, the team is now in fifth place, one point behind Partizani.

Teuta - Flamurtari 1-0
The lone goal of the match was scored in the 67th minute by the 21-year-old Ermal Gega who took advantage of a mistake by keeper Dede. With this win Teuta reaches the third place, surpassing Partizani which was stopped at home by Besa. For Flamurtari this is the eighth loss in 15 weeks and the team continues to get closer to the relegation zone. It must be noted that Flamurtari and its thugs in uniform do not fail to give us ugly displays of unsportsmanship week in and week out. This time, Richard was sent off with five minutes to go in the match as a result of a truly despicable reaction to a foul by Teuta defender Endri Vrapi, who was carded for the intervention.

Partizani - Besa 0-0
Besa's performance in the first half was superior to that of that of the hosts, who continue to be unable to win, even at home. In the second half Partizani appeared to have woken up and pursued a goal but was unable to get it even with numeric superiority from the 6th minute of the second. With the tie Partizani loses the third spot in the chart to Teuta who managed a 1-0 win against Flamurtari. After the game, Hasan Lika expressed his lack of satisfaction with the way his team played but said that play had been acceptable considering the strength of the opponent.

Kastrioti - Elbasani 1-0
With the win against reigning champs, Elbasani, the team from Kruja remains undefeated at home in eight matches. This season, Kastrioti has defeated both Tirana and Elbsani and has tied with Partizani, Teuta and Vllaznia. The goal for Kastrioti was scored by Ziambo in the 16th minute of the first half. With the three points taken away from the ex-second place Elbasani, Kastrioti is now in sixth place with 21 points and next week they will play Flamurtari. Things do not get easier for Elbsani as they will have to host Vllaznia at "Ruzhdi Bizhuta".

Apolonia - Luftetari 0-0
A point a piece left both teams happy with the result. Apolonia still remain at the bottom of the table with 11 points while Luftetari climb up to the 8th place with 18 points in fifteen games. 

Round 16
16.12.2006
KF Elbasani - Vllaznia 
Shkumbini - Dinamo 
17.12.2006
Flamurtari - Kastrioti
SK Tirana - Partizani
Besa - Apolonia
Luftetari - Teuta
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                    [post_content] => The third round of the Albanian cup came with many surprises. Champions of Elbasani lost 2-0 to Turbina while Kastrioti thrashed Besa at home with a 3-0 win. Tirana came back from a 1-0 defeat in the first half to win 1-2 against Erzeni with two goals scored in the last five minutes of the game. Full results are shown below.

TURBINA 2 - 0 ELBASANI
SKENDERBEU 2 - 3 DINAMO
KASTRIOTI 3 - 0 BESA 
FLAMURTARI 1 - 4 SHKUMBINI
ERZENI 1 - 2 TIRANA
LUSHNJA 0 - 1 PARTIZANI
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                    [post_title] =>  Third round of the Albanian Cup 
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                    [post_content] => The Netherlands stayed two points clear of Bulgaria at the top of Group G with a difficult victory over Albania in Amsterdam. 

Tense finish
Robin van Persie's early strike and an own goal by defender Nevil Dede gave the Dutch a comfortable lead, but Debatik Curri reduced the deficit in the second half to ensure a tense finish for the home side as Albania dangerously attacked. While the Dutch now have ten points from their opening four games, Albania sit second-bottom of the section with just one from three matches. 

Bright start 
In the absence of the injured Dirk Kuyt, Netherlands coach Marco van Basten opted for the attacking trio of Van Persie, Arjen Robben and Ryan Babel and his team started brightly. After 12 minutes Van Persie went close to opening the scoring when his long-range drive forced a save from Beqaj and three minutes later, he did break the deadlock, meeting Joris Mathijsen's header and firing home from the centre of the penalty area. 

Opportunities for Landzaat
Midfielder Denny Landzaat wasted the chance to extend the hosts' lead when he shot wide from in the 23rd minute. Soon after he let another opportunity slip by when he blasted over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area. Albania then carved out their first chance of the game with Erion Bogdani testing Edwin van der Sar with a long-range drive. 

Own goal
The Netherlands doubled their advantage just before half-time with Dede left embarrassed as he put through his own net. Immediately after the interval, Armend Dallku's long-range drive almost reduced the deficit when the ball hit the post from 25 meters, before Robben's corner was headed over by Van Persie in the 54th minute. 

Lifeline
Robben's ten-metre effort was then punched clear by Beqaj on the hour, before Albania were handed a lifeline in the 67th minute when Muka's pass was lashed home by Curri from 18 yards. Bogdani sent a shot wide from distance in the 70th minute, while Albania were denied two clear penalties as the Dutch defenders handled the ball in the penalty area. 
This was the best performance that Albania has given under coach Otto Baric. Dutch coach Marco van Basten admitted after the game that his side were lucky to maintain the result as he saw his team disperse in the field against a fearless Albanian side that kept them under pressure after pulling back a goal on the 67'th minute. Otto Baric declared that it was pointless to make a statement as this would lead to him being fined 10.000 Euros for accusing the referee for inability. Nevertheless this kind of performance makes Albania a side to be feared Group G.

Match Performance

Arian Beqaj
A very good game for the Albanian goalkeeper, who was decisive throughout 90 minutes with his saves. Beqaj showed his quality as he handled many attacks from Dutch players Van Persie and Robben. He was not to blame for conceding the two goals.

Besnik Hasi
Showed maturity and tried to do his best but, like everyone else, found difficulty dealing with the Dutch attacks in the first half. With the minutes passing by Hasi learned how to deal with his opponents.

Nevil Dede
The SK Tirana defender was unlucky as he put the ball into his own net 5 minutes from half time. However he put that behind him and played well in the second half.

Armend Dallku
Dallku was one of the best players for Albania in the field. He was careful in defence and very active in the attack, while he tried to cross many times from the right side. Made a wonderful shot from 25 meters out hitting the woodwork. 

Adrian Aliaj
The start was difficult for the Albanian defender as the Dutch were attacking with Robben from the right side. Nevertheless he showed a better form than his recent matches. He was substituted again by coach Otto Baric.

Altin Lala
Hannover 96 captain, until the moment of substitution, was giving his best in the field, trying to stop the Dutch attacks and giving his help to the two strikers. A violent challenge from De Jong made it impossible for him to continue the game. 

Altin Haxhi
Haxhi played well throughout the 90 minutes helping the defence and attack. Haxhi was careful in defending as the opponent was highly dangerous. With Murati in the field Haxhi' was more confident in his game.

Ervin Skela
The Albanian player was covered well by his opponent and didn't show his best. He had one chance after Albania scored, but even though he was in a good position, he made a poor shot.

Debatik Curri
Albania's only goal came from his feet. This was a very good appearance from Curri, who had many shots on the Dutch goal in the first half. In the second half, after Muka's pass he calmly put the ball behind Van der Sar. This was a very meaningful goal as it changed the flow of the game with Albania attacking dangerously for the remaining minutes in search of an equaliser. 

Igli Tare
Didn't play as well as in his last two games, but the captain was still important to Albania's game. This time Tare didn't make any efforts on goal but had a key role in taking Albania in their opponents half.

Erion Bogdani
The first half was very good for the AC Siena striker, but his best chances to score were in the second half. Bogdani's poor shot in the second half lost Albania's best chance to equalise.

Devi Muka
After a few minutes from the start of the second half, Muka got in his game and this gave its result as his burst from the midfield made the perfect assist for Curri's goal.

Edvin Murati
The left midfielder tried to do his best to make Albania's attacks more lively. Impulsive and fearless with his challenges and outbursts from the left wing. 

Besart Berisha
The Hamburger striker made his debut for Albania. With a few minutes given from coach Otto Baric he showed that he will be a valuable addition for the Albanian side, although its too soon to make a certain judgment.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sep 27 - There were no surprises in the second round of the Albanian Cup played on Wednesday. All the Superleague teams managed to go through to the next round most of them winning at home against an "easy" opponent. Superleague leaders Partizani only managed to draw 2-2 against a fairly young and inexperienced team from Erseka. They managed to go through to the second round thanks to their 2-1 win in Erseka last week. Full results of this round of the Albanian Cup are shown below.

Partizani-Gramozi 	2-2 (2-1) 
Tomori-Erzeni 	2-0 (1-5) 
Pogradeci-Turbina 	2-2 (2-7) 
Luftetari-Beslidhja 	5-0 (0-2) 
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Elbasani-Dajti 	1-0 (1-1) 
Lushnja-Ada 	5-1 (1-2) 
Besa-Egnatia 	1-0 (5-0) 
Tirana-Cakrani 	3-0 (0-1) 
Dinamo-Iliria 	3-0 (3-2) 
Shkumbini-Sopoti 	7-0 (2-2) 
Flamurtari-Bureli 	5-1 (0-0) 
Vllaznia-Butrinti 	7-1 (3-1) 
Teuta-Gramshi 	5-1 (1-0) 
Kastrioti-Laci 	1-1 (2-1)
Skenderbeu-Tepelena (Tepelena did not travel to Korca) (1-1)
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            [post_content] => With KF Tirana confirmed as league champions, Football Association of Albania (FSHF) president Armando Duka is looking to stem violence in domestic football.

Tarnished season
While Tirana confirmed their title success with a 1-0 win against FK Partizani on Wednesday, there remains a danger that the season will be remembered not for their exploits on the pitch, but the violent scenes that tarnished some games, with match officials being assaulted at several games. Moreover, concerns have been raised about match-fixing in Albanian league games.

Awful incident
Perhaps the most disturbing incident of the season came in November when former Tirana coach Sulejman Mema, who was working as an FSHF match delegate, was attacked in his dressing room after a second tier game between KS Burrel and KS Erzeni and badly beaten, spending 15 days in intensive care. Match officials were regularly subject to abuse and intimidation in other matches.

Duka accusation
"I think the violence at these matches is caused by people with power, whose only concern is for their team to win regardless of the cost," Duka told uefa.com. "The violence at matches is caused by the VIPs in the stands, not the players. There were fewer confrontations between players and referees this year but there is still a lot of work to be done."

Tough response
He added: "We are working with the clubs, the interior ministry and the police to improve security but certain people have a very hard time following the rules and we have to stop that. Our observers were attacked on a few occasions in the cities of Berat and Burrel and because of that we banned the teams concerned, who were automatically suspended and relegated."

Claims refuted
However, while he accepted that violence was a worrying element of Albanian football, Duka was not convinced that the impressive form of the league's top clubs in the final rounds of the season represented evidence of match-fixing. "Teams who need to get results raise their game and their results improve," he said, adding: "If I ever see evidence of match-rigging then the teams and individuals involved would be banned for a long time."

Bici dismissed
In other Albanian news, KS Besa have been left without a coach following the dismissal of Vasil Bici. Besa play KS Teuta in the Albanian Cup final on Wednesday.
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