Football fans risk imprisonment and life stadium bans under new gov't law

Football fans risk imprisonment and life stadium bans under new gov't law

TIRANA, Mar. 11 – The Albanian government proposed severe punishments, including imprisonment, to avoid violent episodes in football stadiums, such as the March 3 attack on the referee of the Superliga Kamza-Laci, who was violated not only by fans who

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Replacing 'me-time' with 'we-time' at Tirona vs Partizani

Replacing 'me-time' with 'we-time' at Tirona vs Partizani

By Sidonja Manushi   Willingly – and excitedly even – going to a football match in Albania as a woman is worth it even just for the looks on people's faces when you tell them you'll be spending your Friday

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Albania's first professional club set for Superliga comeback as it marks 100th birthday

Albania's first professional club set for Superliga comeback as it marks 100th birthday

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Feb. 25 – The 100th birthday has found Vllaznia, one of Albania's top teams, and the northern city of Shkodra, home to the first professional Albanian football club, in a tough moment as the local team

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Euro 2020: Panucci believes Albania can make it in more defensive style

Euro 2020: Panucci believes Albania can make it in more defensive style

TIRANA, Feb. 11 – Albania's Italian coach is confident a switch to a more defensive football and some key players making a comeback following injury could see Albania make it through another miracle qualification for the Euro 2020, the same

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Albanian football president joins UEFA executive committee

Albanian football president joins UEFA executive committee

TIRANA, Feb. 7 – Albania's football association president Armand Duka has managed to get a seat at the executive committee of UEFA, the European football's governing body, becoming the first Albanian to join UEFA's supreme executive body. The long-serving Albanian

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Albania's reigning champions in crisis over severe UEFA match-fixing ban

Albania's reigning champions in crisis over severe UEFA match-fixing ban

TIRANA, Feb. 6 – Albania's reigning champions Skenderbeu are officially in crisis after suffering their sixth consecutive Superliga defeat in a situation that reflects financial problems and uncertainties ahead as they await a final say by Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration

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Albanian football association in legal battle with gov't over 'denied' UEFA tax refunds

Albanian football association in legal battle with gov't over 'denied' UEFA tax refunds

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Jan. 30 – Failure to settle amicably a tax dispute on the under-construction National Arena stadium, the new home of Albania's national side in the Albanian capital city Tirana, has taken Albania's football association and the

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Talent split affecting Albania's national side, says ex-captain Cana

Talent split affecting Albania's national side, says ex-captain Cana

TIRANA, Jan. 23 – Albania's retired captain Lorik Cana says the difficult moment that Albania has been facing following the major France 2016 appearance is also a result of ethnic Albanian talents having split into two national sides following Kosovo's

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Albania's top striker back to Switzerland after disappointing spells in Spain, Poland

Albania's top striker back to Switzerland after disappointing spells in Spain, Poland

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Jan. 16 – Albanian international Armando Sadiku is back to Switzerland following a disappointing one-and-a-half year spell at Poland and Spain top leagues marred by few playing opportunities and injuries that kept him off the pitch

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Albania U21s drawn against Kosovo as rivalry over talents gets tougher

Albania U21s drawn against Kosovo as rivalry over talents gets tougher

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Dec. 14 – Albania's under-21s have been drawn against Kosovo for the 2021 European Championship qualifiers in the first official encounter between the two neighboring Albanian-speaking countries since Kosovo's 2016 admission as a UEFA and FIFA

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