Albanian Teams on Europe 2022-23

With memories of the golden years (80's) of the albanian football still fresh on her mind, Albania is now attempting to recreate its strong football legacy. As young players start making their names abroad, the future is looking bright for Albanian football!

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Sun Jul 31, 2022 4:51 pm

Which is part of it, we have no culture. We only have a reputation for thugs in the mafia.

Athletics, basketball, waterpolo. Things our neighbours are very good at and we don't even have teams.
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Sun Jul 31, 2022 6:56 pm

Which makes no sense at all when most countries in the Balkan region more or less face the same problems as Albania, but they do manage to form decent teams in most sports like Montenegro or North Macedonia and not even talking about Serbia or Greece who compete with the world's best in most of them, despite not being huge in population or having the resource and infrastracture other countries have.

Meanwhile we are witnessing our clubs getting massacred in Europe by mid July.

I guess Skenderbeu's EL qualification along with Albanian NT Euro participation will be remaining the best we have achieved in sports for years to come and that's quite shameful.
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 2:14 pm

CanaYouDoIt wrote: Sun Jul 31, 2022 1:55 pm
Jari wrote: Sun Jul 31, 2022 1:36 pm A conclusion I've come into is that not only Albanian teams are the punching bag of Europe, but everybody actually treat them as a total joke. It's been 2022, another year without a team in the group stages and it's really a sad time for Albanian football when clubs from Gibraltar and Moldova manage to do it. It's even sadder when you realise the whole dome of Albanian NT is made from diaspora players, as the league is an absolute shitfest in terms of quality.

I guess right now we are on par with Bosnia for the most underwhelming country in the region and potentially in the whole Europe, aside of the state countries ofc. What needs to be considered though is that Albania makes no success in any other team sport and people tend to forget how shit we've been in that sector. Pretty shameful imho when neighbouring countries like NMac do qualify for the Euros and have been quite decent in sports like handball or basketball.

And there's no potential for that to change any time soon.
How can we possibly be good at sport when people are struggling to eat food in our country, poorest in Europe for a reason, youth all fleeing, only elderly remain. What Rama and the others have done will never be undone, this is who we are now. For eternity unless some huge revolution happens and us Albanians are too stupid for change.
They're starving for food while vacationing in Turkey/ Greece and southern Albanian beaches are full of Slavs who can't afford anything else?

Once you realize how big the "informal" economy is there, you'll realize that they're better off than half of Eastern Europe. Look at the dozens of high rises drug money/remittances are building in Tirana.

The issue is greed/cynicism. It's not money. It's culture.
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:00 pm

We're not poor in the sense that we don't have clean water or food but poor in aspects that make a country stable. No government or rather an autocratic government linked with Mafia. Those high risers you speak of belong to the super-rich looking to money launder. Go see the real Albanians and see the struggle we face. You know what its like you're not stupid.
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Tue Aug 02, 2022 5:35 pm

CanaYouDoIt wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:00 pm We're not poor in the sense that we don't have clean water or food but poor in aspects that make a country stable. No government or rather an autocratic government linked with Mafia. Those high risers you speak of belong to the super-rich looking to money launder. Go see the real Albanians and see the struggle we face. You know what its like you're not stupid.
I never said Albania was some wonderland. It has plenty of problems. But unless you're talking about some super rural places, people in Tirana are not any worse off than most Eastern European capitals.

Only difference is places like Poland can immigrate legally to EU. We can't. That's not an excuse for football being fucking shit, and the country having 0 sporting culture.

Take a look at Kosova. It's doing so much better with that respect.
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Tue Aug 02, 2022 5:39 pm

Earlier i made post that Shkupi and Ballkani will face each other for groups of Conference League but i forgot that Shkupi is still on Europe League and will play against Shamrock Rovers. If Shkupi will be eliminated from Europa League and Ballkan will qualify against Klaisvik, they will face each other for on playoff for place on group stage. If Shkupi qualifies against Shamrock, on playoff they will face loser of Ferencvaros/Qarabag for place on the group stage of Europe League. Shkupi has really good chances to make Conference League group stage and also Ballkani has favourable draw.
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Fri Aug 05, 2022 4:14 pm

Shkendija with good result on Sweden but i don't consider them favourites to qualify, for me it's still 50/50. Early goal which was gift from AIK defender helped Shkendija for game management but next week will be different game.
Shkupi lost against Shamrock Rovers and they really had very poor game but still it's only two goal difference so for me still Shkupi has more chances than Shkendija or Ballkani to go through, Shamrock Rovers are tough team at home but they are really poor away so Shkupi can win with two goal difference and at least go in overtime.

Ballkani destroyed in last 30 minutes everything they did on first 60 minutes. Perfect start of the game and they were so superior for major part of the match but they got extremely tired on final stage of match so Ballkani was lucky that it ended 3-2. Away match for Ballkani will total different story and Klaksvik are favourites to qualify because match will be played on artificial turf, on very low temperatures and physically they showed that they are different level compare to Ballkani.
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Mon Aug 08, 2022 4:57 am

Watch Tirana teams start to poach Shkendija players like Totre from now on. They can't develop their own players, so they're just going to profit from free agents in Macedonia/Kosova and pay them a higher salary before flipping them after a year.
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Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:43 pm

First time watching Ballkani and damn... they play some very technical, dynamic football. They have some nice chemistry with passing and 1-2s.

Ilir Daja doing his magic again?
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Thu Aug 11, 2022 10:27 pm

Both Shkendija and Ballkani about to go to PKs. If Shkendija pull it off that would be a massive result for them.
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