Armand Duka

Armand Duka is a prominent figure in Albanian football, having served as the President of the Albanian Football Association (FSHF) since 2002. Born on October 7, 1962, Duka has an academic background in economics from the University of Tirana. His professional journey includes significant roles in the private sector, notably founding AIBA JSC, a leading company in the production and trade of livestock products, and holding positions in various other businesses spanning telecommunications, media, and food distribution. His extensive experience in business has been instrumental in modernizing and developing football infrastructure and administration in Albania.

Under Duka’s leadership, the Albanian national football team has seen considerable progress, including their historic qualification for the UEFA Euro 2016. His tenure is marked by the construction of new training centers, a modern national stadium, and the improvement of youth and women’s football programs. Additionally, Duka has been actively involved in UEFA, serving on several key committees and contributing to international football governance. His re-elections over the years reflect his significant impact and the trust placed in him to continue advancing Albanian football both domestically and on the international stage.

The Albanian Football Association

The Albanian Football Association (Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit, FSHF) is the governing body for football in Albania. Founded on June 6, 1930, it oversees all aspects of the sport within the country, including organizing national competitions such as the Albanian Superliga, the Albanian Cup, and the Albanian Supercup. The FSHF is also responsible for the national football teams, including the senior men’s team, which has seen notable progress in recent years.

One of the most significant achievements in Albanian football history under the FSHF’s guidance was the national team’s qualification for UEFA Euro 2016. This marked the first time Albania qualified for a major international tournament, and they managed to secure a victory against Romania during the group stage. The FSHF continues to focus on developing football at all levels, investing in infrastructure, youth development programs, and coaching education to foster the growth and success of the sport in Albania

Albanian National Football Team

The Albanian national football team, known as the “Kuq e Zinjtë” (The Red and Blacks), has a storied history dating back to its formation in 1930 and its first international match in 1946. Despite early challenges, including limited success in mid-20th-century competitions, Albania’s dedication to football gradually strengthened its presence on the international stage. A significant breakthrough came in the 2000s when improved infrastructure and increased investment in youth development began to yield better results, setting the stage for greater achievements.

The most notable milestone in Albanian football history occurred in 2016 when the national team qualified for its first major tournament, UEFA Euro 2016. Under coach Gianni De Biasi, Albania secured a place in the tournament by finishing second in their qualifying group, surpassing formidable teams like Denmark and Serbia. During the Euro 2016 tournament, Albania achieved a historic 1-0 victory over Romania, marking their first win in a major competition. Although they did not advance past the group stage, this success was celebrated nationwide, symbolizing a significant step forward for Albanian football. The team continues to build on this momentum, striving for further success in UEFA Nations League and FIFA World Cup qualifiers【113†source】 .

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