Albania Euro 2024 squad review: Serie A & UEL winners give faint hope

The provisional Albania Euro 2024 squad has recently been announced, as Sylvinho's men look to tackle only their second-ever Euros competition.

Albania did very well to top their qualifying group, which also contained fellow Euro hopefuls Czech Republic and Poland, as they accumulated an impressive 15 points from their eight games.

However, they have been placed in Group B for the upcoming finals, and it has largely been touted as the ‘Group of Death', as it also includes traditional European heavyweights Spain and Italy, alongside a Croatia side with a recent appetite for long tournament runs.

Euro 2024 prediction
Inter's Asllani will be a key player for Albania at Euro 2024 in Germany – Photo by Icon Sport

Albania – Key facts

  • Year founded: 1946
  • Nickname: Kuqezinjte
  • Current FIFA ranking: 66
  • Highest FIFA ranking: 22
  • Year of Euro debut: 2016
  • Best Euro performance: Group stage (2016)
  • Player to watch: Kristjan Asllani

Full Albania Euro 2024 squad

Albania have announced a provisional 27-man squad for the Euros, which will have to be cut down to 26 before the tournament starts on June 14th:

Goalkeeper

  • Etrit Berisha
  • Elhan Kastrati
  • Simon Simoni
  • Thomas Strakosha

Defence

  • Naser Aliji
  • Arlind Ajeti
  • Ivan Balliu
  • Berat Djimsiti
  • Elseid Hysaj
  • Ardian Ismajli
  • Marash Kumbulla
  • Enea Mihaj
  • Mario Mitaj

Midfield

  • Amir Abrashi
  • Kristjan Asllani
  • Nedim Bajrami
  • Medon Berisha
  • Klaus Gjasula
  • Qazim Laci
  • Ernest Muci
  • Ylber Ramadani

Attack

  • Jasir Asani
  • Armando Broja
  • Mirlind Daku
  • Arber Hoxha
  • Rey Manaj
  • Taulant Seferi

Surprise inclusions in Albania Euro 2024 squad

Simon Simoni

It is not often a team takes four goalkeepers with them to a major tournament, and it could be that one gets cut to make the final 26-man squad. Of all the goalkeepers that have been listed, 19-year-old Simoni is by far the least experienced, having not won a single senior cap for his country. He has also never played for Eintracht Frankfurt's senior team, and has only played a total of 50 matches for various clubs at senior level.

Medon Berisha

Berisha is another new name in the Albania squad, having not won a senior cap for them before. He has captained the U21s team though, and is considered a bright young prospect. Berisha has made seven appearances in total for Lecce this season, and will be hoping to gain more vital experience in the next campaign.

In-form players for Albania

Berat Djimsiti

Albania's leader Djimsiti has 56 senior caps for his country, and plays his club football for recent UEFA Europa League winners Atalanta. He captained the Serie A side to a 3-0 win against the flying Bayer Leverkusen, who had never been beaten before all season. The central defender also helped Atalanta keep another clean sheet in their most recent 3-0 victory over Torino, which secured fourth place for them and UEFA Champions League football for next term.

Kristjan Asllani

Asllani is a key player for Albania, having won 18 senior caps for them by the age of just 22. The defensive midfielder joined Inter Milan last summer, and has shown his credentials by helping them snatch the Scudetto off of Napoli. He is not always a starter for Inter, but has impressed when on the pitch, and so he will be one player that Albania will have their hopes on if they are to cause any sort of trouble in Group B.

Albania Predicted Euro 2024 XI

Albania vs Italy

(4-2-3-1) Berisha, Hysaj, Djimsiti, Mihaj, Mijaj, Ramadani, Asllani, Asani, Bajrami, Daku, Broja

With a lot of the Albanian squad plying their trade in Serie A, Sylvinho may resort to picking as many players from the league as possible to combat those in the Italian team, given their recent experience against them. Against stronger opponents, Albania may set up with two defensive midfielders instead of a traditional three in the middle of the park, with Bajrami given licence to go a bit further forward.

Albania vs Croatia

(4-2-3-1) Berisha, Hysaj, Djimsiti, Mihaj, Mitaj, Ramadani, Asllani, Asani, Bajrami, Daku, Broja

It would be a surprise to see Albania change their approach for any of the three group stage games, as they all seem equally as difficult. Nonetheless, should they lose to Italy in the opener, expect full-backs Hysaj and Mitaj to be given a little more licence to go forward, just as Sylvinho did in his playing days.

Albania vs Spain

(4-2-3-1) Berisha, Hysaj, Djimsiti, Mihaj, Mitaj, Ramadani, Asllani, Asani, Bajrami, Daku, Broja

It is likely that Albania will have to try and attack Spain to have any chance of getting out of the group, but against the strongest opponent on paper, they will still have to be disciplined. Nonetheless, it is likely that Sylvinho will rely on his best XI once more to try and get something out of the game.


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