The Albania national football team was founded in 1930 but had to wait 16 years until their first international match. They are actually one of the founding members of UEFA. Despite this status it did not prevent them from being suspended from international football in 2008. The Albanian football association was being to heavily interfered with by politics so the team received a suspension which lasted 46 days.
The Albania national football team play at the Qemal Stafa Stadium. Construction began in 1939 and finished by 1946. Since it became an all-seater stadium the capacity is only just under 20,000, so a new stadium has already been approved by the Albanian football association. It is believed that the new capacity would be over 33,000 and the stadium will cost around 60 million euros.
The long awaited first match came against Yugoslavia, and ended with a 3-2 defeat. Four years later in 1950 the side suffered their biggest defeat in a match against Hungary. The match in Budapest ended 12-0. The side’s biggest winning margin has happened twice. First in a 5-0 win over Vietnam in 2003, and then again in a 6-1 thumping of Cyprus in 2009.