France v Albania

France 2 - 0 Albania
15 Jun 2016 - 23:00Stade Velodrome, Marseille

France v Albania Line-ups


Official line-ups not yet available

Official squad list

France

Goalkeepers

# NAME AGE CLUB
1 Hugo Lloris 29 Tottenham
16 Steve Mandanda 31 Marseille
23 Benoît Costil 28 Rennes

Defenders

# NAME AGE CLUB
2 Christophe Jallet 32 Lyon
3 Patrice Evra 35 Juventus
4 Adil Rami 30 Sevilla
13 Eliaquim Mangala 25 Man. City
17 Lucas Digne 22 Roma
19 Bacary Sagna 33 Man. City
21 Laurent Koscielny 30 Arsenal
22 Samuel Umtiti 22 Lyon

Midfielders

# NAME AGE CLUB
5 N’Golo Kanté 25 Leicester
6 Yohan Cabaye 30 Crystal Palace
8 Dimitri Payet 29 West Ham
12 Morgan Schneiderlin 26 Man. United
14 Blaise Matuidi 29 Paris
15 Paul Pogba 23 Juventus
18 Moussa Sissoko 26 Newcastle
20 Kingsley Coman 19 Bayern

Forwards

 

# NAME AGE CLUB
7 Antoine Griezmann 25 Atletico
9 Olivier Giroud 29 Arsenal
10 André-Pierre Gignac 30 Tigres
11 Anthony Martial 20 Man. United

Albania

Goalkeepers

# NAME AGE CLUB
1 Etrit Berisha 27 Lazio
12 Orges Shehi 38 Skenderbeu
23 Alban Hoxha 28 Partizani

Defenders

# NAME AGE CLUB
2 Andi Lila 30 Giannina
4 Elseid Hysaj 22 Napoli
6 Frédéric Veseli 23 Lugano
7 Ansi Agolli 33 Qarabag
15 Mërgim Mavraj 30 Koln
17 Naser Aliji 22 Basel
18 Arlind Ajeti 22 Frosinone

Midfielders

# NAME AGE CLUB
3 Ermir Lenjani 26 Nantes
5 Lorik Cana 32 Nantes
8 Migjen Basha 29 Como
9 Ledian Memushaj 29 Pescara
13 Burim Kukeli 32 Zurich
14 Taulant Xhaka 25 Basel
20 Ergys Kaçe 22 PAOK
21 Odise Roshi 25 Rijeka
22 Amir Abrashi 26 Freiburg

Forwards

# NAME AGE CLUB
10 Armando Sadiku 25 Vaduz
11 Shkelzen Gashi 27 Colorado
16 Sokol Çikalleshi 25 Istanbul Basaksehir
19 Bekim Balaj 25 Rijeka

France have not lost in their last four competitive games in Marseille, but the UEFA EURO 2016 hosts know from recent experience that Group A opponents Albania are not a side to be underestimated.

Previous meetings
• Albania got the better of France in the two centralised friendlies played in conjunction with the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying competition. They drew the first encounter 1-1 in Rennes before winning 1-0 at home in Elbasan thanks to a goal from Ergys Kaçe.

• The teams for that game, on 13 June 2015, were:
Albania: Berisha, Lila (Memushaj 18), Hysaj, Aliji, Ajeti, Lenjani (Rama 56), Cana, Basha (Lilaj 71), Kaçe (Balaj 80), Roshi (Sadiku 64), Çikalleshi (Fejzullahu 88).
France: Lloris, Jallet (Sagna 71), Evra, Varane, Sakho, Kondogbia, Griezmann (Ntep 59), Gonalons (Valbuena 59), Giroud (Fekir 46), Payet (Pogba 46).

• France had won the four previous meetings – all UEFA European Championship qualifiers – with a goal difference of +10.

• Les Bleus’ biggest victory in that sequence was a 5-0 success at the Parc des Princes in EURO ’92 qualifying, with Franck Sauzée and Jean-Pierre Papin both scoring twice.

EURO facts – France
• France are unbeaten in their last four competitive games in Marseille (W3 D1). This is their first competitive match in the city since a 3-0 victory against South Africa in the 1998 FIFA World Cup group stage. 

• Marseille was also the venue for the 3-2 triumph over Portugal that took France to the final of the 1984 UEFA European Championship.[VIDEO src=”2354911″ size=”smallLandscape” align=”Right” caption=” France overcome Portugal at UEFA EURO 2000″ ]

• Their overall record in 13 games in the city is W6 D3 L4 (W3 D1 L1 in competitive games).

• France are one of only three nations to have won a EURO as final tournament hosts, along with Spain (1964) and Italy (1968).

EURO facts – Albania
• Albania are one of two countries making their major tournament debut at UEFA EURO 2016 along with Iceland.

• Albania’s record in qualifying was W4 D2 L2.

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Coach and player links
• The game is taking place two days after France midfielder Kingsley Coman’s 20th birthday.

 

Albania’s EURO star: Lorik Cana

• Albania captain Lorik Cana – who lives in the Marseille area – plays in France for Nantes along with international team-mate Ermir Lenjani, who was previously at Rennes.

• Cana came through the youth system at Paris Saint-Germain and was part of the side that finished second in Ligue 1 in 2003/04. He was a league runner-up twice during a four-year spell at Marseille (2005–09) and twice a losing French Cup finalist (2006, 2007).

• Cana left Marseille for Sunderland in the summer of 2009, just as current France boss Didier Deschamps took charge of the club. Deschamps was thus Cana’s coach for only a matter of weeks in pre-season.

 

2000 final highlights: France’s golden night

• Have played together:
Steve Mandanda (France) and Lorik Cana (Albania) – Marseille, 2005–09