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Qualification for the 1966 World Cup and 1968 Euro Cup were both disappointing as the team failed to win a match. Political reasons saw Albania fail to take part in the 1970 and 1972 qualifying campaigns before the team finally returned to action in 1974 after six years in the wilderness. Even so, Albania were to miss a further six years of football from 1976 to 1982 due to further political reasons.
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Further qualification campaigns from 1982 to 2002 saw the Albanians mainly finishing last in the groups. The Euro 2004 qualification group saw a marked improvement though as the team remained unbeaten at home throughout the campaign. Unfortunately, a total of zero points on the road stopped them from pushing into contention for the qualifying spots. The 2006 World Cup qualification group also saw some highlights for the team.
In particular, a 2-1 victory over Greece just two months after they had won Euro 2004 was a memorable moment. The 2008 and 2010 campaigns also saw some hard fought draws but a lack of victories has halted their progress somewhat.
The Albanian national football team were founded in 1930 but didn't play their first match until 1946 against Yugoslavia. The team registered their only major success in the same year with a Balkan Cup triumph over Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. Their next competitive action was in 1964 as they attempted to qualify for the Euro Cup for the first time. Despite progressing past Greece due to their withdrawal, the team lost 4-1 to Denmark on aggregate in the following two legged match.
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