Independent Kosovo, The end of the Albanian National Team?
So we all know that yesterday, February 17, Kosovo declared independence. Now what most of you dont know, is that a lot of players from the current Albanian national team are Albanians from Kosovo, or as we call them Kosovars. Since Kosovo declared independance then all these players will go and play for their new country, and the Albanian national team will get destroyed, because these players aren’t average players, they are pretty damn good! One of them is Olympique Marseille’s captain Lorik Cana. He is being chased around by Europes biggest clubs, to name a few, Arsenal, Roma, etc. There are other players like Burnley’s Besart Berisha, who scored a fantastic goal when Albania B played against England B.
It’s not just the Albanian national team who will loose players, Switzerland may loose Valon Behrami, who currently plays for Lazio and is regarded as a future star, but the country that will be hit the hardest will be Albania.
Now I’m not saying that we are a great football nation, but we were improving greatly, thanks mainly to players like Cana, Beqaj, Dallku etc.
There are currently 6 Albanians from Kosovo in the national team, this is the list:
GK Arjan Beqaj, age 32, 30 caps, plays for Anorthosis Famagusta(Cyprus)
DF Armend Dallku, age 24, 21 caps, Vorskla Poltava(Ukraine)
DF Blerim Rrustemi, age 25, 4 caps, AC Horsens(Danmark)
DF/MF Debatik Curri, age 24, 11 caps, 1 goal, Vorskla Poltava(Ukraine)
MF Lorik Cana, age 24, 25 caps, 1 goal, Olympique Marseille(France)
FW Besart Berisha, age 22, 7 caps, 2 goals, Burnley FC(England)
Just look at the ages of these guys, besides Arjan Beqaj, everyone else is 22, 24 or 25. These guys are young, and all of them have a bright future. It would be a tragedy if this guys dont play for the Albanian national team anymore. Now dont get me wrong, I dont wanna sound like the independence of Kosova is a bad thing, its not, by far its one of the best things that could have happened, im just saying that it might also spell the end to a decent national team. Once again, only time will tell, lets see what is going to happen!
ps. Happy Independence Day Kosova!
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Posted from United States
Great sucsess,great for u.
Just don’t forget some things:
Otomans were here but we come back
Austria-Hungary were here we come back
Germans were here..gess what…we come back
U can take Kosovo from us…for now,BUT…remember one thing….WE’LL COME BACK THERE ALSO,now or latter its doesent matter
Greetings from Belgrade
Actually, we had it, you took it, and as u said, WE CAME BACK!
Posted from Canada
WOW MARKO WHAT A FAG.. WHAT DID YOU HAVE ? KARMA IS CATCHING UP WITH YOU SERBS, lost all the territory that was taken from other… KOSOVO WAS, IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE SHQIPERIA!!!!!!
Posted from Canada
what this article doesnt tell which is true is that once a national team has been established for Kosova then the albanian players from kosova can choose to player for either the albanian or kosova national team, and once they choose they cant go back anymore. And many players such as Lorik Cana have pleged to stay on the Albanian National team. stating we are Albanians i want to play for the RED AND BLACK.
Lorik Cana has not pledged to play for the Albanian National Team, he has however said that a decision would have to be made when the Kosovo National Team is established. He said he wanted to the best for Albanians as people. I’ll leave it up to you if you think he will leave or not, but if they do, they probably have a better national team than the Albanian!
Posted from Canada
It’s quite simple, just like Tifozat Kuq e Zi have always said on their banners: 1 KOMB 1 KOMBETARE. Albania and Kosovo should have one national team. Our best players could all play for Albania, or for Kosova, or they could play one season for Albania, the other season for Kosova, and so on… It’s all up to us! I’f we really want it, we’ll do it!
Posted from Germany
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