Albania has never beaten Spain but there is much more at stake in the EURO

Eight games between both and eight wins for the Spanish team


The Spanish soccer team will face off this Monday against an Albania that it has always beaten, in its eight previous meetings between the two, a rival that, yes, has been growing and, furthermore, is staking its chances of staying alive in Euro 2024.

Spain and Albania have met on eight occasions, the first in 1986 and the last precedent in March 2022. The ‘Roja’ won all of those matches, none in a final phase of a major tournament and yes in the qualifying phases for Euro Cup or World Cup.

Thus, the Albanian team will have a much greater ambition than those matches. Furthermore, within Group B of the EURO in Germany, Spain leads with six points compared to three from Italy and one from Croatia and Albania. The Albanian team needs to beat Spain on the last day to have a chance of being in the round of 16.

Sylvinho’s team arrived as one of the possible underdogs but will have to do what they have never achieved. Spain began its good streak against Albania with a 1-2 and 5-0 in the qualifying phase for the 1988 Euro Cup. In 1990, the Spanish team left its rival a tremendous rout this Monday, a 9-0.

Later, both met again on the way to the 1994 and 2018 World Cups, another four victories for Spain with 13 goals for and only one against. The last precedent was the closest, a friendly at the Espanyol stadium where Luis Enrique’s men saved the victory in the last minute.

Dani Olmo scored the 2-1 that maintained the streak of a Spanish team that hopes to remain invincible against the Albanians at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf this Monday, despite the fact that De la Fuente’s men have already secured a ticket to the round of 16 of the final as first in Group B.