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The footballing miracle of Albania

The footballing miracle of Albania
Albania was one of the modest ones that gave the face of the Eurocopa 2016 in France. Photo: mirror.co.uk

Albania is a country in southeastern Europe. A peculiar state of barely 2.800.000 people who happens to be one of the poorest in the entire Old Continent. Located south of the former Yugoslav republics, is situated just 70 kilometers from Italy, waters of the Strait of Otranto in between. A poor country, misero where more than 70% of the population live from agriculture and the countryside and survive in rural areas with scarce means. A country, all told, strange, the only one in Europe together with Turkey where the majority religion is Islam and where Christianity enjoys a large but not a majority audience.

Too dark a country where the shadow of communism still remains, a country, forgive the redundancy, where despite everything there is the highest rate of Mercedes cars in the world, with an average of one for every two inhabitants, really disproportionate figure even more when it is said that the 80% of those who drive have that brand of vehicle (there are serious suspicions by the European Union that many of them are stolen by mafias abroad and then sold at affordable prices).

The streets of Tirana are a spectacle: the Mercedes occupy its streets.
The streets of Tirana are a spectacle: the Mercedes occupy its streets.

As well, in all that context, a soccer team is making history. It's about your national team. A team that touched the glory of qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil 2014 And what if he managed to enter the European Championship in France? 2016. There are no big names. Your technician Gianni de Biasi, an ex from Levante, achieved the miracle of taking a selection of the worst in the world and placing it on the professional football scene. And it is that the quality jump in Albania has been remarkable between 2012 Y 2016.

The Italian, former Levante coach, Gianni De Biasi, the man who realized the Albanian football miracle.
The Italian, former Levante coach, Gianni De Biasi, the man who realized the Albanian football miracle.

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