New stadium yes, new stadium no. Albania remains the only European country without a stage compliant with UEFA legislation.Albania is the only country in Europe that does not yet have a worthy stadium and that is compliant with UEFA legislation. The "Qemal Stafa" stadium is no longer suitable for hosting an international match, indeed, it has never been so if UEFA has always turned a blind eye, making us play national and even club matches.
Macedonia was the last state to build a new stadium, through cooperation between the Macedonian Football Association, the state and FIFA and UEFA. This was the road that Albania also had to follow. In an interview in October, 2010 between the UEFA president, Michelle Platini and the Albanian prime minister Sali Berisha, talked about the construction of a new stadium to host the highest level meetings. The project was funded by the state, UEFA and the FSHF (Albanian football federation).
The works for the construction of the new national stadium included the inauguration on the occasion of the 100 anniversary of independence, something that did not happen and it seems that the works will not start even this year. Confirmation also came from the sports minister, Mr. Aldo Bumçi, who during the annual analysis of this institution said that the biggest obstacle remains the lack of donor funds, which have withdrawn due to the crisis global."The Albanian government has kept its promise, where the stadium is no longer our property, but has created a joint-stock company, where most of the shares have the FSHF. We have only a quarter of the shares. In this world economic situation it has become more difficult for anyone to invest. It is a project that will not stop, but everything depends on the conditions that exist ", - said Minister Bumçi.
Minister Bumçi's statements were received with great surprise yesterday among officials of the Albanian Football Federation. The latter has not yet taken an official position on this issue, even if all this seems very strange, as it was not the government that had to find the funds for the construction of the new stadium, but the Federation itself!
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