Exactly three years ago, on June 14, 2017, Gianni De Biasi said goodbye to the bench of the Albanian national team sanctioning the end of the most beautiful love story that football in Albania has ever known.
An early farewell (initially scheduled for November 2017, at the end of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign) that surprised everyone and that arrived a few days after the 3-0 victory in Israel:
"My job is done. I stop here because I want to think about the good and growth of the team. I want to give the new manager time to get to know the team and the players. " - De Biasi had declared in the farewell press conference.
The Veneto coach, in six years (from 2011 to 2017) as Albania's technical commissioner, has forever rewritten the football history of the Country of the Eagles. Incredible victories (such as the 1-0 one that arrived in Portugal in 2014), the 22nd place in the FIFA ranking and, above all, the icing on the cake: the qualification for the European championships - after passing a terrible qualifying group that included Portugal, Denmark and Serbia - in 2016, where Albania even came close to qualifying for the round of XNUMX.
The memory of De Biasi
Indelible memories for all the Albanian people but also for De Biasi himself (who received Albanian citizenship in 2015), who today wanted to remember the anniversary of his farewell to the Albanian National with an exciting post on his Facebook profile:
“Three years ago I decided to leave the Albanian national team, a sad and very difficult moment for me !!! The goal was to allow those who would replace me to gain time by getting to know the players.
It cost me a lot, but like all things in life there is a beginning and an end, a beautiful story that had come to an end! Thanks Albania, thanks President Duka, thanks to all the guys protagonists of the journey towards a Dream, thanks for letting me experience the most beautiful sporting emotions of my life."- reads the Facebook post of the Italian technical commissioner.
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