Condition of shirt - Excellent
Size - Large
Condition details - Bright colours, national crest is stitched, Puma logo is great, some faint light marks to print - caused during use, nice material feel
Made by - Puma
Player - Hard-working Hannover 96 midfielder Altin Lala #2
Player issue features - Correct player size print professionally heat pressed, long-sleeved version not commercially available, swapped with an England player and comes from their own personal collection - a signed letter verifying this will be provided
Notes - Extremely rare player shirt believed to have been worn by Lala for the 2002 World Cup Qualification UEFA Group 9 match against England, played at Qemal Stafa Stadium in Tirana on 28th March 2001. The Shqiponjat had enjoyed a mixed bag of results so far in the group, they'd narrowly lost to both Finland and Germany in 2-1 defeats but had also triumphed over rivals and noisy neighbours Greece with an historic 2-0 victory the previous year. They faced a Three Lions side that had also won just one of their opening 3 matches. The game was a close one, Albania put up a strong defensive performance int he first half but the floodgates opened after the break. Michael Owen fired the visitors ahead with 15 minutes to play before Paul Scholes doubled their lead from close range with 5 minutes left on the clock. Altin Rraklli did pull one back in extra-time with a nice solo goal from a quick throw-in to ensure a tense finish, but Andy Cole sealed three points for England just moments later. Final score 3-1. Lala played the full 90 minutes, the Albanians went on to lose all their remain Group 9 matches finishing bottom of the table. The midfielder earned a superb 79 caps for his country between 1998-2011 scoring 3 goals. He spent the vast majority of his club career with Hannover 96 and made well over 400 appearances for Die Roten where he was known as the Kampfzwerg or Battle Dwarf for his combative, tough-tackling style of play.