Referees from Albania

Enea Jorgji
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown:
Started as a UEFA category 3 referee in 2011
Bardhyl Pashaj
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown: Tirana
Albanian referee Bardhyl Pashaj started as a UEFA category 3 referee in 2011
Bujar Pregja
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Albanian referee Brujar Pregja retired internationally in 2001.
Lorenc Jemini
Intl. since: 2010
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Promoted to the UEFA 2nd category in 2011.
Sokol Jareci
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Tirana
Sokol Jareci once stated that : "Kryebashkiaku Gjika pas ndeshjes me tha.." This could be a shocking statement or a really lame one, we don't have a clue what it means.
Albano Janku
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown: Tirana
Active on a lower level, qualifiers and such. See his palmares for the interna
Plarent Kotherja
Intl. since:
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Born in Sofia form an Albanian father and an Italian mother, Plarent Kotherja was an international referee in the early 1990s, he is considered one of the best Albanian refs ever.
Eldorjan Hamiti
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Arseni Hoxha
Intl. since: 1973
Hometown: Fier
Sitting at home in Cleveland must have made him a little sentimental, because he told an interviewer he often listened to tapes (!) of Albanian and Italian music of the 1970s. Ital
Juxhin Xhaja
Intl. since: 2018
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Hiqmet Kuka
Intl. since:
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Yevi Kollari
Intl. since:
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Qazim Dervishi
Intl. since:
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Shkoder born Qazim Dervishi (1908-1994) was a multiple sportsman (football, baseball, basketball, athletics) and - for a short time - a football referee.
Luan Zylfo
Intl. since:
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May 13, 2000, Luan Zylfo was sitiing in an outside cafe together with his assistants and Adrian Cobo, the president of the team Tomorri Berat, when a man in a tracksuit fired five
Andi Koci
Intl. since: 2017
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Ramiz Prelja
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Tirana
Ramiz Prelja's claim to fame is the qualifier Turkey - Romania for the 1966 World Cup. Prelja was a FIFA referee for a long time, from 1962 until at least 1980.
Besnik Kaimi
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tirana
After the match Naftëtari-Dinamo on June the 5th 1988 in Kucova a revolt broke out. The Stalinist government had to find someone to blame and who is better to blame than the ref
Faik Bajrami
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Vlore
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Astrit Canaj
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Mehmet Myshku
Intl. since: 1973
Hometown: Durres
FIFA referee from 1973 until 1976.
Dhori Prifti
Intl. since:
Hometown: Korce
Prifti himself says he was the best referee n Albania during the 1980s, and he liked the competition between him and Koterja and Hoxha (the referee not the dictator).
Luigj Shala
Intl. since: 1937
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There is a Shala Prize in Albania for refs named after Luigj Shala (1908- 1967), the first ever international Alabnian ref. International from 1937.
Aristidh Papadhopuli
Intl. since: 1970
Hometown: Tirana
A FIFA referee from probably 1970 until 1972.
Shahzivar Gruda
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Durres
Gruda was a FIFA referee from 1958 (first mention of Albania on the FIFA lists) until 1972. He worked for the Ports department in Durres.
Agim Nikshiqi
Intl. since: 1970
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Nikshiqi was an international referee from possibly 1970 (or a year earlier) until 1971.
Jorgji Godari
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Tirana
Godari (sometimes: Kodari) was a FIFA referee from 1958 until 1965. He was a member of Dinamo Tirana.
Shefqet Caslli
Intl. since: 1970
Hometown: Tirana
Shefqet Caslli was a FIFA referee from 1970 (or a year earlier) until at least 1980.
Tahir Kalaci
Intl. since: 1970
Hometown: Shkodra
FIFA referee from 1970 (or a year earlier) until 1976.
Lulzim Konci
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Tirana
A FIFA referee from around 1978 until at least 1980.
Agim Lika
Intl. since: 1968
Hometown: Tirana
Agim Lika was a FIFA referee in the year 1968.
Mihal Petraq Doko
Intl. since: 1976
Hometown: Vlore
A FIFA referee in 1976 only or from 1976 until 1979.
Besim Selimi
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Tirana
Information is scant, but we found Besim Selmi on the FIFA list in 1962. He was from Tirana.
Tomson Neviri
Intl. since: 1973
Hometown: Tirana
Tomson Neviri was a FIFA referee in 1973. His first name doesn't sound Albanian, maybe it is or maybe someone called T(h)omson was some hero of the proletariat.
Hysen Hysenaj
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tirana
A FIFA referee from 1961 until 1965.
Sami Kotherja
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Tirana
In 1962 Sami Kotherja published a book called "Njohuri mbi rregulloren e futbollit" (knowledge of the football rules).
Xhavit Fagu
Intl. since: 1973
Hometown: Tirana
Fagu was an international referee from 1973 until 1976. He received a referee's prize in Albania in 2005.
Ramazan Kuka
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Tirana
FIFA referee from 1960 until 1968.
Llazar Mima
Intl. since: 1937
Hometown:
One of the first three Albanian international referees.
Haxhi Pellumbi
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Tirana
Pëllumbi was a FIFA referee in 1973 and 1974.
Besim Hamdiu
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Tirana
A FIFA referee from1958 until 1961. Hamdiu posthumously received the Luigj Shala prize in 2005 (An Albanian prize for referees).
Eqrem Stërmasi
Intl. since: 1937
Hometown:
One of the three first ever Albanian FIFA referees.
Fidai Pupa
Intl. since: 1971
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Fidai Pupa must have been a FIFA referee for about ten years or even more, but we haven't found any matches he took charge of. In 2005 he received the Luigj Shala prize in Shkoder.
Aristidh Dode
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Berat
Possibly the first time that Albania appeared on a FIFA list after WWII was in 1958. Aristidh Dode was an international referee until 1961.

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