Albania coach Gianni De Biasi: ‘I don’t want us to be tourists. Fairytales can happen’

Experienced Italian coach has guided Albania to first major championship despite the fallout from infamous brawl in abandoned game against Serbia

Gianni De Biasi must be the only Italian who has been offered Albanian citizenship by the country’s president. Such a gesture speaks volumes for his achievement, with Albania gripped by Euro 2016 fever caused by reaching their first major championship?.

De Biasi’s and Albania’s story is a remarkable one. The 59-year-old took charge four and a half years ago and the Eagles’ progress has been drastic. They finished second bottom of their qualification group for Euro 2012 having lost to Luxembourg but defied Denmark and Serbia to end the recent campaign as automatic qualifiers for the 2016 tournament behind Portugal.

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