Our football match prediction:
Albania did remarkably well to qualify for the 2016 European Championship finals, but they failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in France. The Albanians are now on a quest to book their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and they could not have wished for a better start to their qualifying campaign. Following a 2-1 win over Macedonia Giovanni De Biasi’s men recorded a routine (2-0) victory over Liechtenstein in their second group game, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s football game against star-studded Spain. La Furia Roja head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Italy and, no doubt, Julen Lopetegui’s men will give 100% to return to winning ways in Group G. Vitolo missed a clear-cut opportunity to help Spain record a win over Italy, but seeing that the Spaniards produced a fine display in the 1-1 draw with Giampiero Ventura’s team, we predict that La Furia Roja will emerge triumphant in the Stadiumi Loro Borici showdown.
Highlighted Player (Amir Abrashi):
Despite being born in Bischofszell, Switzerland, Amir Abrashi decided to represent Albania on the international stage. The 172-cm-tall footballer was born on 27 March, 1990 and he made his Albania debut on 14 August, 2013 in a friendly against Armenia. It has to be noted, though, that he played for Swiss youth national teams (U17, U19, U21). Amir Abrashi represented Switzerland at the 2012 Summer Olympics as well. Speaking of his club career, the Albanian footballer made his senior debut for Winterthur II in a goalless draw with GC Biaschesi on 16 May, 2007. Abrashi made 58 league appearances for the first team as well and in 2011 he signed a permanent deal with fellow Swiss side Grasshopper. After scoring 5 goals in 100 appearances for the club, he joined Freiburg on 3 June, 2015. Abrashi signed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit. He plays for Freiburg as a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a central midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Spain):
Historically, Spain have been regarded as one of top sides on international stage, but they often struggled to live up to the billing. After reaching the semi-finals at the 1950 World Cup, La Furia Roja won the European Championship trophy on home soil in 1964, but little did they know that it would remain their only trophy for another 44 years. Following some disappointing showings, Spain finally returned to the biggest stage under Vicente Del Bosque, winning three straight trophies between 2008 and 2012, before crashing out in the group stage at the 2014 World Cup. La Furia Roja enjoyed plenty of success with their tiki-taka style of play, originally designed by Barcelona, with Vicente Del Bosque’s side packed with technically skilled players such as Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and David Silva. Strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa also had a major role to play in those successes, but when it comes to their famous predecessors, the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Michel, Emilio Butrageno, Raul Gonzalez, Fernando Morientes and Fernando Hierro should not be forgotten.