10 Reasons Why It Was the Year of the Albanians

By | 2016-11-28

2016 was definitely the year of the Albanians. This past year marked the international breakthrough of the Albanian people into the realms of sports, showbizz, and technology.

The world now knows about the people from countries like Albania and Kosovo (where 92 percent of the people are ethnically Albanian), as well as their diaspora members in countries across Europe and the world.

These are the 10 Reasons why 2016 should be considered The Year of The Albanians. Written by © Stefan van Dijk of Kosovo-Info.com.

albanian football fans during euro 2016 © AFP1. Albanian National Team at Euro 2016

The Albanian national football team qualified for the first time in history for a tournament on the world stage.

Viewers from all around the globe saw for the very first time the red and black uniformed soccer team. In their third and last match, they even succeeded in gaining a point.

bebe rexha martin garrix youtube2. Best DJ in the world scores hit with Albanian

Bebe Rexha was already known in the U.S. for a couple of hits. But in the summer of 2016 she reached a new level of fame when she produced a song that reached the top 10 in twenty different countries.

The singer and songwriter from New York has ethnic Albanian parents. The best DJ in the world, Martin Garrix, produced the song In The Name Of Love together with the renowned Albanian American artist.

hello solaborate3. Breakthrough of the tech scene in Kosovo

The startup scene of Kosovo, the country with the youngest people per capita in Europe, experienced an amazing year.

As an example, one small but outstanding startup in Kosovo brought a desktop 3d printer onto the market. In other words, the door has been opened for whoever wants to own a personal 3d printer from now on. In another example, an Albanian American, with his roots in Kosovo, brought a new product to the market that should change the way of holding conference calls. It took only a couple of weeks for the company (partly based in Kosovo) to raise 400.000 dollar on Kickstarter. The startup scene in Kosovo is developing quick, with a positive role for the Innovation Centre Kosovo.

majlinda kelmendi waves flag at olympic ceremony4. Kosovo’s first Olympic gold medal

After years of waiting, the Republic of Kosovo finally attended their first Olympic Games. It was an emotional moment when Majlinda Kelmendi entered the stadium carrying the flag of Kosovo. No one present could deny that the nation of Kosovo had arrived.

But the biggest moment came when the Kosovo Albanian youngster triumphed in the judo competition. Majlinda Kelmendi was in tears because of her golden medal. For the first time in history, the Kosovo national hymn was played at the biggest sporting event in the world.

Era Istrefi sings bon bon5. Albanian song becomes worldwide hit

Era Istrefi made it possible for listeners from 25 countries to hear the Albanian language coming from their own radios. Her song Bonbon was a huge international hit.

In Israel, Lebanon, Sweden, and Germany it even reached the top 10 on the music charts. The singer from Kosovo has signed a contract with Sony Music and Ultra Music, so stay tuned.

your of the albanians mother teresa with child6. Mother Teresa declared a saint

The most famous nun in the world, Mother Teresa, was declared a saint in 2016 by Pope Francis.

The Albanian woman, raised in Macedonia with parents from Kosovo, dedicated her life to serving the poor. Kosovo-born superstar Rita Ora sang What Child Is This (a song about Jesus) at the night before the ceremony.

kosovo football teams hears anthem7. Kosovo accepted by UEFA and FIFA

It was a year of international breakthrough for the football team of Kosovo. Both UEFA and FIFA accepted the country’s bid to play on European and international stages.

The first official match, a world cup qualification clash with Finland, resulted in a draw. From that moment, everyone knew that Kosovo would be a serious team on the field.

dua-lipa-model8. Dua Lipa sells 1 million records

I want to go back to London, because I want to be a singer. With more or less these words, a teenager told her Kosovan parents her hopes and dreams for the future. And she succeeded!

In 2015, Dua Lipa was known by only a few people. By 2016, she had already sold one million records. Her single Be The One scored several number 1 hits around Europe.

albanian coast9. One of top 10 best places to visit in 2016

The world is slowly realizing that Albania is one of the top destinations to visit in Europe. Rough Guides even selected Albania as one of the 10 best places to visit in 2016.

“Virgin beaches, gorgeous mountain lakes, Ottoman architecture, and friendly locals to point you in the right direction for discovery. Make the trip before the rest of the world realizes what they’re missing.

xherdan shaqiri scores amazing goal10. Ethnic Albanians score for three separate countries

The National Team of Albania was not the only group of Albanianas to enjoy success at the Euro 2016 tournament.

Other ethnic Albanians, playing for different countries, also triumphed. Shkodran Mustafi scored a goal for Germany, and Admir Mehmedi scored for Switzerland.

But the most beautiful goal, perhaps of the entire tournament, was when Xherdan Shaqiri scored with an amazing bicycle kick.

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2 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why It Was the Year of the Albanians

  1. Tom

    You are guys totally confused about own identity.

  2. Dori

    There is no confusion whatsoever,both countries ( Albania and Kosovo) are Albanians there is no nation such as kosovars. Both countries speak Albanian language . The EU are confusing people to say kosovars not Albanians.
    You can say Kosovo Albanians and that is acceptable but not kosovars simply it doesn’t exist.


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