Just ahead of the World Cup Finals in Brazil, a tournament of little interest to our intrepid heroes at the foot of the football world, San Marino will host Albania in a friendly match in Serravalle on Sunday 8th June.
The two have only met once before, in a friendly match in 2006. On that occasion Albania claimed victory with a comfortable 3-0 scoreline. A beating, but hardly a bad one.
This time around I wouldn’t expect much different. Albania have been steadily improving over the last few years and now sit a comfortable 66th in the world rankings (32nd in Europe) ahead of the likes of Poland, Ireland and Bulgaria.
Such heady heights will surely be too much for San Marino to cope with, even if Albania are taking things relatively easy and giving a run out to a few of their up and coming players.