1998 FIFA World Cup France™

1998 FIFA World Cup France™

10 June - 12 July

1998 FIFA World Cup™

Albania to Play World Cup Matches in Granada

Albania's two forthcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup against Ukraine on 29 March and Germany on 2 April are to be played in Granada, Spain. The venue will be the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes (capacity 15,400 seats), home of the local club, Granada CF, a Spanish Second Division Club.

The two home matches cannot be played in Tirana because of the political situation in Albania.

After consultation with the Bureau of the FIFA World Cup Organising Committee and consideration of various alternatives, FIFA has decided to accept the offer of the Spanish Football Federation for the matches to be played on the foreseen dates, in Granada.

Kick-off times remain to be fixed.

The two matches will continue to be recorded as home matches for Albania, despite being played on neutral ground. Thus Albania retains the normal television and publicity rights for both games.