The Albanian soccer federation employed Sylvinho on Monday as coach of the nationwide crew with the purpose of qualifying for the 2024 European Championship.
The 48-year-old Brazilian signed a contract that may take him by means of the Euro 2024 match in Germany.
“Football needs your soul and heart in there. That is why we are here,” Sylvinho mentioned at a information convention after signing the 18-month contract.
Sylvinho replaces Italian Edoardo Reja, who led Albanians for 3 and a half years and 30 matches, successful half of them.
A former left again, Sylvinho performed for Barcelona and Arsenal in addition to briefly for Brazil’s nationwide crew. He ended his taking part in profession with Manchester Metropolis in 2010.
Sylvinho has coached French membership Lyon and Corinthians in Brazil. He was an assistant coach to Tite in Brazil and to Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan.
In Euro 2024 qualifying, Albania performs in Group E with Poland, the Czech Republic, Moldova and the Faroe Islands.
“We know it is a very balanced and complicated group and we shall aim at qualifying for the Euro finals,” Sylvinho mentioned.
Albania faces Poland on March 27 however Sylvinho probably will set a pleasant beforehand to get to know the Albanian gamers. Sylvinho introduced Brazilian Doriva and Argentinian Pablo Zabaleta with him as assistant coaches.
“The players with the Albanian national team have to believe in themselves,” Zabaleta mentioned. “The reason we are here is that we see their potential, that we can bring success, that we can do something big.”
Albania performed at its first main match on the European Championship in 2016 underneath Italian coach Gianni de Biasi. It didn’t qualify for Euro 2020.