Former Nigeria keeper Ndubuisi Egbo is the first African coach to lead a European team to a league title and qualification for the Champions League.
World champions France produced a fitting inaugural match in Albania's newly-built Arena Kombetare stadium with a 2-0 win.
Melbourne Victory have bolstered their midfield with the signing of experienced Albania international Migjen Basha on a two-year deal.
France stayed in command of their Euro 2020 qualifying group as the defending world champions beat Albania 4-1.
In an embarrassing mix-up, the wrong national anthem was played for Albania before they faced France in a European Championship qualifier.
Scotland's hopes of earning promotion to League B of the Nations League were boosted after a convincing 4-0 win over 10-man Albania.
FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Switzerland players Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, looking into their goal celebrations.
Both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals for Switzerland against Serbia on Friday by making a nationalist symbol of Albania.
Antonio Candreva's second-half strike was enough for Italy to end their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory in Albania.
Albanian police have told a group of home fans to stay away from the country's UEFA World Cup football qualifier against Italy on Monday.
Spain sealed their place in next year's World Cup finals with a 3-0 victory over Albania in a match which saw Gerard Pique the target of jeers.
Albania have kept faith with Italian coaching methods by appointing former Milan and Roma defender Christian Panucci as Gianni De Biasi's successor.
Albania's FA has stripped Skenderbeu of the club championship won in the 2015-16 season for "influencing results contrary to the sports ethics."
Gianni De Biasi resigned Wednesday as Albania coach with immediate effect.
The Albanian football federation has condemned an apparent match-fixing attempt in a recent game between two clubs.
FIFA has fined the Albanian Football Association £78,000 for the misbehaviour of fans during last month's World Cup qualifier against Italy.
The video assistant referee twice played an important role as Spain beat France 2-0 in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday.
Albania's soccer federation has strongly denounced the incident that halted the World Cup Group G qualifier with Italy for nearly nine minutes.