Albania hires Italian Edoardo Reja for its national team

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian football federation says it has hired Italian Edoardo 'Edy' Reja as its national team coach.

Reja, 73, will keep the post until the end of the European Championship qualifiers in November, according to spokesman Tritan Kokona.

He replaces compatriot Christian Panucci, who was fired last month after a home loss to Turkey.

Reja, a former midfielder, last coached Atalanta B.C. until 2016 and has coached other Serie A and B clubs in Italy before that.

Albania ranks third after France and Turkey at the Euro 2020 Group H.

Reja's first match with Albania will be in June, at home against Moldova.

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