The former midfielder last coached Atalanta until 2016 and has coached other Serie A and B clubs in Italy before.
Reja’s first match with Albania will be in June in Iceland. The team is third in Group H behind France and Turkey.
“If everything goes well, if I find myself well, then it will depend on the federation if we continue the cooperation,” Reja said. “We shall try to go to Europe’s finals. That is the primary goal. And to achieve that we need to have the best possible results in the eight decisive matches.”
Under another Italian, Gianni de Biasi, Albania played at its first major tournament at the European Championship in 2016.
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