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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.36CET
Northern Ireland have never sent a team to the UEFA European Championship, but a brilliant UEFA EURO 2016 campaign ended with an unexpected top spot in qualifying Group F.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.36CET

Northern Ireland team profile

Northern Ireland have never sent a team to the UEFA European Championship, but a brilliant UEFA EURO 2016 campaign ended with an unexpected top spot in qualifying Group F.

Best result: never previously qualified
Coach: Michael O'Neill
Leading scorers: all-time – David Healy (36); current – Kyle Lafferty (16)
Most appearances: all-time – Pat Jennings (119); current – Aaron Hughes (96)
Association formed: 1880
Nickname: Norn Iron
Where they play: Windsor Park, Belfast

Despite some memorable wins, Northern Ireland had never sent a team to the finals of the UEFA European Championship until now, previously coming closest in the 1984 qualifying series when they beat holders West Germany home and away. In contrast there have been three appearances at the FIFA World Cup, the first in 1958 resulting in a quarter-final appearance and the second, in 1982, featuring a famous 1-0 win over hosts Spain. Like all-time top marksman David Healy, the great George Best sadly never graced a major tournament. The current crop, under manager Michael O'Neill, will get that opportunity to shine on the big stage in France.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P110 W40 D25 L45 F120 A138
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P110 W40 D25 L45 F120 A138

Watch Northern Ireland's top five qualifying goals

Northern Ireland first entered the UEFA European Championship ahead of the 1964 finals, beating Poland 4-0 on aggregate before losing out to eventual winners Spain. Billy Bingham's side overcame West Germany 1-0 in Belfast and Hamburg during qualifying for the 1984 edition – only to be pipped to qualification by the Germans on goal difference.

Fans also got a run for their money during the UEFA EURO 2008 campaign when Healy's prolific strike rate helped them to memorable home wins against eventual champions Spain (3-2), Sweden (2-1) and Denmark (2-1), but Northern Ireland could only finish third in their pool. Under Nigel Worthington they started UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying brightly, a 1-0 win in Slovenia and a 0-0 draw with eventual group winners Italy raising hopes, but the campaign ended in disappointment. A frustrating 1-1 draw in the Faroe Islands and a 4-1 defeat by Estonia in Tallinn did much of the damage.

Memorable EURO matches
08/10/15: Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
The country's first EURO qualification was confirmed with a Steven Davis-inspired victory over the 2004 champions.

06/09/2006: Northern Ireland 3-2 Spain, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Healy scored a hat-trick to seal a memorable victory over Luis Aragonés' side.

16/11/1983: West Germany 0-1 Northern Ireland, 1984 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Norman Whiteside's goal in Hamburg completed a remarkable double against West Germany.

Did you know?
Healy's tally of 13 goals in 2008 qualifying was a UEFA European Championship record, matched by Poland's Robert Lewandowski in the 2016 preliminaries.

*Last updated on 18/11/2015

Last updated: 10/12/15 14.41CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 16/11/2016 11:55 CET
7 September 2014 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary1-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
06/14/2016 18:03:55
11 October 2014 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland2-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/26/2016 10:01:54
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
06/02/2016 10:24:41
14 November 2014 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
08/19/2016 13:27:03
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland2-1Finland
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/26/2016 10:01:48
13 June 2015 13 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland0-0Romania
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/26/2016 10:01:54
4 September 2015 04 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe Islands1-3Northern Ireland
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
01/08/2016 08:06:34
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland1-1Hungary
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/26/2016 10:01:54
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland3-1Greece
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/26/2016 10:01:54
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland1-1Northern Ireland
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN)
01/08/2016 08:06:24
Poland1-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Stade de Nice, Nice (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:07:49
Ukraine0-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA)
08/25/2016 10:41:22
Northern Ireland0-1Germany
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
06/23/2016 10:08:44
25 June 2016 25 Jun - UEFA EURO, Round of 16
Wales1-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
06/27/2016 10:11:21
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Czech Republic0-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) Stadium: Generali Arena, Prague (CZE)
09/05/2016 11:36:39
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern Ireland4-0San Marino
Referee: István Kovács (ROU) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
10/09/2016 08:37:34
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Germany2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) Stadium: HDI-Arena, Hanover (GER)
10/12/2016 10:05:35
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern Ireland4-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/12/2016 14:22:40
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Northern Ireland0-3Croatia
Referee: not available Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/16/2016 10:55:25
26 March 2017 26 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern IrelandNorway
Referee: TBD Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/24/2016 16:16:43
10 June 2017 10 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
AzerbaijanNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
1 September 2017 01 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
San MarinoNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:31
4 September 2017 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern IrelandCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
5 October 2017 05 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern IrelandGermany
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:42
8 October 2017 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
NorwayNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1880
  • Stadium : Windsor Park
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    11/09/1991, Faroe Islands 0-5 Northern Ireland, Landskrona
    21/04/1971, Northern Ireland 5-0 Cyprus, Belfast
  • Biggest defeat:
    17/10/1979, Northern Ireland 1-5 England, Belfast
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 14
  • Player with most appearances: 35
    Aaron Hughes (NIR)
  • Top scorers: 13
    David Healy (NIR)