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Northern Ireland team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.36CET
Despite some memorable wins, Northern Ireland have never sent a team to the finals of the competition, coming closest in 1984 when they twice beat holders West Germany.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.36CET

Northern Ireland team profile

Despite some memorable wins, Northern Ireland have never sent a team to the finals of the competition, coming closest in 1984 when they twice beat holders West Germany.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Michael O'Neill
Leading scorers: all-time – David Healy (36); current – Kyle Lafferty (9)
Most appearances: all-time – Pat Jennings (119); current – Aaron Hughes (88)
Association formed: 1880
Nickname: Norn Iron
Where they play: Windsor Park, Belfast

Despite some memorable wins, Northern Ireland have never sent a team to the finals of the competition, 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.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P100 W34 D22 L44 F104 A130
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P100 W34 D22 L44 F104 A130

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
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.

30/05/1963: Spain 1-1 Northern Ireland, 1964 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Willie Irvine's goal raised hope of reaching the last eight, but Northern Ireland lost 1-0 in the return.

Did you know?
Healy's tally of 13 goals in 2008 qualifying was a UEFA European Championship record.

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 17/02/14 18.07CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/12/2014 23:48 CET
Russia2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) – Stadium: Stadion Lokomotiv, Moscow (RUS)
04/18/2013 21:37:14
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland1-1Luxembourg
Referee: Vlado Glodjović (SRB) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
04/18/2013 20:49:35
Portugal1-1Northern Ireland
Referee: Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER) – Stadium: Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
04/18/2013 20:49:50
Northern Ireland1-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Viktor Shvetsov (UKR) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
04/18/2013 20:49:36
Northern Ireland0-2Israel
Referee: Hannes Kaasik (EST) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/28/2013 11:07:36
Northern Ireland1-0Russia
Referee: not available – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
09/11/2013 07:12:36
6 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round
Northern Ireland2-4Portugal
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
09/11/2013 07:12:36
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Luxembourg3-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Robert Malek (POL) – Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
11/10/2014 18:03:14
Azerbaijan2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Andrea De Marco (ITA) – Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
11/10/2014 18:06:14
Israel1-1Northern Ireland
Referee: Laurent Duhamel (FRA) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
12/16/2013 12:41:24
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary1-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) – Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/17/2014 19:57:03
11 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland2-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
10/13/2014 19:02:11
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
10/17/2014 10:26:37
14 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
11/17/2014 11:33:28
Northern IrelandFinland
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
12/01/2014 10:18:45
Northern IrelandRomania
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:30
4 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe IslandsNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:16
7 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern IrelandHungary
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:59
8 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern IrelandGreece
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:22
11 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
FinlandNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:35

General info

  • Founded : 1880
  • Stadium : Windsor Park
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, 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: 31
    Keith Gillespie (NIR)
    Aaron Hughes (NIR)
  • Top scorers: 13
    David Healy (NIR)
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