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UEFA EURO: Northern Ireland - Belarus Match press kits

UEFA EURO 2016Match press kits

Northern IrelandWindsor Park - BelfastSunday 24 March 2019 - 20.45CETGroup C - Matchday 2Belarus
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Head to Head

 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Northern Ireland------------------
Northern Ireland------------------
Northern Ireland------------110030
Northern Ireland------------110030

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

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Squad list Only this chapter

Northern Ireland - Squad list
Current season
-Michael McGovern12/07/198434Norwich - 0000
-Conor Hazard05/03/199821Partick - 0000
-Bailey Peacock-Farrell29/10/199622Leeds - 1000
-Aaron Hughes08/11/197939Hearts - 0000
-Gareth McAuley05/12/197939Rangers - 0000
-Jonny Evans03/01/198831Leicester - 1000
-Craig Cathcart06/02/198930Watford - 1000
-Conor McLaughlin26/07/199127Millwall - 1000
-Paddy McNair27/04/199523Middlesbrough - 1000
-Tom Flanagan21/10/199127Sunderland - 0000
-Steven Davis01/01/198534Rangers - 1100
-Josh Magennis15/08/199028Bolton - 1000
-Stuart Dallas19/04/199127Leeds - 1000
-Shane Ferguson12/07/199127Millwall - 1000
-George Saville01/06/199325Middlesbrough - 1000
-Jordan Thompson03/01/199722Blackpool - 0000
-Jamal Lewis25/01/199821Norwich - 1000
-Jordan Jones24/10/199424Kilmarnock - 1000
-Kyle Lafferty16/09/198731Rangers - 1000
-Niall McGinn20/07/198731Aberdeen - 1100
-Liam Boyce08/04/199127Burton - 0000
-Paul Smyth10/09/199721Accrington - 0000
-Conor Washington18/05/199226Sheff. United - 0000
-Michael O'Neill05/07/196949 - 1000
Belarus - Squad list
Current season
-Andrei Klimovich27/08/198830Shakhtyor - 0000
-Andrei Gorbunov29/05/198335Dinamo Minsk - 1000
-Anton Chichkan10/07/199523BATE - 0000
-Aleksandr Martynovich26/08/198731Krasnodar - 1000
-Mikhail Sivakov16/01/198831Orenburg - 1000
-Igor Shitov24/10/198632Dinamo Minsk - 1000
-Denis Polyakov 17/04/199127Ural - 1000
-Zakhar Volkov12/08/199721BATE - 0000
-Aleksandr Hleb01/05/198137BATE - 0000
-Sergei Kislyak06/08/198731Dinamo Brest - 0000
-Anton Putilo23/06/198731Ankaragücü - 1000
-Igor Stasevich21/10/198533BATE - 1000
-Stanislav Dragun04/06/198830BATE - 1000
-Pavel Nekhaychik15/07/198830Dinamo Brest - 0000
-Aleksei Rios14/05/198731BATE - 0000
-Ivan Maevski05/05/198830Astana - 1000
-Yuri Kendysh10/06/199028Sheriff - 0000
-Yuri Kovalev27/01/199326Shakhtyor - 1000
-Maksim Volodko10/11/199226Arsenal Tula - 0000
-Pavel Savitski12/07/199424Dinamo Brest - 1000
-Nikolai Signevich20/02/199227Ferencváros - 1000
-Anton Saroka05/03/199227Lokeren - 1000
-Denis Laptev01/08/199127Dinamo Brest - 1000
-Igor Kriushenko10/02/196455 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Michael O'Neill

Date of birth: 5 July 1969
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career: Coleraine, Newcastle, Dundee United, Hibernian, Coventry, Aberdeen (loan), Reading (loan), Wigan, Saint Johnstone, Portland Timbers, Clydebank, Glentoran, Ayr United
Coaching career: Brechin City, Shamrock Rovers, Northern Ireland

• A midfielder and forward during a 20-year playing career, O'Neill spent the bulk of his time in Scotland, most notably with Dundee United and Hibernian. Enjoyed late success when winning a Northern Irish league and League Cup double with Glentoran in 2002/03.

• Made 31 appearances for his country, scoring four goals, two of which came in a memorable 5-3 victory against Austria during EURO '96 qualifying.

• Moved into coaching as assistant manager of Scottish club Cowdenbeath in 2005 before taking the reins at Brechin in March 2006. Was named coach of Shamrock Rovers in the Republic of Ireland in December 2008, guiding the Hoops to a second-place finish in his debut season before clinching their first title since 1994 in 2010.

• Made history as Rovers became the first Irish side to qualify for the group stage of a European competition, beating Partizan in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League play-offs. Also led the Hoops to a second successive domestic championship in 2011.

• Appointed coach of his country in December 2011 and helped Northern Ireland record several notable results in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, including a 1-1 draw in Portugal and a home win against Russia. Even better was to come as O'Neill steered his charges to UEFA EURO 2016, their first UEFA European Championship appearance, taking Northern Ireland to the last 16 at the finals in France, and agreed a new contract despite losing out to Switzerland in the 2018 World Cup play-offs.


Igor Kriushenko

Date of birth: 10 February 1964
Nationality: Belarusian
Playing career: Dinamo Minsk, Khimik Grodno, Lida, Alga Bishkek, Aktyubinets, Metallurg Aldan, Dinamo Yakutsk, Selenga, Torpedo Mogilev
Coaching career: Torpedo Mogilev (assistant), BATE Borisov (reserves), BATE, Dinamo Minsk, Sibir Novosibirsk, Shurtan Guzar, Torpedo Zhodino, Belarus

• A graduate of one Minsk's youth academies, his first coach was Mikhail Mustygin – Soviet Top League top scorer with Dinamo Minsk in 1962 and 1967. A Soviet youth international, Kriushenko never made the first team at Dinamo Minsk, and spent his playing career in the lower divisions.

• After four years as a coach with BATE's reserve team, took charge of the seniors in 2005 and won league titles in 2006 and 2007 before leaving for Dinamo Minsk.

• League runner-up as Dinamo coach in 2008, he moved to Russia and led Sibir Novosibirsk to promotion in his first campaign, and then to the Russian Cup final and the UEFA Europa League play-offs in 2010.

• Won a Belarusian Cup with Torpedo Zhodino in 2016 and was named Belarus coach on 1 March 2017, initially on a temporary basis.

• Coached Torpedo and the national team in tandem to start with before stepping down from his club role to concentrate on his Belarus position, leading the side to promotion from League D in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2018.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereePaweł Raczkowski (POL)
  • Assistant refereesMichal Obukowicz (POL) , Radosław Siejka (POL)
  • Fourth officialKrzysztof Jakubik (POL)
  • UEFA DelegateJevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)
  • UEFA Referee observerManuel Diaz Vega (ESP)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Paweł Raczkowski10/05/1983041

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Northern Ireland

  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group C - Group Standings
    Northern Ireland1100203
    Northern Ireland 2-0 Estonia
    1-0 McGinn 56, 2-0 S. Davis 75 (P)
    Peacock-Farrell, Lewis, J. Evans, Saville, McGinn (85 C. McLaughlin), S. Davis, Lafferty (76 Magennis), Dallas, Jones (81 Ferguson), McNair, Cathcart
  • (24/03/2019)
    Northern Ireland-Belarus
  • (08/06/2019)
    Estonia-Northern Ireland
  • (11/06/2019)
    Belarus-Northern Ireland
  • (09/09/2019)
    Northern Ireland-Germany
  • (10/10/2019)
    Netherlands-Northern Ireland
  • (16/11/2019)
    Northern Ireland-Netherlands
  • (19/11/2019)
    Germany-Northern Ireland


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group C - Group Standings
    Northern Ireland1100203
    Netherlands 4-0 Belarus
    1-0 Depay 1, 2-0 Wijnaldum 21, 3-0 Depay 55 (P) , 4-0 Van Dijk 86
    Gorbunov, Dragun (86 Laptev), Martynovich, Shitov, Polyakov , Kovalev (79 Savitski), Signevich (63 Saroka), Putilo, Sivakov, Maevski, Stasevich
  • (24/03/2019)
    Northern Ireland-Belarus
  • (08/06/2019)
  • (11/06/2019)
    Belarus-Northern Ireland
  • (06/09/2019)
  • (10/10/2019)
  • (13/10/2019)
  • (16/11/2019)

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:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2016 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2016 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 is the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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