European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Northern Ireland||Windsor Park - BelfastSaturday 8 October 2016|
20.45CET (19.45 local time) Group C - Matchday 2
|11/02/2009||QR (GS)||San Marino - Northern Ireland||0-3||Serravalle||McAuley 6, McCann 32, Brunt 63|
|15/10/2008||QR (GS)||Northern Ireland - San Marino||4-0||Belfast||Healy 31, McCann 43, K. Lafferty 56, S. Davis 75|
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|-||Alan Mannus||19/05/1982||34||St Johnstone||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Gareth McAuley||05/12/1979||36||West Brom||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Jonny Evans||03/01/1988||28||West Brom||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Paul Paton||18/04/1987||29||St Johnstone||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Alessandro Della Valle||08/06/1982||34||Folgore||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Davide Cesarini||16/02/1995||21||Tre Penne||*||1||0||0||0|
|-||Mirko Palazzi||21/03/1987||29||Tre Penne||-||1||0||0||0|
|-||Pier Filippo Mazza||20/08/1988||28||Juvenes/Dogana||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Matteo Coppini||05/05/1989||27||Tre Penne||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Luca Censoni||18/07/1996||20||Tre Penne||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Tommaso Zafferani||19/02/1996||20||La Fiorita||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Andy Selva||23/05/1976||40||La Fiorita||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Danilo Rinaldi||18/04/1986||30||La Fiorita||-||1||0||0||0|
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Date of birth: 5 July 1969
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career: Coleraine FC, Newcastle United FC, Dundee United FC, Hibernian FC, Coventry City FC, Aberdeen FC (loan), Reading FC (loan), Wigan Athletic FC, Saint Johnstone FC, Portland Timbers, Clydebank FC, Glentoran FC, Ayr United FC
Coaching career: Brechin City FC, Shamrock Rovers FC, 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 FK 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.
Date of birth: 25 March 1969
Playing career: SS Cosmos, SP Cailungo, San Marino Calcio, SS Pennarossa
Coaching career: SS Pennarossa, AC Libertas, San Marino Under-15, San Marino Under-21, San Marino
• After starting his career in the local league, the midfielder had a successful two-year spell with San Marino Calcio in the Italian fourth division before returning to the Sammarinese league to play for Pennarossa, where he started to work as a coach in 2006/07, leading the team to the league title in his first season on charge.
• Capped 38 times for San Marino between 1991 and 2001, Manzaroli left Pennarossa at the end of the 2006/07 season to join AC Libertas and led his new team to a historic 1-1 draw against Irish club Drogheda United FC in a 2007/08 UEFA Cup game.
• Manzaroli than earned another notable coup when he led a San Marino side through the preliminary round of the 2008/09 UEFA Regions' Cup before being appointed as coach of the Under-21 national team in 2010.
• He led the U21s to some hugely surprising results in qualifying for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship – a stalemate against Greece in June 2012 and a 1-0 victory against Wales in September 2013 – before being appointed to replace long-standing San Marino senior coach Giampaolo Mazza in 2014.
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No such matches refereed
|26/05/2010||U19||ELITE||Northern Ireland||Czech Republic||1-3||Schelkovo|
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The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.
Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on UEFA.com.
Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.
The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.
The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.
How qualification works
The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
South America: 4.5
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