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Northern IrelandNorthern IrelandWindsor Park - BelfastSaturday 8 October 2016
20.45CET (19.45 local time)
Group C - Matchday 2
San MarinoSan Marino
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/02/2009QR (GS)San Marino - Northern Ireland0-3
SerravalleMcAuley 6, McCann 32, Brunt 63
15/10/2008QR (GS)Northern Ireland - San Marino4-0
BelfastHealy 31, McCann 43, K. Lafferty 56, S. Davis 75
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Northern Ireland11001100----220070
San Marino10011001----200207

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Squad list Only this chapter

Northern Ireland - Squad list
Current season
-Alan Mannus19/05/198234St Johnstone - 0000
-Michael McGovern12/07/198432Norwich - 1000
-Trevor Carson05/03/198828Hartlepool - 0000
-Aaron Hughes08/11/197936Kerala - 0000
-Gareth McAuley05/12/197936West Brom - 1000
-Jonny Evans03/01/198828West Brom - 1000
-Ryan McGivern08/01/199026Shrewsbury - 0000
-Conor McLaughlin26/07/199125Fleetwood - 1000
-Lee Hodson02/10/199125Rangers - 1000
-Paddy McNair27/04/199521Sunderland - 1000
-Thomas Flanagan21/10/199124Burton - 0000
-Steven Davis01/01/198531Southampton - 1000
-Jamie Ward12/05/198630Burton*1000
-Josh Magennis15/08/199026Charlton - 1000
-Corry Evans30/07/199026Blackburn - 0000
-Oliver Norwood12/04/199125Brighton*1000
-Stuart Dallas19/04/199125Leeds - 1000
-Shane Ferguson12/07/199125Millwall - 1000
-Matthew Lund21/11/199025Rochdale - 0000
-Paul Paton18/04/198729St Johnstone - 0000
-Kyle Lafferty16/09/198729Norwich - 1000
-Niall McGinn20/07/198729Aberdeen - 1000
-Conor Washington18/05/199224QPR - 0000
-Michael O'Neill05/07/196947 - 1000
San Marino - Squad list
Current season
-Aldo Simoncini30/08/198630Libertas - 1000
-Mattia Manzaroli03/10/199125Juvenes/Dogana - 0000
-Elia Benedettini22/06/199521Murata - 0000
-Alessandro Della Valle08/06/198234Folgore - 0000
-Davide Simoncini30/08/198630Libertas - 1000
-Carlo Valentini15/03/198234Murata - 1000
-Fabio Vitaioli05/04/198432Murata - 0000
-Marco Berardi12/02/199323Folgore - 1000
-Davide Cesarini16/02/199521Tre Penne*1000
-Maicol Berretti01/05/198927Murata - 0000
-Mirko Palazzi21/03/198729Tre Penne - 1000
-Pier Filippo Mazza20/08/198828Juvenes/Dogana - 0000
-Enrico Golinucci16/07/199125Libertas - 0000
-Matteo Coppini05/05/198927Tre Penne - 0000
-Luca Censoni18/07/199620Tre Penne - 0000
-Tommaso Zafferani19/02/199620La Fiorita - 0000
-Luca Tosi04/11/199223Folgore - 1000
-Andy Selva23/05/197640La Fiorita - 0000
-Matteo Vitaioli27/10/198926Murata*1000
-Alessandro Bianchi19/07/198927Folgore - 0000
-Mattia Stefanelli12/03/199323Juvenes/Dogana - 0000
-Danilo Rinaldi18/04/198630La Fiorita - 1000
-José Hirsch31/01/198630Folgore - 1000
-Pierangelo Manzaroli25/03/196947 - 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 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.



Pierangelo Manzaroli

Date of birth: 25 March 1969
Nationality: Sammarinese
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.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeIstván Kovács (ROU)
  • Assistant refereesVasile Florin Marinescu (ROU) , Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
  • Fourth officialCristian Balaj (ROU)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerPer Svärd (SWE)
  • Referee observerRene H.J. Temmink (NED)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
István Kovács 16/09/1984133

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from 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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
23/05/2010U19ELITEItalyNorthern Ireland3-2Schelkovo
26/05/2010U19ELITENorthern IrelandCzech Republic1-3Schelkovo

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Competition facts Only this chapter

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

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:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Northern Ireland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group C - Group Standings
    Czech Republic1010001
    Northern Ireland1010001
    San Marino1001010
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin, Ferguson (66 Hodson), McAuley, J. Evans, S. Davis, K. Lafferty (59 Magennis), Dallas, Norwood, McNair, Ward (74 McGinn)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Northern Ireland-San Marino
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Germany-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Northern Ireland-Azerbaijan
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Norway
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
    San Marino-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Germany
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)
    Norway-Northern Ireland

San Marino

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    San Marino 0-1 Azerbaijan
    0-1 R. Gurbanov 45
    A. Simoncini, Cesarini, Brolli, D. Simoncini, M. Vitaioli (86 C. Valentini), Hirsch, Palazzi, Tosi, Berardi, Berardi (73 D. Rinaldi), Chiaruzzi (54 L. Gasperoni)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Northern Ireland-San Marino
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Norway-San Marino
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    San Marino-Germany
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    San Marino-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Germany-San Marino
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
    San Marino-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Azerbaijan-San Marino
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    San Marino-Norway
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)
    Czech Republic-San Marino

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

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


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on