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GermanyGermanyHDI-Arena - HanoverTuesday 11 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group C - Matchday 3
Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
21/06/2016GS-FTNorthern Ireland - Germany0-1
ParisGomez 30
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
08/09/1999PR (GS)Germany - Northern Ireland4-0
DortmundBierhoff 2, Ziege 15, 35, 45
27/03/1999PR (GS)Northern Ireland - Germany0-3
BelfastBode 19, 43, Hamann 62
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
20/08/1997QR (GS)Northern Ireland - Germany1-3
BelfastMichael Hughes 60; Bierhoff 73, 78, 79
09/11/1996QR (GS)Germany - Northern Ireland1-1NurembergMöller 41; Taggart 39
1984 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
16/11/1983PR (GS)West Germany - Northern Ireland0-1
HamburgWhiteside 50
17/11/1982PR (GS)Northern Ireland - West Germany1-0
BelfastStewart 18
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/05/1961QR (GS)Germany - Northern Ireland2-1
BerlinKress 29, Brülls 58; McIlroy 85
26/10/1960QR (GS)Northern Ireland - Germany3-4
BelfastMc Adams 25, 51, 89; Brülls 6, Seeler 53, Dörfel 54, 80
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/06/1958GS-FTGermany - Northern Ireland2-2MalmoRahn 20, Seeler 79; McParland 17, 58
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Northern Ireland410341122011152491333

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Squad list Only this chapter

Germany - Squad list
Current season
-Manuel Neuer27/03/198630Bayern - 2000
-Bernd Leno04/03/199224Leverkusen - 0000
-Marc-André ter Stegen30/04/199224Barcelona - 0000
-Jérôme Boateng03/09/198828Bayern - 1000
-Mats Hummels16/12/198827Bayern - 2000
-Benedikt Höwedes29/02/198828Schalke - 2000
-Sebastian Rudy28/02/199026Hoffenheim - 0000
-Shkodran Mustafi17/04/199224Arsenal - 0000
-Joshua Kimmich08/02/199521Bayern - 2100
-Jonas Hector27/05/199026Köln - 2000
-Sami Khedira04/04/198729Juventus*2000
-Toni Kroos04/01/199026Real Madrid - 2100
-Mesut Özil15/10/198827Arsenal - 2000
-İlkay Gündoğan24/10/199025Man. City - 1000
-Mario Götze03/06/199224Dortmund - 2000
-Julian Draxler20/09/199323Wolfsburg - 2000
-Max Meyer18/09/199521Schalke - 1000
-Julian Brandt02/05/199620Leverkusen - 2000
-Julian Weigl08/09/199521Dortmund - 1000
-Thomas Müller13/09/198927Bayern - 2400
-Kevin Volland30/07/199224Leverkusen - 0000
-Joachim Löw03/02/196056 - 2000
Northern Ireland - Squad list
Current season
-Alan Mannus19/05/198234St Johnstone - 0000
-Michael McGovern12/07/198432Norwich - 2000
-Trevor Carson05/03/198828Hartlepool - 0000
-Aaron Hughes08/11/197936Kerala - 0000
-Gareth McAuley05/12/197936West Brom - 2000
-Jonny Evans03/01/198828West Brom - 2000
-Ryan McGivern08/01/199026Shrewsbury - 0000
-Conor McLaughlin26/07/199125Fleetwood - 2000
-Lee Hodson02/10/199125Rangers - 1000
-Callum Morris03/02/199026Aberdeen - 0000
-Michael Smith04/09/198828Peterborough - 0000
-Paddy McNair27/04/199521Sunderland - 2000
-Steven Davis01/01/198531Southampton - 2100
-Jamie Ward12/05/198630Burton*2100
-Josh Magennis15/08/199026Charlton - 2000
-Corry Evans30/07/199026Blackburn - 0000
-Oliver Norwood12/04/199125Brighton*2000
-Shane Ferguson12/07/199125Millwall - 2000
-Matthew Lund21/11/199025Rochdale - 0000
-Paul Paton18/04/198729St Johnstone - 0000
-Kyle Lafferty16/09/198729Norwich - 2200
-Niall McGinn20/07/198729Aberdeen - 2000
-Conor Washington18/05/199224QPR - 1000
-Michael O'Neill05/07/196947 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Joachim Löw

Date of birth: 3 February 1960
Nationality: German
Playing career: SC Freiburg (three times), VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt, Karlsruher SC, FC Schaffhausen, FC Winterthur, FC Frauenfeld
Coaching career: FC Winterthur (youth), FC Frauenfeld, VfB Stuttgart, Fenerbahçe SK, Karlsruher SC, Adanaspor AŞ, FC Tirol Innsbruck, FK Austria Wien, Germany (assistant), Germany

• A native of the Black Forest in south-west Germany, Löw spent most of his playing days with local club Freiburg, where he had three spells, before winding down his career in Switzerland.

• Operated as a player-coach in Switzerland before becoming an assistant, and later head coach, back in Germany with Stuttgart. Succeeded Rolf Fringer in 1996 and led the Swabian side to a German Cup win in his first season and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final against Chelsea FC in his second.

• Left Stuttgart for Fenerbahçe but struggled to match his early success until he joined Tirol Innsbruck, guiding the team to the 2001/02 Austrian Bundesliga title.

• After nine months with Austria Wien he was summoned by old friend Jürgen Klinsmann to become his assistant with Germany. The pair steered the Nationalmannschaft to a third-place finish on home soil at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

• Replaced Klinsmann as head coach, taking the side to a runners-up spot at UEFA EURO 2008 and third place at the 2010 World Cup. They also reached the last four of UEFA EURO 2012, before qualifying unbeaten for the 2014 global finals.

• The real glory was to follow in Brazil, Löw leading the team to their fourth world title with a final defeat of Argentina. In 2015 he signed a new contract running until 2018, although Germany were unable to add the European title to their world crown, losing to hosts France in the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-finals.



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.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereePaolo Tagliavento (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesFilippo Meli (ITA) , Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
  • Fourth officialMarco Guida (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerBalázs Makray (HUN)
  • Referee observerIoannis Tsachilidis (GRE)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Paolo Tagliavento19/09/1972368

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
16/05/2007U19ELITEGermanyRepublic of Ireland1-0Dublin
07/09/2007U21QRNorthern IrelandGermany0-3Lurgan
27/11/2008UELGSHamburger SVAFC Ajax0-1Hamburg
27/08/2009UELPOHertha BSC BerlinBrøndby IF3-1Berlin
22/10/2009UELGSFK Austria WienSV Werder Bremen2-2Vienna
30/09/2010UELGSClub Atlético de MadridBayer 04 Leverkusen1-1Madrid
10/03/2011UELR16Bayer 04 LeverkusenVillarreal CF2-3Leverkusen
06/12/2011UCLGSKRC GenkBayer 04 Leverkusen1-1Genk
23/08/2012UELPOWKS Śląsk WrocławHannover 963-5Wroclaw
18/09/2012UCLGSBorussia DortmundAFC Ajax1-0Dortmund
11/12/2013UCLGSFC Schalke 04FC Basel 18932-0Gelsenkirchen
01/10/2014UCLGSRSC AnderlechtBorussia Dortmund0-3Brussels
05/11/2014UCLGSSporting Clube de PortugalFC Schalke 044-2Lisbon
26/11/2014UCLGSBayer 04 LeverkusenAS Monaco FC0-1Leverkusen
10/12/2015UELGSFK PartizanFC Augsburg1-3Belgrade

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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


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group C - Group Standings
    Northern Ireland2110404
    Czech Republic2011031
    San Marino2002050
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Norway 0-3 Germany
    0-1 Müller 15, 0-2 Kimmich 45, 0-3 Müller 60
    Neuer, Hector, Höwedes, Hummels, Khedira (84 Weigl), Kroos, Özil, Draxler (84 Meyer), Müller, Götze (72 Brandt), Kimmich
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Germany 3-0 Czech Republic
    1-0 Müller 13, 2-0 Kroos 49, 3-0 Müller 65
    Neuer, Hector (68 Höwedes), Hummels, Khedira, Draxler (80 Brandt), Kroos (76 Gündoğan), Özil, Müller, Boateng, Kimmich, Götze
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Germany-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    San Marino-Germany
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Germany-San Marino
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
    Czech Republic-Germany
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Germany
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)

Northern Ireland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    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 4-0 San Marino
    1-0 S. Davis 26 (P) , 2-0 K. Lafferty 79, 3-0 Ward 85, 4-0 K. Lafferty 90+4
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin (77 McNair), Ferguson, McAuley, J. Evans, McGinn, S. Davis, Dallas (65 Washington), Norwood, Ward, Magennis (72 K. Lafferty)
  • 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

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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