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Northern IrelandNorthern IrelandWindsor Park - BelfastSunday 26 March 2017
20.45CET (19.45 local time)
Group C - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

1976 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
29/10/1975PR (GS)Northern Ireland - Norway3-0
BelfastMorgan 2, McIlroy 5, Hamilton 53
04/09/1974PR (GS)Norway - Northern Ireland2-1
OsloLund 59, 72; Finney 3
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Northern Ireland11001001----7106718

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Squad list Only this chapter

Northern Ireland - Squad list
Current season
-Roy Carroll30/09/197739Linfield - 0000
-Alan Mannus19/05/198234St Johnstone - 0000
-Michael McGovern12/07/198432Norwich - 4000
-Gareth McAuley05/12/197937West Brom - 4100
-Jonny Evans03/01/198829West Brom - 4000
-Craig Cathcart06/02/198928Watford - 0000
-Daniel Lafferty18/05/198927Sheff. United - 0000
-Conor McLaughlin26/07/199125Fleetwood - 3100
-Lee Hodson02/10/199125Rangers - 2000
-Ryan McLaughlin30/09/199422Oldham - 0000
-Thomas Flanagan21/10/199125Burton - 0000
-Steven Davis01/01/198532Southampton - 4100
-Chris Brunt14/12/198432West Brom - 1100
-Jamie Ward12/05/198630Burton*3100
-Oliver Norwood12/04/199125Brighton*4000
-Stuart Dallas19/04/199125Leeds - 2000
-Matthew Lund21/11/199026Rochdale - 0000
-Paul Paton18/04/198729St Johnstone - 0000
-Kyle Lafferty16/09/198729Norwich - 4300
-Niall McGinn20/07/198729Aberdeen - 4000
-Liam Boyce08/04/199125Ross County - 0000
-Conor Washington18/05/199224QPR - 1000
-Michael O'Neill05/07/196947 - 4000
Norway - Squad list
Current season
-Rune Jarstein29/09/198432Hertha - 4000
-Ørjan Nyland10/09/199026Ingolstadt - 0000
-André Hansen17/12/198927Rosenborg - 0000
-Tore Reginiussen10/04/198630Rosenborg - 0000
-Even Hovland14/02/198928Nürnberg - 4000
-Vegar Hedenstad26/06/199125Rosenborg - 0000
-Omar Elabdellaoui05/12/199125Hull - 1000
-Fredrik Semb Berge06/02/199027Odd - 0000
-Jørgen Skjelvik05/07/199125Rosenborg - 0000
-Gustav Valsvik26/05/199323Braunschweig - 0000
-Jonas Svensson06/03/199324AZ*3000
-Tarik Elyounoussi23/02/198829Olympiacos - 1000
-Håvard Nordtveit21/06/199026West Ham - 1000
-Anders Konradsen18/07/199026Rosenborg - 0000
-Stefan Johansen08/01/199126Fulham - 3000
-Mats Møller Daehli02/03/199522St Pauli - 1000
-Sander Berge14/02/199819Genk - 0000
-Jo Inge Berget11/09/199026Malmö - 3000
-Joshua King15/01/199225Bournemouth*4200
-Alexander Søderlund03/08/198729St-Étienne - 0000
-Veton Berisha13/04/199422Fürth - 1000
-Adama Diomande14/02/199027Hull*4100
-Mohamed Elyounoussi04/08/199422Basel - 0000
-Lars Lagerbäck16/07/194868 - 0000

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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.



Lars Lagerbäck

Date of birth: 16 July 1948
Nationality: Swedish
Playing career: Alby FF, Gimonäs CK
Coaching career: Kilafors IF, Arbrå BK, Hudiksvalls ABK, Sweden (youth sides), Sweden, Nigeria, Iceland, Norway

• A lower-league player, Lagerbäck began his coaching career in 1977 with Kilafors, joining the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) as a youth coach after spells with two other modest club sides Arbrå and Hudiksvall. Coached the national Under-21 and B teams until Tommy Söderberg took him on as his assistant with the senior national squad in 1998.

• Söderberg and Lagerbäck managed Sweden in tandem from 2000, reaching UEFA EURO 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2004; following Söderberg's departure, Lagerbäck took the troops to the 2006 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008 single-handed.

• Stepped down after failing to lead Sweden to the 2010 World Cup finals, but ended up travelling to that tournament as coach of Nigeria.

• Appointed Iceland boss in October 2011, he steered the side to the 2014 World Cup play-offs where they lost to Croatia. Agreed a new contract that would mean he handed over the reins to assistant Heimir Hallgrímsson at the end of the UEFA EURO 2016 campaign – and promptly guided Iceland to their first ever major tournament.

• Even better was to follow as Iceland knocked out England en route to reaching the quarter-finals, where they lost to France, and in February 2017 Lagerbäck came out of retirement to take over as coach of Norway.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeHüseyin Göçek (TUR)
  • Assistant refereesMustafa Eyisoy (TUR) , Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
  • Fourth officialMete Kalkavan (TUR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerVirgar Hvidbro (FRO)
  • Referee observerVictor Mintoff (MLT)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Hüseyin Göçek30/11/1976253

Hüseyin Göcek

Referee since: 1998
First division: 2004
FIFA badge: 2008

Tournaments: N/A


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

No such matches refereed

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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
    Northern Ireland4211827
    Czech Republic4121245
    San Marino40041170
    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 2-0 Northern Ireland
    1-0 Draxler 13, 2-0 Khedira 17
    McGovern, Ferguson, McAuley, J. Evans, Hodson, S. Davis, C. Evans, Norwood (73 McNair), Hughes, Ward (61 McGinn), Magennis (76 K. Lafferty)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Northern Ireland 4-0 Azerbaijan
    1-0 K. Lafferty 27, 2-0 McAuley 40, 3-0 C. McLaughlin 66, 4-0 Brunt 83
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin, Ferguson (73 McGinn), McAuley, J. Evans, S. Davis, K. Lafferty (61 Grigg), Brunt, C. Evans (81 McNair), Norwood, Magennis
  • 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


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Norway 0-3 Germany
    0-1 Müller 15, 0-2 Kimmich 45, 0-3 Müller 60
    Jarstein, Aleesami, Hovland, Tettey, Nordtveit, King (72 Sørloth), Johansen (67 Jenssen), Henriksen (61 Selnæs), Svensson, Veton Berisha, Diomande
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Azerbaijan 1-0 Norway
    1-0 Medvedev 11
    Jarstein, Aleesami, Hovland, Strandberg, King (61 Sørloth), Henriksen, Skjelbred (84 Johansen), Svensson, Selnæs, Diomande, Helland (71 Berget)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Norway 4-1 San Marino
    1-0 D. Simoncini 12 (og) , 1-1 Stefanelli 54, 2-1 Diomande 77, 3-1 Samuelsen 82, 4-1 King 83
    Jarstein, Aleesami, Hovland, Strandberg, Tettey (67 Samuelsen), King, Henriksen (46 Diomande), Skjelbred, Svensson, Selnæs, Berget (73 Sørloth)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Czech Republic 2-1 Norway
    1-0 Krmenčik 11, 2-0 Zmrhal 47, 2-1 King 87
    Jarstein, Aleesami, Hovland, Tettey, King, Johansen, Henriksen (61 Diomande), Elabdellaoui, Skjelbred (51 Daehli), Forren, Berget (71 T. Elyounoussi)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Norway
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Norway-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    San Marino-Norway
  • 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
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