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European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

San MarinoSan MarinoSan Marino Stadium - SerravalleFriday 1 September 2017
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Group C - Matchday 7
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
08/10/2016QR (GS)Northern Ireland - San Marino4-0
BelfastS. Davis 26 (P), K. Lafferty 79, 90+4, Ward 85
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
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
San Marino10012002----3003011
Northern Ireland22001100----3300110

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:15CET

Squad list Only this chapter

San Marino - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Aldo Simoncini30/08/198631Libertas - 5000
-Mattia Manzaroli03/10/199125Juvenes/Dogana - 0000
-Giacomo Muraccini15/09/199026Domagnano - 0000
Defenders
-Davide Simoncini30/08/198631Libertas - 5000
-Fabio Vitaioli05/04/198433Libertas*4000
-Juri Biordi01/01/199522Fiorentino - 1000
-Davide Cesarini16/02/199522Tre Penne*5000
-Andrea Grandoni23/03/199720Juvenes/Dogana - 0000
-Michele Cevoli22/07/199819Juvenes/Dogana - 0000
Midfielders
-Alex Gasperoni30/06/198433Tre Penne - 1000
-Giovanni Bonini05/09/198630Libertas*1000
-Michele Cervellini14/04/198829Libertas*2000
-Maicol Berretti01/05/198928Libertas - 0000
-Mirko Palazzi21/03/198730Tre Penne*5000
-Danilo Rinaldi18/04/198631La Fiorita - 4000
-Alessandro Golinucci10/10/199422Domagnano - 1000
-Michael Battistini08/10/199620Juvenes/Dogana - 1000
-Luca Tosi04/11/199224Folgore - 4000
-Alessandro D'Addario09/09/199719La Fiorita - 0000
Forwards
-Mattia Stefanelli12/03/199324La Fiorita*4100
-Marco Bernardi02/01/199423Fiorentino - 1000
-Fabio Tomassini05/02/199621Juvenes/Dogana - 1000
-Filippo Berardi18/05/199720Juve Stabia - 1000
Coach
-Pierangelo Manzaroli25/03/196948 - 6000
Northern Ireland - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Roy Carroll30/09/197739Linfield - 0000
-Alan Mannus19/05/198235St Johnstone - 0000
-Michael McGovern12/07/198433Norwich - 6000
Defenders
-Aaron Hughes08/11/197937Hearts - 2000
-Jonny Evans03/01/198829West Brom - 6000
-Daniel Lafferty18/05/198928Sheff. United - 0000
-Conor McLaughlin26/07/199126Millwall - 5100
-Lee Hodson02/10/199125Rangers - 3000
-Ryan McLaughlin30/09/199422Oldham - 0000
-Adam Thompson28/09/199224Bradford - 0000
-Tom Flanagan21/10/199125Burton - 0000
Midfielders
-Steven Davis01/01/198532Southampton*6100
-Chris Brunt14/12/198432West Brom - 3100
-Josh Magennis15/08/199027Charlton*5000
-Corry Evans30/07/199027Blackburn*2000
-Oliver Norwood12/04/199126Fulham*6000
-Stuart Dallas19/04/199126Leeds*4100
-Shane Ferguson12/07/199126Millwall - 4000
-Paul Paton18/04/198730St Johnstone - 0000
Forwards
-Kyle Lafferty16/09/198729Hearts - 6300
-Niall McGinn20/07/198730Gwangju - 6000
-Seamus McCartan18/05/199423Bradford - 0000
-Conor Washington18/05/199225QPR - 2100
Coach
-Michael O'Neill05/07/196948 - 6000

Last updated 01/09/2017 10:57CET

Head coach Only this chapter

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.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2052711.html#pierangelo+manzaroli

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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.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2042430.html#michael+oneill

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeEnea Jorgji (ALB)
  • Assistant refereesRidiger Çokaj (ALB) , Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
  • Fourth officialGenc Nuza (KOS)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerPatrick Wattebled (FRA)
  • Referee observerAndrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Enea Jorgji15/08/1984032

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
29/02/2012U21QRSan MarinoCyprus1-2Serravalle
03/06/2015U21QRSan MarinoGeorgia0-3Serravalle

Last updated 30/08/2017 11:25CET

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 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:

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

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400492.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

San Marino

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group C - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Germany660027118
    Northern Ireland641111213
    Czech Republic6231959
    Azerbaijan6213397
    Norway61146104
    San Marino60061300
    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 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
    A. Simoncini, Berardi, Coppini (71 E. Golinucci), F. Vitaioli, D. Simoncini, M. Vitaioli, Hirsch (56 Cesarini), Stefanelli (88 Zafferani), Ales. Della Valle, Tosi, Palazzi
  • 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
    A. Simoncini, C. Valentini (68 Hirsch), F. Vitaioli, D. Simoncini, Brolli, Stefanelli (82 Selva), Ales. Della Valle, Zafferani, D. Rinaldi (46 Berardi), Tosi, Mazza
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    San Marino 0-8 Germany
    0-1 Khedira 7, 0-2 Gnabry 9, 0-3 Hector 32, 0-4 Gnabry 58, 0-5 Hector 65, 0-6 Gnabry 76, 0-7 Stefanelli 82 (og) , 0-8 Volland 85
    A. Simoncini, F. Vitaioli, D. Simoncini, M. Vitaioli (91 Hirsch), A. Gasperoni, Stefanelli, Zafferani (83 Brolli), Berardi, Cesarini, Tosi (58 Domeniconi), Palazzi
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    San Marino 0-6 Czech Republic
    0-1 Barák 17, 0-2 Darida 19, 0-3 Barák 24, 0-4 Gebre Selassie 26, 0-5 Krmenčík 43, 0-6 Darida 77 (P)
    A. Simoncini, Cesarini, F. Vitaioli, D. Simoncini, M. Vitaioli, Domeniconi, Stefanelli (84 Mazza), Zafferani, Cervellini (91 Michael Battistini), D. Rinaldi (62 Tomassini), Palazzi
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Germany 7-0 San Marino
    1-0 Draxler 11, 2-0 Wagner 16, 3-0 Wagner 29, 4-0 Younes 38, 5-0 Mustafi 47, 6-0 Brandt 72, 7-0 Wagner 85
    E. Benedettini, Cesarini (87 Brolli), Palazzi, Golinucci, Bonini, Mazza (69 Bernardi), Zafferani, Ales. Della Valle, Cervellini, D. Rinaldi (78 Hirsch), Biordi
  • 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

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 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 2-0 Norway
    1-0 Ward 2, 2-0 Washington 33
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin, McAuley, J. Evans, S. Davis, Washington (85 K. Lafferty), Brunt, Dallas (88 Lund), Norwood, Ward (80 McGinn), Cathcart
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Azerbaijan 0-1 Northern Ireland
    0-1 Dallas 90+2
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin, McAuley (25 McGinn), J. Evans, S. Davis, Boyce (77 K. Lafferty), Brunt, Dallas, Norwood, Hughes, Magennis
  • 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

Last updated 17/08/2017 11:32CET

Legend

Competitions

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

Statistics

  • -: 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 UEFA.com.