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European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

Northern IrelandNorthern IrelandWindsor Park - BelfastThursday 5 October 2017
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Group C - Matchday 9
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/10/2016QR (GS)Germany - Northern Ireland2-0
HanoverDraxler 13, Khedira 17
2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
21/06/2016GS-FTNorthern Ireland - Germany0-1
ParisGomez 30
UEFA EURO 2000
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
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Northern Ireland4103511320111624101335
Germany5311430121101610423513

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Squad list Only this chapter

Northern Ireland - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Roy Carroll30/09/197740Linfield - 0000
-Alan Mannus19/05/198235St Johnstone - 0000
-Michael McGovern12/07/198433Norwich - 8000
Defenders
-Gareth McAuley05/12/197937West Brom - 6100
-Jonny Evans03/01/198829West Brom*8100
-Conor McLaughlin26/07/199126Millwall - 7100
-Lee Hodson02/10/199126Rangers - 4000
-Callum Morris03/02/199027Dunfermline - 0000
-Tom Flanagan21/10/199125Burton - 0000
Midfielders
-Steven Davis01/01/198532Southampton*8200
-Chris Brunt14/12/198432West Brom - 5200
-Josh Magennis15/08/199027Charlton*7200
-Corry Evans30/07/199027Blackburn*4000
-Oliver Norwood12/04/199126Fulham*8000
-Stuart Dallas19/04/199126Leeds*6100
-Shane Ferguson12/07/199126Millwall - 6000
-George Saville01/06/199324Millwall - 0000
-Matthew Lund21/11/199026Burton - 1000
-Paul Paton18/04/198730St Johnstone - 0000
-Jordan Jones24/10/199422Kilmarnock - 0000
Forwards
-Kyle Lafferty16/09/198730Hearts - 8300
-Niall McGinn20/07/198730Gwangju - 7000
-Conor Washington18/05/199225QPR - 4100
Coach
-Michael O'Neill05/07/196948 - 8000
Germany - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Kevin Trapp08/07/199027Paris - 0000
-Bernd Leno04/03/199225Leverkusen - 1000
-Marc-André ter Stegen30/04/199225Barcelona - 4000
Defenders
-Jérôme Boateng03/09/198829Bayern - 2000
-Mats Hummels16/12/198828Bayern*7100
-Sebastian Rudy28/02/199027Bayern - 2000
-Shkodran Mustafi17/04/199225Arsenal - 2100
-Marvin Plattenhardt26/01/199225Hertha - 1000
-Antonio Rüdiger03/03/199324Chelsea - 2000
-Niklas Süle03/09/199522Bayern - 0000
-Matthias Ginter19/01/199423Mönchengladbach - 1000
Midfielders
-Toni Kroos04/01/199027Real Madrid - 6100
-Lars Stindl26/08/198829Mönchengladbach - 2000
-Amin Younes06/08/199324Ajax - 1100
-Emre Can12/01/199423Liverpool - 2000
-Julian Draxler20/09/199324Paris - 7300
-Leon Goretzka06/02/199522Schalke - 3100
-Julian Brandt02/05/199621Leverkusen - 4100
-Leroy Sané11/01/199621Man. City - 1000
-Joshua Kimmich08/02/199522Bayern - 8100
Forwards
-Sandro Wagner29/11/198729Hoffenheim - 1300
-Thomas Müller13/09/198928Bayern*7500
Coach
-Joachim Löw03/02/196057 - 8000

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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.

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

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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.

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeDanny Makkelie (NED)
  • Assistant refereesMario Diks (NED) , Hessel Steegstra (NED)
  • Fourth officialKevin Blom (NED)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerPhilippe Prudhon (FRA)
  • Referee observerVítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Danny Makkelie28/01/1983445

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
06/09/2013WCQRNorthern IrelandPortugal2-4Belfast

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
02/09/2011U21QRSerbiaNorthern Ireland1-0Novi Sad
29/02/2012U21QRGermanyGreece1-0Halle
06/09/2013WCQRNorthern IrelandPortugal2-4Belfast
14/10/2014U21POGermanyUkraine2-0Essen
10/06/2015FRIE.GS-FTGermanyUSA1-2Cologne
23/06/2015U21GS-FTCzech RepublicGermany1-1Prague
16/09/2015UCLGSBayer 04 LeverkusenFC BATE Borisov4-1Leverkusen
08/12/2015UCLGSManchester City FCVfL Borussia Mönchengladbach4-2Manchester
02/11/2016UCLGSBorussia DortmundSporting Clube de Portugal1-0Dortmund

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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 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

Northern Ireland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group C - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Germany880035224
    Northern Ireland861116219
    Azerbaijan831481210
    Czech Republic82331099
    Norway82158167
    San Marino80082380
    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 0-3 Northern Ireland
    0-1 Magennis 71, 0-2 Magennis 75, 0-3 S. Davis 78 (P)
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin, J. Evans, S. Davis, Washington (78 C. Evans), K. Lafferty (60 Ferguson), Brunt, Dallas (78 McGinn), Norwood, Hughes, Magennis
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic
    1-0 J. Evans 28, 2-0 Brunt 41
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin, J. Evans, S. Davis, Washington (58 Hodson), Brunt, C. Evans, Dallas (74 K. Lafferty), Norwood, Hughes, Magennis (84 Ferguson)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Germany
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)
    Norway-Northern Ireland

Germany

  • 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
    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 2-0 Northern Ireland
    1-0 Draxler 13, 2-0 Khedira 17
    Neuer, Hector (81 Volland), Hummels, Khedira, Draxler, Kroos, Özil (46 Gündoğan), Müller, Boateng (69 Mustafi), Kimmich, Götze
  • 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
    ter Stegen, Hector, Hummels, Khedira (77 Goretzka), Gnabry, Müller, Henrichs, Kimmich, Götze (71 Meyer), Gündoğan, Gomez (71 Volland)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    Azerbaijan 1-4 Germany
    0-1 Schürrle 19, 1-1 Nazarov 31, 1-2 Müller 36, 1-3 Gomez 45, 1-4 Schürrle 81
    Leno, Hector, Höwedes, Hummels, Khedira, Draxler (84 Sané), Kroos (89 Rudy), Schürrle, Müller, Kimmich, Gomez (61 Özil)
  • 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
    ter Stegen, Mustafi, Hector (55 Plattenhardt), Draxler (76 Demme), Goretzka, Wagner, Stindl (55 Werner), Can, Younes, Kimmich, Brandt
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
    Czech Republic 1-2 Germany
    0-1 Werner 4, 1-1 Darida 78, 1-2 Hummels 88
    ter Stegen, Hector, Ginter, Hummels, Kroos, Stindl (67 Draxler), Özil, Werner (79 Can), Müller, Kimmich, Brandt (61 Rüdiger)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Germany 6-0 Norway
    1-0 Özil 10, 2-0 Draxler 17, 3-0 Werner 21, 4-0 Werner 40, 5-0 Goretzka 50, 6-0 Gomez 79
    ter Stegen, Hector, Hummels, Draxler, Kroos, Özil, Werner (66 Gomez), Müller (46 Goretzka), Rüdiger, Kimmich, Rudy (60 Khedira)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Germany
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)
    Germany-Azerbaijan

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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.