European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits
|Northern Ireland||Windsor Park - BelfastThursday 5 October 2017|
20.45CET (19.45 local time) Group C - Matchday 9
|11/10/2016||QR (GS)||Germany - Northern Ireland||2-0||Hanover||Draxler 13, Khedira 17|
|21/06/2016||GS-FT||Northern Ireland - Germany||0-1||Paris||Gomez 30|
|08/09/1999||PR (GS)||Germany - Northern Ireland||4-0||Dortmund||Bierhoff 2, Ziege 15, 35, 45|
|27/03/1999||PR (GS)||Northern Ireland - Germany||0-3||Belfast||Bode 19, 43, Hamann 62|
|20/08/1997||QR (GS)||Northern Ireland - Germany||1-3||Belfast||Michael Hughes 60; Bierhoff 73, 78, 79|
|09/11/1996||QR (GS)||Germany - Northern Ireland||1-1||Nuremberg||Möller 41; Taggart 39|
|16/11/1983||PR (GS)||West Germany - Northern Ireland||0-1||Hamburg||Whiteside 50|
|17/11/1982||PR (GS)||Northern Ireland - West Germany||1-0||Belfast||Stewart 18|
|10/05/1961||QR (GS)||Germany - Northern Ireland||2-1||Berlin||Kress 29, Brülls 58; McIlroy 85|
|26/10/1960||QR (GS)||Northern Ireland - Germany||3-4||Belfast||Mc Adams 25, 51, 89; Brülls 6, Seeler 53, Dörfel 54, 80|
|15/06/1958||GS-FT||Germany - Northern Ireland||2-2||Malmo||Rahn 20, Seeler 79; McParland 17, 58|
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|-||Alan Mannus||19/05/1982||35||St Johnstone||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Gareth McAuley||05/12/1979||37||West Brom||-||6||1||0||0|
|-||Jonny Evans||03/01/1988||29||West Brom||*||8||1||0||0|
|-||Chris Brunt||14/12/1984||32||West Brom||-||5||2||0||0|
|-||Paul Paton||18/04/1987||30||St Johnstone||-||0||0||0||0|
|-||Marc-André ter Stegen||30/04/1992||25||Barcelona||-||4||0||0||0|
|-||Toni Kroos||04/01/1990||27||Real Madrid||-||6||1||0||0|
|-||Leroy Sané||11/01/1996||21||Man. City||-||1||0||0||0|
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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.
Date of birth: 3 February 1960
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.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
|02/09/2011||U21||QR||Serbia||Northern Ireland||1-0||Novi Sad|
|16/09/2015||UCL||GS||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||FC BATE Borisov||4-1||Leverkusen|
|08/12/2015||UCL||GS||Manchester City FC||VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach||4-2||Manchester|
|02/11/2016||UCL||GS||Borussia Dortmund||Sporting Clube de Portugal||1-0||Dortmund|
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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:
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
South America: 4.5
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