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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.36CET
Northern Ireland have never sent a team to the UEFA European Championship, but a brilliant UEFA EURO 2016 campaign ended with an unexpected top spot in qualifying Group F.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.36CET

Northern Ireland team profile

Northern Ireland have never sent a team to the UEFA European Championship, but a brilliant UEFA EURO 2016 campaign ended with an unexpected top spot in qualifying Group F.

Best result: never previously qualified
Coach: Michael O'Neill
Leading scorers: all-time – David Healy (36); current – Kyle Lafferty (16)
Most appearances: all-time – Pat Jennings (119); current – Aaron Hughes (96)
Association formed: 1880
Nickname: Norn Iron
Where they play: Windsor Park, Belfast

Despite some memorable wins, Northern Ireland had never sent a team to the finals of the UEFA European Championship until now, previously coming closest in the 1984 qualifying series when they beat holders West Germany home and away. In contrast there have been three appearances at the FIFA World Cup, the first in 1958 resulting in a quarter-final appearance and the second, in 1982, featuring a famous 1-0 win over hosts Spain. Like all-time top marksman David Healy, the great George Best sadly never graced a major tournament. The current crop, under manager Michael O'Neill, will get that opportunity to shine on the big stage in France.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P110 W40 D25 L45 F120 A138
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P110 W40 D25 L45 F120 A138

Watch Northern Ireland's top five qualifying goals

Northern Ireland first entered the UEFA European Championship ahead of the 1964 finals, beating Poland 4-0 on aggregate before losing out to eventual winners Spain. Billy Bingham's side overcame West Germany 1-0 in Belfast and Hamburg during qualifying for the 1984 edition – only to be pipped to qualification by the Germans on goal difference.

Fans also got a run for their money during the UEFA EURO 2008 campaign when Healy's prolific strike rate helped them to memorable home wins against eventual champions Spain (3-2), Sweden (2-1) and Denmark (2-1), but Northern Ireland could only finish third in their pool. Under Nigel Worthington they started UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying brightly, a 1-0 win in Slovenia and a 0-0 draw with eventual group winners Italy raising hopes, but the campaign ended in disappointment. A frustrating 1-1 draw in the Faroe Islands and a 4-1 defeat by Estonia in Tallinn did much of the damage.

Memorable EURO matches
08/10/15: Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
The country's first EURO qualification was confirmed with a Steven Davis-inspired victory over the 2004 champions.

06/09/2006: Northern Ireland 3-2 Spain, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Healy scored a hat-trick to seal a memorable victory over Luis Aragonés' side.

16/11/1983: West Germany 0-1 Northern Ireland, 1984 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Norman Whiteside's goal in Hamburg completed a remarkable double against West Germany.

Did you know?
Healy's tally of 13 goals in 2008 qualifying was a UEFA European Championship record, matched by Poland's Robert Lewandowski in the 2016 preliminaries.

*Last updated on 18/11/2015

Last updated: 10/12/15 14.41CET

Related information

Team profiles

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/05/2016 07:05 CET
7 September 2014 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary1-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/27/2015 16:05:45
11 October 2014 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland2-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/27/2015 16:05:44
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
11/27/2015 16:05:25
14 November 2014 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
11/27/2015 16:07:25
25 March 2015 25 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Scotland1-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
12/18/2015 10:44:10
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland2-1Finland
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/27/2015 16:07:15
31 May 2015 31 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Northern Ireland1-1Qatar
Referee: not available
11/20/2015 15:08:07
13 June 2015 13 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland0-0Romania
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/27/2015 16:06:55
4 September 2015 04 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe Islands1-3Northern Ireland
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
12/18/2015 10:38:08
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland1-1Hungary
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/27/2015 16:06:35
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland3-1Greece
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/27/2015 16:06:25
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland1-1Northern Ireland
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN)
11/27/2015 16:06:06
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Northern Ireland1-0Latvia
Referee: not available
12/30/2015 05:20:21
24 March 2016 24 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Wales1-1Northern Ireland
Referee: not available Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
05/27/2016 06:06:48
28 March 2016 28 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Northern Ireland - Slovenia
Referee: TBD
01/12/2016 08:45:50
27 May 2016 27 May - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Northern Ireland
20.45
Belarus
Referee: TBD Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
4 June 2016 04 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia
18.00
Northern Ireland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Antona Malatinského, Trnava (SVK)
05/27/2016 06:05:02
PolandNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Allianz Riviera, Nice (FRA)
12/13/2015 13:29:26
UkraineNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Lyon (FRA)
12/13/2015 13:53:35
Northern IrelandGermany
Referee: TBD Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
12/13/2015 12:41:52
4 September 2016 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Czech Republic
20.45
Northern Ireland
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 06:31:48
8 October 2016 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern Ireland
20.45
San Marino
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 06:31:57
11 October 2016 11 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Germany
20.45
Northern Ireland
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 09:01:10
11 November 2016 11 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern Ireland
20.45
Azerbaijan
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 09:20:35
26 March 2017 26 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern Ireland
20.45
Norway
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 10:41:44
10 June 2017 10 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Azerbaijan
18.00
Northern Ireland
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 11:20:15
1 September 2017 01 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
San Marino
20.45
Northern Ireland
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 12:09:24
4 September 2017 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern Ireland
20.45
Czech Republic
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 12:31:27
5 October 2017 05 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern Ireland
20.45
Germany
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 13:01:12
8 October 2017 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Norway
20.45
Northern Ireland
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 06:32:28

General info

  • Founded : 1880
  • Stadium : Windsor Park
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    11/09/1991, Faroe Islands 0-5 Northern Ireland, Landskrona
    21/04/1971, Northern Ireland 5-0 Cyprus, Belfast
  • Biggest defeat:
    17/10/1979, Northern Ireland 1-5 England, Belfast
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 14
  • Player with most appearances: 32
    Aaron Hughes (NIR)
    Chris Baird (NIR)
  • Top scorers: 13
    David Healy (NIR)