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Northern Ireland


Federation founded: 1880
FIFA member since: 1911

 
WORLD CUP HISTORY
1930 - Did not participate
1934 - Did not participate
1938 - Did not participate
1950 - Did not qualify
1954 - Did not qualify
1958 - Quarterfinal exit
1962 - Did not qualify
1966 - Did not qualify
1970 - Did not qualify
1974 - Did not qualify
1978 - Did not qualify
1982 - Second phase exit
1986 - First round exit
1990 - Did not qualify
1994 - Did not qualify
1998 - Did not qualify
2002 - Did not qualify
2006 - Did not qualify

 
STATISTICS
Played
13
Won
3
Drawn
5
Lost
5
Goals for
13
Goals against
23
Points
14
Northern Ireland are 34th on the all-time table.

 
TEAM RECORDS
Biggest victory:
1-0 vs Spain in 1982 and Czechoslovakia in 1958.
Biggest defeat:
0-4 vs France in 1958.
Overall topscorer:
Peter McParland, 5 goals.
Most appearances:
Billy Hamilton, David McCreery, Sammy McIlroy, Jimmy Nicholl and Norman Whiteside, 8 matches.
Hosted the World Cup:
Never

 
GREATEST PLAYERS
Peter McParland
Pat Jennings
George Best (Never played in WC)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

1930 to 1938

NORTHERN IRELAND did not participate
in the qualifying rounds.

1950

(WCQ Group 1)
01.Oct 49 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-8 Scotland 16.Nov 49 England 9-2 NORTHERN IRELAND 08.Mar 50 Wales 0-0 NORTHERN IRELAND
P W D L Gls Pts 1.England 3 3 0 0 14- 3 6 2.Scotland 3 2 0 1 10- 3 4 3.Wales 3 0 1 2 1- 6 1 4.NORTHERN IRELAND 3 0 1 2 4-17 1 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for Brazil 1950.

1954

(WCQ Group 3)
03.Oct 53 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-3 Scotland 11.Nov 53 England 3-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 31.Mar 54 Wales 1-2 NORTHERN IRELAND
P W D L Gls Pts 1.England 3 3 0 0 11- 4 6 2.Scotland 3 1 1 1 8- 8 3 3.NORTHERN IRELAND 3 1 0 2 4- 7 2 4.Wales 3 0 1 2 5- 9 1 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for Switzerland 1954.

1958

(UEFA Group 8)
16.Jan 57 Portugal 1-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 25.Apr 57 Italy 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 01.May 57 NORTHERN IRELAND 3-0 Portugal 15.Jan 58 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-1 Italy
P W D L Gls Pts 1.NORTHERN IRELAND 4 2 1 1 6- 3 5 2.Italy 4 2 0 2 5- 5 4 3.Portugal 4 1 1 2 4- 7 3 NORTHERN IRELAND qualified for Sweden 1958.

1962

(UEFA Group 3)
26.Oct 60 NORTHERN IRELAND 3-4 West Germany 03.May 61 Greece 2-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 10.May 61 West Germany 2-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 17.Oct 61 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-0 Greece
P W D L Gls Pts 1.West Germany 4 4 0 0 11- 5 8 2.NORTHERN IRELAND 4 1 0 3 7- 8 2 3.Greece 4 1 0 3 3- 8 2 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for Chile 1962.

1966

(UEFA Group 5)
14.Oct 64 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-0 Switzerland 14.Nov 64 Switzerland 2-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 17.Mar 65 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-1 Netherlands 07.Apr 65 Netherlands 0-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 07.May 65 NORTHERN IRELAND 4-1 Albania 24.Nov 65 Albania 1-1 NORTHERN IRELAND
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Switzerland 6 4 1 1 7- 3 9 2.NORTHERN IRELAND 6 3 2 1 9- 5 8 3.Netherlands 6 2 2 2 6- 4 6 4.Albania 6 0 1 5 2-12 1 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for England 1966.

1970

(UEFA Group 4)
23.Oct 68 NORTHERN IRELAND 4-1 Turkey 11.Dec 68 Turkey 0-3 NORTHERN IRELAND 10.Sep 69 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-0 Soviet Union 22.Oct 69 Soviet Union 2-0 NORTHERN IRELAND
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Soviet Union 4 3 1 0 8- 1 7 2.NORTHERN IRELAND 4 2 1 1 7- 3 5 3.Turkey 4 0 0 4 2-13 0 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for Mexico 1970.

1974

(UEFA Group 6)
18.Oct 72 Bulgaria 3-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 14.Feb 73 Cyprus 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 28.Mar 73 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-1 Portugal 08.May 73 NORTHERN IRELAND 3-0 Cyprus 26.Sep 73 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-0 Bulgaria 14.Nov 73 Portugal 1-1 NORTHERN IRELAND
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Bulgaria 6 4 2 0 13- 3 10 2.Portugal 6 2 3 1 10- 6 7 3.NORTHERN IRELAND 6 1 3 2 5- 6 5 4.Cyprus 6 1 0 5 1-14 2 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for West Germany 1974.

1978

(UEFA Group 4)
13.Oct 76 Netherlands 2-2 NORTHERN IRELAND 10.Nov 76 Belgium 2-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 11.Jun 77 Iceland 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 21.Sep 77 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-0 Iceland 12.Oct 77 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-1 Netherlands 16.Nov 77 NORTHERN IRELAND 3-0 Belgium
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Netherlands 6 5 1 0 11- 3 11 2.Belgium 6 3 0 3 7- 6 6 3.NORTHERN IRELAND 6 2 1 3 7- 6 5 4.Iceland 6 1 0 5 2-12 2 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for Argentina 1978.

1982

(UEFA Group 6)
26.Mar 80 Israel 0-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 15.Oct 80 NORTHERN IRELAND 3-0 Sweden 19.Nov 80 Portugal 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 25.Mar 81 Scotland 1-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 29.Apr 81 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-0 Portugal 03.Jun 81 Sweden 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 14.Oct 81 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-0 Scotland 18.Nov 81 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-0 Israel
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Scotland 8 4 3 1 9- 4 11 2.NORTHERN IRELAND 8 3 3 2 6- 3 9 3.Sweden 8 3 2 3 7- 8 8 4.Portugal 8 3 1 4 8-11 7 5.Israel 8 1 3 4 6-10 5 NORTHERN IRELAND qualified for Spain 1982.

1986

(UEFA Group 3)
27.May 84 Finland 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 12.Sep 84 NORTHERN IRELAND 3-2 Romania 14.Nov 84 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-1 Finland 27.Feb 85 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-1 England 01.May 85 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-0 Turkey 11.Sep 85 Turkey 0-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 16.Oct 85 Romania 0-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 13.Nov 85 England 0-0 NORTHERN IRELAND
P W D L Gls Pts 1.England 8 4 4 0 21- 2 12 2.NORTHERN IRELAND 8 4 2 2 8- 5 10 3.Romania 8 3 3 2 12- 7 9 4.Finland 8 3 2 3 7-12 8 5.Turkey 8 0 1 7 2-24 1 NORTHERN IRELAND qualified for Mexico 1986.

1990

(UEFA Group 6)
21.May 88 NORTHERN IRELAND 3-0 Malta 14.Sep 88 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-0 Rep. of Ireland 19.Oct 88 Hungary 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 21.Dec 88 Spain 4-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 08.Feb 89 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-2 Spain 26.Apr 89 Malta 0-2 NORTHERN IRELAND 06.Sep 89 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-2 Hungary 11.Oct 89 Rep. of Ireland 3-0 NORTHERN IRELAND
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Spain 8 6 1 1 20- 3 13 2.Rep. of Ireland 8 5 2 1 10- 2 12 3.Hungary 8 2 4 2 8-12 8 4.NORTHERN IRELAND 8 2 1 5 6-12 5 5.Malta 8 0 2 6 3-18 2 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for Italy 1990.

1994

(UEFA Group 3)
28.Apr 92 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-2 Lithuania 09.Sep 92 NORTHERN IRELAND 3-0 Albania 14.Oct 92 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-0 Spain 18.Nov 92 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-1 Denmark 17.Feb 93 Albania 1-2 NORTHERN IRELAND 31.Mar 93 Rep. of Ireland 3-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 28.Apr 93 Spain 3-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 25.May 93 Lithuania 0-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 02.Jun 93 Latvia 1-2 NORTHERN IRELAND 08.Sep 93 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-0 Latvia 13.Oct 93 Denmark 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 17.Nov 93 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-1 Rep. of Ireland
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Spain 12 8 3 1 27- 4 19 2.Rep. of Ireland 12 7 4 1 19- 6 18 3.Denmark 12 7 4 1 15- 2 18 4.NORTHERN IRELAND 12 5 3 4 14-13 13 5.Lithuania 12 2 3 7 8-21 7 6.Latvia 12 0 5 7 4-21 5 7.Albania 12 1 2 9 6-26 4 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for USA 1994.

1998

(UEFA Group 9)
31.Aug 96 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-1 Ukraine 05.Oct 96 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-1 Armenia 09.Nov 96 Germany 1-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 14.Dec 96 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-0 Albania 29.Mar 97 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-0 Portugal 02.Apr 97 Ukraine 2-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 30.Apr 97 Armenia 0-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 20.Aug 97 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-3 Germany 10.Sep 97 Albania 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 11.Oct 97 Portugal 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Germany 10 6 4 0 23- 9 22 2.Ukraine 10 6 2 2 10- 6 20 3.Portugal 10 5 4 1 12- 4 19 4.Armenia 10 1 5 4 8-17 8 5.NORTHERN IRELAND 10 1 4 5 6-10 7 6.Albania 10 1 1 8 7-20 4 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for France 1998

2002

(UEFA Group 3)
02.Sep 00 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-0 Malta 07.Oct 00 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-1 Denmark 11.Oct 00 Iceland 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 24.Mar 01 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-1 Czech Republic 28.Mar 01 Bulgaria 4-3 NORTHERN IRELAND 02.Jun 01 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-1 Bulgaria 06.Jun 01 Czech Republic 3-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 01.Sep 01 Denmark 1-1 NORTHERN IRELAND 05.Sep 01 NORTHERN IRELAND 3-0 Iceland 06.Oct 01 Malta 0-1 NORTHERN IRELAND
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Denmark 10 6 4 0 22- 6 22 2.Czech Republic 10 6 2 2 20- 8 20 3.Bulgaria 10 5 2 3 14-15 17 4.Iceland 10 4 1 5 14-20 13 5.NORTHERN IRELAND 10 3 2 5 11-12 11 6.Malta 10 0 1 9 4-24 1 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for Korea/Japan 2002.

2006

(UEFA Group 6)
04.Sep 04 NORTHERN IRELAND 0-3 Poland 08.Sep 04 Wales 2-2 NORTHERN IRELAND 09.Oct 04 Azerbaijan 0-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 13.Oct 04 NORTHERN IRELAND 3-3 Austria 26.Mar 05 England 4-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 30.Mar 05 Poland 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND 03.Sep 05 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-0 Azerbaijan 07.Sep 05 NORTHERN IRELAND 1-0 England 08.Oct 05 NORTHERN IRELAND 2-3 Wales 12.Oct 05 Austria 2-0 NORTHERN IRELAND
P W D L Gls Pts 1.England 10 8 1 1 17- 5 25 2.Poland 10 8 0 2 27- 9 24 3.Austria 10 4 3 3 15-12 15 4.NORTHERN IRELAND 10 2 3 5 10-18 9 5.Wales 10 2 2 6 10-15 8 6.Azerbaijan 10 0 3 7 1-21 3 NORTHERN IRELAND failed to qualify for Germany 2006.


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