# Northern Ireland

Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# On the double
Dion Charles’ brace earns Northern Ireland victory over San Marino
Northern Ireland opened their Group H account with three points on the road.
Last year
# spoilt for choice
Michael O’Neill rejected Championship jobs before making Northern Ireland return
The 53-year-old was sacked by Stoke in August.
# familiar face
Michael O’Neill sets his sights on guiding Northern Ireland to Euro 2024
The 53-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract which will run until Euro 2028.
# Landmark
History as Republic of Ireland cap first Belfast-born player since 1946
Bristol City’s Mark Sykes came off the bench late on in the win over Malta.
# Upset
Northern Ireland pull off shock win over Italy
Kenny Shiels’ side earned a memorable win in front of a sold-out Belfast crowd.
# Punishment
10-match ban for Nothern Irish international Lafferty over sectarian comment
The Kilmarnock striker has apologised after he was suspended until January.
# night to forget
Northern Ireland slump to third defeat of Nations League campaign in Greece
Northern Ireland avoided relegation but third place in League C Group 2 means they could face a tough Euro 2024 qualifying draw.
Ex-Arsenal, Tottenham and Northern Ireland manager Terry Neill dies
The Belfast native became the youngest player to captain the Gunners in 1962.
# hot prospect
Man City teenager surprised to make Northern Ireland debut
Shea Charles provided one of the high points of an often flat night at Windsor Park.
# success
Late double sees Northern Ireland prevail
Ian Baraclough’s side won away to Luxembourg.
All time
# Looking Back
'Everybody was having a laugh. Those were indeed the days when you could enjoy yourself with the players'
George Hamilton recalls a trip to Bulgaria in his early days as a commentator.
# Long Time Coming
Northern Ireland end long wait for home win as own goal sees off Lithuania
Benas Satkus was the unfortunate scorer at the wrong end of the pitch as Ali McCann and Josh Magennis had goals disallowed.
# Setback
Northern Ireland's World Cup dream in jeopardy after controversial loss
Ian Baraclough’s side were beaten by Switzerland.
# Stalemates
Peacock-Farrell’s penalty save earns Northern Ireland a point, Wales held at home
It was the goalkeeper’s second consecutive stop from the spot after he kept out Lithuania last Thursday.
# fine margins
Northern Ireland suffer narrow defeat to Andriy Shevchenko's Ukraine
Oleksandr Zubkov netted the winner after only 10 minutes.
Alan McLoughlin, hero of Ireland's '94 World Cup qualifying campaign, dies at 54
The Irish legend revealed in March that he was suffering from cancer.
# feat
'We had amateur players who were going to work in Lidl, in hospitals as nurses' - Shiels
The Northern Ireland boss hailed ‘the greatest sporting achievement that I can think of’.
# Winning
Northern Ireland beat Republic's conquerors to close in on Euros qualification
Kenny Shiels’ side won 2-1 away to Ukraine in Friday night’s play-off first leg.
# losing start
Northern Ireland beaten by Italy but show promise in opening World Cup qualifier
Steven Davis earned his 125th international cap in Parma, as Ian Baraclough’s men lost 2-0.
# Going down?
Late Austria fightback leaves Northern Ireland facing Nations League relegation
The hosts hit back after Josh Magennis had put Northern Ireland in front.
# Nations League
Northern Ireland brought back down to earth by Austria after play-off delight
Michael Gregoritsch’s header proved the difference, while world champions France drew 0-0 with Portugal.
# toon army
Newcastle bring in Northern Ireland full-back Lewis for a reported €16.5m
Steve Bruce is delighted to add the 22-year-old to his squad after agreeing a deal with Norwich City.
# hard fought
Late drama sees Northern Ireland earn unlikely draw
Ian Baraclough owed a huge debt to his goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell in Bucharest.
# Changes
Northern Ireland U21 international set to switch allegiance to the Republic
23-year-old midfielder Mark Sykes plays for Oxford in League One.
# new man
Northern Ireland name former Sligo Rovers boss as Michael O'Neill's replacement
Ian Baraclough takes the reins.
# available
Former Newcastle player could be set for Northern Ireland job
Tommy Wright has parted company with St Johnstone.
# stepping down
Michael O'Neill leaves Northern Ireland job because of Euro 2020 play-off postponement
The former Shamrock Rovers boss had been combining the role with his position at Stoke City.
# Interview
Working with Martin McGuinness in a meat company, singing for the Dalai Lama and playing at the World Cup
Felix Healy looks back on his remarkable football career and life.
'There has not been anything that has the equation of: it’s Northern Ireland or Stoke' - O'Neill
He has been known for his acute attention to detail, but given the intense schedule of the Championship, translating that to club football has not been easy.
# Oh dear
JD Sports forced to remove images of model in Northern Ireland t-shirt with republican tattoo
‘Tiocfaidh ár lá’ is misspelt on the man’s upper arm.
# fyi
Ireland set for away Euro 2020 play-off final if they beat Slovakia
Mick McCarthy’s side will face either Bosnia or Northern Ireland, provided they win their semi-final.
# Permutations
The 4 teams Ireland could face in the Euro 2020 play-offs
Northern Ireland, Wales, Bosnia and Slovakia all may lie ahead.
# All Square
Netherlands book Euro 2020 berth after Davis penalty miss for Northern Ireland
No goals at Windsor Park tonight.
# Pastures new
After 8 years with Northern Ireland, Michael O'Neill confirmed as new Stoke manager
The former Shamrock Rovers boss will still be in charge of the North for their forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.
# wanted man
Stoke City make official approach for Nothern Ireland's Michael O'Neill
The struggling Championship side have been in touch with the Irish Football Association.
# Permutations
Here's how Ireland could still qualify for Euro 2020 if they lose to Denmark
The Boys in Green are likely to get another chance even if they fall short at the Aviva Stadium next month.
# Euro 2020 qualifiers
Heartbreak for Northern Ireland as Depay inspires late Dutch blitz
Michael O’Neill’s side led with 10 minutes left but conceded three late goals in Rotterdam.
# Euro 2020 qualifiers
Halstenberg's stunning strike breaks Northern Ireland's resistance in Belfast
Michael O’Neill’s side produced an excellent performance but came up just short against Germany.
# Euro 2020 qualifiers
Germany under Euro 2020 pressure against group leaders Northern Ireland
Loew’s side need a win at Windsor Park on Monday night to keep their qualification campaign on course.
# stepping away
'I think he's making a huge mistake' - Northern Ireland midfielder retires from international football at 28
Sheffield United’s Oliver Norwood earned 57 international caps but wants to concentrate on his club career.