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World Cup Play-Off: Stalemate In Basel As Northern Ireland Miss Out On Final Berth (Video)

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Northern Ireland's quest for a place in next summer's World Cup finally ended on Sunday night, with Michael O'Neill's side losing out 1-0 on aggregate to Switzerland after a goalless draw in a rain-soaked Basel.

The Swiss came into the game one goal up, courtesy of that controversial Ricardo Rodriguez penalty in Belfast.

Xhaka expects Switzerland to finish off Northern Ireland in World Cup Qualifier

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Northern Ireland did extremely well to finish second in their tough Qualifying Group, finishing above the Czech Republic and Norway to end up second only to the unbeaten Germans, but they were then given another difficult task in the Play-Offs against Granit Xhaka's Switzerland side. But the plucky Irish gave as good as they got [.

Where to find Northern Ireland vs. Switzerland World Cup playoff 1st leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Northern Ireland vs. Switzerland in their World Cup qualification playoff, you’ve come to the right place.

Northern Ireland and Switzerland are both two games away from qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but only one of the teams will advance.

World Cup qualifiers: Preview of final games to determine who will be in World Cup

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In a week’s time, the field for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be set. All that’s left to settle are four playoff ties in Europe, two pitting teams from across continental divides, and three groups in Africa.

Drama is guaranteed. The tournament, as we approach the new year, lies just around the corner.

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Switzerland edge out Northern Ireland to qualify for World Cup

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – Switzerland held off Northern Ireland to seal a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 0-0 second-leg draw on Sunday that secured a 1-0 aggregate play-off victory.

Vladimir Petkovic’s side wasted numerous first-half chances as the Northern Irish stayed in the tie, but Ricardo Rodriguez’s controversial first-leg penalty in Belfast proved enough for the Swiss to reach their fourth consecutive World Cup.

Northern Ireland’s Evans apologises for wife’s ref rant

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Belfast (AFP) – Corry Evans has apologised for his wife’s foul-mouthed tweet towards the referee who awarded a penalty against him in Northern Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland in Belfast on Thursday.

The key moment came with just over 30 minutes to go when Xherdan Shaqiri’s volley from range was blocked by Evans just a few yards away in the box and Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the spot, even though the ball struck him on his shoulder as he took evasive action.

Northern Ireland’s Evans apologises for wife’s ref rant

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Belfast (AFP) – Corry Evans has apologised for his wife’s foul-mouthed tweet towards the referee who awarded a penalty against him in Northern Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland in Belfast on Thursday.

The key moment came with just over 30 minutes to go when Xherdan Shaqiri’s volley from range was blocked by Evans just a few yards away in the box and Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the spot, even though the ball struck him on his shoulder as he took evasive action.

Switzerland on top after narrow win over Northern Ireland

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Belfast (AFP) – Switzerland took a giant step towards qualifying for Russia 2018 on Thursday but needed a controversial penalty to earn a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland in the first leg of their World Cup play-off.

Vladimir Petkovic’s team dominated the match at Windsor Park in Belfast but squandered a succession of chances as Michael O’Neill’s team held them at bay.

Switzerland on top after narrow win over Northern Ireland

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Belfast (AFP) – Switzerland took a giant step towards qualifying for Russia 2018 on Thursday but needed a controversial penalty to earn a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland in the first leg of their World Cup play-off.

Vladimir Petkovic’s team dominated the match at Windsor Park in Belfast but squandered a succession of chances as Michael O’Neill’s team held them at bay.

Northern Ireland coach O’Neill admits drink-driving

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London (AFP) – Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was banned from driving for 16 months on Thursday after pleading guilty to drink-driving in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard O’Neill, 48, was stopped by police on the outskirts of the city in the early hours of September 10 and found to be three times over the legal drink-drive limit.

Italy among play-off hopefuls waiting to learn World Cup fate

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London (AFP) – Italy will learn their World Cup play-off fate on Tuesday as the four-time winners join seven other European countries in the draw for the decisive two-legged ties.

Gian Piero Ventura’s side have been forced to take their chances in the treacherous play-offs after finishing second in their qualifying group behind Spain.

Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

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Paris (AFP) – Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their finals berth.

Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew’s team made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C.

Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

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Paris (AFP) – Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their finals berth.

Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew’s team made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C.

Celtic hope for trouble free Linfield visit

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic will hope the focus is solely on football when the Scottish champions host Linfield in the return leg of their Champions League second round qualifier on Wednesday.

The Hoops have one foot in the next round following a 2-0 victory over the Northern Ireland title holders at Windsor Park thanks to first-half goals from Scott Sinclair and Australian international Tom Rogic.

Celtic hope for trouble free Linfield visit

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic will hope the focus is solely on football when the Scottish champions host Linfield in the return leg of their Champions League second round qualifier on Wednesday.

The Hoops have one foot in the next round following a 2-0 victory over the Northern Ireland title holders at Windsor Park thanks to first-half goals from Scott Sinclair and Australian international Tom Rogic.

Celtic won’t sell tickets for match in Northern Ireland

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Glasgow (AFP) – Fears of sectarian clashes have prompted Scottish champions Celtic to refuse to make tickets available to their own fans for a potentially explosive European match in Belfast as it clashes with a key Protestant celebration, the club said Friday.

Celtic, traditionally a Catholic supported club, will face overwhelmingly Protestant-backed Linfield if the Northern Ireland team see off La Fiorita of San Marino in their opening Champions League qualifier.

Celtic won’t sell tickets for match in Northern Ireland

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Glasgow (AFP) – Fears of sectarian clashes have prompted Scottish champions Celtic to refuse to make tickets available to their own fans for a potentially explosive European match in Belfast as it clashes with a key Protestant celebration, the club said Friday.

Celtic, traditionally a Catholic supported club, will face overwhelmingly Protestant-backed Linfield if the Northern Ireland team see off La Fiorita of San Marino in their opening Champions League qualifier.

Northern Ireland expect tough times in Germany

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Berlin (AFP) Kyle Lafferty says Northern Ireland must 'work their socks off' in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Germany as they chase a first victory over the world champions for 33 years.

Lafferty scored two goals off the bench in Saturday's 4-0 win over minnows San Marino in Belfast, the same night Germany beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in Hamburg to keep their perfect record at the top of Group C.

Buoyant Germany set sights on N. Ireland World Cup qualifier

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Berlin (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew wants the 'same again' for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland following his side's demolition of the Czech Republic.

Thomas Mueller scored twice and Toni Kroos also netted as Germany dominated the Czechs 3-0 on Saturday night.

It was an impressive display from the hosts in Hamburg and the scoreline could have been much higher as Julian Draxler, Mario Goetze and Mueller all missed clear chances.

Buoyant Germany set sights on N. Ireland World Cup qualifier

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Berlin (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew wants the 'same again' for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland following his side's demolition of the Czech Republic.

Thomas Mueller scored twice and Toni Kroos also netted as Germany dominated the Czechs 3-0 on Saturday night.

It was an impressive display from the hosts in Hamburg and the scoreline could have been much higher as Julian Draxler, Mario Goetze and Mueller all missed clear chances.

Injured striker Gomez out of Germany squad

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Berlin (AFP) Misfiring striker Mario Gomez is out of Germany's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland with injury, German football officials said on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Wolfsburg player has a buttock injury and will not travel to Hamburg, where Germany will host the Czech Republic on Saturday before taking on Northern Ireland on Tuesday in Hanover.

Injured striker Gomez out of Germany squad

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Berlin (AFP) Misfiring striker Mario Gomez is out of Germany's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland with injury, German football officials said on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Wolfsburg player has a buttock injury and will not travel to Hamburg, where Germany will host the Czech Republic on Saturday before taking on Northern Ireland on Tuesday in Hanover.

Northern Ireland hold Czechs to goalless draw

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Prague (AFP) Northern Ireland opened their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign with a goalless draw against Group C rivals the Czech Republic in Prague on Sunday.

Playing their first competitive game since their 1-0 defeat to Wales in the last-16 phase of Euro 2016, Northern Ireland relied on solid defence and breakaways throughout the game.

Northern Ireland hold Czechs to goalless draw

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Prague (AFP) Northern Ireland opened their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign with a goalless draw against Group C rivals the Czech Republic in Prague on Sunday.

Playing their first competitive game since their 1-0 defeat to Wales in the last-16 phase of Euro 2016, Northern Ireland relied on solid defence and breakaways throughout the game.

International football

World Cup Play-Off Draw: Republic Of Ireland To Face Off Against Denmark, Northern Ireland To Play Switzerland

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The draw for the 2018 World Cup play-offs has just been completed in Zurich, with Fernando Hierro doing the honours and granting the Republic of Ireland a two-legger against Denmark.

A single goal from James McClean saw Ireland narrowly pipped Wales in their final qualifier to pinch the play-off spot in Group D, ensuring their quest to make it to Russia will roll on, starting with a trip to Copenhagen in early November.

World Cup Qualifying: Northern Ireland Through To Play-Offs Despite Defeat In Norway (Video)

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Northern Ireland ended their World Cup qualification campaign with a 1-0 defeat away to Norway.

However, after Scotland's Group F draw in Slovenia earlier in the day, Michael O'Neill's side were already assured of a play-off place.

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The only goal of the game came on 71 minutes, with Chris Brunt's fluffed goal-line clearance flying into his own net after 'keeper Michael McGovern got a hand to Stefan Johansen's cross.

World Cup Qualifying: Defending Champions Germany Book Place In Finals After 3-1 Win Over Northern Ireland (Video)

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World champions Germany booked their place in Russia next summer after a convincing win against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

The hosts hopes of frustrating their illustrious opponents were dashed within just two minutes of the kick-off, with midfielder Sebastian Rudy netting a stunning long-range effort.

World Cup Qualifiers: Chris Brunt Nets Cracking Free-Kick As Northern Ireland Beat Czech Republic At Windsor Park (Video)

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Northern Ireland secured second spot in Group C on Monday night after an impressive 2-0 win over Czech Republic at Windsor Park.

The hosts took the lead just before the half-hour mark, with Jonny Evans heading home after a corner.

Things got even better for the Irish on 41 minutes, with Chris Brunt scoring a fantastic free-kick.

Nothern Ireland: Ballymena United Ball-Boy Sent Off For Celebrating Too Raucously In Front Of Opposition Dugout (Photo)

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Tuesday night saw Ballymena United take on rivals Coleraine in an eventful derby clash over in theNorthern Ireland Premiership.

As always, it fellto the official Ballymena United Twitter account to keep their fansabreast of the action in live-text form.

Andrej Kramaric Nets Stunner As Croatia End Northern Ireland’s Unbeaten Home Run (Video)

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Northern Ireland lost a home game for the first time in 11 games, as Croatia proved too strong for Michael O'Neill's mix-and-match side.

The pick of the visitors' goals at Windsor Park was Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric's superb long-range piledriver, after goals from Mario Mandzukic and Duje Cop had already put the Croats 2-0 up.

Will Grigg Ties With Paul Pogba In UEFA Short-List Of Best Players in Europe

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Demonstrating once again that all football polls should be rendered mootby their very existence, the short-list for the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award has been announced today.

It's been cobbled together by journalists from all 55 UEFA member associations, who were asked to provide a list of their five best players the first receiving five points, the second four points, and so on.

General Football

Cliftonville

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Saturday 9th September 2017 3pm
Northern Ireland League Premier
Cliftonville 2 Dungannon Swifts 1 HT: 0-0 ATT: 804
Entrance £11, Programme £2 Coffee £1
Breen 51, Gormley 61 : Hegarty 78

fromSolitude, Cliftonville Street, Belfast,BT14 6LP

This was the second game of my Northern Ireland odyssey, after watching Glenavon on the Friday night.

Glenavon

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Friday 8th September 2017
Northern Ireland Football League Premiership
Glenavon 2 Carrick Rangers 0 HT: 0-0 Att: 974
Clingan 66p, Mitchell 87

from Mourneview Park, Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland BT66 8EW

This was my first bout of 'extreme' hopping.

2014 World Cup

New captain Manuel Neuer out to raise Germany’s standards

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Berlin (AFP) New captain Manuel Neuer says Germany have room for improvement when the world champions start their journey to the 2018 World Cup on Sunday in their opening qualifier against Norway.

Germany's path to the finals in Russia starts at Oslo's Ullevaal Stadium and they also face Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and minnows San Marino in Group C of their qualifying campaign.

New captain Manuel Neuer out to raise Germany’s standards

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Berlin (AFP) New captain Manuel Neuer says Germany have room for improvement when the world champions start their journey to the 2018 World Cup on Sunday in their opening qualifier against Norway.

Germany's path to the finals in Russia starts at Oslo's Ullevaal Stadium and they also face Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and minnows San Marino in Group C of their qualifying campaign.

EURO 2016

Will Grigg Receives Hero’s Welcome In Belfast Despite Not Playing A Single Minute Of Football At Euro 2016 (Video)

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The positive power of having a name that fits succinctlyinto a song was on full display in Belfast yesterday evening as thousands of fans gathered to welcome the Northern Ireland entourage back from Euro 2016.

Having gone out to Wales in the last 16, the Northern Ireland boys received arare old reception on stage in the Titanic Quarter, though none more so than a man whose name has become synonymous with the tournament without him having to play a single minute of football out in France.

Euro 2016 Fin?

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Who would have thought it? Two weeks have passed since we set out on our own "Tour de France" and I heard in the last few days that all the Home Nations have qualified for the next round. Brilliant, who are Scotland playing?



I have struggled to keep up to date, (wifi in France isn't great) with things whilst we have been on the road, so maybe I missed something.

Euro 2016: Manchester United's £94m target delivers for his country yet again

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A second half Gareth McAuley own goal was enough to send Wales into the quarter finals of Euro 2016 on Saturday afternoon in Paris at the expense of Northern Ireland, with Chris Coleman’s underdogs reaching the last eight in their first ever major international tournament.

It was not the blood and thunder last 16 encounter that many expected, with Northern Ireland setting up specifically to counteract and quash Welsh confidence and swagger.

The Rest

Northern Ireland 2018 adidas Home Kit

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Northern Ireland wore their 2018 adidas home kit for the first time during the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia European zone playoff against Switzerland last week. The new shirt is expected to see action against the red clad Swiss in the return leg on Sunday in Basel. Available now at Irish [.

Northern Ireland: Belfast Rivals Linfield And Crusaders Both Claim To Have Signed The Same Player

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The man you see afore ye is Josh Robinson and we'd love to tell you who he plays for but frankly we haven't got a clue.

The 24-year-old defender spent last season in the National League with York City but has now sealed a move back to his native Northern Ireland although with whom is anybody's guess.