Northern Ireland

Danske Bank Premier

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.

International football

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.

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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.

Dangerous to dream too much in Euro 2016, says Wales coach Coleman

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Paris (AFP) Chris Coleman said it would be dangerous for Wales to look beyond Saturday's last-16 clash with Northern Ireland despite the open nature of their half of the Euro 2016 draw.

With title-holders Spain, world champions Germany and hosts France on a collision course with each other, the stage is set for an outsider to potentially clinch a place in the July 10 final.

Dangerous to dream too much in Euro 2016, says Wales coach Coleman

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Paris (AFP) Chris Coleman said it would be dangerous for Wales to look beyond Saturday's last-16 clash with Northern Ireland despite the open nature of their half of the Euro 2016 draw.

With title-holders Spain, world champions Germany and hosts France on a collision course with each other, the stage is set for an outsider to potentially clinch a place in the July 10 final.

Open draw offers Wales, N. Ireland chance of a lifetime

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Paris (AFP) Two small British nations clash for the momentous prize of a Euro 2016 quarter-final berth on Saturday when Gareth Bale's Wales meet Northern Ireland in a post-Brexit clash in Paris.

Wales (population 3.1 million) and Northern Ireland (1.8 million) have never previously appeared at a European Championship finals,but they find themselves in the last 16 with the eyes of the continent upon them.

Wales, Northern Ireland to clash for Euro 2016 quarter-final berth

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Paris (AFP) Two small, British nations clash for the momentous prize of a Euro 2016 quarter-final berth on Saturday when Real Madrid star Gareth Bale's Wales meet Northern Ireland in Paris.

Wales (population 3.1 million) and Northern Ireland (1.8 million) have never previously appeared at a European Championship finals,but they find themselves in the last 16 with the eyes of the continent upon them.

Wales have Euro 2016 ‘bragging rights’ over England – Bale

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Dinard (France) (AFP) After claiming "bragging rights" over England, Wales star Gareth Bale said Thursday he was savouring the prospect of a new Battle of Britain against Northern Ireland at the European Championship finals.

Wales stole a march over England by finishing top of Group B despite losing the clash between the two, and Bale was clearly delighted.

Wales have Euro 2016 ‘bragging rights’ over England – Bale

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Dinard (France) (AFP) After claiming "bragging rights" over England, Wales star Gareth Bale said Thursday he was savouring the prospect of a new Battle of Britain against Northern Ireland at the European Championship finals.

Wales stole a march over England by finishing top of Group B despite losing the clash between the two, and Bale was clearly delighted.

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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 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.

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.

Arsenal star & Manchester United's £94m target impress in Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland

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Wales are through to the quarterfinals after beating Northern Ireland 1-0 at Parc des Princes in Paris on Saturday. Who would have thought that at the start of the tournament?

An own goal from Gareth McAuley in the 75th min broke the deadlock between the two sides. Wales will now face the winner of Hungary vs Belgium in the next round.

Wales vs Norther Ireland: Manchester United's £94m target vs Norwood, key battles

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The first ever all-British knockout fixture in a major international tournament sees Wales take on Northern Ireland at the posh Parc des Princes in Paris later today at Euro 2016.

Wales are the tournament’s top scorers with six goals, three of which have come from Gareth Bale’s boots. On the other hand, Northern Ireland qualified past the group stages having scored just two goals, both coming against Ukraine while their other games ended in losses against Poland and world champions Germany.

Wales vs Northern Ireland: Arsenal midfielder and Liverpool star to feature in predicted XI, Live Stream

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Euro 2016 Championships
Date: Saturday 25th June 2016
Time: 17:00 BST
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris
Live Stream: Watch Euro 2016 Live Online

Wales and Northern Ireland meet in an all-British affair in the second round with one of these debuting nations guaranteed to reach the second round.

Mesut Ozil and brilliant Jerome Boateng among top five players in Euro 2016 Group C

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Our wrap of the top five players from each group at Euro 2016 continues now on Just Football, with Group C (see Group A's top five players here and Group B's here). Germany topped the...

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Paris The Last Leg

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The last leg of our Tour De France, saw us wake in St Etienne, and catch a train to Lyon, where we boarded our Ouigo train to Paris Marne-La-Vallée-Chessy. A journey of over 300 miles.



Ouigo is the French National Railways low cost train line (their Ryanair if you like.) We (I) booked our tickets last year for €10 each.

Euro 2016 Daily: Germany win Group C; Northern Ireland progress; fans clash

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World champions Germany won Group C last night with a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland. The result was enough for Northern Ireland to qualify as one of the best third-place teams, whilst Poland qualify as runners-up.

Joachim Löw’s side had yet to hit the top of their game like they did in Brazil two years ago but the scoreline at the Parc des Princes certainly didn’t reflect the game as Germany dominated the game from start to finish.

Wasteful Germany missing clinical finish

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Paris (AFP) Germany and their normally prolific strker Thomas Mueller bemoaned missed chances at Euro 2016 as the world champions scored just one goal against battling Northern Ireland

The Germans had 26 attempts on goal at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday to just two for their opponents but only Mario Gomez was able to beat inspired Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern or the woodwork.

Wasteful Germany missing clinical finish

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Paris (AFP) Germany and their normally prolific strker Thomas Mueller bemoaned missed chances at Euro 2016 as the world champions scored just one goal against battling Northern Ireland

The Germans had 26 attempts on goal at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday to just two for their opponents but only Mario Gomez was able to beat inspired Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern or the woodwork.

Miraculous McGovern earns N. Ireland adulation

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Paris (AFP) Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern spent last season toiling for Scottish strugglers Hamilton Academical, but his brilliant display against Germany at Euro 2016 made him the toast of Paris.

The 31-year-old pulled off save after save on Tuesday to frustrate the world champions and while Mario Gomez found a way past him in the 30th minute, it was only thanks to McGovern's electric reflexes that the score remained 1-0.

Miraculous McGovern earns N. Ireland adulation

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Paris (AFP) Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern spent last season toiling for Scottish strugglers Hamilton Academical, but his brilliant display against Germany at Euro 2016 made him the toast of Paris.

The 31-year-old pulled off save after save on Tuesday to frustrate the world champions and while Mario Gomez found a way past him in the 30th minute, it was only thanks to McGovern's electric reflexes that the score remained 1-0.

McGovern fearful of Northern Ireland Euro 2016 exit

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Paris (AFP) Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern said that elimination from Euro 2016 would be a bitter blow after his side lost 1-0 to Germany in Paris on Tuesday.

McGovern, who plays for Scottish club Hamilton Academical, made a string of saves to limit the damage at Parc des Princes, but Mario Gomez's 30th-minute strike was enough for Germany to reach the last 16 as Group C winners.

The Rest

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

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Photo: York City

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.