Northern Ireland National Team Lineup for EURO 2016 – The 2016 UEFA European Championship or simply known as Euro 2016 will be held in another five months. The football fans are already excited to watch this major tournament that will be held from 10 June – 10 July 2016 in France. A lot of surprise had happened for this year Euro tournament.
There are five teams that for the first time qualified to UEFA European Championship final tournaments. These teams are Albania, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Slovakia and Wales. Though Northern Ireland previously had already competed in FIFA World Cup but for UEFA European Championship this year 2016 will be their first appearance.Northern Ireland national football team is separated from Republic of Ireland national football team.
Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland which officially belongs to British Isles and organized by the Irish Football Association (IFA). Northern Ireland had already competed three times in FIFA World Cup in 1958, 1982 and 1986. Northern Ireland’s best result in World Cup was in 1958 and 1982 when they reached quarter final.Head coach of Northern Ireland this year is Michael O’Neill. He had won 31 Northern Ireland caps in his eight year international playing career.
O’Neill took a job as manager Northern Ireland in February 2012 after Nigel Worthington resigned as a manager in October 2011. In his career as manager, O’Neill showed a promise when the team successfully beat Russia and drew with Portugal in qualification of FIFA World Cup 2014. Now in 2016 for the first time Northern Ireland will get an opportunity to shine in European Championship.
National Teams standing in EURO 2016
Northern Ireland goes to Euro 2016 with six wins, three draws and one lose and become the winner of Group F in qualification group. Northern Ireland also becomes top goal scorer in group F with 16 goals. Kyle Lafferty scored seven goals in qualification groups including one goal versus Hungary that equalizer the match and save Northern Ireland’s place in qualification. The memorable Euro match for Northern Ireland might be when they win 3-1 over Greece and guarantee their place in final tournament of European Championship 2016.
Northern Ireland’s key player might be Kyle Lafferty who scored 16 goals in his 46 appearance. With his tall stature, his powerful run and his aggressive movements, Lafferty is considered as dangerous striker. Northern Ireland also has a few of rising star. One of rising star is Paddy McNair. The twenty year old centre-back made an impressive debut when Northern Ireland meets Greece.
The final draw in 12 December 2015 put Northern Ireland in Group C with Germany, Ukraine and Poland. Northern Ireland first match will be held in 12 June 2016 against Poland. Germany might be the toughest team for Northern Ireland in the group, though the team might meet a difficulty with Poland and Ukraine too. Northern Ireland has to be at least in third position of the group so the team will go to knockout phase and get the chance to move to round of 16.
The football fans will watch the performance of Northern Ireland closely, to see whether Northern Ireland National Team give the fans an impressive debut match in this year European Championship.