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The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in the international football association. From 1882 to 1920, Ireland was represented by a single team, the Irish national football team, organized by the Irish Football Association (IFA). 1921, the responsibility of the IFA was reduced to the separation of the clubs in the early Irish Free State of Northern Ireland, although the team remained until 1950, the national team for all Ireland and the name of Ireland until the 1970s. The Irish Football Federation (FAI) organizes the separate national football team of the Republic of Ireland.

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Although Northern Ireland is part of the England, it has always had a representative team that participates in major professional tournaments - be it with the rest of Ireland before 1922 or as a separate entity - but not at the Olympics, such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has always recognized representatives of the United Kingdom.

Northern Ireland has participated in three FIFA World Cups and reached the quarter-finals of the 1958 and 1982 tournaments. At UEFA Euro 2016, the team first entered a European tournament and reached the second round.

Under former coach Sammy McIlroy. This was a European record for an international team until San Marino contested more than 20 games without scoring between October 2008 and August 2012, ending after his first game, a 4-1 defeat to Norway in a friendly in February 2004. The run of 16 games without a win ended after his second game, a 1-0 victory in a friendly against Estonia, with a largely experimental side, in March 2004.

On September 7, 2005, Northern Ireland defeated England in a World Cup qualifier in 2006 at Windsor Park 1-0. David Healy scored the winning goal in the 73rd minute. Almost a year later, on 6 September 2006, Northern Ireland defeated Spain 3-2 in qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2008, with Healy scoring a hat-trick. In June 2007, Nigel Worthington was appointed manager in lieu of Lawrie Sanchez, who took over Fulham. First, Worthington took over until the end of qualifying for Euro 2008, but was later taken until the end of qualifying for Euro 2012 under contract. Michael O'Neill was named manager in February 2012 after Worthington resigned in October 2011 after a poor Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

The Northern Ireland team qualified for their first UEFA European Championship, the Euro 2016 in France, after beating Greece 3-1 at Windsor Park on 8 October 2015. At the tournament, Northern Ireland beat Poland 1-0 on 20 June 2016 by beating Ukraine 2-0 on 16 June 2016, and eventually losing 1-0 to Germany in the group stage. That was enough to qualify for a knockout round in which they lost 1-0 to Wales due to Gareth McAuley's unlucky own-goal.

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