Draw made for Euro 2016 qualifiers

Published Sunday, 23 February 2014
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Northern Ireland will face Greece, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Romania and Hungary in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Draw made for Euro 2016 qualifiers
NI manager Michael O''Neill. (© Pacemaker)

The draw was made in Nice on Sunday.

Michael O'Neill's side have been handed a favourable draw in Group F ahead of the competition in France, with 24 nations set to qualify - up from 16 previously.

Meanwhile the Republic of Ireland will face a tougher task as they were drawn against Germany, Georgia, Scotland, Georgia and Poland in Group D.

The top two sides from each group qualify for the final tournament alongside hosts France.

They will be joined by the best third-placed team, then the eight other third-placed nations will play off for the remaining four spots.

Northern Ireland's competitive-looking group will see them take on top seeds Greece, who are currently 12th in the Fifa world rankings, while NI sit in 85th place.

They also face higher ranking opposition in Romania, Hungary and Finland - ranked at 33, 44 and 65 respectively - and the Faroe Islands, who held them to a draw in the 2012 qualifiers.

We need to maximise our points at home. We're well capable of doing that.

Michael O'Neill

O'Neill continued: "We're happy with the draw. Greece will be a very tough game but it would probably be the country you may have chosen. We have teams in there, the likes of Hungary, Romania and Finland, that I believe we can compete with and take points from."

Republic boss Martin O'Neill said he's looking forward to "great occasions" as they face matches with Gordon Strachan's Scotland and UEFA's newest member, Gibraltar.

He went on: "They will be great occasions I hope. I'm sure he (Strachan) is looking forward to it. I'm sure he'll be as excited as I am myself. It's tough, there's other groups we might have preferred to be in but we'll get on with it.

"Germany you would say are the outstanding side in the group but there's plenty to fight for."


Euro 2016 qualifying draw in full:

Group A
Holland
Czech Republic
Turkey
Latvia
Iceland
Kazakhstan

Group B
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Belgium
Israel
Wales
Cyprus
Andorra

Group C
Spain
Ukraine
Slovakia
Belarus
Macedonia
Luxembourg

Group D
Germany
Republic of Ireland
Poland
Scotland
Georgia
Gibraltar

Group E
England
Switzerland
Slovenia
Estonia
Lithuania
San Marino

Group F
Greece
Hungary
Romania
Finland
Northern Ireland
Faroe Islands

Group G
Russia
Sweden
Austria
Montenegro
Moldova
Liechtenstein

Group H
Italy
Croatia
Norway
Bulgaria
Azerbaijan
Malta

Group I
Portugal
Denmark
Serbia
Armenia
Albania
France*

*France qualify as hosts, but will play friendlies against teams in Group I. There will be no points awarded for games in which France figure, so these will have no affect on the Group I table.

© UTV News
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11 Comments
Steve in Bangor wrote (204 days ago):
Jim in Enniskillen, Dream on Jim, I'd wager the reverse. Just cos you write it does not mean it's gonna happen. Let see shall we :-)
sean in derry wrote (204 days ago):
One team should represent Ireland to ensure we go to this World Cup
roj in belfast wrote (205 days ago):
@Jos agree with u 100%
martin in belfast wrote (205 days ago):
NI have agreat chance of getting out of this group. ROI's group is trickier than it looks, I think they will do well to finish second behind Germany.
Des in Derry wrote (205 days ago):
@Jos Your right one Irish team would give us a better chance and take the sectarian feelings out of football up here.
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