Few people actually did believe that this would become a reality, but after starting the qualification to the Euro 2016 with a 2-1 victory in Budapest, and following it up with a 2-0 victory against Faroe Islands and then a 2-0 victory against Greece (in Greece), people suddenly started to believe that it could be possible.
Following these three victories they lost 2-0 against Romania, but the fighters soon got back on their feet again and won 2-0 against Finland, played 0-0 against Romania at home, won 3-1 against Faroe Islands (away) and then played 1-1 against Hungary at home (scoring a goal in the 93rd minute). Then at the last days of the Euro 2016 they first won 3-0 against Greece at home and then with nothing at stake at all they played 1-1 against Finland in the last match.
After this magical qualification Northern Ireland won their group in front of Romania and Finland and the biggest of all the heroes is of course Kyle Lafferty who scored 7 goals in 9 matches (who normally play his matches for Norwich in the Premier League).
Now all we have to do is to look forward to the European Champions in France next summer, and if you should come to Belfast and Northern Ireland before then, do not forget to read about the famous and beautiful attractions in the city here in our Belfast Guide. For more information about the Euro 2016, visit the following article in the IP Address Guide.
When and against which teams Northern Ireland will play will be discovered on December 12th, because that is when the groups will be drawn in Paris. Northern Ireland can be found in pot 4, making the only thing sure that Norther Ireland will not play against Turkey, Iceland, Wales, Albania and Ireland. Maybe that is a positive thing that Nothern Ireland will not be able to play against Ireland and Wales!
Go Norther Ireland! We are cheering for you!