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The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international association football.

Most caps: Pat Jennings (119 appearances)

Head coach: Ian Baraclough

Captain: Steven Davis

Top scorer: David Healy (36 goals)

FIFA Ranking: 36th

Home stadium: Windsor Park

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) organizes the separate Republic of Ireland national football team.

Although part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland has always had a representative side that plays in major professional tournaments – whether alongside the rest of Ireland pre-1922 or as its own entity – though not in the Olympic Games, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has always recognized United Kingdom representative sides.

Northern Ireland has competed in three FIFA World Cups, reaching the quarter-final stage in the 1958 and 1982 tournaments. Northern Ireland held the accolade of being the smallest nation to qualify for a World Cup Finals from their first appearance in 1958 until 2006 when Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 World Cup. At UEFA Euro 2016, the team made its first appearance at the European tournament and reached the round of 16.

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