Romania’s Paul Papp celebrates scoring his sides first against Northern Ireland in their Uefa Euro 2016 qualifier at the Arena Nationala, Bucharest.   Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Romania 2 Northern Ireland 0 Northern Ireland’s perfect start to Euro 2016 qualifying came crashing down in Romania after Paul Papp ended their(...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty celebrates after scoring the clincher in the 2-0 win in Greece which kept up their 100 per cent record in Group F.  Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Euro 2016, Group F – Romania v Northern Ireland, Bucharest, 7.45pm: As if being manager of Northern Ireland were not a stern enough test of a coach’s(...)

Gordon Strachan, pictured here during a training session near Glasgow this week, has revitalised the Scotland team.  Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA 2:31

A little truck stuffed with goalposts and dirty footballs pulled away from lush grass in front of the stately hotel on the banks of the Clyde on Monda(...)

Paddy McNair in action for  Manchester United against Everton last month. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester United teenager Paddy McNair has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for next week’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania.The 19-year-old mi(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has seen his side jump 28 places in the Fifa world Rankings. Photograph: William Cherry / Presseye / Inpho

The Republic of Ireland have moved up one place in the Fifa world rankings to 61st after the 1-1 draw with Germany in Gelsenkirchen and the 2-1 win(...)

Prof Michael O’Neill: ‘Big data and data science are just the latest buzz words for what is really analytics . . . or statistics.’

What do the World Cup winning German football team, the hugely successful Irish international boxing team, US government measures to deal with epidemi(...)

F Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill admits the expansion of the European Championship has played a part in rejuvenating his in-form side.  Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill admits the expansion of the European Championship has played a part in rejuvenating his in-form side.The dec(...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty celebrates scoring their second goal in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Greece at Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis in  Piraeus. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Greece 0 Northern Ireland 2Northern Ireland’s dreams of a first European Championship appearance are one step closer to reality after goals from Jamie(...)

  Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill. Photograph: William Cherry / Presseye / Inpho

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is not getting carried away by the prospect of making history in Greece, but is quietly confident his side ca(...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty scores the winning goal for his side in their   Uefa Euro 2016 Group F qualifier at Albert Florian Stadium in Budapest. Photograph:   Adam Davy/PA

Hungary 1 Northern Ireland 2 Kyle Lafferty and Niall McGinn were the scorers as Northern Ireland marked the ninth anniversary of their famous victory (...)