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Steven Davis celebrates scoring the last time Northern Ireland met Greece, a 3-1 win at Windsor Park in March 2015

Steven Davis celebrates scoring the last time Northern Ireland met Greece, a 3-1 win at Windsor Park in March 2015

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Steven Davis celebrates scoring the last time Northern Ireland met Greece, a 3-1 win at Windsor Park in March 2015

After discovering who they will play in the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League, Northern Ireland now know when they will play them in their bid to earn a European Championship qualifying place.

Ian Baraclough’s side will begin their Group C2 campaign at home to Greece on Thursday 2 June and will conclude the schedule away to the same opponents on Tuesday 27 September.

Due to the World Cup in Qatar, Northern Ireland will begin their group with four straight games in June, following up their hosting of Greece with games away to Cyprus/Estonia (Sunday 5) and Kosovo (Thursday 9), before hosting Cyprus/Estonia (Sunday 12).

The campaign concludes with Baraclough and co. welcoming Kosovo to Windsor Park on Saturday 24 September, three days before rounding things off in Athens.

Northern Ireland will have fond memories of their last meeting with Greece in March 2015 having defeated them 3-1 at Windsor Park to book their place in the Euro 2016 finals, but it will be a new experience taking on Kosovo as the two nations have never met.

Cyprus and Estonia will face-off in a play-off in March to determine which team will be promoted to League C and therefore join Northern Ireland in Group 2 to round out the pool.

“This will be a challenging set of fixtures and a real mixed bag. We have good memories of our last encounter against Greece,” commented Baraclough of the draw.

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"On the other hand, facing Kosovo will be a first for us. It will give our lads a really good test and I know we will all be relishing the task ahead.”

Northern Ireland’s UEFA Nations League fixtures

Thursday 2 June: vs Greece (H)

Sunday 5 June: vs Cyprus/Estonia (A)

Thursday 9 June: vs Kosovo (A)

Sunday 12 June: vs Cyprus/Estonia (H)

Saturday 24 September: vs Kosovo (H)

Tuesday 27 September: vs Greece (A)


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