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N Ireland secure Hungary friendly

Nigel Worthington
Nigel Worthington will target a first Northern Ireland win over Hungary

Northern Ireland will take on Hungary in an international friendly at Windsor Park on Wednesday, 19 November.

The sides last met in a friendly in April 2000, with the eastern European team claiming a 1-0 win in Belfast.

Indeed, Northern Ireland will be seeking a first victory over the visitors after losing all three previous encounters.

The Hungarians are managed by former Holland player Erwin Koeman and the squad includes Fulham's Zoltan Gera.

It is no surprise that Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington selected Hungary as the opposition for the game which comes during a four-month break from the World Cup qualifiers.

Two of Northern Ireland's Group Three opponents, Slovenia and Slovakia, share a border with Hungary.

Poland, the Czech Republic and San Marino complete the group.

Northern Ireland have failed to qualify for a major tournament since 1986.

see also
Worthington in Euro 2008 mission
11 Jun 08 |  Internationals
Worthington praise for Lafferty
26 Mar 08 |  Internationals
Northern Ireland 4-1 Georgia
25 Mar 08 |  Internationals
Four players pull out of NI squad
23 Mar 08 |  Internationals
Carroll back as Gault called up
17 Mar 08 |  Internationals
Northern Ireland 0-1 Bulgaria
06 Feb 08 |  Internationals
Worthington happy with NI group
25 Nov 07 |  Internationals

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