Football: Fans flock to see Germans in Belfast

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Northern Ireland entertain Germany in Belfast tonight in a friendly which has caught the imagination of the Ulster public. The Windsor Park "Kop" has been re-opened, allowing an extra 5,000 fans to be accommodated on the terracing. A crowd of over 15,000 is expected.

Germany's coach, Berti Vogts, admits knowing little about Northern Ireland, who lost their last two friendlies at home to Sweden and Norway. However, he will need no reminding that the hosts boast a formidable record against his side: being undefeated in their last three meetings with two wins and a draw to their credit.

Northern Ireland's manager, Bryan Hamilton, who names his side today, said: "If we can't all be motivated for a game like this, we shouldn't be in the business."