FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hailed the redeveloped National Stadium at Windsor Park as ‘something beautiful’.
Infantino was in Northern Ireland on Saturday evening, along with a sell-out 18,600 crowd, for the first international to be staged at the venue since its development was complete.
The fixture came a year to the day since Michael O’Neill’s side clinched qualification for Euro 2016, their first major tournament in 30 years.
“Windsor Park is absolutely beautiful,” said the FIFA president.
“When we will see it later on full it will just vibrate. This is what football fans love.
“It’s a real football stadium. It was about time for a football country like Northern Ireland to have a stadium where the national team can play its matches. The fans deserve it, the players deserve it.
“We have seen it this summer in France. It was amazing on the pitch but it was even more amazing in the stands and a great compliment to the Northern Irish fans.”
Infantino attended the official opening ceremony with First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.