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Wales
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Dragons (Welsh: Y Dreigiau)
AssociationFootball Association of Wales (FAW)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRob Page
CaptainGareth Bale
Most capsGareth Bale (110)
Top scorerGareth Bale (41)
Home stadiumCardiff City Stadium
FIFA codeWAL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 19 Steady (6 October 2022)[1]
Highest8 (October 2015)
Lowest117 (August 2011)
First international
 Scotland 4–0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 25 March 1876)
Biggest win
 Wales 11–0 Ireland (Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888)
Biggest defeat
 Scotland 9–0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878)
World Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1958)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1958)
European Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2016)
Best resultSemi-finals (2016)
Websitewww.faw.cymru/en/

The Wales national football team (Welsh: Tîm pêl-droed cenedlaethol Cymru) represents Wales in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the governing body for football in Wales and the third-oldest national football association in the world, founded in 1876 (146 years ago) (1876).

The team has qualified for the FIFA World Cup twice, in 1958 and 2022. In 1958, they reached the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champions Brazil. They then went 58 years before reaching their second major tournament, when – following a rise of 109 places from an all-time low of 117th to a peak of eighth in the FIFA World Rankings between August 2011 and October 2015 – they qualified for UEFA Euro 2016, where they reached the semi-finals before again losing to the eventual champions, Portugal. A second successive UEFA European Championship followed when Wales reached the round of 16 of UEFA Euro 2020. They also progressed through UEFA Euro 1976 qualifying to the quarter-finals, though this was played on a two-legged, home-and-away basis and is not considered part of the finals tournament.

Historically, the Welsh team has featured a number of players from Wales' top club teams, Cardiff City and Swansea City. These two Welsh clubs play in the English league system alongside fellow Welsh clubs Newport County, Wrexham and Merthyr Town. However, the majority of Welsh football clubs play in the Welsh football league system. Wales, as a country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and therefore the national team does not compete in the Olympic Games.

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Association football

Association football

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Football Association of Wales

Football Association of Wales

The Football Association of Wales is the governing body of association football and futsal in Wales, and controls the Welsh national football team, its corresponding women's team, as well as the Welsh national futsal team. It is a member of FIFA, UEFA and the IFAB.

Football in Wales

Football in Wales

Association football is one of the most popular sports in Wales, along with rugby union. Wales has produced club teams of varying fortunes since the early birth of football during the Victorian period, and in 1876 a Wales national football team played their first international match. Football has always had a close rivalry with the country's de facto national sport rugby union, and it is much discussed as to which is Wales' more popular game. The Football Association of Wales (FAW), was established in 1876 to oversee the Wales national team and govern the sport in Wales, later creating and running the Welsh football league system.

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The reigning champions are France, who won their second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

1958 FIFA World Cup

1958 FIFA World Cup

The 1958 FIFA World Cup was the sixth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial association football tournament for men's senior national teams, and was played in Sweden from 8 to 29 June 1958. It was the first FIFA World Cup to be played in a Nordic country.

2022 FIFA World Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup

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Brazil national football team

Brazil national football team

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Cardiff City F.C.

Cardiff City F.C.

Cardiff City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Cardiff, Wales. It competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1899 as Riverside A.F.C., the club changed its name to Cardiff City in 1908 and entered the Southern Football League in 1910 before joining the English Football League in 1920. The team has spent 17 seasons in the top tier of English football, the longest period being between 1921 and 1929. Their most recent season in the top flight was the 2018–19 Premier League season.

Merthyr Town F.C. (2010)

Merthyr Town F.C. (2010)

Merthyr Town Football Club is a Welsh semi-professional football club based in Merthyr Tydfil, played in the Southern Football League. The club was formed following the demise of Merthyr Tydfil F.C. in 2010.

Merthyr Town F.C. (2010)

Merthyr Town F.C. (2010)

Merthyr Town Football Club is a Welsh semi-professional football club based in Merthyr Tydfil, currently playing in the Southern League Premier Division South, in the seventh tier of the English football league system. The original Merthyr Town club was founded in 1909 and played in the Football League from 1920 to 1930, but the club folded in 1934 and were replaced by newly formed Merthyr Tydfil F.C. in 1945. In 2010, Merthyr Tydfil F.C. was liquidated and the current club was formed. All Merthyr clubs played at Penydarren Park.

Home Nations

Home Nations

Home Nations is a collective term with one of two meanings depending on context. Politically it means the nations of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom. In sport, if a sport is governed by a council representing the island of Ireland, such as the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the term can refer to the nations of the constituent countries on the island of Great Britain and the Irish nation.

International Olympic Committee

International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is constituted in the form of an association under the Swiss Civil Code. Founded by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas in 1894, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Olympic Games.

History

The early years

The Wales side of 1887–88
The Wales side of 1887–88

Wales played its first competitive match on 25 March 1876 against Scotland in Glasgow, making it the third-oldest international football team in the world. Although the Scots won the first fixture 4–0, a return match was planned in Wales the following year, and so it was that the first international football match on Welsh soil took place at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, on 5 March 1877. Scotland took the spoils winning 2–0. Wales' first match against England came in 1879, a 2–1 defeat at the Kennington Oval, London, and in 1882, Wales faced Ireland for the first time, winning 7–1 in Wrexham.

The associations of the four Home Nations met at the International Football Conference in Manchester on 6 December 1882 to set down a set of worldwide rules. This meeting saw the establishment of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to approve changes to the rules, a task the four associations still perform to this day. The 1883–84 season saw the formation of the British Home Championship, a tournament which was played annually between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, until 1983–84. Wales were champions on 12 occasions, winning outright seven times whilst sharing the title five times.

The FAW became members of FIFA, world football's governing body, in 1910, but the relationship between FIFA and the British associations was fraught and the British nations withdrew from FIFA in 1928 in a dispute over payments to amateur players. As a result, Wales did not enter the first three FIFA World Cups. In 1932, Wales played host to the Republic of Ireland, the first time they played against a side from outside the four home nations. One year later, Wales played a match outside the United Kingdom for the first time when they travelled to Paris to play France national football team in a match drawn 1–1. After World War II, Wales, along with the other three home nations, rejoined FIFA in 1946 and took part in the qualifying rounds for the 1950 World Cup, the 1949–50 Home Championships being designated as a qualifying group. The top two teams were to qualify for the finals in Brazil, but Wales finished bottom of the group.

1958 World Cup

John Charles on international duty for Wales, against Scotland, 1954
John Charles on international duty for Wales, against Scotland, 1954

The 1950s were a golden age for Welsh football with stars such as Ivor Allchurch, Cliff Jones, Alf Sherwood, Jack Kelsey, Trevor Ford, Ronnie Burgess, Terry Medwin and John Charles.

Wales made their first World Cup finals tournament appearance in the 1958 edition in Sweden. However, their path to qualification was unusual. Having finished second to Czechoslovakia in qualifying Group 4, the golden generation of Welsh football managed by Jimmy Murphy seemed to have missed out on qualification, but the politics of the Middle East subsequently intervened. In the Asian/African qualifying zone, Egypt and Sudan had refused to play against Israel following the Suez crisis, while Indonesia had insisted on meeting Israel on neutral ground. As a result, FIFA proclaimed Israel winners of their group. However, FIFA did not want a team to qualify for the World Cup finals without actually playing a match, and so lots were drawn of all the second-placed teams in UEFA. Belgium were drawn out first but refused to participate, and so then Wales was drawn out and awarded a two-legged play-off match against Israel with a place in Sweden for the winners. Having defeated Israel 2–0 at the Ramat Gan Stadium and 2–0 at Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales went through to a World Cup finals tournament for the first time.

The strong Welsh squad made their mark in Sweden, drawing all the matches in their group against Hungary, Mexico and Sweden before defeating Hungary in a play-off match to reach the quarter-finals against Brazil. However, Wales' chances of victory against Brazil were hampered by an injury to John Charles that ruled him out of the match. Wales lost 1–0 with 17-year-old Pelé scoring his first international goal. The goal made Pelé the youngest World Cup goalscorer and Brazil went on to win the tournament.

Wales' remarkable campaign in Sweden was the subject of the best-selling book When Pele Broke Our Hearts: Wales and the 1958 World Cup (by Mario Risoli, St David's Press) which was published on the 40th anniversary of the World Cup and was also the inspiration for a Bafta Cymru-nominated documentary.

1970s

Wales failed to qualify for the first four finals tournaments of the UEFA European Championship from its inception in 1960. They also did not replicate their success in qualifying for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, although they did achieve a highly creditable draw against then world champions England in the 1970 British Home Championship, weeks before England went to defend their title in Mexico 1970 FIFA World Cup. This helped to give Wales a share of the Home Championship trophy for the year, goal difference not at that stage being used to determine an outright winner. In 1976, the team – managed by Mike Smith – reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA European Championship, having finished top of qualifying Group 2 ahead of Hungary, Austria and Luxembourg, but this was not considered part of the finals. Prior to 1980, only four countries qualified for the finals tournament, and Wales were drawn to play against the winners of Group 3 – Yugoslavia – in a two-legged, home-and-away tie. Wales lost the first leg 2–0 in Zagreb and were eliminated from the competition following a 1–1 draw in a bad-tempered return leg at Cardiff's Ninian Park, which was marred by crowd trouble. This initially led to Wales being banned from the 1980 tournament, but this was reduced on appeal to a four-year ban on qualifying matches being played within 100 miles of Cardiff. Yugoslavia went on to finish fourth in the 1976 tournament.

The following year, Wales defeated England on English soil for the first time in 42 years and secured their only victory to date at Wembley Stadium thanks to a Leighton James penalty. Wales went onto finish second in the 1977 British Home Championship. A few weeks earlier, Wales achieved another noted victory against then European Champions Czechoslovakia with Nick Deacy and James again scoring. This victory in a qualifier strengthened Wales' bid to qualify for the 1978 FIFA World Cup, but six months later, that attempt ended in controversial circumstances. The decisive fixture against Scotland - nominally a home fixture for Wales, although relocated to Anfield amidst security concerns - was swung by a contentious penalty awarded to Scotland, replays suggesting the handball offence may have actually been perpetrated by Scottish striker Joe Jordan. Another notable achievement for Wales however came in the 1980 British Home Championship, as Wales comprehensively defeated England at the Racecourse Ground. Goals from Mickey Thomas, Ian Walsh, Leighton James and an own goal by Phil Thompson saw Wales defeat England 4–1 just four days after England had defeated the then-world champions, Argentina.

1980s

In the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the Wales team – managed by Mike England – came extremely close to qualification; a 3–0 defeat against the Soviet Union in their final match meant they missed out on goal difference, but the real damage had been done by their failure to beat Iceland in their last home match, the match eventually finishing 2–2 after several hold-ups due to floodlight failures.

Wales also only narrowly missed out on qualification for the 1984 UEFA European Championship. They were minutes away from qualification when a winning goal by Ljubomir Radanović for Yugoslavia in the final game of qualifying group 4 against Bulgaria eliminated Wales.

Mark Hughes marked his debut for Wales by scoring the only goal of the match as England were defeated once again in 1984. The following season, Hughes was again on target, scoring a wonder goal as Wales thrashed Spain 3–0 at the Racecourse during qualification for the 1986 World Cup. However, despite defeating Scotland 1–0 at Hampden Park, it was again Iceland that wrecked Welsh hopes by defeating Wales 1–0 in Reykjavík, and for the second World Cup in a row, Wales missed out on goal difference. Wales had to win their last match at home to Scotland to be guaranteed at least a play-off, but were held to a 1–1 draw in a match marred by the death of Scotland manager Jock Stein, who collapsed from a heart attack at the end of the match.

Wales also started strongly in their bid to qualify for the 1988 UEFA European Championship, and were undefeated after four games. But away defeats against Denmark and Czechoslovakia in the last two games in qualifying group 6 saw Mike England's eight-year reign as Welsh coach sadly end in another disappointment.

1990s

Under coach Terry Yorath, Wales achieved a remarkable result on 5 June 1991 when defeating then world champions Germany in a Euro 1992 qualifier, thanks to a goal from Ian Rush. Three months later, on 11 September 1991, Wales achieved a notable double by defeating Brazil for the only time in a friendly international, thanks to a goal from Dean Saunders. At this point Wales seemed well placed to progress from their qualifying group 5. However, victories for Germany in their three remaining matches in the group, including a 4–1 win in the return fixture against Wales, eliminated the Welsh.

Wales also made a strong showing in their qualifying group for the 1994 World Cup, achieving a noted victory at home to Belgium. Wales thus attained what was then their highest position in the FIFA World Rankings on 27 August 1993. Wales again came close to qualifying for a major championship only to fall short in the closing stages of their campaign. Needing to win the final match of the group at home to Romania, Paul Bodin missed a penalty when the scores were level 1–1; the miss was immediately followed by Romania taking the lead and going on to win 2–1.

Following the failure to qualify, Yorath's contract as manager of the national side was not renewed by the FAW, and Real Sociedad manager John Toshack was appointed on a part-time basis. However, Toshack resigned after just one match (a 3–1 defeat to Norway) citing problems with the FAW as his reason for leaving, although he was sure to have been shocked at being booed off the pitch at Ninian Park by the Welsh fans still reeling from the dismissal of Yorath. Mike Smith took the manager role for the second time at the start of the Euro 1996 qualifiers, but Wales slipped to embarrassing defeats against Moldova and Georgia before Bobby Gould was appointed in June 1995.

Gould's time in charge of Wales is seen as a dark period by Welsh football fans. His questionable tactics and public fallings-out with players Nathan Blake, Robbie Savage and Mark Hughes, coupled with embarrassing defeats to club side Leyton Orient and a 7–1 thrashing by the Netherlands in 1996 did not make him a popular figure within Wales. Gould finally resigned following a 4–0 defeat to Italy in 1999, and the FAW turned to two legends of the national team, Neville Southall and Mark Hughes, to take temporary charge of the match against Denmark four days later, with Hughes later being appointed on a permanent basis.

2000s

Under Mark Hughes, Wales came close to qualifying for a place at Euro 2004 in Portugal, being narrowly defeated by Russia in the play-offs. However, the defeat was not without its controversy, as Russian midfielder Yegor Titov tested positive for the use of a banned substance after the first qualifying leg, a scoreless draw in Moscow. Notwithstanding, FIFA opted not to take action against the Football Union of Russia other than instructing them not to field Titov again, and the Russian team went on to defeat Wales 1–0 in Cardiff to qualify for the final tournament.

Following a disappointing start to 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 6, Hughes left his role with the national team to take over as manager of English Premier League outfit Blackburn Rovers. On 12 November 2004, John Toshack was appointed manager for the second time.

In Euro 2008 qualifying, Wales were drawn in Group D alongside Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and San Marino. The team's performance was disappointing, finishing fifth in the group with expected defeat at home to Germany yet an unexpected draw away, a loss away and a goalless draw at home to the Czech Republic, a loss away and 2–2 draw at home to the Republic of Ireland, a 3–0 home win and uninspiring 2–1 away win against minnows San Marino, a 3–1 home win and 3–1 away defeat against Cyprus, and a spectacularly mixed performance against Slovakia, losing 5–1 at home and winning 5–2 away. However, better performances towards the end of the competition by a team containing – of necessity because of injuries and suspensions of senior players – five players who were eligible for selection for the under-21 squad was viewed as a hopeful sign of future progress for the team.

In 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 4, Wales made a promising start, winning 1–0 and 2–0 against Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein, respectively. However, they lost their next match against Russia in Moscow, 2–1, after Joe Ledley had briefly drawn them level. The qualifying campaign showed signs of promise when the team managed to prevent Germany from scoring for 74 minutes of their match in Mönchengladbach, although Wales ultimately lost 1–0. Two 2–0 home defeats by Finland and Germany in Spring 2009 effectively put paid to Wales' hopes of qualification.

Wales were drawn in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group G with Montenegro, Bulgaria, Switzerland and close rivals England. Wales lost 1–0 away to Montenegro in their opening match and, on 9 September 2010, John Toshack stood down as manager after being disappointed at previous results in 2010 against Croatia and the opening Euro 2012 qualifier.

Wales under-21 coach Brian Flynn took over from Toshack as caretaker manager with a view to a possible permanent appointment, but a 1–0 home defeat to Bulgaria and 4–1 away loss to Switzerland prompted the FAW to pass over Flynn.

2010s

The Wales team on 11 October 2011 ahead of their UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Bulgaria in Sofia
The Wales team on 11 October 2011 ahead of their UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Bulgaria in Sofia

Gary Speed was appointed as permanent manager on 14 December 2010. Speed's first match as manager was 8 February 2011 in the inaugural Nations Cup, which the Republic of Ireland won 3–0. Speed's first competitive match was the Euro 2012 qualifier at home to England on 26 March 2011, and Speed appointed 20-year-old Aaron Ramsey captain, making him the youngest Wales captain. Wales lost to England 2–0 and in August 2011 Wales attained their lowest FIFA ranking of 117th. This was followed by a 2–1 home win against Montenegro, a 1–0 away loss to England, a 2–0 home win against Switzerland and a 1–0 away win against Bulgaria. Consequently, in October 2011, Wales had rapidly risen to 45th in the FIFA rankings. A 4–1 home win in a friendly match against Norway on 12 November 2011 proved to be Speed's last match in charge of Wales. The match was a culmination of Speed's efforts which led Wales to receive the unofficial award for biggest mover of 2011 in the FIFA rankings. His tenure as manager ended in tragic circumstances two weeks later when he was found dead at his home on 27 November, having apparently committed suicide.

Due to London's successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, a Great Britain team would qualify as of right of being the host nation. However, the FAW stressed it was strongly against the proposal. Despite this, Welsh players Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale expressed their interest in representing the Great Britain Olympic football team. Bale controversially withdrew due to injury, but Ramsey was joined by four other Welshmen in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad: Swansea City's Joe Allen and Neil Taylor, while Manchester United's Ryan Giggs and Liverpool's Craig Bellamy were included as over-age players, with Giggs being made captain.

Chris Coleman was appointed Wales team manager on 19 January 2012. For 2014 World Cup qualification, Wales were drawn in Group A with Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Macedonia. They lost their first match 2–0, against Belgium. Their second match, against Serbia, was even worse, finishing 6–1, Wales's worst defeat since the 7–1 reversal to the Netherlands in 1996. In October 2012, Ashley Williams was appointed captain of Wales by Coleman, replacing Aaron Ramsey. Wales won at home against Scotland 2–1, lost away to Croatia 2–0 and won away against Scotland 2–1, but a 2–1 loss at home to Croatia ended Wales hopes of qualifying.

Wales were placed in Group B for qualifying for Euro 2016 alongside Andorra, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Israel. In July 2015, following four wins and two draws, Wales topped the group.

In July 2015, having attained their then highest FIFA ranking of tenth, Wales were placed among the top seeds for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification draw. Wales were drawn in Group D with Austria, Serbia, the Republic of Ireland, Moldova and Georgia.

In September 2015, England dropped to tenth in the FIFA rankings, making Wales – in ninth position – the highest-ranked British team for the first time in its history. In October 2015, Wales attained their highest ever FIFA ranking of eighth. On 10 October 2015, Wales lost 2–0 to Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, Wales' qualification for Euro 2016 was confirmed after Cyprus defeated Israel that same evening.

Euro 2016

Wales qualified for Euro 2016 in France, their first European Championship tournament, and were drawn into Group B with Slovakia, Russia and England. On their Euro debut, on 11 June against Slovakia at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Gareth Bale scored direct from a free-kick to give Wales a 1–0 lead, and Hal Robson-Kanu scored the winner in a 2–1 victory that put them top of the group. In their second match, against England in Lens, Wales led 1–0 at half-time through another Bale free-kick, but lost 2–1. Against Russia at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, Aaron Ramsey, Neil Taylor and Bale scored in a 3–0 win that made them win the group.

In their round of 16 match at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Wales played Northern Ireland and won 1–0 after Bale's cross was put in as an own goal by Gareth McAuley. In the quarter-final against Belgium, Wales went behind to a long-range effort from Radja Nainggolan, but captain Ashley Williams headed an equaliser before Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes confirmed a 3–1 victory for Wales. This victory advanced Wales to their first major tournament semi-final and also made them the first British nation to advance to the semi-finals of a major tournament since England did so at Euro 1996 as hosts.

The first half of the semi-final against Portugal in Lyon went goalless, but goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani early in the second half saw Portugal claim a 2–0 win. Wales were welcomed back home on 8 July with an open-top bus parade around Cardiff, starting at Cardiff Castle and going past the Millennium Stadium before finishing at the Cardiff City Stadium.

2018 World Cup qualification

In September 2016, Wales opened their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with a comfortable 4–0 home win against Moldova. However, they followed this with a run of five consecutive draws away to Austria, at home to Georgia, both home and away against Serbia and away to the Republic of Ireland. That run came to an end with a 1–0 home victory over Austria on 2 September 2017, followed by a 2–0 away victory against Moldova on 5 September and a 1–0 away win over Georgia on 6 October. Wales finished third in their group due to a 1–0 loss to the Republic of Ireland on 9 October and failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup play-offs. Chris Coleman resigned as Wales team manager on 17 November 2017 and was appointed team manager at Sunderland.

Euro 2020 & Nations League

After nearly two months of managerial vacancy, former Wales national player Ryan Giggs was named Wales' new manager on 19 June 2018. Giggs, who signed a four-year contract, led Wales for the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League campaign and Euro 2020 qualification. Despite losing two of the first three qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2020, Wales went unbeaten in the second half of 2019 and ultimately qualified in second place following a 2–0 win over Hungary in their final match on 19 November.

Euro 2020 was delayed until 2021 by the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, which meant Wales' next games came in the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League. They kept five consecutive clean sheets on the way to an unbeaten record in the competition, winning five games and drawing one, despite Giggs not being available for the last two games due to legal troubles. With Rob Page in interim charge, the team beat Finland 3–1 in their final match to finish top of the group and gain promotion to League A for the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League.

UEFA Euro 2020 was played in June/July 2021 with matches spread across 11 host countries throughout Europe for the first time, rather than hosted by a single country. Consequently, the Wales Group A matches against Switzerland and Turkey were held in Baku, Azerbaijan and then against Italy in Rome. Under Page as interim manager, Wales progressed from the group stage after finishing second in the group to Italy, the eventual tournament winners. In the last 16 round Wales lost to Denmark in Amsterdam.

The team that defeated Ukraine on 5 June 2022 to qualify for the 2022 World Cup

2022 World Cup, Nations League & Euro 2024

For 2022 World Cup qualification Wales were drawn in Group E with Belgium, Czech Republic, Belarus and Estonia with Page again acting as interim manager for the matches in 2021 and 2022. Wales finished second in Group E and progressed to the qualification play-off stage.

The song Yma o Hyd was sang live by Dafydd Iwan before kick off of the penultimate game of the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign against Austria with Wales winning 2–1. After beating Austria in the play-off semi-final, Wales qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 with a 1–0 win over Ukraine at the Cardiff City Stadium on 5 June 2022. Yma o Hyd was again sang before the match and Gareth Bale, the Welsh captain also led the Welsh team in singing along with Iwan after the final whistle. For the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Wales were drawn in Group B with England, Iran and the United States.

Following their promotion in the previous Nations League campaign, Wales were drawn in Group A4 of the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League along with Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland, with Rob Page still interim manager. Wales finished bottom of the group and were relegated back to the B League for the 2024–25 UEFA Nations League.

On 20 June 2022, Ryan Giggs resigned as Wales manager due to his upcoming court case. Page stayed on as interim manager before being given a four-year contract extension in September 2022, managing Wales at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Wales were drawn in UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Group D with Croatia, Armenia, Turkey and Latvia.

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FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The reigning champions are France, who won their second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

France national football team

France national football team

The France national football team represents France in men's international football and is controlled by the French Football Federation, also known as FFF. The team's colours are blue, white, and red, and the coq gaulois its symbol. France are colloquially known as Les Bleus. They are the reigning world champions, having won the most recent World Cup final in 2018.

Team image

Media coverage

Live television broadcast rights are held by S4C (Welsh language commentary) and Sky Sports (English language commentary) until 2022.

The primary kit has long been all-red. The crest of the Football Association of Wales features a rampant Welsh Dragon on a white shield. From 1920, the shield was surrounded by a red border, and the letters 'FAW' were added in 1926. The badge was redesigned in 1951, adding a green border with 11 daffodils, as well as the Welsh-language motto Gorau Chwarae Cyd Chwarae ("The best play is team play"). The motto was briefly removed in 1984, but the badge stayed largely the same until 2010, when the shield was changed to feature rounded sides and the motto banner was changed from white to red and green. The dragon also changed from rampant to rampant regardant. The motto was removed again in 2019, following another major redesign of the badge, which saw the top of the shield flattened and the sides changed not to curve outwards; the green border was also thinned and the daffodils removed.

Kit supplier

Kit provider Period
Admiral 1976–1980
Adidas 1980–1987
Hummel 1987–1990
Umbro 1990–1996
Lotto 1996–2000
Kappa 2000–2008
Champion 2008–2010
Umbro 2010–2013
Adidas 2013–

Bucket hat

A red, yellow and green bucket hat has become strongly associated with fans of Wales football, in particular since the EURO 2016 Championships. The hat was initially designed by a Wales fan from Bala, who was dissatisfied with the standard replica football shirts being the only available merchandise for supporters.

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S4C

S4C

S4C is a Welsh language free-to-air public broadcast television channel. Launched on 1 November 1982, it was the first television channel to be aimed specifically at a Welsh-speaking audience. S4C's headquarters are based in Carmarthen, at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's creative and digital centre, Yr Egin. It also has regional offices in Caernarfon and Cardiff. As of 2019–20, S4C had an average of 101 employees. S4C is the fourth-oldest terrestrial television channel in Wales after BBC One, ITV and BBC Two.

Sky Sports

Sky Sports

Sky Sports is a group of British subscription sports channels operated by the satellite pay television company Sky Group, and is the dominant subscription television sports brand in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It has played a major role in the increased commercialisation of British sport since 1991, and has sometimes played a large role inducing organisational changes in the sports it broadcasts, most notably when it encouraged the Premier League to break away from the Football League in 1992.

English language

English language

English is a West Germanic language of the Indo-European language family, with its earliest forms spoken by the inhabitants of early medieval England. It is named after the Angles, one of the ancient Germanic peoples that migrated to the island of Great Britain. English is genealogically West Germanic, closest related to the Low Saxon and Frisian languages; however, its vocabulary is also distinctively influenced by dialects of French and Latin, plus some grammar and a small amount of core vocabulary influenced by Old Norse. Speakers of English are called Anglophones.

Football Association of Wales

Football Association of Wales

The Football Association of Wales is the governing body of association football and futsal in Wales, and controls the Welsh national football team, its corresponding women's team, as well as the Welsh national futsal team. It is a member of FIFA, UEFA and the IFAB.

Admiral Sportswear

Admiral Sportswear

Admiral is one of the oldest English sportswear brands, mostly focused on association football. Founded in 1914 in Leicester, Admiral was originally created as an undergarment brand in 1914, then switching to multi-sports including cricket, cycling and athletics. "The Admiral" logo was formally registered with the trademark office on 6 Sept 1922. It reached the peak of its success in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s through a series of football team sponsorships.

Adidas

Adidas

Adidas AG is a German multinational corporation, founded and headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, that designs and manufactures shoes, clothing and accessories. It is the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe, and the second largest in the world, after Nike. It is the holding company for the Adidas Group, which consists 8.33% stake of the football club Bayern München, and Runtastic, an Austrian fitness technology company. Adidas's revenue for 2018 was listed at €21.915 billion.

Hummel International

Hummel International

Hummel International Sport & Leisure A/S, commonly known as Hummel, is a Danish manufacturing company of sportswear brand based in Aarhus owned by Thornico. The company currently manufactures apparel for football, rugby league, futsal, handball, basketball, shinty, volleyball and esport teams. Moreover, the company also offers apparel and footwear for children alongside its fashion sub-brand, Hummel HIVE.

Umbro

Umbro

Umbro is an English sports equipment manufacturer founded in 1924 in Wilmslow, Cheshire and based in Manchester. They specialise in football and rugby sportswear featuring their Double Diamond logo. Umbro products are marketed in over 100 countries.

Lotto Sport Italia

Lotto Sport Italia

Lotto Sport Italia is an Italian sports equipment manufacturer based in Trevignano, near Treviso. The company manufactures and commercialises sporting and casual clothing and footwear. Its clothing line includes T-shirts, jackets, shorts, and leggings. and goalkeeper glove

Champion (sportswear)

Champion (sportswear)

Champion is a brand of clothing, specializing in sportswear owned and marketed by American apparel company Hanesbrands, which was spun off by the Sara Lee Corporation in 2006. The company was originally based in Rochester, New York, prior to its acquisition by Sara Lee in 1989. Champion is Hanes' second-largest brand.

Wales bucket hat

Wales bucket hat

The Wales bucket hat is a colourful bucket hat worn by supporters particularly of the Wales national football team. The hat was originally red, yellow and green, designed by Spirit of '58. It initially gained wide popularity during Wales's participation in the UEFA Euro 2016 championships. Other designs of the bucket hat have subsequently become available. Giant versions of the bucket hats were placed in city centres around Wales during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Bala, Gwynedd

Bala, Gwynedd

Bala is a town and community in Gwynedd, Wales. Formerly an urban district, Bala lies in the historic county of Merionethshire, at the north end of Bala Lake. At the 2011 Census, it had a population of 1,974, 78.5% of whom spoke Welsh.

Home stadium

From 2000 to 2009, Wales played most of their home matches at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. The stadium was built in 1999 on the site of the old National Stadium, known as Cardiff Arms Park, as the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) had been chosen to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Prior to 1989, Wales played their home games at the grounds of Cardiff City, Swansea City and Wrexham, but then came to an agreement with the WRU to use Cardiff Arms Park and, subsequently, the Millennium Stadium.

Wales' first football match at the Millennium Stadium was against Finland on 29 March 2000. The Finns won the match 2–1, with Jari Litmanen becoming the first player to score a goal at the stadium. Ryan Giggs scored Wales' goal in the match, becoming the first Welshman to score at the stadium.

Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffLiberty Stadium, Swansea
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffLiberty Stadium, Swansea
Liberty Stadium, Swansea

With the opening of the Cardiff City Stadium in 2009, the FAW chose to stage most home friendlies there, with other friendly matches played at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea (now known as the Swansea.com Stadium) and the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. Qualifying matches continued to be played at the 74,500-capacity Millennium Stadium until the end of 2009, which was typically only around 20–40% full amid poor team results. This led to calls from fans and players for international matches to be held at smaller stadiums. For the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, the FAW decided Wales would play all of their home matches at either the Cardiff City Stadium or the Liberty Stadium, with the exception of the home tie against England, which was played at the Millennium Stadium. The 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign saw four home matches at the Cardiff City Stadium and one at the Liberty Stadium. Cardiff City Stadium's capacity was increased to 33,000 in 2014 and all home matches for Euro 2016 qualifying were scheduled at the stadium and Wales subsequently qualified for the finals tournament in France. All five home qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup were held at the stadium as well as both of the team's home 2018–19 UEFA Nations League games. All home games in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign also took place there. A friendly against Spain was played at the Millennium Stadium on 11 October 2018, which was Wales' first match at the stadium in just over seven-and-a-half years, finishing in a 4–1 defeat. On 20 March 2019, Wales played a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago at the Racecourse Ground, their first match there since 2008.

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Millennium Stadium

Millennium Stadium

The Millennium Stadium, known since 2016 as the Principality Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is the national stadium of Wales. Located in Cardiff, it is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and has also held Wales national football team games. Initially built to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup, it has gone on to host many other large-scale events, such as the Tsunami Relief Cardiff concert, the Super Special Stage of Wales Rally Great Britain, the Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain and various concerts. It also hosted FA Cup, League Cup and Football League play-off finals while Wembley Stadium was being redeveloped between 2001 and 2006, as well as football matches during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Cardiff

Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital and largest city of Wales. It forms a principal area, officially known as the City and County of Cardiff, and the city is the eleventh-largest in the United Kingdom. Located in the south-east of Wales and in the Cardiff Capital Region, Cardiff is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan and in 1974–1996 of South Glamorgan. It belongs to the Eurocities network of the largest European cities. A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a port for coal when mining began in the region helped its expansion. In 1905, it was ranked as a city and in 1955 proclaimed capital of Wales. Cardiff Built-up Area covers a larger area outside the county boundary, including the towns of Dinas Powys and Penarth.

Cardiff Arms Park

Cardiff Arms Park

The Cardiff Arms Park is a sports complex in Cardiff, Wales. The complex is and has been home to mutiple sports stadia and other facilities.

1999 Rugby World Cup

1999 Rugby World Cup

The 1999 Rugby World Cup was the fourth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial international rugby union championship. It was principally hosted by Wales, and was won by Australia. This was the first Rugby World Cup to be held in the sport's professional era.

Cardiff City F.C.

Cardiff City F.C.

Cardiff City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Cardiff, Wales. It competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1899 as Riverside A.F.C., the club changed its name to Cardiff City in 1908 and entered the Southern Football League in 1910 before joining the English Football League in 1920. The team has spent 17 seasons in the top tier of English football, the longest period being between 1921 and 1929. Their most recent season in the top flight was the 2018–19 Premier League season.

Swansea City A.F.C.

Swansea City A.F.C.

Swansea City Association Football Club is a professional football club based in Swansea, Wales that plays in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Swansea have played their home matches at the Swansea.com Stadium since 2005, having previously played at the Vetch Field since the club was founded.

Jari Litmanen

Jari Litmanen

Jari Olavi Litmanen is a Finnish former footballer. He was the first-choice captain of the Finland national team between 1996 and 2008 in an international career that ran from 1989 to 2010.

Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City Stadium

The Cardiff City Stadium is a stadium in the Leckwith area of Cardiff, Wales. It is the home of Cardiff City Football Club and the Wales national football team.

Swansea.com Stadium

Swansea.com Stadium

The Swansea.com Stadium is an all-seated sports stadium and conferencing venue located in the Landore area of Swansea, Wales. The stadium opened in 2005 and was named the Liberty Stadium. It had an opening capacity of 20,750, making it the largest purpose-built venue in Swansea; minor layout changes have since increased this to 21,088.

Racecourse Ground

Racecourse Ground

The Racecourse Ground is a football stadium in Wrexham, Wales. It is the home of Wrexham A.F.C.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

The European section of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification acted as qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Russia, for national teams that are members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Apart from Russia, who qualified automatically as hosts, a total of 13 slots in the final tournament were available for UEFA teams.

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League was the inaugural season of the UEFA Nations League, an international association football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA. The league phase of the competition was played between September and November 2018, with the finals tournament for the group winners from League A taking place in Portugal in June 2019. Team performances in the league phase were used to seed teams for the qualifying group stage of UEFA Euro 2020, and awarded berths in the play-offs, which decided four of the twenty-four final tournament slots.

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2022

24 March 2022 (2022-03-24) 2022 World Cup Qual. PO SF Wales  2–1  Austria Cardiff, Wales
19:45 UTC±0
  • Bale 25', 51'
Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) Friendly Wales  1–1  Czech Republic Cardiff, Wales
19:45 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Paul Tierney (England)
1 June 2022 (2022-06-01) Nations League A Poland  2–1  Wales Wrocław, Poland
18:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stadion Wrocław
Attendance: 35,214
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (Slovenia)
5 June 2022 (2022-06-05) 2022 World Cup Qual. PO F Wales  1–0  Ukraine Cardiff, Wales
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 32,660
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
8 June 2022 (2022-06-08) Nations League A Wales  1–2  Netherlands Cardiff, Wales
19:45 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 23,395
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
11 June 2022 (2022-06-11) Nations League A Wales  1–1  Belgium Cardiff, Wales
19:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 27,188
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
14 June 2022 (2022-06-14) Nations League A Netherlands  3–2  Wales Rotterdam, Netherlands
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: De Kuip
Attendance: 37,247
Referee: Horațiu Feșnic (Romania)
22 September 2022 (2022-09-22) Nations League A Belgium  2–1  Wales Brussels, Belgium
20:45 UTC+2 BBC reportUEFA report
Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Attendance: 28,463
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
25 September 2022 (2022-09-25) Nations League A Wales  0–1  Poland Cardiff, Wales
19:45 UTC+1 Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 31,520
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
21 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B United States  1–1  Wales Al Rayyan, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Attendance: 43,418
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
25 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B Wales  0–2  Iran Al Rayyan, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Attendance: 40,875
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)

2023

25 March 2023 (2023-03-25) UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Croatia  v  Wales Split, Croatia
20:45 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stadion Poljud
28 March 2023 (2023-03-28) UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Wales  v  Latvia Cardiff, Wales
19:45 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
16 June 2023 (2023-06-16) UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Wales  v  Armenia Cardiff, Wales
19:45 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
19 June 2023 (2023-06-19) UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Turkey  v  Wales TBD, Turkey
21:45 UTC+3 Report Stadium: TBD
11 September 2023 (2023-09-11) UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Latvia  v  Wales Riga, Latvia
20:45 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Daugava Stadium
15 October 2023 (2023-10-15) UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Wales  v  Croatia Cardiff, Wales
19:45 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
21 November 2023 (2023-11-21) UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Wales  v  Turkey Cardiff, Wales
19:45 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

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Austria national football team

Austria national football team

The Austria national football team represents Austria in men's international football competition and it is controlled by the Austrian Football Association.

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round

The UEFA second round of the qualification tournament for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, also known as the UEFA play-offs, was contested by twelve teams from the UEFA segment of qualifying. The play-offs determined the final three European teams that joined the group winners at the World Cup in Qatar. The ten runners-up from the UEFA first round groups participated in the play-offs, along with two group winners from the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League. The teams were divided into three paths, each containing four teams, with each play-off path featuring two single-leg semi-finals, and one single-leg final. The matches took place in March and June 2022.

Cardiff

Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital and largest city of Wales. It forms a principal area, officially known as the City and County of Cardiff, and the city is the eleventh-largest in the United Kingdom. Located in the south-east of Wales and in the Cardiff Capital Region, Cardiff is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan and in 1974–1996 of South Glamorgan. It belongs to the Eurocities network of the largest European cities. A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a port for coal when mining began in the region helped its expansion. In 1905, it was ranked as a city and in 1955 proclaimed capital of Wales. Cardiff Built-up Area covers a larger area outside the county boundary, including the towns of Dinas Powys and Penarth.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC and the Wales national team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wingers of his generation and one of the greatest Welsh players of all time.

Marcel Sabitzer

Marcel Sabitzer

Marcel Sabitzer is an Austrian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Austria national team. Predominantly a central midfielder, he also plays in a multitude of roles, including attacking midfielder, second striker, winger and defensive midfielder.

Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City Stadium

The Cardiff City Stadium is a stadium in the Leckwith area of Cardiff, Wales. It is the home of Cardiff City Football Club and the Wales national football team.

Szymon Marciniak

Szymon Marciniak

Szymon Marciniak is a Polish professional football referee. He is considered one of the most highly-rated Polish referees.

Polish Football Association

Polish Football Association

The Polish Football Association is the governing body of association football in Poland. It organizes the Polish football leagues, the Polish Cup and the Polish national football team. It is based in the Polish capital of Warsaw.

Czech Republic national football team

Czech Republic national football team

The Czech Republic national football team represents the Czech Republic in international football. The team is controlled by the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR). Historically, the team participated in FIFA and UEFA competitions as Bohemia and Czechoslovakia.

Exhibition game

Exhibition game

An exhibition game is a sporting event whose prize money and impact on the player's or the team's rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced. In team sports, matches of this type are often used to help coaches and managers select and condition players for the competitive matches of a league season or tournament. If the players usually play in different teams in other leagues, exhibition games offer an opportunity for the players to learn to work with each other. The games can be held between separate teams or between parts of the same team.

Rubin Colwill

Rubin Colwill

Rubin James Colwill is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Welsh club Cardiff City and the Wales national team.

Paul Tierney (referee)

Paul Tierney (referee)

Paul Tierney is a football referee from Salford, Greater Manchester, who referees in the English Premier League. He first officiated in the Premier League on 30 August 2014. Tierney was promoted to the FIFA list of referees in 2018. He is registered with the Lancashire Football Association.

Current coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Wales Rob Page
Assistant manager Wales Kit Symons
Coach Wales Alan Knill
Head of performance England Tony Strudwick
Goalkeeping coach Wales Tony Roberts
Fitness coach Wales Dr. Adam Owen
Medical officer England Dr. Jon Houghton
Performance psychologist Wales Dr. Ian Mitchell
Physiotherapists England Sean Connelly
England David Weeks
Masseurs Wales David Rowe
England Chris Senior
England Paul Harris
Sports scientist England Ronan Kavanagh
Equipment officers Wales David Griffiths
United States Kevin McCusker
Performance analysts Wales Esther Wills
Wales James Turner

Coaching history

Caretaker manager are listed in italics.

Prior to 1954 the Welsh team was chosen by a panel of selectors with the team captain fulfilling the role of coach.

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Wales

Wales

Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, the Celtic Sea to the south west and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2021 of 3,107,500 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate. The capital and largest city is Cardiff.

Rob Page

Rob Page

Robert John Page is a Welsh football manager and former professional footballer, who is currently the manager of the Wales national team. In an 18-year career in the Premier League and the English Football League, he made 550 competitive appearances for six different clubs. He both captained a team and scored a goal in each of the top four divisions of English football. He also gained 41 caps for Wales in a ten-year international career, captaining the side once, before he retired from international football in September 2006.

Kit Symons

Kit Symons

Christopher Jerry "Kit" Symons is a professional association football manager and former Welsh international footballer. As a professional player, he had lengthy spells at Portsmouth, Manchester City and Fulham as well as earning 36 caps for the Wales national football team. He is currently the assistant manager of Wales national football team.

Alan Knill

Alan Knill

Alan Richard Knill is a former Wales international footballer who played as a central defender for several clubs, including Halifax Town, Swansea City, Bury, Scunthorpe United and Rotherham United and made one appearance for Wales in 1988. He has also managed Rotherham United, Bury, Scunthorpe United and a short-lived spell at Torquay United.

England

England

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. The Irish Sea lies northwest and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. It is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Tony Strudwick

Tony Strudwick

Tony Strudwick is an English football coach who is employed by West Bromwich Albion as Director of Medical.

Tony Roberts (footballer)

Tony Roberts (footballer)

Anthony Mark Roberts is a Welsh football coach and former professional footballer, who is the goalkeeping coach for Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Wales national team.

Adam Owen

Adam Owen

Adam Owen is a Welsh UEFA Professional Coaching License football manager, coach and former player. He is currently an assistant manager with Scottish club Hibernian. He attained a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Science & Coaching from the Université de Lyon, France.

Sean Connelly

Sean Connelly

Sean Patrick Connelly is an English former professional footballer, currently working as the lead physio at the Football Association of Wales.

Players

Current squad

Wales named their 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on 9 November 2022.

Caps and goals are correct as of 25 November 2022, after the match against Iran.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Wayne Hennessey (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 (age 35) 108 0 England Nottingham Forest
12 1GK Danny Ward (1993-06-22) 22 June 1993 (age 29) 27 0 England Leicester City
21 1GK Adam Davies (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 30) 4 0 England Sheffield United

2 2DF Chris Gunter (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 33) 109 0 England Wimbledon
3 2DF Neco Williams (2001-04-13) 13 April 2001 (age 21) 25 2 England Nottingham Forest
4 2DF Ben Davies (1993-04-24) 24 April 1993 (age 29) 76 1 England Tottenham Hotspur
5 2DF Chris Mepham (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 25) 35 0 England Bournemouth
6 2DF Joe Rodon (1997-10-22) 22 October 1997 (age 25) 32 0 France Rennes
14 2DF Connor Roberts (1995-09-23) 23 September 1995 (age 27) 43 3 England Burnley
15 2DF Ethan Ampadu (2000-09-14) 14 September 2000 (age 22) 39 0 Italy Spezia
17 2DF Tom Lockyer (1994-12-03) 3 December 1994 (age 27) 14 0 England Luton Town
24 2DF Ben Cabango (2000-05-30) 30 May 2000 (age 22) 5 0 Wales Swansea City

7 3MF Joe Allen (1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 32) 73 2 Wales Swansea City
8 3MF Harry Wilson (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 25) 41 5 England Fulham
10 3MF Aaron Ramsey (vice captain) (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 (age 31) 77 20 France Nice
16 3MF Joe Morrell (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 25) 31 0 England Portsmouth
18 3MF Jonny Williams (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 29) 33 2 England Swindon Town
22 3MF Sorba Thomas (1999-01-25) 25 January 1999 (age 23) 7 0 England Huddersfield Town
23 3MF Dylan Levitt (2000-11-17) 17 November 2000 (age 22) 13 0 Scotland Dundee United
25 3MF Rubin Colwill (2002-04-27) 27 April 2002 (age 20) 7 1 Wales Cardiff City
26 3MF Matthew Smith (1999-11-22) 22 November 1999 (age 23) 19 0 England Milton Keynes Dons

9 4FW Brennan Johnson (2001-05-23) 23 May 2001 (age 21) 17 2 England Nottingham Forest
11 4FW Gareth Bale (captain) (1989-07-16) 16 July 1989 (age 33) 110 41 United States Los Angeles
13 4FW Kieffer Moore (1992-08-08) 8 August 1992 (age 30) 30 9 England Bournemouth
19 4FW Mark Harris (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 23) 5 0 Wales Cardiff City
20 4FW Daniel James (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 (age 25) 40 5 England Fulham

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tom King (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 27) 0 0 England Salford City v.  Poland, 25 September 2022

DF Rhys Norrington-Davies (1999-04-22) 22 April 1999 (age 23) 13 1 England Sheffield United v.  Poland, 25 September 2022
DF Oliver Denham (2002-05-04) 4 May 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Wales Cardiff City v.  Netherlands, 14 June 2022

MF Luke Harris (2005-04-03) 3 April 2005 (age 17) 0 0 England Fulham v.  Poland, 25 September 2022 PRE
MF Wes Burns (1994-11-23) 23 November 1994 (age 28) 3 0 England Ipswich Town v.  Poland, 25 September 2022
MF Jordan James (2004-07-02) 2 July 2004 (age 18) 0 0 England Birmingham City v.  Poland, 25 September 2022
MF Will Vaulks (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 29) 7 0 England Sheffield Wednesday v.  Czech Republic, 29 March 2022

FW Rabbi Matondo (2000-09-09) 9 September 2000 (age 22) 11 0 Scotland Rangers v.  Poland, 25 September 2022 PRE
FW Tyler Roberts (1999-01-12) 12 January 1999 (age 23) 20 0 England Queens Park Rangers v.  Poland, 25 September 2022
FW Nathan Broadhead (1998-04-05) 5 April 1998 (age 24) 0 0 England Wigan Athletic v.  Poland, 1 June 2022 INJ

INJ Withdrew due to injury
WD Withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue
SUS Serving suspension
RET Retired from the national team
PRE Preliminary squad / standby

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2022 FIFA World Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an international association football tournament contested by the men's national teams of FIFA's member associations. The 22nd FIFA World Cup, it is taking place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and the second held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. At an estimated cost of over $220 billion, it is the most expensive World Cup ever held. France are the defending champions, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 final.

Iran national football team

Iran national football team

The Iran national football team, recognised by FIFA as IR Iran, represents Iran in men's international football since their maiden match in 1941. It is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Asia by AFC. The team's home ground is the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Goalkeeper (association football)

Goalkeeper (association football)

The goalkeeper is a position in association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's main role is to stop the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by having the goalkeeper move into the trajectory of the ball to either catch it or direct it further from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands, giving them the sole rights on the field to handle the ball. The goalkeeper is indicated by wearing a different coloured kit from their teammates and opposition.

Nottingham Forest F.C.

Nottingham Forest F.C.

Nottingham Forest Football Club is an association football club based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England. Nottingham Forest was founded in 1865 and have been playing their home games at the City Ground, on the banks of the River Trent, since 1898. Forest are one of four English clubs to have won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League more than once and one of two English clubs to have won the competition back-to-back. Forest have two stars above their club crest to commemorate their two European Cup victories. The club competes in the Premier League, the top division of the English football league system.

Danny Ward (Welsh footballer)

Danny Ward (Welsh footballer)

Daniel Ward is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Leicester City and the Wales national team. Ward has also previously played for Liverpool and Wrexham, as well as having loan spells at Tamworth, Morecambe, Aberdeen and Huddersfield Town. He was first called up to the Welsh national team in 2013 and made his debut in 2016. He was part of their squad that reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016, and the last 16 of UEFA Euro 2020.

Leicester City F.C.

Leicester City F.C.

Leicester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Leicester in the East Midlands of England. The club competes in the Premier League, the highest level of England's football league system, and plays its home matches at King Power Stadium.

Adam Davies (footballer, born 1992)

Adam Davies (footballer, born 1992)

Adam Rhys Davies is a professional footballer who plays as goalkeeper for EFL Championship club Sheffield United. Born in Germany, he represents the Wales national team.

Sheffield United F.C.

Sheffield United F.C.

Sheffield United Football Club is a professional football club in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, which compete in the EFL Championship. They are nicknamed "the Blades" due to Sheffield's history of cutlery production. The team have played home games at Bramall Lane since their formation. For most of the club's history, United have played in red and white striped shirts with black shorts. Their main rivals are Sheffield Wednesday, with whom they contest the Steel City derby.

Defender (association football)

Defender (association football)

In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield position whose primary role is to stop attacks during the game and prevent the opposition from scoring.

Chris Gunter

Chris Gunter

Christopher Ross Gunter is a Welsh footballer who plays as a defender for AFC Wimbledon and the Wales national team. An attacking full back, he is capable of playing on both flanks but usually plays on his preferred right side.

AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon is an English professional football club, based in Merton, London, that plays in the EFL League Two, after being relegated from the EFL League One following the 2021–22 season. The club's home stadium is Plough Lane.

Neco Williams

Neco Williams

Neco Shay Williams is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a full-back for Premier League club Nottingham Forest and the Wales national team.

Individual records

As of 25 November 2022[3]
Players in bold are still active with Wales.

Most appearances

Gareth Bale has played a record 110 matches for Wales since 2006 and is also their top goalscorer with 41 goals.
Gareth Bale has played a record 110 matches for Wales since 2006 and is also their top goalscorer with 41 goals.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Gareth Bale 110 41 2006–present
2 Chris Gunter 109 0 2007–present
3 Wayne Hennessey 108 0 2007–present
4 Neville Southall 92 0 1982–1997
5 Ashley Williams 86 2 2008–2019
6 Gary Speed 85 7 1990–2004
7 Craig Bellamy 78 19 1998–2013
8= Joe Ledley 77 4 2005–2018
Aaron Ramsey 77 20 2008–present
10 Ben Davies 76 1 2012–present

Most goals

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Gareth Bale (list) 41 110 0.37 2006–present
2 Ian Rush 28 73 0.38 1980–1996
3 Trevor Ford 23 38 0.61 1947–1957
Ivor Allchurch 23 68 0.34 1951–1966
5 Dean Saunders 22 75 0.29 1986–2001
6 Aaron Ramsey 20 77 0.26 2008–present
7 Craig Bellamy 19 78 0.24 1998–2013
8= Robert Earnshaw 16 59 0.27 2002–2011
Cliff Jones 16 59 0.27 1954–1970
Mark Hughes 16 72 0.22 1984–1999

Notable former players

Welsh Sports Hall of Fame inductees
Welsh inductees to the English Football Hall of Fame
Welsh inductees to the Football League 100 Legends
Welsh winners of the FWA Footballer of the Year
Welsh winners of the PFA Players' Player of the Year
Welsh Inductee to the PFA Team of the Year

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List of Wales international footballers

List of Wales international footballers

The Wales national football team has represented Wales in international association football since 1876, making it the third oldest international football team. They played their first official match on 25 March 1876, four years after England and Scotland played the first ever international football match. They are governed by the Football Association of Wales and compete as a member of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), which predominantly encompasses the countries of Europe. As of 25 November 2022, Wales have played 696 international matches since their debut, winning 221, drawing 153 and losing 322. They have played over 100 fixtures against England and Scotland, regularly competing against both in the British Home Championship between 1884 and 1984, winning the competition on twelve occasions. In global and continental competitions, Wales have qualified for one FIFA World Cup in 1958, reaching the quarter-finals, and two UEFA European Championships in 2016 and 2020 in their history, reaching the semi-finals in the former.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC and the Wales national team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wingers of his generation and one of the greatest Welsh players of all time.

Chris Gunter

Chris Gunter

Christopher Ross Gunter is a Welsh footballer who plays as a defender for AFC Wimbledon and the Wales national team. An attacking full back, he is capable of playing on both flanks but usually plays on his preferred right side.

Gary Speed

Gary Speed

Gary Andrew Speed was a Welsh professional footballer and manager. As manager of Wales, Speed is often credited as being the catalyst for the change in fortunes of the national team and as setting the pathway to future successes.

Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy

Craig Douglas Bellamy is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward and is current assistant manager at EFL Championship side Burnley. Born in Cardiff, Bellamy began his senior playing career with Norwich City, where he made his professional debut in 1996. He signed for Premier League side Coventry City in 2000, breaking the club's record transfer fee, but suffered relegation in his only season. He joined Newcastle United the following year where he helped the club achieve two top-four finishes during a four year spell. Bellamy fell out with manager Graeme Souness in 2005 and spent the latter part of the 2004–05 season on loan at Celtic, where he won the Scottish Cup.

Joe Ledley

Joe Ledley

Joseph Christopher Ledley is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron James Ramsey is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ligue 1 club Nice and the Wales national team. Ramsey mainly plays as a box-to-box midfielder, but has also been deployed on the left and right wings.

Ben Davies (footballer, born 1993)

Ben Davies (footballer, born 1993)

Benjamin Thomas Davies is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a left-back and central defender for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Wales national team.

List of international goals scored by Gareth Bale

List of international goals scored by Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who has represented the Wales national football team as a forward since 2006. He made his debut appearance for Wales on 27 May 2006, during a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago; at 16 years and 315 days old, Bale was the youngest ever player to represent the side at the time. In October 2006, during his third appearance for Wales, he scored directly from a free kick in a 5–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying defeat against Slovakia to become the nation's youngest ever goalscorer. As of November 2022, he is the country's all-time top goalscorer with 41 goals in 110 appearances.

Ian Rush

Ian Rush

Ian James Rush is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward. At club level Rush played for Liverpool from 1980–1987 and 1988–1996. He is the club's all-time leading goalscorer, having scored a total of 346 goals in all competitions at the club. At international level, Rush made 73 appearances for the Wales national football team and remained the record goalscorer for his country until 2018, with 28 goals between 1980 and 1996.

Ivor Allchurch

Ivor Allchurch

Ivor John Allchurch MBE was a Welsh professional footballer who played for Swansea Town, Newcastle United and Cardiff City, as well as the Wales national football team.

Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders

Dean Nicholas Saunders is a Welsh football manager and former professional footballer.

Team records

  • Biggest win

 Wales 11–0 Ireland 
(Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888)

  • Biggest defeat

 Scotland 9–0 Wales 
(Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878)

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Ireland national football team (1882–1950)

Ireland national football team (1882–1950)

The Ireland national football team represented the island of Ireland in association football from 1882 until 1950. It was organised by the Irish Football Association (IFA), and is the fourth oldest international team in the world. It mainly played in the British Home Championship against England, Scotland and Wales. Though often vying with Wales to avoid the wooden spoon, Ireland did win the Championship in 1914, and shared it with England and Scotland in 1903.

Wrexham

Wrexham

Wrexham is a city and the administrative centre of Wrexham County Borough in Wales. It is located between the Welsh mountains and the lower Dee Valley, near the border with Cheshire in England. Historically in the county of Denbighshire, and later the county of Clwyd in 1974, it has been the principal settlement of Wrexham County Borough since 1996.

Scotland national football team

Scotland national football team

The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in men's international football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. It competes in the three major professional tournaments: the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Nations League and the UEFA European Championship. Scotland, as a country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee, and therefore the national team does not compete in the Olympic Games. The majority of Scotland's home matches are played at the national stadium, Hampden Park.

Glasgow

Glasgow

Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland and the fourth-most populous city in the United Kingdom, as well as being the 27th largest city by population in Europe. In 2020, it had an estimated population of 635,640. Straddling the border between historic Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City Council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, and is governed by Glasgow City Council. It is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 1 6
Switzerland 1954 3 0 1 2 5 9
Sweden 1958 Quarter-finals 5th 5 1 3* 1 4 4 6 4 0 2 10 5
Chile 1962 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 3
England 1966 6 3 0 3 11 9
Mexico 1970 4 0 0 4 3 10
West Germany 1974 4 1 1 2 3 5
Argentina 1978 4 1 0 3 3 4
Spain 1982 8 4 2 2 12 7
Mexico 1986 6 3 1 2 7 6
Italy 1990 6 0 2 4 4 8
United States 1994 10 5 2 3 19 12
France 1998 8 2 1 5 20 21
South Korea Japan 2002 10 1 6 3 10 12
Germany 2006 10 2 2 6 10 15
South Africa 2010 10 4 0 6 9 12
Brazil 2014 10 3 1 6 9 20
Russia 2018 10 4 5 1 13 6
Qatar 2022 Qualified 10 6 3 1 17 10
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Totals Quarter-finals 2/22 5 1 3* 1 4 4 130 43 29 58 168 180

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1964 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 4
Italy 1968 6 1 2 3 6 12
Belgium 1972 6 2 1 3 5 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976[a] 8 5 1 2 15 7
Italy 1980 6 3 0 3 11 8
France 1984 6 2 3 1 7 6
West Germany 1988 6 2 2 2 7 5
Sweden 1992 6 4 1 1 8 6
England 1996 10 2 2 6 9 19
Belgium Netherlands 2000 8 3 0 5 7 16
Portugal 2004 10 4 2 4 13 11
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 4 3 5 18 19
Poland Ukraine 2012 8 3 0 5 6 10
France 2016 Semi-finals 3rd 6 4 0 2 10 6 10 6 3 1 11 4
Europe 2020 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1* 2 3 6 8 4 2 2 10 6
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Semi-finals 2/16 10 5 1* 4 13 12 112 45 23 44 135 139

Notes

  1. ^ Wales progressed through UEFA Euro 1976 qualifying to the quarter-finals, though this was played on a two-legged, home-and-away basis and is not considered part of the finals tournament.

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Round Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
2018–19 B 4 Group stage 4 2 0 2 6 5 Same position 19th
2020–21 B 4 Group stage 6 5 1* 0 7 1 Rise 17th
2022–23 A 4 Group stage 6 0 1* 5 6 11 Fall 16th
2024–25 B To be determined
Total Group stage 16 7 2* 7 19 17 16th

Major competitions

FIFA World Cup

UEFA European Championship

Other honours

Continental

Regional

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FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The reigning champions are France, who won their second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

1930 FIFA World Cup

1930 FIFA World Cup

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Uruguay from 13 to 30 July 1930. FIFA, football's international governing body, selected Uruguay as host nation, as the country would be celebrating the centenary of its first constitution and the Uruguay national football team had successfully retained their football title at the 1928 Summer Olympics. All matches were played in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, the majority at the Estadio Centenario, which was built for the tournament.

1934 FIFA World Cup

1934 FIFA World Cup

The 1934 FIFA World Cup was the second edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football championship for senior men's national teams. It took place in Italy from 27 May to 10 June 1934.

1938 FIFA World Cup

1938 FIFA World Cup

The 1938 FIFA World Cup was the third edition of the World Cup, the quadrennial international association football championship for senior men's national teams and was held in France from 4 June until 19 June 1938. Italy defended its title in the final, beating Hungary 4–2. Italy's 1934 and 1938 teams hold the distinction of being the only men's national team to win the World Cup multiple times under the same coach, Vittorio Pozzo. It would be the last World Cup until 1950 due to the disruption of World War II.

Brazil

Brazil

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 217 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the seventh most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas; one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world; and the most populous Roman Catholic-majority country.

1950 FIFA World Cup

1950 FIFA World Cup

The 1950 FIFA World Cup was the fourth edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football championship for senior men's national teams and held in Brazil from 24 June to 16 July 1950. The planned 1942 and 1946 World Cups were cancelled due to World War II. This tournament ended the hiatus. Uruguay, who had won the inaugural competition in 1930, defeated the host nation, Brazil, in the deciding match of the four-team group of the final round. This was the only tournament not decided by a one-match final. It was also the inaugural tournament where the trophy was referred to as the Jules Rimet Cup, to mark the 25th anniversary of Jules Rimet's presidency of FIFA.

1954 FIFA World Cup

1954 FIFA World Cup

The 1954 FIFA World Cup was the fifth edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football tournament for senior men's national teams of the nations affiliated to FIFA. It was held in Switzerland from 16 June to 4 July. Switzerland was selected as the host country in July 1946. At the tournament several all-time records for goal-scoring were set, including the highest average number of goals scored per game. The tournament was won by West Germany, who defeated tournament favourites Hungary 3–2 in the final, their first World Cup title.

1958 FIFA World Cup

1958 FIFA World Cup

The 1958 FIFA World Cup was the sixth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial association football tournament for men's senior national teams, and was played in Sweden from 8 to 29 June 1958. It was the first FIFA World Cup to be played in a Nordic country.

Chile

Chile

Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a country in the western part of South America. It is the southernmost country in the world, and the closest to Antarctica, occupying a long and narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Chile covers an area of 756,096 square kilometers (291,930 sq mi), with a population of 17.5 million as of 2017. It shares land borders with Peru to the north, Bolivia to the north-east, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chile also controls the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Isla Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. It also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometers (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica under the Chilean Antarctic Territory. The country's capital and largest city is Santiago, and its national language is Spanish.

1962 FIFA World Cup

1962 FIFA World Cup

The 1962 FIFA World Cup was the seventh edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football championship for senior men's national teams. It was held from 30 May to 17 June 1962 in Chile. The qualification rounds took place between August 1960 and December 1961, with 56 teams entering from six confederations, and fourteen qualifying for the finals tournament alongside Chile, the hosts, and Brazil, the defending champions.

England

England

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. The Irish Sea lies northwest and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. It is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

1966 FIFA World Cup

1966 FIFA World Cup

The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the eighth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial association football tournament for men's senior national teams. It was played in England from 11 July to 30 July 1966. England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final to win their first and so far only ever title; the match had finished at 2–2 after 90 minutes and went to extra time, when Geoff Hurst scored two goals to complete his hat-trick, the first to be scored in a men's World Cup final, with a handful of spectators wandering on to the pitch during the fourth goal. England were the fifth nation to win the event, and the third host nation to win after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934. Brazil were the defending champions, but they failed to progress from the group stage.

Source: "Wales national football team", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 27th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wales_national_football_team.

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  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 26 November 2022. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  3. ^ Alpuin, Luis Fernando Passo (20 February 2009). "Wales – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
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