Wales Football Team


Founded :1876
Manager :Chris Coleman
Captain :Ashley Williams
Association :Football Association of Wales (FAW)
Head coach :Chris Coleman
Arenas/Stadiums : Cardiff City Stadium
Kit Colour Home / Away :Red/Black
FIFA Ranking :11
Official Website : http://www.faw.cymru/en/
 
Achievements:

World Cup:Appearances 1 (First in 1958),Best result: Quarter-finals, 1958
European Championship:Appearances 1 (First in 2016),Best result: Semi-finals, 2016



About:

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.Although part of the United Kingdom, Wales has always had a representative side that plays in major professional tournaments, though not in the Olympic Games, as the IOC has always recognised United Kingdom representative sides.

During their history, Wales have qualified for two major international tournaments. They reached the quarter-finals of the 1958 FIFA World Cup. They reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016 after beating Belgium in the quarter-final match on 1 July 2016. This was, therefore, the first time that Wales had reached the semi-final of a major tournament. Wales also progressed through UEFA Euro 1976 qualifying to the quarter-final, which was played on a home and away leg basis but they did not feature in the finals tournament.At all levels including the youth teams the Welsh national team draws players primarily from clubs in the English football league system. The main professional Welsh clubs play in the English leagues, with some full-time and part-time professional clubs playing in the Welsh leagues.

Background:

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. In 1932 Wales played host to the Republic of Ireland, the first time they played against a side from outside the four home nations. A year later, Wales played a match outside the United Kingdom for the first time when they travelled to Paris to take on France in a match which was drawn 1–1. In the 1982 World Cup qualifiers the Wales team managed by Mike England came extremely close to qualification, a 3–0 defeat against the USSR in their final game meant they missed out on goal difference, but the real damage had been done by their failure to beat Iceland in their last home game, the match eventually finishing 2–2 after several hold-ups due to floodlight failures.

Mark Hughes marked his debut for Wales by scoring the only goal of the game 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. In July 2015, having attained their then highest ever FIFA ranking of 10th,Wales were placed among the top seeds for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification draw. Wales were drawn in Group D with Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova and Georgia.

In September 2015, England dropped to 10th in the FIFA rankings making Wales in ninth the highest ranked British team for the first time in history.In October 2015, Wales attained their highest ever FIFA ranking of 8th. On 10 October 2015, Wales lost 2–0 to Bosnia and Herzegovina but on the same evening Wales' qualification for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament was confirmed after Cyprus beat Israel.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, the last remaining British team, 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 ever 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 to Wales 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.In September 2016 Wales opened their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign with a comfortable 4–0 home win against Moldova. in October and November 2016 Wales drew 2–2 away to Austria, drew 1–1 at home to Georgia and drew 1-1 at home to Serbia.

Squad:

Number

Position

Player

1

GK

Wayne Hennessey

21

GK

Danny Ward

12

GK

Owain Fôn Williams

2

DF

Chris Gunter

6

DF

Ashley Williams (Captain)

3

DF

Neil Taylor

5

DF

James Chester

4

DF

Adam Matthews

22

DF

Paul Dummett

19

DF

Joe Walsh

16

MF

Joe Ledley (Vice captain)

10

MF

Aaron Ramsey

8

MF

Andy King

14

MF

David Edwards

7

MF

Joe Allen

20

MF

Jonathan Williams

23

MF

Emyr Huws

13

MF

Shaun MacDonald

11

FW

Gareth Bale

18

FW

Sam Vokes

9

FW

Hal Robson-Kanu

17

FW

David Cotterill

15

FW

Tom Lawrence