Wales qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, after winning the European play-off match against the Ukrainian team with a score of 1 x 0, and Andriy Yarmolenko scored an own goal.
The Ukrainian player presented a gift to the Welsh host on a plate of gold, through which Wales completed the contract of the 13 qualified teams for Europe, to play in the finals in Group B along with the teams of England, the United States of America, and Iran.
Wales qualified for the World Cup final for the second time in its history, after a 64-year absence from qualifying for the first time in 1958, which was held in Sweden.
On June 1, the Wales national team played the semi-final match for the first round, and beat Austria 2×1.
In the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Wales ranked second in Group E with 15 points, after the leaders Belgium, which qualified directly for the World Cup.
Wales played in the first round eight matches, winning four, drawing three and losing one, qualifying for the European playoff.
The Wales national team is led by coach Robert Page, and his most prominent players who appeared in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers were Gareth Bale of Real Madrid, in addition to Daniel James (Leeds United), Harry Wilson (Fulham), Aaron Ramsey (Glasgow Rangers), and Kiefer Moore ( Bournemouth).
Wales’s career in continental and world championships
The national team did not participate much in tournaments, and did not win any of the continental and world titles since the establishment of the Welsh Football Association in 1876 until now.
But the Welsh national team was able to put its fingerprints in these tournaments, and in its first participation in the World Cup finals, it qualified for the World Cup in Sweden in 1958.
And he managed to reach the quarter-finals to clash with the defending champions at the time, and lost with a single goal scored by the legend Pele in the 66th minute, and Wales was eliminated from the tournament.
The Welsh national team also achieved a distinguished presence in the European Nations Cup finals, specifically in the 2016 and 2020 tournaments. In the first tournament, Wales managed to top Group B ahead of England, Slovakia and Russia.
In the round of 16 of the same tournament, Wales defeated Northern Ireland 1 x 0, and in the quarter-finals, Wales caused a heavy-caliber surprise when it defeated its Belgian counterpart 3 x 1.
In the semi-finals, he clashed with Portugal, who held the title and lost with him by 2×0 and were eliminated from the tournament, which is Wales’ best results in the continental tournaments.
In the European Nations Championship 2020, Wales finished second after the Azzurri, qualified for the round of 16 and lost to Denmark by four clean goals and was eliminated from the tournament.
Former Wales national team stars
A number of players emerged in the Wales first team, and they played for a number of European clubs until they became football legends in Wales.
Perhaps the most prominent of them is the late Trevor Ford, who was born in 1923 and died in 2003, and played for the Wales national team from 1946 to 1956.
He appeared with his country in 38 matches and scored 23 goals, and also played professionally in a number of European clubs, the most important of which are Romford, Eindhoven, Cardiff City, Aston Villa, and Swansea City, and he appeared with her in 411 matches and scored 206 goals.
The late John Charles, who was born in 1931 and died in 2004, played for the Wales national team during the period from 1950 to 1965.
He appeared with his country in 38 matches and scored 15 goals, and also played with a number of European clubs, Herford, Cardiff City, Rome, Leeds United, and Juventus, and he appeared in 715 matches, scoring 370 goals.
Finally, Ian Rush (61 years old) is considered one of the most prominent products of Welsh football, as he played with the Wales national team from 1980 to 1996, and appeared with him in 74 games, during which he scored 28 goals.
Rush also played professionally with a number of European clubs, including Liverpool, Newcastle United, Leeds United, Sydney Olympic, and Juventus, and appeared with them in 602 games and scored 254 goals, and had a great presence in the European leagues in the eighties of the last century.
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