Wales return to the World Cup after 64 long years, with their previous qualification coming in 1958, then falling in the quarter-finals. Wales’ performance will depend largely on Bale with their talisman previously leading them to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and the Round of 16 in Euro 2020. Coach Page has also done well to blend the old guard with the new generation, with the likes of Bale, Ramsey and Allen mixing well with Williams, Ethan Ampadu and James.
Events away from the pitch meant that Wales had to wait longer than most to book their place in Qatar, with the outcome of the final European playoff spot delayed until June. Wales eventually defeated Ukraine on June 5 to secure the final UEFA playoff berth and a first appearance on the biggest stage since 1958.
Robert Page’s side have punched well above their weight in recent years, even managing to get to the semifinals of Euro 2016 before losing to eventual champions Portugal. Gareth Bale and on-loan Fulham man Daniel James will be crucial to their World Cup hopes.
- Current FIFA world ranking: No. 19 (November, 2022)
- Regional ranking: 12th (UEFA)
- World Cup appearances (last): 1 (Sweden 1958)
- Coach: Robert Page (Wales) since April 2021
- Key players: Gareth Bale (Los Angeles / USA), Daniel James (Fulham / England), Kieffer Moore (Bournemouth / England)
World Cup Group B fixtures and match schedule
|Mon, Nov. 21||England vs. Iran||8 a.m.||Khalifa Int’l Stadium|
|Mon, Nov. 21||USA vs. Wales||2 p.m.||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|Fri, Nov. 25||Wales vs. Iran||5 a.m.||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|Fri, Nov. 25||England vs. USA||2 p.m.||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Tues, Nov. 29||Wales vs. England||2 p.m.||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|Tues, Nov. 29||Iran vs. USA||2 p.m.||Al Thumama Stadium|