Wales: we represent the rival of the national team of Ukraine in the final of the playoffs for the 2022 World Cup

Today, June 5, in Cardiff, the national team of Ukraine will hold the final match of the playoffs of the 2022 World Cup with the team of Wales (starting - at 19.00). Introducing our opponent.

Wales

General Information

Confederation: UEFA. Governing body: Wales Football Association. As of March 2022, the Welsh national team occupied FIFA rating 18 place. Home arena: Cardiff City Stadium (33 spectators). The highest achievements - reaching the quarterfinals of the 1 World Cup, reaching the semifinals of the 4 World Cup. The team had its first match in history on March 1958, 1 against Scotland (2: 2016), the biggest victory was on March 26, 1876 over Ireland (0: 4), and the biggest defeat was on March 3, 1888 in a match against Scotland (11: 0). : 23). The team has a nickname «Dragons ».

Squad

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessy (Burnley, England), Danny Ward (Leicester, England), Adam Davis (Sheffield United, England).

Defenders: Ben Davis, Joe Rodon (both Tottenham, England), Chris Mefam (Bournemouth, England), Chris Hunter (without club), Rice Norrington-Davis (Sheffield United, England), Connor Roberts (Burnley, England), Neco Williams (Liverpool, England).

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Stoke City, England), Joe Morrell (Portsmouth, England), Ethan Ampadou (Venice, Italy), Matthew Smith (Doncaster Rovers, England), Aaron Ramsey (Rangers, Scotland), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United, England), Harry Wilson (Fulham, England), Daniel James (Leeds, England), Wesley Burns (Ipswich, England) .

Forwards: Rabbi Matondo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield, England), Jonathan Williams (Swindon Town, England), Gareth Bale (Real, Spain), Nathan Broadhead (Sunderland, England), Kiffer Moore (Bournemouth, England), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), England), Rubin Colville, Mark Harris (both Cardiff City).

The average age of the team is 25,6 years. The oldest player is Burnley goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy, who is 35 years and 5 months old, and the youngest is Manchester United midfielder Dylan Levitt (20 years and 6 months).

Head Coach

The Welsh national team is coached by 47-year-old Welsh specialist Rob Page, who became the team's temporary coach after the arrest in November 2020 of Ryan Giggs, accused of attacking two women.

Prior to that, Paige worked in English «Port Vale» and «Northampton Town», as well as in the youth national team of Wales.

Under his leadership, the Dragons played 22 matches: they won nine, drew eight and lost five. In tactics, the mentor follows scheme 4231.

Leader

The leader of the current Welsh national team is the Madrid midfielder «Real Madrid »Gareth Bale. The 32-year-old midfielder has been playing for the Dragons since September 2006. During this time he played 102 matches for them and scored 38 goals.

Bale began his playing career at «Southampton "(40 games, 5 goals), then moved to «Tottenham "(146 matches, 42 goals), and then — in Madrid «Real Madrid ”(176 matches, 81 goals). Thus in a season-2020/2021 he acted in «Tottenham "on lease (20 matches, 11 goals).

From "Tottenham "won the English League Cup, and with «Real Madrid "became the champion of Spain three times, once  winner of the Spanish Cup, five times — winner of the Champions League, twice — winner of the UEFA Super Cup. He was named the best footballer of the year in England (2012/2013) and six times — Player of the Year in Wales (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).

Gareth Bale is considered one of the fastest players and best extreme midfielders in the world, he has excellent dribbling and ball control. 

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