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Wales team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.53CET
More than half a century since last participating in a major tournament, Wales finally emerged from the international wilderness as Gareth Bale inspired a successful UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.53CET

Wales team profile

More than half a century since last participating in a major tournament, Wales finally emerged from the international wilderness as Gareth Bale inspired a successful UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign.

Best result: never previously qualified
Coach: Chris Coleman
Leading scorers: all-time – Ian Rush (28); current – Gareth Bale (19)
Most appearances: all-time – Neville Southall (92); current – Chris Gunter (64)
Association formed: 1876
Nickname: Dreigiau (Dragons)
Where they play: Cardiff City Stadium; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Wales last participated in a major tournament at the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, in which a John Charles-inspired team reached the quarter-finals. They did reach the last eight of the 1976 UEFA European Championship but lost a two-legged tie to Yugoslavia and missed out on the four-team final tournament. Since then a plethora of top-class footballers, among them Ian Rush and Ryan Giggs, have been unable to represent the Principality on the biggest stage. However, thanks to the seven goals of Gareth Bale in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, the country will at last compete at a major tournament after a 58-year wait.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P104 W41 D21 L42 F125 A133
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P104 W41 D21 L42 F125 A133

Wales's top five goals from qualifying

Yugoslavia were always Wales' bogey team in the UEFA European Championship, denying them a place in the four-team 1976 final tournament and then stopping the Dragons in their tracks in qualifying for the 1984 final tournament. Victory in the final home game would have taken Wales through but Mehmed Baždarević's 81st-minute leveller enabled the visitors to claim the qualifying berth.

Not until UEFA EURO 2004 did Wales come as close again. Facing Russia in the play-offs, hopes soared after a 0-0 draw in Moscow only for a 1-0 home defeat to deny them once more. UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying proved to be a more troubled campaign than most, with promising results on the pitch overshadowed by the death of manager Gary Speed in November 2011.

Memorable EURO matches
12/06/15: Wales 1-0 Belgium, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
Gareth Bale's 25th-minute winner in Cardiff brought Wales a pivotal victory in their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying quest.

15/11/2003: Russia 0-0 Wales, UEFA EURO 2004 play-off
A fine defensive display made it advantage Wales before a home loss proved their undoing.

05/06/1991: Wales 1-0 Germany, EURO '92 qualifying
Ian Rush's 66th-minute winner gave Wales a deserved victory over the world champions.

Did you know?
Wales became only the third team to play an official international match when they lost 4-0 to Scotland in a friendly in Partick on 25 March 1876. Wales' entirely amateur squad included two lawyers, a timber merchant, a soldier, a stonemason, a miner and defender William Williams, who made chimney tops.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 08/12/15 15.35CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 06/09/2016 10:35 CET
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Andorra1-2Wales
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN) Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
04/04/2016 19:11:14
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Wales0-0Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
01/08/2016 08:06:16
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Wales2-1Cyprus
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Belgium0-0Wales
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
01/08/2016 08:06:43
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Israel0-3Wales
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa (ISR)
05/26/2016 08:47:18
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Wales1-0Belgium
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
01/08/2016 08:06:35
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Cyprus0-1Wales
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
05/16/2016 07:27:47
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Wales0-0Israel
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
01/08/2016 08:06:27
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina2-0Wales
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:54:02
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Wales2-0Andorra
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
02/02/2016 08:08:34
Wales2-1Slovakia
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:48:14
England2-1Wales
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Agglo (FRA)
06/18/2016 09:47:56
Russia0-3Wales
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse (FRA)
06/22/2016 10:09:36
25 June 2016 25 Jun - UEFA EURO, Round of 16
Wales1-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
06/27/2016 10:11:21
1 July 2016 01 Jul - UEFA EURO, Quarter-finals
Wales3-1Belgium
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:16
6 July 2016 06 Jul - UEFA EURO, Semi-finals
Portugal2-0Wales
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA)
08/25/2016 10:41:28
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Wales4-0Moldova
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
09/06/2016 09:36:22
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
AustriaWales
Referee: TBD Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
09/22/2016 18:22:48
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
WalesGeorgia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
09/22/2016 18:43:33
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
WalesSerbia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
09/09/2016 08:15:28
24 March 2017 24 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of IrelandWales
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:40
11 June 2017 11 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
SerbiaWales
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
2 September 2017 02 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
WalesAustria
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:32
5 September 2017 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
MoldovaWales
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
6 October 2017 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
GeorgiaWales
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:42
9 October 2017 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
WalesRepublic of Ireland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1876
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    25/10/1978, Wales 7-0 Malta, Wrexham
  • Biggest defeat:
    16/11/1994, Georgia 5-0 Wales, Tbilisi
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 14
  • Player with most appearances: 29
    Gary Speed (WAL)
    Gareth Bale (WAL)
  • Top scorers: 15
    Gareth Bale (WAL)