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Wales national football team

men's association football team representing Wales

Wales national football team is the national football team of Wales.

Wales
Nickname(s)The Dragons (Welsh: Y Dreigiau)
AssociationFootball Association of Wales (FAW)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRyan Giggs
CaptainAshley Williams
Most capsChris Gunter (93)
Top scorerGareth Bale (31)
Home stadiumCardiff City Stadium
FIFA codeWAL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 19 Steady (7 February 2019)[1]
Highest8 (October 2015)
Lowest117 (August 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 29 Decrease 5 (3 March 2019)[2]
Highest3 (1876–1885)
Lowest88 (25 May 2011)
First international
 Scotland 4–0 Wales 
(Glasgow, Scotland; 26 March 1876)
Biggest win
 Wales 11–0 Ireland 
(Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888)
Biggest defeat
 Scotland 9–0 Wales 
(Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1958)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 1958
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultSemi-finals, 2016

Most appearancesEdit

As of 3 July 2016
# Name Wales career Caps Goals
1 Neville Southall 1982–1998 92 0
2 Gary Speed 1990–2004 85 7
3 Craig Bellamy 1998–2013 78 19
4 Dean Saunders 1986–2001 75 22
5 Peter Nicholas 1979–1991 73 2
= Ian Rush 1980–1996 73 28
7 Mark Hughes 1984–1999 72 16
= Joey Jones 1975–1986 72 1
= Chris Gunter 2007- 72 0
10 Ivor Allchurch 1950–1966 68 23

Top scorersEdit

As of 1 July 2016
# Name Wales career Caps Goals Average
1 Ian Rush 1980–1996 73 28 0.38
2 Trevor Ford 1947–1957 38 23 0.60
= Ivor Allchurch 1951–1966 68 23 0.33
4 Gareth Bale 2006- 60 22 0.37
5 Dean Saunders 1986-2001 75 22 0.35
= Craig Bellamy 1998–2013 78 19 0.24
7 Robert Earnshaw 2002–2012 58 16 0.28
= Cliff Jones 1954–1969 59 16 0.27
= Mark Hughes 1984–1999 72 16 0.22
10 John Charles 1950–1965 38 15 0.39

ManagersEdit

Prior to 1954 the Welsh team was chosen by a panel of selectors with the team captain fulfilling the role of coach.

Name Career
  Walley Barnes 1954–1955
  Jimmy Murphy 1956–1964
  Dave Bowen 1964–1974
  Ronnie Burgess 1965 (caretaker manager for one match due to unavailability of Dave Bowen)
  Mike Smith 1974–1979
  Mike England 1979–1987
  David Williams 1988 (caretaker manager for one match)
  Terry Yorath 1988–1993
  John Toshack 1994
  Mike Smith 1994–1995
  Bobby Gould 1995–1999
  Neville Southall 1999 (caretaker manager for one match)
  Mark Hughes 1999–2004
  John Toshack 2004–2010
  Brian Flynn 2010 (caretaker manager for two matches)
  Gary Speed 2010–2011
  Chris Coleman 2012–present

Other staffEdit

  • Goalkeeping coach: Martyn Margetson
  • Team doctors: Dr. Mark Ridgewell & Dr. Mark Davies
  • Physiotherapists: Sean Connelly & David Weeks
  • Masseur: David Rowe, Chris Senior & Paul Harris

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  2. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.