Wales and Gareth Bale arrive in Qatar for the start of the first World Cup since 1958

By Rek Hanibal Published on November 16, 2022
Wales and Gareth Bale arrive in Qatar for the start of the first World Cup since 1958

Robert Page's 26-man squad and staff flew from Cardiff on Tuesday afternoon and landed in Doha early Wednesday morning.

Wales begin their campaign against the United States on Monday in Group B, including England and Iran.

"We're proud and glad we're here now so we can focus on that first game," said Page.

"The players have been brilliant since we met up [on Sunday]. We've had a couple of days together, and we're so pleased to be here."

Wales were given a warm send-off on Tuesday, first at their hotel in the Vale of Glamorgan, where fellow residents of the Wales national rugby union team were among the well-wishers, and then at Cardiff City Stadium, where thousands watched an open training session.

They then moved to Cardiff Airport, where there were more fans to cheer the players and coaches before they boarded their chartered flight to Doha.

During the World Cup, Wales will be based at the training ground of Qatari club Al-Sadd, whose facilities will also be used by Japan.

Although Wales qualified for the previous two European Championships - reaching the semi-finals in 2016 and the second round last year - this is their first appearance at the World Cup finals since 1958.

Back then, Jimmy Murphy's side featured John Charles and Ivor Allchurch, lost to eventual champions Brazil in the quarter-finals, with a 17-year-old Pele scoring the only goal.

Rek Hanibal

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