64 years back, in 1958, Wales qualified for the mega event the last time, but lost to eventual champions Brazil in the quarter-finals.
Gareth Bale of Wales. Courtesy: Reuters
- Wales qualified for the World Cup back in 1958
- The World Cup will take place from November 21 to December 18
- Bale didn’t play Wales’ match against Poland
Wales skipper Gareth Bale said that his team is desperate to qualify for the upcoming edition of the FIFA World Cup. 64 years back in 1958, Wales qualified for the mega event the last time, but lost to eventual champions Brazil in the quarter-finals.
Wales are next scheduled to lock horns with Ukraine in the World Cup qualifiers on Sunday, June 5 at the Cardiff City Stadium. Bale, who wasn’t a part of Wales’ 2-1 defeat to Poland in the Nations League, said that the game against Ukraine is a massive one.
“It’s a big game. It’s difficult to put it into whether it’s ‘the’ big game. Obviously, we played in a semi-final of a European Championship. It’s a massive game. I think there’s no hiding it. We’ve only played in one World Cup,” Bale was quoted as saying to the reporters on Saturday, June 4.
“So this is a stepping stone that all of us want to take to play on the biggest level. And yeah, we have a massive game tomorrow that we’re desperate to win and to achieve our goal,” he stated.
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it’s expected that neutral fans would be supporting the latter in the upcoming fixture. However, Bale reckoned that the most crucial aspect would be the support for Wales at the venue of the match.
“It is a sport that unites everybody. We understand what it will do for Ukraine, but we want to get to the World Cup. That is not coming from a horrible place. It is coming from our country and hearts as we want to deliver for our own fans,” Bale added.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to get underway on November 21 and will continue until December 18 in Qatar.