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International Wales #21

International Wales

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Published to coincide with our 2022 World Cup Qualifiers against Belgium (Leuven) and the Czech Republic (Cardiff) and the friendly against Mexico in Cardiff in March 2021.

HERE COMES THE SUN: Issue 21 opens with Llion Carbis’ preview of the World Cup 2022 Qualifiers against old foes Belgium in Leuven, and an improving Czech Republic in Cardiff. Is Kieffer the key to Qatar?

MEXICO: With a friendly against Mexico in Cardiff dissecting the Belgium and Czech games, Darren Jones takes a look at the international history of the El Tri (The Tricolor), and discovers a country with a decent pedigree.

SCOUTING REPORT: BELGIUM: UEFA B Licence coach and published author, Luke Williams, with his analysis of the Red Devils, and what we’ll need to do to beat the world’s best team.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS: Like us all, Joe Bacchetta is yearning to get back into a stadium and follow Wales to Qatar. It’s just not the same on TV, is it?

DITCHING FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Continuing on a similar theme, Hywel Williams, writes about getting the most from a Wales away trip (remember them?) whatever the result.

CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL: ASHLEY WILLIAMS: SoS fanzine editor, Steve Carroll, pays tribute to Wales’ ‘Captain Fantastic’ after his retirement. Lille’ll live long in the memory.

A TRIBUTE TO DAI DAVIES: Both David Collins and Mike Pearce pay tribute to one of Wales’ greatest players, Dai Davies, or Dai o’r Cwm as he was known in bardic circles.

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL PART3: Having qualified for Euro 2016 and Euro 2020, Aled Thomas looks forward to the hat-trick and Qatar 2022.

NO BUL, #WALESAWAY IS SOMETHING ELSE: James Edwards takes on a journey to Bake via a stop-over in Istanbul.

GET WITH THE PROGRAMME: Buzz Boncath takes us back to 1996 when we welcomed the Netherlands to the National Stadium, Cardiff Arms Park. The Dutch had the likes of Dennis Berkamp, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars, Patrick Kluivert, Edgar Davids, Pierre Van Hoijdonk and the De Boer brothers in their ranks. We were managed by Bobby Gould. You can guess the rest.

WHERE WERE WE? We break with tradition as Ian Johnson recaps on the domestic situation after the hiatus in the Cymru Premier due to Covid-19. Who’s going to represent Wales in European competition next season? The remaining 16 games of the league season will decide.

WALES FAN PROFILE: Cardiff’s (via Aberystwyth) Rhodri Williams takes up the challenge in this issue. Find out if his favourite away stadium is the Rose Bowl or Osijek.

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15 x 21 cm
Paperback
44 pages
March 2021
English