Wales’ rugby squad has been the recipient of good wishes and applause from the public before every World Cup they have ever competed in.
Now, after waiting for 64 years, it is now the football team’s turn to receive a hero’s send-off as they compete in the world’s largest event
The end of the line is in sight. There are three million people in this tiny corner of the earth rooting for the Welsh football team as they leave today for Qatar to compete in the World Cup.
For a long time, it was Wales’ rugby team carrying the flag on the grandest platform, and they did a fine job of it. However, the football team will now proudly take up the mantle in the Middle East.
The players and the FAW got together over the weekend at their Vale of Glamorgan HQ and did some light training on Monday before heading to the posh resort for their press duties. The rugby squad is also in town to get ready for this weekend’s match against Georgia in the Autumn Nations Series.
Today, 2,000 schoolchildren will see Rob Page’s team practise in front of them at Cardiff City Stadium before they go for London and their seven-hour trip to Qatar.
They were given a rousing send-off by the rugby team of Wales in the hotel’s lobby, where the players formed a guard of honour through which the football stars exited the building.
Fans had already arrived at the hotel, gathering outside the entrance and into the parking lot, to express their best wishes.
And if the scenes waiting for them at Cardiff City Stadium are any indication, the applause and chants are about to increase by a few of decibels.
The local schoolchildren have been allowed to observe their heroes prepare for their trip to Qatar by observing their training. They certainly made themselves heard as they sang the Welsh translation of Shakira’s “Waka Waka” from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which they sang while waiting for the squad to arrive at Cardiff City’s home field.
The FA Wales have also released their official team photo! Don’t the boys looks smart.