Wales National Team

Wales has produced many top-class legends even it was a small nation who rarely qualified for the international final tournaments. Leigh Richmond Roose as a Welsh is the first legendary goalkeeper of the world football. The first welsh world-class legend is from the 1900s and the 1910s Billy Meredith who was one of the best players in the World in the aforementioned era. Around four decades to appear another world-class stars in the 1950s, John Charles, one of most influential and complete players ever and led Wales to qualify for World Cup as the only time in its history. The 1980s saw a great representative as a striker Ian Rush and goalkeeper Neville Southall as one of the best keepers in the World during the mid-90s. The 1990s was succeed by Ryan Giggs as one of the best wingers in the World. Gareth Bale became the best British player in the first half 2010s.    

      Wales




Location : Western Europe
Major Tournament Paticipation : 1958 FIFA World Cup
Most Caps : Neville Southall (92 Games)
All-Time Top Scorer : Ian Rush (28 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : John Charles









All-Time Welsh XI



1. Nevile Southall

Date Of Birth :  16 September 1958
Height  : 185 cm, Position : Goalkeeper
Caps : 92 Games, Major Club : Everton
World Cup Participation: None
Club Honours   : 2 Times English Top Division            
2 Times FA Cup, 1985 Cup Winners Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement : 4 Times PFA Team of the Year
1985 FWA Footballer Of The Year
1995 Wales BBC Sports Personality of The Year
1999 IFFHS Wales Goalkeeper of The Century
Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
Class :  Queen Bronze

2. Fred Keenor

Date Of Birth : 31 July 1894
Position : Right-Defender
Height  : 170 cm
Major Club  :  Cardiff City
Caps  :  32 Games
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours  : 1 Time FA Cup
4 Times Welsh Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
Class : Prince Silver

3. Joey Jones

Date Of Birth : 27 December 1931
Position  : Left and Right-Back
Height  : 179 cm, Caps. : 72 Games
Major Club :  Liverpool
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours : 1 Time English Top Division
1976 UEFA Cup
2 Times European Cup (1977, 1978)
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : None
Class  : Prince Bronze


4. Kevin Ratcliffe

Date Of Birth : 12 November 1960
Height  : 180 cm
Position  : Center-Back
Major Club :  Everton
Caps : 59 Games
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours : 1 Time English Top Division
1 Time FA Cup, 1985 Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours  : 1 Time PFA Team of the Year 
Individual Achievement : None
Class : Prince Silver


5. John Charles

Date Of Birth  : 27 December 1931
Position  : Target Striker/ Center-Back
Height : 188 cm, Caps.: 38 Games (15 Goals)
Major Club : Leeds United, Juventus
World Cup Participation : 1958 (4 Games/1 Goal)
Club Honours :3 Times Italian Series A, 2 Times Copa Italia
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : 1 Time English League Top Scorer
1 Time Italian Series A Top Scorer
UEFA Jubilee Award (Wales), IFFHS Wales’ Greatest Player Ever
Azzuri Hall of Fame, Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
Class  : Queen Gold

6. Ron Burgess

Date Of Birth : 9 April 1917
Position : Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height  :  Unknown
Major Club  : Tottenham Hot Spurs
Caps  : 32 Games
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours : 1 Time English Top Division
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
Class : Prince Silver


7. Billy Meredith

Date Of Birth  : 30 July 1874
Position  : Right-Winger
Height  : 175 cm
Major Club  :  Manchester City
Caps   :  48  Games
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours  :  2 Times English Top Division
2 Times FA Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
Class :  Queen Bronze


8. Ryan Giggs

Date Of Birth : 29 November 1973
Position  :  Left-Winger, Height : 180  cm
Caps : 64 Games (12 Goals), Major Club : Man United
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours :  12 Times English Premier League
4 Times FA Cup, 3 Times League Cup
2 Times UEFA Champion League (1999, 2008)
1999 Intercontinental Cup, 2008 FIFA Club World Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement : 1993 Bravo Award
6 Times PFA Team of the Year
1996 Wales Sport Personality of The Year
2007 UEFA Champion League Top Assist
2009 PFA Player of The Year
2009 BBC Sport Personality of The Year
Premier League Team of The Decade, Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
2007 UEFA Champion League Most Assists
Class : Queen Silver

9. Ian Rush

Date Of Birth : 20 October 1961
Position  : Target Striker, Height  : 183 cm
Major Club   :   Liverpool, Caps : 73 Games (28 Goals)
Professional Score Record  : 346 Goals/ 660 Games
Club Honours  :  6 Times English Top Division
3 Times FA Cup, 5 Times League Cup
2 Times European Cup Winners (1981, 1984)
1985 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours, World Cup Participation  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  5 Times PFA Team of the Year
1 Time English Top Division Top Scorer, 1984 European Golden Shoe
1984 PFA Players’ of The Year, FWA Footballer of The Year
1984 Wales BBC Sport Personality of The Year
1984 Silver Ball World Soccer Player of The Year, Highest scorer in 20th century FA Cup, 
Liverpool and Wales All-Time Top Scorer, Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
Class :  Prince Gold

10. Ivor Allchurch

Date Of Birth  :  6 October 1929
Position  :  Deep-Lying Forward
Height :  178 cm
Major Club  :  Swansea, Newcastle United
Caps  : 68 Games (23 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1958 (5 Games With 2 Goals)
Professional Score Record  :  249 Goals/ 691 Games
Club Honours :  None
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
Class : Prince Silver


11. Gareth Bale

Date Of Birth  : 16 July 1989
Height  : 186 cm, Position  : Left-Winger, Forward
Major Club  :  Tottenham Hot Spurs
Caps  :  41 Games (11 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours, International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  3 Times PFA Team of the Year
4 Times Welsh Player of the Year
2013 FWA Footballer of the Year
2 Times PFA Players’ Player of the Year
2010 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
Class : Prince Gold

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Leigh Richmond Roose

Date Of Birth  :  27 November  1877
Position  :  Goalkeeper
Height   :  185 cm
Major Club  :  Stoke City
Caps  :  24 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  :  None
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement   :  None
Class : Prince Silver



Jack Kelsey

Date Of Birth  :  19 November  1929
Position  :  Goalkeeper
Height  :   178 cm
Major Club  :  Arsenal
Caps  :   41 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1958 (5 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time English Top Division
1 Time FA Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
Class : Prince Silver


Mike England

Date Of Birth  : 2 December 1941
Position  :  Center-Back
Height  : 188 cm
Major Club  :  Tottenham Hot Spurs
Caps  :  44 Games 
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  : 1 Time FA Cup
2 Times English League Cup
1972 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours :   None
Individual Achievement :   None
Class : Prince Silver


Cliff  Jones

Date Of Birth  :  7 February 1935
Position  :  Left and Right-Winger
Height  : 168 cm
Major Club  :  Tottenham Hot Spurs
Caps  :  59 Games (16 Goals)
Professional Score Record  : 208 Goals/ 571 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1958 (5 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time English Top Division
3 Time FA Cup, 1963 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours :   None
Individual Achievement :   None
Class : Prince Silver

Mark  Hughes
Date Of Birth : 1 November 1961
Position  : Target Striker, Height  : 178 cm
Major Club   :   Liverpool, Caps : 72 Games (16 Goals)
Professional Score Record  : 244 Goals/ 800 Games
Club Honours  :  2 Times English Top Division
4 Times FA Cup, 3 Times League Cup
2 Times European Cup Winners (1991, 1998)
1985 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours, World Cup Participation  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  2 Times Welsh Player of the Year
4 Times PFA Team of the Year
2 Times PFA Player of the Year
Class :  Prince Gold


Manager 
John Toshack


Year Of Birth : 22 March 1949
Major Team : Real Sociedad
Major Achievement : 1 Time Spanish La Liga
1 Time Copa Del Rey
1 Time Turkish Cup
Individual Achievement : 2 Times Spanish La Liga Coach of the Year
Class : Prince Silver





Formation XI (4-1-3-2)




Explanation of Formation

The team strategy traditional long ball. Southall is stand as final wall. Fred Keenor is applied to right-full back position. Joey Jones is also a full-back on the left-side. Ratcliffe is a high-speed central defender plays alongside John Charles who is a world-class center-back and center-forward, is set as defender and is responsible for help the team to score in aerial game of corner kick. Burgress is a destroyer of the team. Giggs and Meredith would skillfully perform as winger on both side. Allchurch is an advanced creator. Gareth Bale is applied to forward position for his great scoring ability. Rush is poacher to finish score. 


Millenium Stadium








Opened :  1999
City  :  Cardiff
Capacity :   74,500


The Greatest Welsh Footballers of All-Time

1. John Charles
2. Ryan Giggs
3. Billy Meredith
4. Ian Rush
5. Neville Southall



13 comments:

  1. Hi, I wonder what is your criteria for leaving Mark Hughes out? thank you.

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    1. In only domestic performance, he definitely qualified. He is named in PFA player of the year four times and won PFA player of the year, PFA young player of the year and Sir Matt Busby Player of the year in three different years although he failed in both La Liga with Barcelona and Bundesliga with Bayern. His only 16 goals in 72 NT games is way disappointing. I aware he played in the era that NT games played in safety first and Wales was second to most teams they played against but it is still too low in particular period between 1989 and 1992, scored only twice in 24 games.

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  2. Anonymous17/5/15

    Gary Speed, Alf Sherwood?

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  3. Anonymous20/1/16

    Wales all-time XI (4-4-2):

    GK - 1.Neville Southall, 2.Jack Kelsey, 3.Dai Davies.
    RB - 1.Alf Sherwood, 2.Peter Rodrigues, 3.Stuart Williams.
    CB - 1.Mike England, 2.Mel Charles, 3.Roy Paul.
    CB - 1.Kevin Ratcliffe, 2.Fred Keenor, 3.Ron Burgess.
    LB - 1.Gareth Bale, 2.Joey Jones, 3.Rod Thomas.
    RMF - 1.Craig Bellamy, 2.Billy Meredith, 3.Terry Medwin.
    CMF - 1.Ivor Allchurch, 2.Gary Speed, 3.Robbie James.
    CMF - 1.Aaron Ramsey, 2.Terry Yorath, 3.Brian Flynn.
    LMF - 1.Ryan Giggs, 2.Cliff Jones, 3.Leighton James.
    FW - 1.John Charles, 2.Mark Hughes, 3.Trevor Ford.
    FW - 1.Ian Rush, 2.John Toshack, 3.Dean Saunders.

    Voted in 2011 by readers of newspaper "Wales on Sunday".

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    1. Thank you ! It is strange Bellamy is ahead of Meredith. Other than that is the same as mine. However, I'll reconsider if I should switch Bale to Left-Back.

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  4. Anonymous23/1/16

    This vote was in 2011. In 2006-2010 Bale played left-back for Southampton and Tottenham. Only in 2010 he became winger.

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  5. Anonymous7/10/16

    There is no scoring record of John Charles? He was an impressive striker as well as defender.

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    1. That's fine. I would add his scoring stats.

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  6. Anonymous9/10/16

    Aaron Ramsey is a fine player

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  7. Anonymous19/7/17

    Don't you think including more players in this squad like other series? I think Wales football legends such as John Toshack(As a player), Mel Charles, Mike England, Gary Speed, Leighton James are deserved to be in this squad.

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    1. Mike England is the most possible and I'll review. Mel Charles spent most of career in second division. Other that that is below my criteria of standardization.

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  8. Have you considerated Grenville Morris, "The Prince of the Inside-Lefts", and Nottingham Forest's all time top scorer?

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    1. I never heard of him and it is always hard to rate players in beginning era of football history. I'll read his article to evaluate again.

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