Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said on Sunday that his country’s first World Cup appearance in 64 years will put Wales on the map and will be “more than sport.” The country of 3.2 million people has only qualified for the World Cup once before, in 1958, but they are finally back at the top table of football, thanks to former Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.
On Monday, they will play the United States in Qatar, followed by Group B matches against Iran and England. Wales’ highest-ranking politician, Drakeford, told AFP in Doha that it represented “more than sport.” “It’s part of demonstrating what it means to be a small nation, but a small nation capable of being present on the global stage.”
“The World Cup will be in five billion households around the globe and many, many of those will never even have heard of Wales.”
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