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Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates scoring
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*FIFA World Cup™ finals history *Wales have only appeared at the finals once, in 1958 when they were led by the great John Charles. They reached the quarter-finals after a 2-1 win over returning runners-up Hungary, with a solitary Pele goal then sending them home. They have struggled in qualifying since, coming close in bids to reach 1982 and 1986 but lost out to Czechoslovakia and Scotland respectively on goal difference.

*The team *Not lacking in individual talent, The Dragons are blessed with the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, while Joe Ledley and Joe Allen help make up a dynamic midfield. Behind them, the likes of English Premier League regulars Ben Davies, James Collins and captain Ashley Williams feature in a solid backline. Following their historic performance at UEFA EURO 2016, where they reached the semi-finals, Wales will look to use the momentum gained from that tournament during their Russia 2018 qualifying campaign.

*The coach *Vacant

*The stat 35 – *The number of days after Gareth Bale's 17th birthday when he became Wales' youngest-ever goal-scorer.

*The former stars *John Charles, Ian Rush, Gary Speed, Ryan Giggs, Ivor Allchurch, Neville Southall