- Gareth Southgate’s England take on Iran in their opening game at the 2018 World Cup.
- 3,000 Welsh supporters made the trip to the Middle Eastern country of Qatar.
FIFA 2022 Qatar 2022: Today, extended lunch breaks are guaranteed to be taken. It’s not uncommon to find football playing on the office TVs. And, yes, there are probably some students who will get to see the game in the break.
It’s safe to say that everyone will be watching England’s opening against Iran.
England have caught the nation’s imagination in their last two tournaments, despite criticism directed at Gareth Southgate’s team when they were ousted from the Nations League.
Despite failing to advance past the quarterfinals at the 2018 World Cup, they came incredibly close at last summer’s European Championship, losing in the Wembley final on penalties to eventual champions Italy.
Now, Southgate and his team hope to overcome England’s World Cup heartbreak after 56 years by taking fans on an adventure.
Few would have anticipated it would take Wales another 64 years to return to football’s grandest stage after they were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 1958 World Cup by a 17-year-old Pele and eventual winners Brazil.
About 3,000 Welsh supporters made the trip to the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. For those who couldn’t be there, Monday night will be spent recreating the event in living rooms and bars throughout the country.
Gareth Bale, captain of the Welsh national team, confirms that the country has been overcome with World Cup excitement.