Wales are one of the oldest national football teams in the world.
The Dragons, nicknamed after the red dragon displayed in the country’s flag, are the third oldest team in the world, after the national teams of England and Scotland.
They played their first competitive match on March 25, 1876, losing 0-4 to Scotland in Glasgow, but got their revenge at home a year later when they defeated the Scots 2-0 at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham.
Along wih the other Home Nations, Wales helped establish the International Football Association in 1882 and began the annual British Home Championship, which Wales won 12 times.
Wales treat Racecourse Ground as their first home, playing 91 international matches in the historic stadium. But Wales currently use Cardiff City Stadium and Principality Stadium as their home ground, and have also used Liberty Stadium and Ninian Park.
The team’s crest has been redesigned in 2010, but the remodeling did not stray far from the old icon, only modernizing the dragon and retaining the Welsh team slogan “Gorau chwarae cyd chwarae”, which means “Best Play is Team Play”.
Wales are currently enjoying their best years in terms of success. Last year, the Dragons not only ended 58 years without qualifying for major tournaments when they finally sealed their spot in the Euro 2016, they also reached the semi-final of the championships after beating tourney favorites Belgium 3-1 in the quarters.
The current team are managed by Welshman Ryan Giggs, who has been appointed last January 2018.
Ashley Williams has been the team’s captain since 2012, but Wales’ most famous player is Gareth Bale, who has 65 caps and 26 goals, just two goals away from tying Ian Rush’s record of 28 goals for Wales.
Goalkeeper Neville Southall, who played for his country from 1982 to 1997, lead Wales in appearances with 92. He also served as interim boss for the Dragons in 1999.