Bale to debut at 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Adrian R Huber |

Doha (EFE), which will host the second match of Group B; also consists of England and Iran, who will meet a few hours earlier in Doha.

Wales, who have so far only competed in the World Cup in Sweden-58, managed to qualify for Qatar in an almost agonizing fashion, after beating Austria in a European key (2-1) on the first occasion; before securing, at a minimum, in the decisive match and against Ukraine, reaching the final phase.

He did so thanks to three goals scored in those two games by the former Tottenham and Real Madrid star; who also played a stellar role in the final of the North American Major League Soccer (MLS) professional championship, which his team, Los Angeles FC, won after another goal from Gareth forced a penalty shoot-out that led to the first world title. History of the California club. Much to the delight of the mythical Magic Johnson, NBA legend and one of his owners.

Bale – winner of five Champions Leagues with Madrid (although he only played seven minutes and two games in the latter) – knows his opponents well, having been playing in the North American league since June and although only eight of the American teams play in MLS, the rest in Europe. And two members of Team USA, both midfielders, are doing it in Spain: Luca de la Torre at Celta and Yunus Musa at Valencia.

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Team USA coach Gregg Berhalter (d) and Tyler Adams. EFE/EPA/Abir Sultan

The United States, which oddly enough played the semi-finals of the first World Cup played in Uruguay and in 1930, will play its eleventh final round of the tournament they last played eight years ago in Brazil. Their coach Gregg Berhalter claims that on their “best day” they can “beat anyone in the world”.

“No one. It’s an honor to play in the World Cup, but we’re not just participating. We want to compete,” added Berhalter, whose surprise call was raised by England’s Fulham’s Tim Rome, who overcame physical problems that kept him months The team with which he has the most international experience is DeAndre Yedlin, an Inter Miami defenseman with 75 caps.

The American team includes former Barcelona player Serginho Dest (Inter), Christian Pulisic (52 games and 21 goals), Chelsea striker; and forwards Giovanni Reina (Borussia Dortmund), son of American football legend Claudio Reina, and Tim Weah (Lille), son of George Weah, 1995 Ballon d’Or winner and current president of Liberia.

Wales is basically Bale; is keen to try to replicate the good image created at Eurocup 2016, in which his team reached the semi-finals, in which they lost to the eventual winners of the tournament, Portugal.

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Fans from the US and Wales carry the flags of their countries in Doha. EFE/EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh

“It’s an exciting feeling. As a child, I dreamed of seeing Wales at the World Cup. I’m right where I want to be. I’m ready for the first game. We trained hard last week. We have no excuses. We’ve put our heart and soul into training and tomorrow is game day.

Tomorrow will be difficult, hopefully it will be a great show and we can win,” the Welsh striker said this Sunday at a press conference before the game, which will see his team lose Joe Allen in the last minutes, who suffered from injury and won’t play the first game.

But a team led by Ryan Giggs’ replacement Rob Page is something else. It also features another veteran, Aaron Ramsey, now at Nice, and Neko Williams, Nottingham Forest’s left winger. Not to mention Ben Davies, the central defender of the English “Tottenham”; which, as a curiosity, for the first time in the history of the World Cups, offered a press conference in Welsh.

Like England – another team from the United Kingdom, which will also be backed by Prince William, heir to the British crown – Wales has joined the One Love initiative. will wear a rainbow bracelet in the confrontation with the United States.

Possible compositions:

USA: Turner, Dest, Zimmerman, Rome or Carter-Vickers, Robinson; Reina, Adams, Pulisic, McKenny; Sargent and Wright.

Wales: Ward, Roberts, Rawdon, Davis, Neko Williams; Ampadu, Johnson, Ramsey; Bale, James and Moore.

– Referee: Roni Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT).
– Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Al Rayyan
– Time: 22:00 (19:00 GMT).

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at