Wales looking good in Euro 2016 qualifying

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Gareth Bale has been the talisman for Wales in Euro 2016 qualifying
Gareth Bale has been the talisman for Wales in Euro 2016 qualifying

Wales have not qualified for a major international tournament in 40 years, which all could be about to change (more on that later!).

The last time the Dragons made it to a major international tournament was back in 1976, when the team made it to the quarter-finals of the European Championships.

Struggled

Since then the Welsh story has been one of heartache and underachievement.

The likes of Ian Rush, Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe, Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs all represented Wales, yet still they could not muster a single qualification for a major tournament.

Brink

However, that could all be about to change after Chris Coleman’s side defeated Belgium 1-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier last night to the top of Group B.

Inevitably the only goal of the game came from Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale on his 50th appearance for his country.

The Los Blancos star has become the talisman for the Welsh during the European Championship qualifiers. He looks like he enjoys playing when he pulls on that red shirt, unlikely at times during last season with Real Madrid.

Close

Wales are five points clear of third place with just four games left in the group. With the top two teams qualifying for the finals in France, Wales are looking ever more likely to make it to their first international tournament since the 1976 European Championship.

The likes of Hughes, Rush, Giggs and Southall may have missed out on the big international tournaments, but it looks like Bale will not.

Will Wales qualify for the European Championships in 2016?

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