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The Reason Why Wales Lined Up Like This Against Moldova

The Reason Why Wales Lined Up Like This Against Moldova

You may or may not be aware that Wales do not line up for a pre-match team photo in normal fashion.

Team photos prior to a game are a stable of football games, with particular focus on it for international fixtures and European games. Normally, players line up in an orderly, even formation and pose for the photographer.

Here's Manchester City in your typical pre-match snap:


Image: PA

However, the Welsh national team do things differently and they were at it again tonight.

Chris Coleman's side played their second World Cup qualifier of the week and again picked up another vital three points. Having beaten Austria 1-0 in Cardiff on Saturday courtesy of a sublime debut strike from 17-year old youngster Ben Woodburn, on as a substitute, the Welsh picked up a dogged 2-0 win against Moldova tonight.

Liverpool starlet Woodburn again showed his class, laying on a brilliant assist for West Brom's Hal Robson-Kanu to notch in the 80th minute, before Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey added a second in stoppage time to move Wales up to second in Group D, where they are four points behind leaders Serbia.


As seen in the featured image, Wales produced yet another peculiar pre-match line-up. It's not like they have no grasp of formation in the photos though, it turns out that there is a bit of 'method to the madness'.

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Back in November, midfielder Joe Ledley explained why Wales don't line up like any other team in squad photos.

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Speaking to Wales Online, he said:

"We were just not very good at them.

"At first we didn't look into it but then gradually a few photos got together and it was awful, so we just thought we may as well keep it the same.

"It's been lucky for us too. It's not really superstitious but I don't think we will have a proper photo.


"We don't practice. We just talk within the group and we decide what we're going to do."

Jonny Williams also weighed in, saying:

"I wasn't there at the last game, but it looked on the TV like it's got worse. I've been involved in a couple but they were by accident, to be fair. I just don't think we're very good at them and now we're just doing it for banter I think, but I don't know how much further we can go....unless we leave Wayne Hennessey on his own at the back!"

Well there you have it! Don't expect them to change anytime soon..

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Wales

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