Qatar 2022: National Pride

Qatar 2022: National Pride


DOHA, Qatar | Canada has waited 36 years to make a return to the World Cup, but for Wales, the wait was much longer, 64 years.

“It's hard to put words to our emotions, I'm 47 and I've never saw that, says Tim. It's fantastic, just look around, half of Wales is here. 

And it's true, the Welsh were there in their thousands in fact. This is huge for a small country of just over three million people that everyone associates by default with England, located just to the east.

“It's very meaningful to us,” Tim insists. We come out of the shadows. I was talking to people on Friday who had never heard of Wales. 

National Affirmation

Just talk a little with the Welsh to strike a chord with us Quebecers.

Because you see, as they are located on the island of Great Britain in the west of England, they are swallowed up by the neighboring giant and their culture takes it for its cold.

“This tournament is an opportunity for Wales to build national fiber, to believe in us, to be proud of who we are and to no longer be under the domination of England,” Spencer insists passionately.

“We are a nation in our own right, we want to make some noise and show what we can do.”

Not course

This is only Wales' second appearance at the World Cup. The last dates back to 1958. It's not much better at the Euro where the Welsh have only been present twice, and that was in the last two tournaments. In 2016, they somewhat miraculously reached the semi-finals.

No wonder that this participation in the Worlds is treated much the same way as the Series of the Century was treated at home in 1972.< /p>

“Today in schools, teachers are stopping lessons so children can watch the game, it creates great aspirations for the future generation of Welsh people,” Colin said.

For him, it's a good way to generate reflection among young people and to make them aware of their culture, which remains fragile.

“It's a good way to make them understand that it's important to be Welsh and to define our nation. ”

A bit of Canada

Ahead of this World Cup, Wales have had a privileged forum with the series Welcome to Wrexham.

This is a multi-episode documentary about Wrexham A.F.C., a club that plays in the fifth tier of English football even though it is located in Wales.

The particularity of this club is that it is co-owned by the American producer Rob McElhenney and especially by the Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, who is interested in being part of a group of buyers for the Ottawa Senators.

And since Colin hails from Wrexham, he takes particular pride in talking about it.

“I know a lot of people around the everyone looked at it. It allows them to find out who we are.

“It's a way to educate people about our culture, to tell them about the Gaelic language and what it means to us.  »

We repeat, the Welsh and Quebecers have a lot in common. Moreover, seeing that we were from Canada, Colin approached us in French because he is sensitive to the cause of Quebec.