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Wales - The Red Dragons

Started on 6 May 2014 by LFC
Latest Reply on 8 May 2014 by Josh_MU
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Wales - The Red Dragons


I haven't been able to get into story writing since the end of my old story, on Liverpool FC, but I hope that this can change here with this Welsh national team story. I've been inspired by Josh's England story, I must say. Wales have never been a successful footballing nation, despite having produced players such as Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale in recent years. But then again, two men cannot win you a football game, and so I obviously have fairly low expectations to start off.

But, as things progress, admittedly over a long period of time in game, I hope to bring Wales into the global spotlight, and have one of the best teams in the world at the international stage.




I will be playing the save as Ian Rush, one of Wales' best players ever, and also a prolific goalscorer for my supported team, Liverpool.

Rush holds the national record for the most international goals scored (28), but I will not be afraid to let other players beat that record, and in fact, I would like them scoring as many goals as possible, however unlikely that may be. Rush has only had one (short) spell in football management, with Chester City, but currently works as a pundit. He also holds the record for the most amount of goals scored for Liverpool F.C..
Nice idea to the story mate! Will try to stay updated :)
Will do my best to follow this. As much as I'm not a fan of the Welsh, Ian Rush is a big name and I like your story idea like Or said - may we see Ryan Giggs assist in some way? Only time will tell! Good luck :D
I wish you luck with Wales! I love your stories and I can't wait for this! :)
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Rush: Don't Expect Big Things From Team



Newly appointed Wales boss Ian Rush has warned the nation not to expect big things from the side as they look to round off their World Cup Qualifying campaign.

Wales currently sit in second place in the UEFA Qualifying Section Group 1, but a slip up could see third place Croatia move above them. On paper, the remaining four games for Wales look tough. But, barring any slip ups from the team, they could make the World Cup 2014 Playoffs. Realistically, Belgium will not be caught, as they sit six points ahead of The Dragons, at the top of Group 1.

Rush's first game in charge will NOT be a competitive one, which gives the 51-year-old the chance to experiment, and get to grips with managing the side. In his first five games, only one of the fixtures is at The Millennium Stadium, and that fixture is the last scheduled fixture of 2013. This game could be the one that defines whether or not Rush's side will make the Playoffs - Wales vs Croatia in October will be an open match, with both teams wanting to finish above the other for a chance to sneak into the globe's most prestigious tournament. The three other competitive games before that are all away - Belgium, Serbia and Scotland will all be tough for the Welsh side.

Ian Rush has warned the Welsh public to expect disappointment in his first spell in charge of the side, but this may not be something that they want to hear, having waited for so long to reach the World Cup Finals. In fact, the last time they qualified for the World Cup Finals was 55 years ago, meaning Rush was not even born.

"This may not be what they want to hear, but I have to prepare them for the worst. It's been so long, but I just want them to be aware that it might have to be a little longer. We don't have the squad to compete well in Brazil, and we need to develop some youngsters. Only then will we be ready. If we do reach the Playoffs, then I will be proven wrong, but even if we don't, I am proud of the boys for coming so far. Croatia is the team we have to beat, and I'm positive we can do that. But it's hoping that we can pull off some miracles, mainly against Belgium, that worries me. If we lose away, and Croatia win a game, then we're behind, and that will do all sorts to the morale of the boys."
Good luck :)

Race Against Time For Bale



Wales star Gareth Bale faces a race against time to be fit for Wales' friendly against Switzerland next month.

The 24-year-old is expected to be on the sidelines for at least three more weeks. But, if things go badly for the Real Madrid star, he could be out for a maximum of seven weeks, which means that he is likely to miss Wales' first game under new manager Ian Rush.

With the quality of the staff at Real Madrid, you wouldn't expect things to go badly for Bale, bit he is at risk of aggravating the injury to his foot. Bale, who moved to the Spanish giants this summer for a world record transfer fee of £85.3 million, has told reporters of his anxiety of playing under Ian Rush, claiming that he doesn't want to disappoint one of his 'idols'.

However, Rush has already stated that he does not want to rely solely on the winger, formerly f Tottenham Hotspur, and would rather the team came together to play football, instead of Bale trying to do all of the work.

The game in Switzerland is 27 days away, but Bale could be out for 49 days. Welsh fans will be praying that he returns to full fitness before the World Cup Qualifiers return.
Hopefully he'll return quickly, you'll need him to be fit to help you qualify for the World Cup. Nice update. :)
Good luck with your new story... Hopefully you'll be able to stick to this one ;)
Good luck to you mate..

Rush Announces First Squad as Wales Manager



Ian Rush has selected his 23 man squad to face Switzerland in one weeks' time. The friendly match will be held at Stade de Suisse Wankdorf.

There are no real surprises among the 23 players selected, suggesting Rush wants to get off to the best start possible. Craig Bellamy and Chris Gunter miss out due to last minute injuries, while Gareth Bale failed in his fitness test, confirming the reports that he would miss the game. Promising Southampton player, Lloyd Isgrove, is in line to make his debut for the Welsh side.

Goalkeepers

Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion)

Defenders

Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest)
James Collins (West Ham United)
Ben Davies (Swansea City)
Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town)
Adam Matthews (Celtic)
Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanders - replacement for Reading's Chris Gunter)
Neil Taylor (Swansea City)
Ashley Williams (Swansea City)

Midfielders

Joe Allen (Liverpool)
Jack Collison (West Ham United)
David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers)
Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion)
Lloyd Isgrove (Southampton)
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading)
Jon Williams (Crystal Palace)

Strikers

Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Craig Davies (Preston North End, on loan from Bolton Wanderers)
Steve Morrison (Millwall, on loan from Leeds United)
Sam Vokes (Reading)
That's a decent squad even without Bale. Good luck!
Good Luck
Good Luck

Rush Loses Out in Switzerland Clash



Switzerland's promising fullback Ricardo Rodríguez turned in a Man of the Match display to help his side ease to a 4-2 win over Ian Rush's Wales.

Switzerland hosted Wales, who featured the likes of Lloyd Isgrove, Karl Darlow and Jake Cassidy in the squad - all of whom were making their international debuts.

Switzerland XI vs Wales

(4-5-1)Sommer; Lichsteiner, Klose, Senderos, Rodríguez; Dzemaili, Inler (C), Shaqiri, Kasami, Stocker; Derdiyok.

Substitutes: Bürki, Barnetta, Xhaka, Seferovic, Schär, Schwegler, Djourou, Drmic, Ziegler, Lang, Nikci, Wölfli.



Wales XI vs Switzerland

(4-5-1)Darlow; Ricketts, Williams (C), Collins, Davies; Crofts, Allen, Ramsey, Williams, Robson-Kanu; Cassidy.

Substitutes: Hennessey, Matthews, Isgrove, Davies, Taylor, Collison, Morrison, Lynch, Collins, Vokes, Cotterill, Myhill.



Switzerland kicked off the match, against a Wales side that featured two debutants in the starting lineup. Xherdan Shaqiri impressed with some dazzling skill, and fantastic runs from early on, but it was one man who grabbed the headlines.

When Ben Davies gave away a free-kick on the edge of the Wales penalty area, Ricardo Rodríguez stepped up to take the set-piece from all of 30 yards out. Nobody expected the ball to fly sweetly into the top corner of Darlow's net, but it did. A fantastic strike from the Swiss fullback gave his team the lead, but not for long.

Jake Cassidy, starting in his first ever game for the Welsh national side, capitalized on a shocking error from Switzerland captain Gökhan Inler not two minutes later. After Senderson ran into trouble, he decided to play it back to Inler, but the Napoli player was not expecting the pass - the ball struck him on the leg, and fell into 20-year-old Cassidy's path. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer had came out to redeem his team-mates mistake, but in doing so had left the goal open, and the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker had an easy chance. For the majority of the match, Inler was sat in a very deep position, and it was clear he was uncomfortable here.

Just after the half hour mark, Wales actually had the chance to take the lead. Jon Williams and Aaron Ramsey's link-up play saw Williams into a great position on the edge of the Switzerland area, but the Crystal Palace midfielder struck the ball straight at Sommer. A wasted opportunity for Wales, who could have pushed on had they taken the lead.

As the game entered the final stages of the first half, Switzerland regained the lead, Shaqiri's hard work finally paying off. After a great spell of dominance from Switzerland, they launched an attack on the Wales goal. Building it slowly from the back, Philippe Senderos knocked the ball forward to Valentin Stocker on the edge of the area. The Basel winger knocked a perfect through ball to Shaqiri, who finished past Darlow with ease.

Ian Rush brought on Lloyd Isgrove for his debut, the Southampton winger replacing Jon Williams at half time. Cassidy also headed for the bench following an impressive start to his international career, replaced by Sam Vokes, while Joe Allen was taken off for Jack Collison, and Ben Davies made way for Swansea City team mate Neil Taylor.

Xherdan Shaqiri nearly finished The Dragons off straight after the half time break, smashing the ball against the post from range. Darlow was beaten, but the post saved the debutant keeper.

Shaqiri looked despondent when substitute Sam Vokes bagged Wales' equalizer. It may have been a counter attack that saw them score the goal, but credit to the side, and especially the two players involved in the goal. The defence broke down the Switzerland attack, and the ball was played to Hal Robson-Kanu on the halfway line. His excellent vision allowed him to play an inch perfect pass to Vokes, who had made a fantastic run to get clear of the defence and beat the offside trap. He finished calmly past Sommer to make the score 2-2.

Isgrove came so close to being the second debutant to score, when he was played through by a huge goal kick from Darlow. The 20-year-old took the ball to the edge of the area, but fired over the top of the goal by inches. He looked distraught, but he will learn from these mistakes.

Welsh captain Ashley Williams almost handed Switzerland the lead on a plate, but for an offside flag. He got caught in possession by two Swiss players just wide of the penalty area, and smashed the ball away, but Shaqiri intercepted and played through Derdiyok, Darlow was beaten for the third time, but the assistant referee correctly called an offside - Derdiyok was inches offside when Shaqiri threaded the ball through to him.

It looked like neither team was able to break the deadlock, until Switzerland substitute Haris Seferovic scored the best goal of the evening past Darlow. Fellow substitute Tranquillo Barnetta laid on a fantastic ball for the Real Sociedad striker, who opted to chip the ball at the goal, despite Darlow being stuck on his line. The Nottingham Forest keeper gave his best effort to reach the ball, but it settled right into the top corner of the net, giving Darlow no chance at saving it.

Switzerland finally showed their superiority a minute afterwards, Derdiyok scoring the final goal of the game, Barnetta with the assist again. Derdiyok rounded Darlow, before firing into an empty net. James Collins attempted to clear the ball off of the line, but he was too late. The final whistle went at 4-2.

Wales gave their best efforts, and showed that they were not easy to beat, but Switzerland showed their skill late on, and finally finished off the hard working Welsh team.

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