The dragons are roaring in Qatar! Welsh fans are in fine voice as they sing their national anthem and crowds gather ahead of this morning’s World Cup clash with Iran
- Welsh football fans are gathering outside Doha’s Ahmad bin Ali Stadium today
- Their team faces Iran in a World Cup Group B clash, after a 1-1 draw with the USA
- Hundreds of fans were seen proudly wearing Welsh red and displaying their flag
- The crucial match kicks off at 1pm local time (10am GMT)
Welsh fans were in fine voice today singing their national anthem, as crowds gathered in Qatar ahead of their team’s key World Cup clash with Iran this morning.
Anticipation was building outside Doha’s Ahmad bin Ali Stadium and at the Corniche Walk Park, with pictures showing hundreds of fans in football kits, proudly waving flags emblazoned with the red Welsh dragon.
Many excited fans wore the iconic red, yellow and green bucket hats and draped the Welsh flag over buildings and fences. Welsh singer Dafydd Iwan was seen with a guitar, and was joined by a choir in leading the other fans in song.
Welsh fans were in fine voice today as they sang their national anthem, as crowds gathered in Qatar ahead of their team’s key World Cup clash with Iran this morning. Pictured: Wales supporters gather at the Corniche Walk Park, Qatar, ahead of Wales’ second Group B games at the FIFA World Cup 2022. Picture date: Friday November 25, 2022
Wales fans gather next to an oversized version of a bucket hat decorated in Welsh colours
Welsh singer Dafydd Iwan performs with a choir at the Corniche Walk Park, Qatar, ahead of Wales’ second Group B game at the FIFA World Cup 2022
Left: A Welsh fan shows of his commitment to his team by wearing a Welsh football shirt-tie combo to a work meeting. Right: Two Welsh fans enjoy a drink after ‘two hours sleep’ and a ‘heavy night binging’ ahead of Wales’ clash with Iran on Friday
Pictured: A Welsh fan wears a thobe, decorated with the a Welsh flag, the red dragon, and the country’s red and green
After their 1-1 draw with the USA on Monday, Wales are chasing a historic first World Cup victory in 64 years that would take them a significant step closer to progressing from the group stage. Their final match comes against England on Tuesday.
Temperatures could reach up to 29C when today’s match kicks off at 10am GMT (1pm local time) at the 40,000-capacity stadium.
Back at home, the eyes of the whole country will be fixed on the game.
Many Welsh schools cancelled classes to allow pupils to watch captain Gareth Bale and his teammates in action. More than 1,000 schools are expected to take part in ‘Cymru Football Friday’, the BBC reported.
Fans at home took to social media to show their commitment to their team. One man posted a photo of himself on Twitter wearing a tie over a Welsh football shirt. ‘Important work meeting at 10,’ he wrote.
Pictured: Two Iranian fans wear t-shirts that read: ‘Woman. Life. Freedom.’ ahead of today’s clash with Wales. Iranian fans have used the world cup to show their solidarity with anti-government protesters at home
Wales fans arrive at the stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group B match at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al-Rayyan. Picture date: Friday November 25
Pictured: Welsh and Iran supporters pose for a photo together today ahead of the match
A Welsh fan is interviewed ahead of today’s Group B clash that will see Wales take on Iran
Pictured: An Iranian fan waves at the camera head of his team’s clash with Wales today
Ahead of the game, FIFA gave the go-ahead for rainbow-coloured bucket hats and flags to be allowed inside the stadium.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said the governing body has confirmed fans will be allowed to enter with the items for the clash with Iran after they confiscated them ahead of Wales’ draw with the USA.
The FAW urged FIFA to stick to their message that ‘everybody will be welcome’ in Qatar during the tournament after the first week was marred by its handling of LGBTQ+ symbols.
This comes after FIFA’s controversial decision to ban team captains from wearing the LGBTQ ‘OneLove’ armband during their World Cup matches.
England, Wales and five other European teams abandoned plans to wear rainbow-themed ‘Onelove’ armbands at the World Cup because of the threat of FIFA disciplinary action, that would see players and teams face sanctions.
The armbands had been viewed as a symbolic protest against laws in World Cup host Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
Wales’ Gareth Bale was one of the captains expected to wear the armband. When he took to the field against the USA, he was instead wearing a FIFA-approved ‘No Discrimination’ armband instead. England’s Harry Kane did the same.
But while the whole of Wales will be focused on their national team, particular attention will also be paid to the actions of Iran’s players and fans.
Prior to their kick off against England on Monday, Iranian players refused to sing their national anthem in a show of solidarity with protesters back home, hundreds of whom have been killed in clashes with security services over the death of Mahsa Amini – who died in custody after being arrested by the Tehran’s morality police.
Many Iranian fans in the stands displayed slogans supporting protests, drawing particular attention to human rights issues and the plight of women in Iran.
Ahead of their clash with Wales, some Iranian fans looked set to continue their demonstrations today. Two Iran fans were pictured wearing t-shirts that read: ‘Woman. Life. Freedom.’
Wales’ Gareth Bale was one of the captains expected to wear the armband. When he took to the field against the USA, he was instead wearing a FIFA-approved ‘No Discrimination’ armband instead (pictured). England’s Harry Kane did the same
Wales fans celebrate as Gareth Bale scores the equaliser during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between USA and Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 21