Wales: Why do they take team photos the way they do? 

Wales booked a spot at the World Cup for the first time in 64 years after beating Ukraine in a dramatic play-off game over the weekend.

It took a paltry Andriy Yarmalenko own goal to separate the sides and send Gareth Bale and co to Qatar.

Wales had to weather a storm all night long as Ukraine threw everything at them, registering nine shots on target, hogging 68% of the possession, and more than doubling Wales’ passing tally.

It was to be a red day at the Cardiff City Stadium though as Wales held out and can now look forward to their first global event in decades.

While that means that we will see likely see the likes of Bale at a World Cup, fans are more excited to see further reprisals of some of Wales’ truly chaotic pre-match photos.

The side have become known for fearing no god when it comes to the composition of their team photos, with each one more haphazard than the next.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Be it woefully uneven numbers among the lines, different squatting positions, standing, sitting, or simply not looking at the camera, Wales really have tried it all.

You can see some of their finest efforts in the images below:

Unbelievable – it makes no sense but we absolutely love it. Just imagine what they might be capable of at the World Cup?

But why do the Welsh do this before every game? Is is superstition, is it banter, or is completely by accident?

Well, speaking back in 2016 – when the images first started to go viral – Joe Ledley outlined that the noticed they were getting ‘lucky’ whenever they did it.

“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,” he said.

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

Jonny Williams also said:

“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!”

As simple as that. The Welsh, realising they didn’t have an eye for the photos, decided to lean into it and it’s all for that little bit of extra luck.

We can only hope they take it to the next level in Qatar.

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