Wales face £10m deal against Ukraine

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FAW Managing Director Noel Mooney (FAW)

A Wales World Cup qualifier victory in Cardiff against Ukraine could be worth up to £10m, according to the Football Association of Wales.

Financial windfall would be assured if they reach the World Cup final for the first time since 1958 with victory in Sunday’s game against Ukraine.

FAW chief executive Noel Mooney told BBC Wales: “There’s $10.5m (£8m) on offer for teams that qualify for the World Cup – that’s great.

“On top of that we have sponsorships that come into play, some of which could be around £1m.

“There’s a briefcase sitting on the halfway line (Sunday) worth around £10million for the winners.”

Training base

If Wales manage to overcome the visitors later today, it also looks increasingly likely that they will take over Italy’s planned training base in Qatar for the finals later in the day. year.

Italy were knocked out of the competition by North Macedonia in March, with the Balkan minnows upsetting the European champions with a 1-0 play-off semi-final victory in Palermo.

The PA news agency understands Wales will be allocated one of the state-of-the-art base camps to be used for the tournament in November and December.

Each camp consists of a hotel and a training site, each located near the eight stadiums of the Qatar tournament.

“Our training centers are located all over the country,” said Ali Al Dosari, project manager of training sites at Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

“The longest journey from a training site to a hotel will take around 20 minutes by bus.

“Half of the training sites are new, while the other half are existing sites that have been upgraded.

“With the new training sites, a team will have their own training site at the team base camp to train.

“The pitches at the training sites are the same as the pitches at our World Cup stadiums, in terms of grass quality and size.”

Each training site has been developed to include floodlit and natural grass pitches, as well as stands for media training sessions, locker rooms, medical facilities, recovery facilities, a media and networking center computers and communications.


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