Wales to face Spain at the Principality Stadium

International Football – UEFA Euro 2012 – Qualifying Group G – Wales v England
Sion Richards

Sion Richards

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 13:52

Wales will return to the Principality Stadium for the October International Challenge Match against Spain. Wales have not played at the Cardiff city centre-based stadium since 2011 in Gary Speed’s first competitive match in charge – with Wales losing 0-2 to England.

Wales wil host Spain at the Principality Stadium in an international friendly on Thursday the 11th of October.

Jonathan Ford, FAW Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that we will playing against Spain, arguably the most successful international side in world football during the past few years.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our supporters to see a great team and world class players. We want to provide everyone with the opportunity of watching the game and playing at the Principality Stadium enables us to do so.”

This will be the first meeting with Spain since 1985, when goals from Ian Rush (2) and Mark Hughes secured a 3-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory over the Spanish at the Racecourse, Wrexham.

Prior to that match, the teams have met each other on four other occasions, two of which ended in stalemate, with the other two matches resulting in defeat for Wales.

Spain are among the favourites to the win the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, where they will come up against Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B.

On Monday, the FAW announced that all Wales’ home fixtures for the UEFA Nations League matches and European Qualifiers will take place at Cardiff City Stadium.

In the Nations League, Wales will compete against Denmark and the Republic of Ireland, meanwhile, the European Qualifiers draw for UEFA EURO 2020 will take place in December.