Euro 2016 Qualifiers

‘Wales Players Have Earned To Be Called Golden Generation’ – Chris Coleman

‘Wales Players Have Earned To Be Called Golden Generation’ – Chris Coleman
Sojo Latinovic

Wales manager Chris Coleman said his team have earned the right to be labelled the ‘Golden Generation’ after qualifying for Euro 2016.

Wales had qualified for next year’s showcase tournament in France with a game to spare in Group B and crowned it with a 2-0 win over Andorra on Tuesday night. Captain Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale ensured a Welsh victory before a sold-out crowd in Cardiff.

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Wales players lift up their coach Chris Coleman after qualifying for Euro 2016. © BBC Sport/Reuters

“The team were labelled the ‘golden generation’ before they’d earned it. Now they’ve earned it,” said Coleman.

“They deserve it. You get team spirit from working hard for each other on the pitch and coming through tough situations and big challenges, and they’ve done it time after time.”

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Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale. © Sky Sports

The Welsh team lost 2-0 in Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday night but a place at Euro 2016 was confirmed when Cyprus beat Israel 2-1.

It will be Wales’ first appearance at a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

 


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Srdan “Sojo” Latinovic is a sports editor/writer with previous writing experience for Chicago.com, Bleacher Report and Suite 101. He has covered soccer, basketball and hockey among other sports and also has keen knowledge in tennis and football. Sojo has played competitive sports since he was 5 years old and still does to this day, although the level of competition has dropped since his semi-professional days of soccer in Germany in the late ‘90s. Sojo is a 2009 graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Sports Journalism and is a recipient of the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award.

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