Wales reached the FIFA World Cup™ finals for the first and, so far, only time in 1958, although there was more than a touch of good fortune about their qualification.

Having missed out by finishing second in their qualifying group behind Czechoslovakia, events several thousand miles away conspired to hand Wales an unlikely reprieve. Unrest in the Middle East saw Egypt and Sudan refuse to play against Israel, who were consequently named winners of their Asian/African zone group.

Israel were then required to play-off against a European runner-up. Wales were drawn out of the hat and went on to defeat Israel comfortably over two legs to reach the finals.

Wales' route to the final may have been murky, but their form in Sweden was anything but. Jimmy Murphy's side drew all their matches in their group phase against Hungary, Mexico and hosts Sweden before reaching the quarter-finals courtesy of a 2-1 play-off win over the Hungarians. A date with Brazil was their reward, but the eventual champions proved just too strong with a 17-year-old Pele scoring the only goal in a narrow win.