Wales v Kuwait

Kuwait have qualified for one FIFA World Cup finals, appearing in the 1982 tournament in Spain. It was a golden period for Kuwaiti football as they also won the Asian Cup in 1980.


The Kuwait Football Association was formed in 1954 and admitted to both FIFA and the AFC in 1964.

Kuwait's first official international game was a 2-2 draw with Libya at the 1961 Arab Games in Morocco.

Wales' only meetings with Kuwait were two back to back friendlies in 1977.

Wales record v Kuwait

Head to Head


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33506/09/1977Wales 0-0 Kuwait Racecourse Ground, WrexhamFr
33620/09/1977Kuwait 0-0 Wales Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, KuwaitFr

Kuwait Honours

AFC Asian Cup winners (1): 1980

AFC Asian Cup runners-up (1): 1976

Welsh players to have made their debut against Kuwait

One Welsh player made their debut against Kuwait

Wales' opponents from Asian Football Confederation

Wales have faced eight countries from the current Asian Football Confederation.

Israel joined the AFC in 1954 and as such were an AFC member when they played against Wales in a 1958 FIFA World Cup play-off. However, at the Asian Games held in Iran in 1974, some Muslim and Arab countries refused to play against Israel in the football tournament. At the AFC Congress held during the games, Kuwait proposed Israel be excluded from all AFC competitions; a motion adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.

Kuwait were Wales' next opponents from the AFC, with back to back matches played at The Racecourse, Wrexham and the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City in 1977. Goalkeeper, Dai Davies, was unable to play in the return leg in Kuwait having been denied entry for having an Israeli stamp in his passport.

Iran, drawn in Scotland's group for the 1978 World Cup Finals in Argentina, invited Wales to Tehran as part of their tournament preparations.

With the end of the British Home Championships, the Football Association of Wales accepted lucrative offers to play Saudi Arabia in 1986 and to take part in Japan's Kirin Cup in 1992.

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