Wales vs. Finland: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 16, 2013

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 10:  Gareth Bale of Wales is brought on as a substitute during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group A match between Wales and Serbia at Cardiff City Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
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This weekend's international friendlies act as a World Cup tune-up for many. But for Wales and Finland, that's not quite the case.

After both nations missed out on a bid to Brazil this upcoming summer, their sights are now set on building momentum for the upcoming 2016 Euro qualification rounds.

While the friendly has no World Cup implications, there is no shortage of talent and star power between the two, and it's sure to make for an exciting 90 minutes.

Here's a full breakdown of the Wales-Finland friendly.


When: Saturday, Nov. 16

Where: Cardiff City Stadium; Cardiff, Wales

Start Time: 1 p.m. EST/6 p.m. GMT

TV: Sky Sports 2 (UK)

Live Stream: Sky Sports Red Button (subscription)


Top Storyline: Can Bale, Ramsey Build Momentum for Coleman?

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 02:  Aaron Ramsey (R) of Wales celebrates with team mate Gareth Bale (L) after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 group G qualifying match between Wales and Montenegro at the Cardiff City Stadium on Septembe
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After months of speculation, Wales manager Chris Coleman spurned Crystal Palace to sign a new contract with the national team, per The Independent's Andrew Gwilym

It was unclear if Coleman would stay after a woeful World Cup qualifying campaign, but that question has been answered for the foreseeable future. 

Now his players must prove that he made the right decision and it starts with Wales star Gareth Bale playing with the team in Saturday's friendly, according to The Daily Express' Phil Cadden.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 15:  Wales Manager, Chris Coleman looks on from the sidelines during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A match between Belgium and Wales at King Baudouin Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.  (Photo by Dean
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After moving to Real Madrid from Tottenham, Bale hadn't appeared in a Welsh strip since September, missing the nation's final two World Cup qualifiers.

He'll likely line up alongside Aaron Ramsey to anchor the attacking front for Wales. Ramsey has always shown promise in his career that was never truly fulfilled on the pitch until this season—he leads table-topping Arsenal with six goals in the Premier League.

Should both of these stars display the level of prowess with their national team as they have in club football, there should be no way that Wales misses another World Cup. If they can get Bale and Ramsey playing together as one unit, this team could be near impossible to beat.

If Wales want Coleman's next two years to end up much better than his first two, they need just that from their stars.



CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 10:  Wales player Gareth Bale (r) shares a joke with team mates before the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group A match between Wales and Serbia at Cardiff City Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Fors
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Finland have lost two of three—losing by a combined 5-0 to Spain and France—with the lone win coming against Georgia. While Wales are no powerhouse, they boast a player or two at each position who is near-elite. 

Motivated by playing at home, and under new-found comfort knowing that Coleman is sticking around, Bale and Wales should pull it together and easily beat this overmatched team. 

Wales 3, Finland 0