Daily newspapers in Wales are gearing up for the biggest night in Welsh football history with a series of front pages dedicated to this evening’s match against Portugal.
The Wales national team are just one game away from the final of the European Championship final after an unexpected victory over Belgium on Friday night.
The Cardiff-based South Wales Echo has published a front page wraparound showing the squad, led by captain Gareth Bale, wearing number 11, running towards the celebrating Welsh supporters at the game.
The Echo, pictured below, has included a total of 17 pages of build-up to the match in today’s edition.
For three other newspapers, one particular image of the victorious team has been used for their front covers.
The Swansea-based Evening Post, below, has run six pages of coverage on the game.
The Argus, renamed the ‘Come on Wales! Argus’ for the day, has also printed a souvenir glossy poster to allow readers to show their support for the team, a feature also found in today’s North Wales Daily Post.
Last week the Argus, below, successfully campaigned for a special ‘fanzone’ to be set up on its patch, to allow supporters in Newport to cheer on the team in a public viewing area.
Editor Kevin Ward said: “As you’d imagine, Wales qualifying for a tournament finals for the first time since 1958 was huge news in itself but the progress of the team has captured the imagination of the nation like nothing else I can recall in the 27 years I have lived and worked here.
“We have had our football reporter, Andrew Penman, in France for the duration of the tournament thanks to sponsorship of our coverage from the University of South Wales. He has travelled more than 4,000 miles across France so far for Wales’ six games. We hope he’ll be in Paris on Sunday for the seventh.”
He added: “Aside from the coverage from France, we have also reported from pubs and schools in our local area during matches and for both the Belgium match and tonight’s semi-final we will be reporting from the 5,000 capacity Newport Fanzone which was set up after lobbying from the Argus.”