‘Wales away’: not just about football, but a bilingual counterculture too | Elis James

This golden age of Welsh football has united masses of fans through the camaraderie of travelling to obscure destinations

Dylan Llywelyn is one of the many friends I’ve made from watching Wales over the years, and he’s now in Azerbaijan for Wales’s first game of Euro 2020 against Switzerland. I asked him why he was making the effort. “In 2019 I hobbled around Frankfurt airport and then Baku on our last visit. It was only after returning home that I discovered I’d broken my leg a few weeks earlier. It was still simpler, and less painful than getting to Baku this time. I dislike myself for going and parking 15 months of Covid-compliance that bordered on fundamentalism, but I’d hate myself for not going.”

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