Michael Sheen Delivers Coach’s Dream Speech, Video A League of Their Own

Welsh actor Michael Sheen has shown sports coaches around the world how to deliver a pre-match motivational speech.

Sheen, appearing on the UK sports comedy quiz TV show your own leagueHe was asked by host Romesh Ranganathan what he would say if he had the chance to cheer on the Welsh football team ahead of their next World Cup match against England.

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The actor, known as a fierce Welsh patriot, proceeded to deliver a seemingly impromptu speech for the ages that had all members of the live audience and cast of the show praising and clapping at the end.

“I have to get into the right headspace now,” Sheen said before launching into the rousing speech. “OKAY.”

Sheen then spread his arms wide, palms open and fingers outstretched, and delivered a monologue to end all monologues.

“I hear the voices singing. Hasten your journey, bois bach,” Sheen began, using the Welsh exclamation for “good heavens.”

“A nation, singing with one voice, a song of hope, a song of courage.

“A song of victory that floats through the valleys like a red mist, rolls over the tops of the mountains like crimson thunder.

“A red storm is approaching the gates of Qatar.

Michael Sheen with Rami Malek.  Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images
Michael Sheen with Rami Malek. Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

“It creaks, with the spirit of ’58 and the Jimmy Murphy boys. Turn the pages of the history books and find Rob’s page, waiting, yet to be written,” Sheen said, referring to Wales manager Rob Page.

“What do you want in there, guys? Do you dare to write your names on that page? We have not waited 64 years and traveled around the world for a neighbor to bother us.

“When the English come knocking at our door, let’s give them sugar, boys, let’s give them Welsh sugar. They have always said that we are too small, too slow, too weak, too full of fear. But yma or hyd (‘Still Here’, the title of a famous Welsh nationalist folk song)sons of Speed, and they fall all around us.

“We’re still here.”

The clip recorded more than 5.5 million views on Twitter in less than 11 hours.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off on November 20 in Qatar, with Wales in a group alongside England, Iran and the United States. It is only the second time in history that Wales have qualified for the tournament, the team’s last appearance being in 1958.

This article originally appeared in the NZ Herald and is reproduced with permission.

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