Belgium Fans Take 400-Mile Detour After Sat Nav Blunder Sees Them Drive To Wrong ‘Wales’

Chris Wright

12th, June 2015


By Chris Wright

With a Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales in the offing this weekend, a group of hardy Belgium fans set out driving across the mainland continent earlier in the week in order to watch their side live in action at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight.

However, a slight GPS mishap left the travelling band of pilgrims facing quite a hefty three-and-a-half-hour detour.

Realising their error, the fans called into Studio Brussels radio station at 8:30 this morning to inform host Siska Schoeters of their plight.

As documented on the news website, the group explained that they’d accidentally driven to the ‘wrong Wales’ after failing to double-check the directions their Sat Nav had supplied.

Yep. Before starting out, the Belgians had accidentally set their Sat Nav, not for Wales the country, but for Wales the small village in South Yorkshire, just outside Sheffield – some 200 miles away.

This map displays the magnitude of their error…


With kick-off now just six hours away (at time of writing), we can only assume that they’ve reached Cardiff or somewhere thereabouts by now.

The difficult bit will probably be staying awake through the game after 18 hours on the road.

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  1. David Allison says:

    HA! Knew exactly where this was gonna be – Wales is the next village across from where I live.

  2. David Allison says:

    Seriously, though – who types in the name of the country into a sat nav?! They could have been taken to taken to Holyhead and they still would have been 200 miles away!!

  3. The Fonz says:

    In The States, spelling also counts. There’s 2050.8 miles/3300.44 km between Milwaukee and Milwaukie. One’s in the state of Wisconsin, and the other is 29 hr 54 minutes away in the state of Oregon.

    And Newcastle are coming to the one nearer to Chicago.

  4. Stereotypes.... says:

    in Dutch jokes the Belgians are always stereotyped as the dumb guys…

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