When the Manic Street Preachers released that shamelessly cheesy Euro 2016 ballad dedicated to their beloved national football team, few would have predicted Wales as semi-finalists.
But now the world really is in danger of being turned into an inferno by Chris Coleman’s Dragons, with a powerful trend suggesting the seasoned Welsh rockers may soon be penning another ode – to Leicester-style Welsh glory.
Okay, so one of world champions Germany or hosts France, who have won both the last two tournaments they’ve staged, would still stand in the 8/1 outright-betting outsiders’ way.
However, the sight of a semi-final for Wales’ opponents Portugal usually spells grave danger.
That could be underselling it slightly. The Selecao’s rich tournament history is littered with last-four failure.
When they made the semis of Euro 2012, it represented their sixth appearance in the penultimate knockout stage of a major competition since a third-place finish at World Cup 1966.
Only once in those half-dozen attempts have Portugal actually reached the showpiece though and those with reasonably sound mid-term memories will recall that sole semi-final victory was achieved at Euro 2004.
Without wishing to demean it too much, that was also the only major tournament the Iberians have hosted.
Even more promisingly for Coleman and the legions of Welsh fans both at home and in Lyon, is that on four of the five prior occasions their opponents were dumped out in the semis, it was by the eventual winners.
If Gareth Bale comes out on top in the media-billed battle of the Real Madrid superstars against Cristiano Ronaldo then going on this pattern, Wales are as good as the champions elect.
Not convinced by such trends? If not, then simply considering the sides’ differing form might well persuade bwinners that 4.20 on a Welsh win in 90 minutes is a worthy investment.
It’s been well publicised that Portugal have somehow stumbled into Euro 2016’s latter stages, without winning a single game in regulation time.
Their proficiency after that point is a word of warning to Wales, though the Red Dragon needn’t worry on that front, having run out 90-minute winners in four out of their five assignments.
Taking their Belgium performance as a yardstick, Euro 2016’s second-top scorers, albeit stripped of influential midfielder Aaron Ramsey through suspension, are the ones with their scaly tales firmly up.