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Bale: Euro 2016 Qualification Would Rival UCL Win

  • BBC Sport, Thursday, October 9, 2014 10:45 AM
Speaking ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday, Gareth Bale said that qualifying for Europe’s top international competition with his country would rank alongside winning the 2014 UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid.

"It would be right up there with it [Champions League] and hopefully we can do it," the Real winger told reporters on Thursday. "It's the ultimate honor for me to play for Wales. For me I want to try my best. I want to try and make history with the team and qualify for a major tournament and that's something we are all aiming for.”

The last time Wales qualified for a major tournament was in 1958 when it lost 1-0 to Brazil in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Sweden. Having been drawn in Group B alongside Bosnia, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra, there is a growing belief that Wales could end its long wait.

For Euro 2016, UEFA has expanded the number of teams qualifying for the tournament to 24 from 16, which means that the top two teams from each group plus the best third-place qualifier automatically qualify for the finals in France, while the remaining eight third-place teams will enter into a two-leg playoff series in November 2015.

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