Bale aiming to usurp rugby union

08 October 2014 04:18:04 EST

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale has challenged his side to qualify for Euro 2016 and help make football the number one sport in Wales.

The Welsh welcome Bosnia-Herzegovina to the Millennium Stadium on Friday evening, looking to enhance their prospects of reaching the European Championship finals in France in two years' time.

It's not only important for us as a team to get to a major championship, but as a nation as a whole.

Gareth Bale

And Bale, who scored both goals in an unconvincing 2-1 win in Andorra last time out, believes that there is a massive prize on offer for football in Wales.

He said: "We have massive potential and I want to make history with Wales and qualify for a major tournament.

"I feel football can overtake rugby soon. Rugby has obviously overtaken it in recent years, but I feel football is on the incline and we can get a lot of fans to the games and get the support behind us.

"It's not only important for us as a team to get to a major championship, but as a nation as a whole."

Bosnia arrive in Cardiff looking to make up for a 2-1 defeat to Cyprus in their opening Group B game, with Bale wary of the threat posed by the men from the Balkans.

He added: "We know they are a very good side, they showed that by getting to the World Cup and they have obviously got some good players, but we believe in ourselves and hopefully we can get the victory."

Wales can be backed at 1/1 to win on Friday evening, with Bale 1/1 to open the scoring and 1/1 to score at any time.

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