Sweden's midfielder Kim Kallstrom (L) vies with Wales' forward Gareth Bale during the friendly football match between Sweden and Wales at Friends Arena in Solna near Stockholm on June 5, 2016. / AFP / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND
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CARDIFF, United Kingdom: A glance at Wales' record in qualifying for Euro 2016 reveals a glaring truth: Stop Gareth Bale, and you have a very good chance of stopping Chris Coleman's team.That Wales are gearing up for a first major tournament since 1958 owes much to the brilliance of Bale, who scored seven of their 11 goals in qualifying, including match-winning strikes against Andorra, Belgium and Cyprus.Redknapp began to use Bale in a central attacking role and it was from such a position, under Redknapp's successor Andre Villas-Boas, that the Cardiff-born player amassed 26 goals in the 2012-13 season.The move to Spain followed soon after, with Madrid shelling out a reported fee of 100.8 million euros ($114 million) that saw Bale eclipse his new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's most expensive footballer.
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