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Wales international football is set to make a return to BBC Wales television for the first time in eight years, it has been announced.

BBC Cymru Wales has signed a new two-year deal to broadcast highlights of all Wales' home games, including the World Cup qualifying matches.

Coverage will begin on August 15 when Chris Coleman's Wales team take on Bosnia/Herzegovina in an international friendly.

The deal also covers Wales' 2014 World Cup qualifying game against Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Macedonia, managed by Welshman John Toshak.

BBC Cymru will show highlights of the first qualifier on September 7, when Wales travel to take on Belgium.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, the director of BBC Cymru Wales, said: "Sport is one of the major things that defines us as a nation and I'm delighted that BBC Cymru Wales will be showing television highlights of Wales's home football internationals once again, complementing our existing radio and online coverage in English and Welsh, and giving the audience the best of Welsh sport on all platforms."

The BBC's television deal with the Football Association of Wales runs in addition to its existing rights to live commentary of both home and away games on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, as well as online.

"We know from our existing coverage that there is a real passion for football in Wales, and we are thrilled to be able to follow Chris Coleman and the Wales team on television, as well as radio and online," said Geoff Williams, the head of sport for BBC Cymru Wales.

"Coverage of the Welsh international team will complement our existing coverage of the Welsh Premier League and Welsh Cup, and we look forward to bringing action, analysis, news and views to our audiences for the next two seasons."

Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford added: "The Football Association of Wales is looking forward to a close working relationship with BBC Cymru Wales.

"We all recognise the high quality of sports coverage on BBC radio and television and we know this will be of benefit to Welsh football at all levels."

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