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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Real Madrid's defense of their UEFA Champions League title begins on Tuesday afternoon.

Los Blancos host FC Basel with their two new midfield additions, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, each being handed starts, while the famed BBC of (Karim) Benzema, (Gareth) Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo start in the forward three.

Arsenal face Turkish giants in the Champions League play-offs

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Premier League outfit Arsenal will face Turkish giants Fenerbahce in the Champions League play-off, while Celtic are drawn against Shakhter Karagandy, from the Kazakhstan Premier League.

Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Interested in Austrian Defender

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As the summer approaches, Arsenal seem very likely to bring in a new central defender. The ever-changing scenario at the Emirates stadium might see Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou leave the club in the summer for different reasons. Vermaelen is thought to be interested in moving to Barcelona, who have expressed their interest in the player.

Liverpool

Liverpool drawn against Real Madrid, Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League

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Liverpool will face reigning champions Real Madrid upon their return to the Champions League. The Reds were drawn alongside Real, FC Basel and...

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New Year, New Faces?

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Written by Ashwin Raja.
The end of the year always brings with it a feeling of joy and optimism. After all, it's the season of hope and merriment. It's no different for the footballing world either. The teams that are riding on a high will hope to see their form continue, and bear fruit as silverware at the end of the season.

New Year, New Faces?

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Written by Ashwin Raja.
The end of the year always brings with it a feeling of joy and optimism. After all, it's the season of hope and merriment. It's no different for the footballing world either. The teams that are riding on a high will hope to see their form continue, and bear fruit as silverware at the end of the season.

Egyptian Winger Mohamed Salah Will Join Liverpool From Basel in January, Says Report: Nightly Soccer Report

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Egyptian wingerMohamed Salah will join Liverpool Football Club in January from FC Basel, according to a report tonight.

Salah'sclose friend and former teammate Mohamed Zika revealed the news to Egyptian TV today. Salah, a 21-year-old winger with 27 caps for Egypt and who is valued at 12million Euros, was namedCAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year in 2012.

Chelsea

Chelsea Agree Deal With FC Basel to Sign Winger Mohamed Salah

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Chelsea have reached an agreement with FC Basel to sign 21-year-old wingerMohamed Salah.

Personal terms have still to be finalized with Salah, and the player needs to pass a medical before he can officially become a Chelsea footballer in a transfer that has been reported as £11million. Chelsea reportedly wanted to announce the Salah news before officially announcing the Mata transfer.

FC Basel vs Chelsea Champions League 2013 Highlights 1-0 Salah Goal Video

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UCL Preview: Chelsea aims to bounce back, Barcelona face Celtic again, and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Results aren't guaranteed by showing up to a game in the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea learned that the hard way a few weeks ago when FC Basel went into Stamford Bridge and ruined Jose Mourinho's triumphant return to the Champions League with Chelsea. And Barcelona learned that all to hard last year when they couldn't breakdown Neil Lennon's menu at Celtic Park last year.

Champions League Preview: Arsenal may have met their match while Chelsea desperately need a win

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Champions League Preview: Arsenal may have met their match while Chelsea desperately need a win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League are there are some mouth-watering clashes to look forward to. All eyes will be on Chelsea and Jose Mourinho as they look to bounce back from a shock home defeat on the opening day against FC Basel.

Tennis superstar relishes Chelsea loss

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Tennis legend Roger Federer couldn't reveal his delight at Chelsea's shocking 2-1 defeat against FC Basel in Wednesday night's Champions League match at Stamford Bridge. The superstar used his personal Twitter accountto hail FC Basel's win, as the club hails from Federer's native Switzerland.

Fantastic evening for Basel supporters, wow!

Messi Scores Hat Trick While Chelsea Stunned In Champions League

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Chelsea lost at home in the Champions League group stage for the first time in ten years, while Arsenal recorded a valuable victory in Marseille and Lionel Messi responded to Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick on Tuesday with one of his own in a Barcelona victory.

But the big story was at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea extended their winless streak under Jose Mourinho to four games with a shocking 2-1 defeat to FC Basel.

Is absence of Mata the only problem of Chelsea?

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Is absence of Mata the only problem of Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A lot has been said and written about Juan Mata and the cold treatment he has been receiving from his manager, Jose Mourinho. The Spaniard, who was arguably the best player for Chelsea last season, has been limited to a bit part role by the Portuguese so far, a decision that has not only left the media speculating about the player's future, critics pondering what-went-wrong but have prompted the loyal fans to question the decision too.

FC Basel Defeat Chelsea in Champions League Thanks In Part to This Beautiful Goal [VIDEO]

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FC Basel'sMohamed Salah scored an exquisite goal at Stamford Bridge tonight to equalize against Chelsea, before Basel'sMarco Streller scored in the 82nd minute to win all three points.

The goal by Salah was a perfect example of the teamwork by the Swiss side. Plus, the way Salah struck the ball first time into the net is something to watch more than once.

Chelsea v FC Basel: Official Teams Announced

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CHELSEA Starting XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, D Luiz, Cole; Van Ginkel, Lamps (c); Hazard, Oscar, Willian; Eto'o
Subs: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, JT, Mikel, De Bruyne, Mata. Ba

FC BASEL Starting XI: Sommer, Streller (c), Ivanov, Stocker, Voser, Schar, Safari, Frei, Diaz, Salah, Sio
Subs: Vailati, Degen, Delgado, Sauro, Xhaka, Degen

Here is tonight's UEFA teamsheet, with the Basel line-up included.

Champions League Review: Rooney and Ronaldo star on Matchday 1

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Champions League Review: Rooney and Ronaldo star on Matchday 1 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The biggest competition in European football is back in town, as the UEFA Champions League campaign kicked off on Tuesday night with several big names in action. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and PSG all ran out comfortable winners and got their UEFA Champions League seasons off to the perfect start.

Chelsea v FC Basel preview: Team News and Predicted Blues Starting XI

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Chelsea v FC Basel preview: Team News and Predicted Blues Starting XI - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea welcome FC Basel at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League group stage opener on Wednesday night. The Blues have not won their last three matches in all competition and would be looking to start their European journey under Jose Mourinho with a victory.

Chelsea Projected UCL Lineup against FC Basel features Willian and "Beautiful Young Eggs"

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Chelsea host FC Basel in the opening match of their Champions League Group Stage campaign Wednesday evening at Stamford Bridge. After suffering a frustrating loss away to Everton over the weekend the Blues will be looking to bounce back as they kick off their new European Campaign after having won the Champions League title and Europa League titles in the previous two campaigns back to back.

Chelsea v FC Basel: Name YOUR starting eleven for the blues!

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Chelsea take on FC Basel tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho begins our assault on Europe's premier club competition, the Champions League. After an unexpected defeat at Everton at the weekend, all eyes will be on Jose's selection ahead of the game and I wanted to ask you the Chelsea fan reading this post, who YOU would like to start the game?

GIF It: David Luiz’s stunning curler (Chelsea vs FC Basel)

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After an initial scare, Chelsea ultimately eased past FC Basel to reach the Europa League final. The perfect visualisation of that easy progression was David Luiz's goal, the Blues' third of the night. The Brazilian effortlessly curled the ball into the net from 30 yards. Basel keeper Yann Sommer didn't even move.

Video: Chelsea stewards employ amazing time-wasting tactics against FC Basel

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Security staff are often unfairly caricatured as lumbering meat-heads. And Chelsea's stewards did little to change that during last night's Europa League victory over FC Basel. Their boss had obviously told them to walk round the pitch without stopping. And walk round the pitch without stopping they did, seemingly oblivious to the fact that they [.

Chelsea 3-1 (5-2) FC Basel - Amsterdam here we come!

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It took us the half time interval to get our tempo going after conceding a goal just before half time but within 15 minutes or so from the re-start, this game was dead and buried and Chelsea head to Amsterdam to take on Benfica on Wednesday 15th May in the Europa League final!

It was always going to be one of those games tonight with Chelsea leading 2-1 after the first leg with two away goals scored.

Chelsea vs FC Basel Match Highlights, UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg [VIDEO]

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Chelsea reached another European final tonight with a convincing performance against a resolute FC Basel side.

With Chelsea having the 2-1 lead from the first leg, the last thing the Blues needed was to concede the first goal of the match, and that's exactly what happened. But Rafa Benitez's side was able to bounce back in style.

Chelsea 3-1 (5-2) FC Basel - The Goals.

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Chelsea to meet Benfica in Europa League Final

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By DAN KARELL

Two teams that began the season in the Champions League will be meeting in the Europa League final on May 15 in Amsterdam.

Following a one-goal deficit at the half, Chelsea hit three in a row including a David Luiz golazo to win easily over Swiss side FC Basel 5-2 on aggregate at Stamford Bridge while Benfica, who trailed 1-0 coming into the match, got two goals from forward Oscar Cardozo to defeat Fenerbahce at the Estadio da Luz, 3-1, on the night and 3-2, on aggregate in the Europa League semifinals.

Chelsea’s David Luiz Scores A Scorcher Against Basel in Europa League Semi-Final [GIF]

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Chelsea have reached their twelfth major final during Roman Abramovich's reign after Brazilian David Luiz scored a scorcher of a goal to put the game out of FC Basel's reach in the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg.

With a goal that looked like it was going to be teed up for Frank Lampard, David Luiz decided to have a crack at goal instead, which he took beautifully and curled the ball into the corner of the net.

Chelsea vs. FC Basel Tactical Preview

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Already 2-1 up from their first-leg trip to Switzerland, Chelsea play hosts to FC Basel this week hoping to tie up their place in this season's Europa League final with the aim of winning a European title for the second consecutive campaign.

David Luiz's 90th-minute winner gives Rafa Benitez's side a controlling gripwith of the semi-final heading into their West London encounter with the Swiss giants, which could easily play its role in the Spaniard's tactics heading into this match.

Who should start for Chelsea tonight against FC Basel?

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Chelsea are one game away from their THIRD European Final in six years. With two away goals in the bag we are in the driving seat and are favourites to go through to Amsterdam.

However, this game is far from over and FC Basel are a very dangerous opponent as Rafa Benitez explained yesterday when he said:
"We have an opportunity but my concern is that we will be thinking we are in the final.

FC Basel 1-2 Chelsea: Rate the performance!

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Chelsea will take a 2-1 lead into next weeks second leg against FC Basel after David Luiz scored the winner on the night with literally the last kick of the game. Two away goals puts us in a commanding position and we are now favourites to progress to the final although, there is still work to do.

FC Basel vs Chelsea, Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Chelsea are in pole position to reach the final of the 2012-13 Europa League if they can keep FC Basel at bay in their match at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, May 2.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, Chelsea still has a job to do against a difficult Swiss side.

If you missed any of the action or want to see the highlights again, watch the video highlights of FC Basel versus Chelsea (US readers only, due to rights restrictions).

Europa League Rewind: Chelsea win in Basel, Fenerbahce beats Benfica

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By DAN KARELL

Chelsea were facing a trip back to London with another draw after conceding a late goal. Fortunately for them, defender David Luiz had other ideas.

The Brazilian struck a free kick in the 94th minute through the opposition wall and into the net, giving Chelsea a thrilling 2-1 victory over FC Basel on Thursday night in Europa League semifinal action from Basel.

FC Basel vs Chelsea, Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Chelsea are England's last hope for a European trophy this season, with a tricky semi-final against FC Basel scheduled to kick off at 3pm ET today (live on FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer 2Go).

Here's our preview of FC Basel versus Chelsea, which points out the main threats to look out for in the Swiss side FC Basel.

FC Basel vs Chelsea: Preview and Projected Line-Ups

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FC Basel's home – St. Jakob-Park – has been nothing short of a graveyard for several top clubs in recent years. Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Tottenham have all failed to beat FC Basel at this stadium. Chelsea's prospects in the Europa League semifinals does not look exactly promising especially taking into account Chelsea's poor away record in European matches over the last few seasons.

FC Basel vs Chelsea, Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Preview

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Chelsea face stern opponents in the Europa League on Thursday against Swiss Super League current champions FC Basel. With an impressive resume against English clubs in recent years, having toppled Tottenham in the previous round and Manchester United in last year's UEFA Champions League, one thing is certain.

Pick the Chelsea side to take on FC Basel.

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Tomorrow night, Chelsea travel to Switzerland to take on FC Basel in the Europa League semi final first leg and with our priority of finishing in the top four taking a blow by dropping two points on Sunday at Liverpool, it will be interesting to see how Rafa Benitez approaches this one.

The Europa League is the final chance of silverware Chelsea has to aim for this season no disrespect to the other sides left in the competition, this is a trophy we should we winning this season without fail!

Chelsea Faces Basel in Europa League Semi-Final; Barcelona to Play Munich in Champions League

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The draws for the Europa League and UEFA Champions League semi-finals have been made.

In the Europa League, Chelsea will face FC Basel — the team that knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the tournament. In the other semi-final, Fenerbahce will play Benfica. The matches will be played on April 25 and May 2, with the winners playing in the Europa League Final in Amsterdam on May 15.

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Mkhitaryan Shows Why Dortmund Spent the Money on Him

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Borussia Dortmund's new attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan put on a display to start showing everyone why Dortmund went after him scoring one and setting up another in Dortmund's 3-1 win over FC Basel. The Champions League final runners-up splashed the €27 million on the Armenian international last week.

FC Basel 2013/14 adidas Home Kit

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Swiss Super League champions for the last four seasons FC Basel 1893 have unveiled their [...]

Tottenham Thoroughly Outplayed in Europa League Loss to Basel

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After 120 minutes of play and a penalty shootout, Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League lifeline was finally cut off in Basel, Switzerland on Thursday night.

For the second consecutive European match, Spurs were outplayed by their Swiss opponent, FC Basel.

In the first leg, Basel stormed out to a two-goal lead at White Hart Lane, an offensive output that proved that they meant business going into the second leg at their fortress of St.