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Thursday, February 23, 2012

This Week in the Knockout Stages...

FC Basel celebrate Valentin Stocker's late goal

Real Madrid will have their work cut out for them at the Santiago Bernabeu after the Russian side CSKA Moscow were able to hammer in a late goal to tie the match up 1-1 while Napoli outplayed and outscored a struggling Chelsea side at home, defeating them 3-1. The second set of fixtures saw the two underdogs prevail with 1-0 wins. Olympique Marseilles defeated Inter Milan at their home stadium while FC Basel defeated German giants Bayern Munich at St. Jakob Park.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Second Chapter in the Basel Fairytale off to a Good Start

Valentin Stocker put the winning goal
past Manuel Neuer to give Basel a leg
up in the return leg in Munich

FC Basel were the victors in the much anticipated Bavarian derby as Bayern Munich were unable to hold off a strong Basel side at St. Jakob Park. Substitute Valentin Stocker netted his second goal of the season after being out of action for eight months with a knee injury and then a hamstring injury. The match was truly one to remember and proof that the UEFA Champions League is easily the most exciting league in the world. Both sides showed an impressive amount of pace and skill from each individual player as well as all-around tactical skill as a team. Basel’s defensive transitions were straight from the white board and Bayern worked the ball through the midfield and into the home side’s penalty area with pace and skill. Basel were the victors, but both teams certainly had their chances and played out an intense and entertaining first round of their UEFA Champions League fixture. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

FCB vs FCB: The Bavarian UCL Derby

Bayern Munich trains in St. Jakob-Park
For those of us who don't speak German, here there is lots of hype surrounding the FC Basel FC Bayern Munich fixture on Wednesday evening. Former youth coach Heiko Vogel is now the leading man at Basel and Basel starlet Xherdan Shaqiri has already secured a move to the German side in the summer. Last season Munich faced off against Basel in the group stage and won both fixtures, the first a 3-0 and the second a 2-1. Both sides are ridden with promising youth but balanced out by older players with Champions League experience. The Battle of Bavaria will certainly be a set Champions League fixtures you won't want to miss.