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04.11.2008 10:25

Barça-Basel: Did you know?


Barça and Basel meet tonight in the fourth round of Champions League group matches. Here is a selection of stats and trivia relating to tonight’s game.

- All three Swiss clubs that have played official fixtures at the Camp Nou in the past have been defeated. These were the Basel and Zurich select XI that lost 5-2 (1958-59) and FC Zurich who went down 3-1 (1967/68), both in the old Fairs Cup, while Lugano lost 3-0 in a Cup Winners Cup game in 1968/69.

- Basel have never won away to a Spanish team, having lost four times and managed just one draw.

- Barça and Arsenal are the highest scoring teams in the Champions League so far, both with ten goals.

- Guardiola’s side is also the highest scoring in any of the major European leagues, having scored 28 goals in nine matches, an average of 3.1 goals a match.

QM3D9674.jpg- Six players have taken part in every Champions League game played by FC Barcelona to date: Valdés, Puyol, Alves, Xavi, Touré and Henry. Xavi Hernández is one of the only two players to have supplied three assists in this season’s edition of the Champions League, the other being Chelsea’s Frank Lampard.

- Barça and Basel are both outright leaders of their respective leagues following last weekend’s results.

- Neither side has any players out through suspension, and neither does either side have any players that stand to miss the next game if they are cautioned tonight.

- The Swiss outfit has been seriously hit by the loss of key player Scott Chipperfield, who has a urinary infection and will need an operation. The Australian started the first leg in Basel.
Barça-Basel: Did you know?
Romanian ref
The match official for the Barça v Basel fixture will be Romania’s Alexandru Dan Tudor. He will be assisted by Cristian Constantin and Aurel Onita.

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