FC Basel 1893 visit Group E winners FC Bayern München needing both a victory and an AS Roma defeat in Romania to salvage their UEFA Champions League ambitions.
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FC Basel 1893 visit Group E winners FC Bayern München hoping to turn their slim prospects of UEFA Champions League progress into an unlikely looking success story.
• The Swiss titleholders enter their final group fixture three points behind second-placed AS Roma. To overtake the Italian team, they not only need to beat a Bayern side who have won their last six European home games, but also require Roma to lose at CFR 1907 Cluj.
• Bayern won 2-1 with a late Bastian Schweinsteiger goal when the clubs met in Switzerland on Matchday 2 and visiting coach Thorsten Fink will know the size of Basel's task better than anyone having spent six seasons in Bayern's first-team squad as a player.
• If Basel fail to pull off their mission improbable they can take consolation from having already guaranteed third place, and UEFA Europa League entry, after beating CFR last time out.
• Although the teams had not met in UEFA competition before September, Bayern did face a Basel XI in the 1962/63 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup first round. Bayern won 3-0 in Switzerland and advanced after the second leg was not played.
• Bayern prevailed 3-1 at Basel in a friendly in January this year, Hamit Altıntop and Miroslav Klose (2) overturning Marco Streller's first-half strike.
• Bayern are seeking a seventh straight UEFA Champions League home victory against opponents who have three wins from four away games in this season's competition, qualifying included.
• Basel have won once in four attempts on German soil, 1-0 at Hamburger SV in the 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup third round, George Koumantarakis scoring. A 3-2 second-leg home reverse left them eliminated, however. Their last visit to Germany was a 1-1 draw at Hamburg in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage, Ivica Olić scoring for the hosts.
• Bayern's only previous encounter with Swiss opposition in UEFA competition was against Neuchâtel Xamax FC in the 1987/88 European Champion Clubs' Cup second round. They lost the first leg 2-1 – Lothar Matthäus scoring an away goal – and in the return needed late efforts from Hans Pflügler (87) and Jürgen Wegmann (90) to progress.
• Basel coach Fink won three Bundesliga titles with Bayern between 1997 and 2003. He was an 80th-minute substitute in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final loss to Manchester United FC but was not in the party for the 2001 final victory against Valencia CF.
• Bayern coach Louis van Gaal has faced another Swiss outfit, Grasshopper-Club, six times. As AFC Ajax coach he met them in the 1995/96 and 1996/97 UEFA Champions League group stages, recording a home win and away draw first time round, then a home defeat and away win.
• While at AZ Alkmaar, Van Gaal faced Grasshoppers in the 2005/06 and 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stages – a 1-0 home win and a 5-2 away success respectively.
• Klose scored SV Werder Bremen's goal in a 2-1 loss in Basel in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round and also played in Bremen's 3-0 home victory in the return.
• Alexander Frei played for Borussia Dortmund between 2006 and 2009, appearing in their 2-1 German Cup final defeat by Bayern in 2008.
• Çağdaş Atan spent 2008/09 with FC Energie Cottbus.
• Mario Gomez scored Germany's second goal in a 3-1 friendly win against Switzerland in February 2007. Philipp Lahm and Schweinsteiger also played while Streller got Switzerland's goal.
• Gomez struck twice more with Klose also on target when a Germany side also including Lahm and Schweinsteiger beat Switzerland 4-0 in another friendly in March 2008. Frei and Benjamin Huggel were on the losing home side.
• Gomez, Schweinsteiger and substitute Toni Kroos appeared in Germany's goalless draw with a Sweden side including Behrang Safari in a Gothenburg friendly on 17 November. The previous month Safari had featured in the Swedes' 4-1 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying loss to Mark van Bommel's Netherlands.
• Scott Chipperfield was in the Australia team beaten 4-0 by Germany at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Klose and Thomas Müller were among Germany's scorers.