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Based: Basel, Switzerland
Ground: St. Jakob-Park (38,512)
Swiss Super League 2013/14: 1st
Champions League 2013/14: Group stage
Europa League 2013/14: Quarter-final
Manager: Paulo Sousa
Notable player(s): Walter Samuel
Real Madrid were among the top seeds in Thursday's Champions League draw, so they were always set to avoid some of Europe's biggest hitters.
However, there were still some dangerous teams in the second pot. Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund were all possible rivals, so they will have been happy to see FC Basel join them in Group B.
Not that the Swiss side will be a walk-over.
In last season's Champions League they beat Jose Mourinho's Chelsea home and away, although they could only manage to finish third in the group.
Dropping into the Europa League, they progressed to the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by Valencia.
Paulo Sousa, once a player for Benfica, Juventus and Inter Milan, manages Basel, and the 43-year-old will be hopeful of causing an upset against Madrid when the two sides meet at St. Jakob-Park.
After those famous wins against Chelsea, though, the Blues, suitably impressed, snapped up the Rotblau's best player, Mohamed Salah.
There is still one particularly notable name in the Basel squad: Walter Samuel. The Argentine defender, who made 40 appearances for Madrid nearly a decade ago, was signed on a free transfer this summer.