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Basel Braced For Porto Clash

Basle’s Champions League tie against Porto on Wednesday pits two clubs who have mastered the art of nurturing the talent of little-known footballers and selling them on to Europe’s top teams.
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Unable to compete with the financial power of the biggest clubs, both have instead been happy to accept a role as stepping-stones for players hoping to make their way to one of the leading five leagues.
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Both have been highly successful at what they do and have managed to remain competitive despite allowing a succession of top footballers to walk through the exit door.
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Twice European champions Porto have raked in more than half a billion euros ($570.20 million) from selling players, many of them bought for a pittance from South American clubs, in the last 10 years.
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The likes of Radamel Falcao, Hulk, James Rodriguez, Raul Meireles, Pepe and Anderson all passed through the Dragao Stadium and Porto’s much-acclaimed youth academy before heading elsewhere.
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However, they have managed to keep replenishing their talent pool and now boast the likes of Colombia forward Jackson Martinez in attack and Algeria midfielder Yacine Brahimi in midfield.
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Porto have won the Primeira Liga seven times in the last 10 season and reached the Champions League knockout stages five times.
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Basle’s model is slightly different as they place more emphasis on generating revenue from ticket and hospitality sales and regard income from transfers as a welcome extra.
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Even so they have an impressive record and, in the last few years, have turned the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Yann Sommer into Bundesliga material and helped Egypt forward Mohamed Salah earn a move to the Premier League.

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