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The incredible starting XI of players sold by Basel

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Ivan Rakitic (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) are two of the most famous player to play for Basel
Ivan Rakitic (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) are two of the most famous player to play for Basel

Basel is one of the biggest clubs in Switzerland and some of the best Swiss players have played for the club. In fact, one of the club’s most famous players, Joan Gamper, is the founder of FC Barcelona and FC Zurich.

The Swiss club has won twenty league titles of which 12 were won in the 21st century. In recent years, they’ve done well in European competitions as well. They’ve progressed in the Champions League or the Europa League at the expense of one of Manchester United, Liverpool, Spurs or Chelsea.

Basel’s success has earned them a lot of fans including tennis ace Roger Federer. However, their success has also come at a cost. Over the years, they’ve groomed or signed some fantastic young players but as soon as these players start performing consistently, they are poached by other European teams.

Some of the players Basel have sold in recent years have gone on to win numerous trophies and break long-standing records. So here is an XI of stars who played for the Swiss giants. 

Goalkeeper - Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Sommer is the Switzerland's #1
Sommer is Switzerland's #1

Yann Sommer is a product of the Basel academy which you will soon realize has honed some fantastic players.

Sommer had two loan spells with FC Vaduz and Grasshopper Club Zürich before becoming a regular for Basel between the sticks. He won four league titles and a Swiss Cup with Basel before leaving them in 2014 to join Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach as a replacement for Marc-André ter Stegen.

The 29-year-old has been with Gladbach since as their first choice goalkeeper and has earned a reputation as one of the best goalkeepers in the league and Europe. He is also his country’s first choice goalkeeper with 39 caps to his name.

This summer, he was linked with Arsenal but a move never materialized. However, since he’s entering his 30s, a move away from Gladbach could happen soon.

Honourable mention: Tomáš Vaclík (Sevilla)

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