Steaua Bucharest look ahead of Champions League Group E game against FC Basel

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So far, it has been a disappointing return to the Champions League for Steaua Bucharest.

A 3-0 reverse at Schalke was followed up by another thumping defeat - losing 4-0 at home to Chelsea last time around.

Now comes the visit of FC Basel - who are facing Romanian opponents for the fourth successive season.

It is Steaua's first visit to the group stages of the Champions League since the 2009-09 campaign - but a significant upturn in form is needed if they are to keep any thoughts of qualification alive.

Their last victory in the Champions League came against Dynamo Kiev in 2006 - since then they have recorded fifiteen defeats and four draws.

The home side will be hoping that striker Federico Piovaccari can translate some of his domestic form on the European stage - the Italian has five goals in seven league appearances.

Midfielder Alexandru Chipciu is also available for selection having played his first game since May in a 4-0 away win at Viitorul Constanta on Friday