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A new European Under-19 club competition, the UEFA Youth League, will begin in the 2013/14 season to give young players international competition experience at club level.

The 32 clubs that qualify for the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage will also be given the opportunity to participate in the UEFA Youth League from next season. A 96-game group stage will take place between September and December 2013, with fixtures being played around or on the same dates as the UEFA Champions League at grounds in close proximity to the venues used for those matches, where logistics allow. The eight group winners and eight runners-up from the UEFA Youth League group stage will then participate in a knockout phase, played in single matches, from February 2014 onwards.

The trophy will be named after the UEFA honorary president Lennart Johansson. This format will remain for a second year before a review is held, which also ensures that the UEFA Youth League runs alongside the existing club competition cycle which ends after the 2014/15 campaign.

"We believe the UEFA Youth League is an attractive additional proposition for UEFA Champions League clubs," said UEFA President Michel Platini. "We have now created a competitive opportunity for youth players to be involved in international matches at club level. It allows us to provide a development opportunity and great experience not only for the players, but also for referees, who will be appointed on an international basis.

"Additionally, UEFA will bring its organisational control to these matches, which will mirror closely the UEFA Champions League season. There are benefits for clubs, as they will be able to bridge the gap between their youth and first teams, and enhance their commitment to developing their teams at youth level. Our objective is only driven by a sporting perspective."

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FIXTURES ANNOUNCED -http://www.chelseafc.com/news-article/article/3448357

The fixture details are:

Wednesday 18 September
Chelsea v FC Basel
Cobham Training Ground
1pm kick-off - No spectators admitted

Tuesday 1 October
Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea
Concordia Chiajna
12 noon kick-off

Tuesday 22 October
Schalke 04 v Chelsea
2pm kick-off

Tuesday 5 November
Chelsea v Schalke 04
Aldershot Town FC
7pm kick-off

Tuesday 26 November
FC Basel v Chelsea
Stadion Rankhof
3pm kick-off

Tuesday 10 December
Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea
Aldershot Town FC
7pm kick-off

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Chelsea Select UEFA Youth League Squad


Scottish sensation Islam Feruz was impressive for Chelsea throughout the NextGen Series last year.

Chelsea have named a very strong squad for their inaugural UEFA Youth League campaign.

Lewis Baker, Nathan Ake, Islam Feruz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all increasingly becoming household names and have been named in the under 19 squad.

Feruz has been particularly impressive since joining the London club from Celtic over two years ago now.

The 17-year-old has played for Scotland at every youth level, most recently making his debut for the under 21 side where he has now racked up four appearances and netted twice.

He made his first-team debut for the Blues pre-season against a Malaysia XI side.

He was also the joint topscorer in last season’s NextGen Series competition, meaning any defence should fear the young Scotsman in this competition.

Chelsea will play Schalke, Basel and Steaua Bucharest in the group stage.

Full Squad: (from @ChelseaYouth)

Mitchell Beeney, Ben Killip, Ola Aina, Nathan Ake, George Brady, Andreas Christensen, Dion Conroy, Fankaty Dabo, Jordan Houghton, Jonathan Muleba, Kevin Wright, Charley Musonda, Lewis Baker, George Cole, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Isak Ssewankambo, John Swift, Kasey Palmer, Islam Feruz.

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Posted on: Wed 11 Sep 2013

The Chelsea Under-19 team's away fixture in Romania in the new UEFA Youth League will be played in a different stadium from the one first announced.

The match against Steaua Bucharest will now be played at Mogoşoaia Stadium, which is part of the National Football Centre in Mogoșoaia, and holds 1,000 spectators. Mogoșoaia is just outside Bucharest.

The address is:

Centrul Naţional de Fotbal, Strada Motocului, nr. 3

Zip code:77135

City: Mogoşoaia

The game is on the same day as the first teams of the two clubs meet in the Champions League, Tuesday 1 October, with the Youth League game kicking-off at 12 noon.

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Anyone see the Lewis-baker goals from our 4-1 victory. The first from a free kick was great, the second, a forty yarder was just sensational.

Merged with this thread. Don't need to have 2 similar ones...

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Anyone see the Lewis-baker goals from our 4-1 victory. The first from a free kick was great, the second, a forty yarder was just sensational.

The first, the FK, was posted in his thread in the player database. Can't find a video of the second.

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Dint know that it was just a ONE - LEGGED affair.

We play schalke in the quarter finals.

If ww beat schalke (against whom we did a double in the grouo atages wuth a 2-0 and a 1-0 win), ww qiol be playing the winner of arsenal vs barca.

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