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Roger Federer cheers on FC Basel against Chelsea in Europa League

Roger Federer Roger Federer dons a scarf with logos for both Chelsea and FC Basel. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Roger Federer was in the stands at St. Jakob Park on Thursday to support his hometown soccer club as FC Basel played host to Chelsea in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals.

Before the match, Federer backed his team to come out on top.

"We are looking forward like little kids to this game," Federer told Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung.

"In the end it will be 2-1 for FC Basel and all will have experienced an unforgettable evening."

So close, Roger.

He got the scoreline right, but it was Chelsea that won 2-1.

Here's video of Federer cheering on his boys with Marco Chiudinelli. We learn that Federer cheers for his favorite sports teams the same way the rest of us plebes do: with goofy abandon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfgtxfKrWVo&feature=player_embedded

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