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Basel swoop for Smiljanic

Published: Monday 20 January 2003, 17.00CET
Boris Smiljanic has joined FC Basel from Swiss Nationalliga A leaders Grasshopper-Club.
Published: Monday 20 January 2003, 17.00CET

Basel swoop for Smiljanic

Boris Smiljanic has joined FC Basel from Swiss Nationalliga A leaders Grasshopper-Club.

Boris Smiljanic has joined FC Basel from Swiss Nationalliga A leaders Grasshopper-Club for an undisclosed fee.

Ineligible for Europe
The 26-year-old, who wore the captain's armband at Grasshoppers this season, has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Basel. However, he will not be eligible for the UEFA Champions League, having played for Grasshoppers in the UEFA Cup this season.

Gamboa joins
Grasshoppers have replaced Smiljanic by signing Argentinian international Fernando Gamboa on a one-and-a-half year contract. The 32-year-old, who has won 12 caps for Argentina, joins from CA Chacarita Juniors.

Top of the table
Smiljanic, whose solitary appearance for Switzerland came four years ago, joined Grasshoppers in 1993 and helped them finish the first half of the season top of the Swiss first division ahead of Basel, who denied them both league and Swiss Cup success last season.

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