Switzerland forward Marco Streller has left German champions VfB Stuttgart to return to his first club FC Basel 1893.
The 26-year-old has agreed a contract with the Swiss Cup winners until summer 2012 for an undisclosed fee. Streller had just played a part in Stuttgart securing their first Bundesliga title since 1992, scoring five goals in 27 matches but was keen to return to his homeland, especially with UEFA EURO 2008™ fast approaching. Capped 22 times, Streller's eighth international goal came in this month's 1-1 friendly draw with Argentina.
Stuttgart sporting director Horst Heldt said: "Marco wanted to leave for Basel and asked us to release him. We have now found a satisfactory solution for all sides." Streller arrived at Stuttgart midway through the 2003/04 campaign and went on to score nine goals in 55 league games, while he had a spell on loan at 1.FC Köln during the 2005/06 season which brought three goals in 14 league appearances. While Stuttgart will enter the UEFA Champions League, Basel will take part in August's UEFA Cup second qualifying round.
Dzombic moves on
Meanwhile, former Swiss Under-21 international Damir Dzombic is hoping to get his career back on track after a serious knee injury at UEFA Cup contenders FC Vaduz. The 22-year-old defender has left Basel for the Liechtenstein club, who play in the Swiss second division, on a one-year contract having featured in just five Super League matches in the past two seasons.
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