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Stuttgart bring Germany striker Gomez back home

11:26 SAST 2017/12/22
Mario Gomez Wolfsburg Bundesliga
The 32-year-old attacker has moved back to his first professional club nearly a decade after leaving for Bayern Munich

Germany striker Mario Gomez has sealed a return to former club Stuttgart from Bundesliga counterparts Wolfsburg on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The 32-year-old was a product of the youth system at Stuttgart, where he made his Bundesliga and international breakthroughs more than a decade ago, memorably firing Die Schwaben to the title in 2006-07.

Gomez has 155 goals in 281 Bundesliga appearances over the course of his career and 87 of those came with Stuttgart before joining Bayern Munich in 2009 for a then German top-flight record of €30million.

He went on to play for Fiorentina and Besiktas, with Gomez's form for the Turkish giants earning him a surprise Germany recall for Euro 2016, four years on from his previous competitive appearance for Die Mannschaft.

A return to his homeland with Wolfsburg followed that tournament but, after a successful campaign last time around, Gomez has only managed one Bundesliga goal this term.

He leaves Wolfsburg 12th in the table – two places and as many points above Stuttgart, where Gomez will be in line for a second debut when they host Hertha Berlin after the mid-season break.

Hannes Wolf's side are on a five-match losing run in all competitions after being dumped out of the DFB-Pokal in midweek.