Xherdan Shaqiri takes center stage Wednesday when the Switzerland star's current and future clubs, FC Basel and Bayern Munich, meet in the Champions League round of 16.

Shaqiri, who agreed a reported ?11.6 million ($15.3 million) transfer this month, will join the German giant at the end of the season - though appears to be needed now.

Bayern is in crisis mode ahead of the first leg after being held 0-0 at the Bundesliga's bottom side Freiburg on Saturday, and slipping to third.

Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger says: ''The alarm bells are ringing.''

Coach Jupp Heynckes says Shaqiri ''has everything to become a really big player.''