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Edin Džeko

Number Number 10


17th March 1986


Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina






27th January 2011



Former Clubs

Zeljeznicar, FK Teplice, Wolfsburg


Bosnia and Herzegovina, 54 caps, 29 goals

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Edin Džeko began his playing career at local side FK Zeljeznicar as a midfielder. But when he moved to FK Teplice in the Czech league, he finished top scorer for the 2006-07 season with 13 goals from 30 appearances. He moved to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in the summer of 2007 for €4million and made an immediate impact with five goals in 11 games, helping the club to fifth place and a UEFA Cup spot. His second season was exceptional. Dzeko formed a potent partnership with Brazilian Grafite, scoring 26 out of the duo's record-breaking 54 goals as Wolfsburg won their first league title.

He was voted 2008-09 German Footballer of the Year award and was also nominated for the 2009 Ballon d'Or, won by Lionel Messi. Not bad company to keep.

He became the highest League scorer in Wolfsburg's history. He scored 66 goals in 111 Bundesliga matches and 84 times in all competitions and with an international record to match he rightly was regarded as one of the best strikers in Europe. That he became a target for many clubs is no surprise. He opted to join Roberto Mancini's City in January of 2011.

January transfer moves are never easy but even so, given his goal scoring record, expectations were naturally high. After opening his account for the Blues in just his third outing to salvage a draw with Notts County in the FA Cup he took a while to chalk up his first league goal, a well taken & crucial winner away against Blackburn. Phew. The pressure had been mounting but thankfully he was mostly spared the media spotlight as they had focused their beady eyes upon one Fernando Torres who was spectacularly underperforming at Chelsea following his Ł50m transfer.

Džeko started the 2011/12 season on fire scoring City's first goal of the season, a tap-in against Swansea before going on to bag a four goal haul against Spurs in one of the finest City striker performances in recent memory. Inexplicably, he was then rotated by Roberto Mancini and never seemed to regain the same form. He did weigh in with a vital 14 goals in 30 appearances over the season though and was the clubs leading goal scorer in the league the following season despite restricted starts.

He does seem to have a knack of scoring critical goals which is not a bad trait to have. Against Notts County in the FA Cup winning year, the only goal in The Citizens gritty 1-0 away win at Wigan in January which could hardly have been any more important, given the margins at the top of the table at the season's end & the equaliser in the epic title winning season finale against QPR.

He has developed a reputation for being either sublime or poor, can get bullied by robust defending and, by the end of a disappointing defence of the Premier League title, he was cutting a frustrated figure. His performance away against Everton being a particular low point. However, with the departures of Baltotelli in January 2013 and Tevez, with Manuel Pellegrini to restore his self-confidence and deliver a style of play which may suit him - plenty of width and less tippy-tappy around the middle of the park - he has a chance to re-establish himself as one of the deadliest strikers in Europe. I hope so. You don't have a scoring record like his because you are a bad finisher.

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