From a once-in-a-lifetime title win with Wolfsburg in 2009 to underrated heroics against QPR on one of the most memorable days in Premier League history, Edin Džeko’s career has been a unique ride.
The prolific Bosnian is still going strong with Inter, but there have been a few memorable stops along the way since he made his professional debut some twenty years ago. And he’s scored goals everywhere he’s gone, 306 of them at club level to be exact.
🟢 Blazing a trail in the Bundesliga
Džeko’s strike-partnership with Grafite at Wolfsburg was the stuff of legend and fable which makes them both cult heroes at the Volkswagen Arena forever. He scored 26 goals & claimed 10 assists in their 2009-09 title season. All told, he bagged 36 goals for Die Wölfe that campaign.
Edin Dzeko for Wolfsburg during 2008/2009 season at 22 years old
👕 42 games
⚽️ 36 goals
🅰️ 12 assists
Bosnian & Football legend. The most underrated striker of his generation 🇧🇦
— Wyngback Soccer ⚽️ (@wyngback) September 19, 2021
Wolfsburg’s first and only Bundesliga title remains a miraculous feat that’s on a similar level to that which Leicester pulled off in the 2015-16 Premier League. Underdog stories need unlikely heroes and Edin Džeko played that role.
🦁 Two-time EPL champion with City
Džeko made a €37m move from Wolfsburg to the Premier League in 2011 after his goal-scoring antics in the Bundesliga meant that a departure was inevitable. He scored 72 goals in 189 appearances across all competitions for Man City and arguably the most important of those strikes was in stoppage time against QPR when City needed only a win on the final day of the 2011-12 season. They found themselves trailing with 91 minutes on the clock, so up stepped Džeko to head home a David Silva corner. We all know what happened next.
🏆 Two #PL titles
👕 130 matches
⚽️ 50 goals
🤝 11 assists#OnThisDay in 2011, @ManCity signed Edin Dzeko pic.twitter.com/8wk8trDcnU
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 7, 2022
🐺 Rampant for Roma
Džeko’s legacy is secured as one of the finest strikers of his generation. At Roma, he became the first player in history to score 50+ goals in three of Europe’s top five leagues with a half-century of Serie A strikes for the capital club. All told he bagged 119 goals for them in all competitions. Only club icons Francesco Totti (307) and Roberto Pruzzo (138) have scored more in the iconic colours of I Giallorossi.
🌱 Evergreen Edin
Just two days before his 36th birthday on Wednesday night, the veteran striker lined up for Inter against Liverpool for his 62nd appearance in the Champions League, a competition in which he’s now scored 25 career goals. After representing Wolfsburg, Man City and Roma with distinction, the latest stop on Džeko’s goal-scoring journey stations him at San Siro, with Italy’s most recent Scudetto winners.
The Nerazzurri needed an experienced head and they’re leaning heavily on Džeko’s know-how and craft at the top level this season. After the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, Džeko has become the focal point for Simone Inzaghi’s team. This season he’s got 14 goals in 33 appearances across all competitions.
🗣️ “Sometimes I manage to make difficult goals look easy.”
⚫️🔵 A highlight-reel worthy Edin Džeko goal!@Inter_en | #UCL pic.twitter.com/GtxyPcCLvw
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 22, 2021
An FA Cup, League Cup and two Premier League titles mean that Džeko’s trophy collection in England is complete, and those all fit nicely alongside that astonishing Bundesliga title win for Wolfsburg in 2009. He’s already gotten his hands on the Supercoppa Italiana with Inter this season and he’ll be determined to add the Scudetto in 2022. The skipper of his national team, Džeko’s tally of 60 goals in 118 appearances for Bosnia immediately make him arguably the finest player in their history.
With over a triple century of club goals to his name. there can be no doubt that Edin Džeko is a legendary figure of the modern game.