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Talent Scout: Edin Dzeko – World Soccer

Dzeko has been a potent risk all through his profession, however check out what we wrote again in June 2009.

Expertise Scout: Edin Dzeko (June 2009) 

Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath was not trotting out cliches in the summertime of 2007 when he described his new striker Dzeko, a £three.3million purchase from Czech Republic outfit Teplice, as “one for the longer term”. After testing the Bundesliga waters final season, the younger Bosnian has been making a tidal wave of a splash this time period, proving himself each a one-man purpose rush and a selfless artistic pressure.

Simply turned 23, Dzeko is a part of a Wolfsburg aspect seeking to declare their first-ever German league title, and 7 targets within the first six World Cup qualifiers have set Bosnia up properly for a play-off push.

Clever, technically adroit, in a position to shoot with both foot, dominant within the air and undaunted by hard-as-nails defenders, he’s equally snug in a entrance two or main the road alone. With Wolfsburg strike-partner Grafite sidelined for a number of weeks earlier this yr following a cartilage operation, Dzeko was fairly excellent within the function of lone entrance runner.

Worldwide: Dzeko had a troublesome childhood rising up in Bosnia (Getty Photos)

Bosnia’s coach, the veteran ex-Croatia boss Miroslav Blazevic, is adamant Dzeko is on the verge of superstardom, claiming: “You see – in a yr or two he’ll be up there with the perfect.”

In the meantime, membership boss Magath – who’s conscious of the curiosity from Arsenal, Manchester United and Milan – is extra circumspect in his analysis, saying: “He has nice qualities, no query. He’s making sound progress. He has change into far more of a risk along with his head and is displaying better function on the pitch. Nevertheless, he must be cautious of the hype.

“Sadly, there’s a development lately to not give children the time to correctly develop. He’s solely 23 and never but the whole package deal. For instance, he doesn’t at all times select the appropriate possibility in entrance of purpose.”

Dzeko’s skilled life stands in sharp distinction to the concern and wish of his childhood in Bosnia. He was an toddler when the bloody civil battle broke out within the Balkans and painful recollections proceed to hang-out him to today.

“Meals was scarce and every day was tense,” he recollects. “Gunfire and bombs had been throughout. You could possibly be shot any time, anyplace. I keep in mind crying rather a lot at the moment.”

Striker: Dzeko in motion for Wolfsburg (Getty Photos)

Later, with peace restored and Bosnia gaining full independence, he started to make his mark as a footballer and joined the schoolboy ranks of high Sarajevo membership Zeljeznicar. Ultimately making the primary crew, he discovered the right mentor in younger Czech coach Jiri Plisek, who not solely influenced his enjoying model but in addition arrange his switch to Teplice for £80,000 in 2005.

Despatched out on mortgage to second division aspect Usti nad Labam, the place Plisek had taken over, he managed six targets in 15 video games earlier than returning to Teplice for the beginning of the 2006-07 season. A return of 13 targets made him the league’s second-top marksman.

Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg had been quickly vying for his companies, with the latter proving extra persuasive. Together with his being the form of “secret expertise” Bremen as soon as had a monopoly on, they might remorse lacking out on Dzeko for a very long time.

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