The second Bosnian in Roma’s history, frontman Edin Džeko was born in Sarajevo in 1986. He started his footballing career at FK Željezničar, where he made his professional debut in 2003 as a wide midfielder. He remained in the Bosnian capital until 2005, when he was bought by Teplice before being sent to Czech side Ústí nad Labem on loan.
Džeko played 15 times in the Czech second division, scoring six goals as he lined up as a striker for the first time. After barely six months in the Czech Republic, Džeko returned to Teplice. He went on to make 43 appearances and score 16 goals in his 18-month stay at the club. Džeko’s career took a great leap forward in the summer of 2007 as he moved to Felix Magath’s Wolfsburg. He scored eight goals in 28 games during his first season in Germany, before his 26-goal haul in 32 games in his second season saw him named the Bundesliga’s best player.
Džeko remained with Wolfsburg until January 2011, before moving to England and joining Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City side. Džeko’s first season in England saw him lift the FA Cup with City, who won the Premier League the following season to end a 44-year wait for the title. The Bosnian striker scored 14 times in 30 games to aid City’s charge, including one vital strike to level the score against Queens Park Rangers on the last day of the season.
Džeko also won the Community Shield and Capital One Cup with City, as well as another Premier League title in the 2013-14 season. In total, he scored 72 goals in 189 games for City - an impressive haul for the striker who had to share time with the likes of Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic during his time in Manchester.
He arrived in Rome in the September 2015, heralded as the 'bomber' to propel the side to glory. Things did not quite work out the way he wanted during that first campaign, however, with a lack of pre-season preparation hampering him as, despite a home debut goal in a win over Juventus, he only managed 10 goals over the course of the campaign.
For the 2016-17 campaign, however, everything changed. With a full pre-season behind him Dzeko started the season scoring goals and never really stopped, eventually breaking the all-time club record with 39 in all competitions, including 29 in Serie A. That was enough for him to win the prestigious Capocannoniere title (Serie A top goalscorer) - joining his idol Andriy Shevchenko among the illustrious list of winners.
Having proved the critics wrong, Dzeko clearly feels settled and confident in the capital. Few would bet against their being many more goals to come over the coming months.Show More Show Less