Vedad Ibišević was born on 6 August 1984 in Vlasenica, a small town in eastern Bosnia. When the 1992 war broke out in Bosnia, Vedad’s family had to move to Tuzla in the north-east of Bosnia. It was here that he began to play football at a suburbian club – Proleter Slavinovići – and the sport became a focus, an escape and a passion.
It wasn’t long before Vedad, or ‘Vedo’ as he’s known to friends and family, moved into the (then) first division club Zmaj od Bosne (Dragon of Bosnia). At 16 years old, Vedo and his family moved to Switzerland, where he trained with FC Baden. But when his family had to move on again just 10 months later, St Louis in the USA became his new home and Vedo flourished, becoming one of the region’s biggest soccer prospects.
During his college years, he won the NCAA Freshman of the Year award and played for both the St. Louis Strikers and Chicago Fire in the USL Premier Development League.
Vedad’s ties to his home country remained strong, and in 2004 he earned a spot on the Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 team, while being scouted by several European clubs.
He ultimately signed on with renowned French team Paris Saint-Germain FC, where he played his first professional games, but after a period in which he played only four games, in the second part of the 2004/2005 season he moved to the French second-division team Dijon on loan.
He stayed with Dijon until the end of the 2005/2006 season and proved his worth as a goalscorer, scoring 10 goals in 33 matches for his temporary club.
Vedad’s next move took him into the Bundesliga with Alemannia Aachen. His performances in the Bundesliga paved the way for a place on the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team in 2007 as well as another transfer – this time to 1899 Hoffenheim.
During his five years with the German club, he racked up 123 appearances and scored 48 goals, including the second-fastest hat-trick in Bundesliga history and the fastest goal scored in the 2009-10 season.
In January 2012, Vedad announced his move to fellow Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart. That same year, he scored the only goal in a match that would earn the Bosnian team their first ever appearance at a World Cup Finals.
Vedad went on to score Bosnia’s first goal during the World Cup Finals during the Argentina versus Bosnia game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He continued to play at club level with VfB Stuttgart, and signed a new contract to stay with the German club until 2017, but in August 2015 Vedad made Hertha BSC his next (and so far, final) club side.
After a year with the Berlin side Vedad was named club captain and by the start of 2017 he'd made over 300 total professional appearances and scored more than 100 goals in his career.Read more