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Player of the Week - Edin Džeko

Player of the Week - Edin Džeko

Džeko scores twice to keep the pressure on Chelsea!

Premier League Champions Manchester City kept the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table, with a 4-2 win away to Hull City. Edin Džeko was the star of the game with a fantastic double. Everything was looking good for the Champions, when, after only 11 minutes they were winning 2-0, with goals from Sergio Agüero and Džeko. It was a fantastic strike by Džeko, who scored with a right-footed shot from outside the box.Džeko celebrates with teammate - David Silva.But, Hull City came back into the game, and it was 2-2 at half-time, after an own goal by City defender, Eliaquim Mangala, and a penalty from Hull striker, Abel Hernández, who was fouled by Mangala. In the second half, Džeko got his second and Frank Lampard stopped another Hull City fightback with a late goal. City fans will be happy to see Džeko scoring his first Premier League goals of the season and hope that he can beat the 16 goals he scored last season.

"I like to score goals and today I scored two. I just hope it will continue."  Edin Džeko.

What do we know about Edin Džeko?

Džeko was born in March 1986 in Sarajevo, which was then Yugoslavia, but is now the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Džeko started his career in his home country with Željezničar, but soon moved to the Czech Republic when he signed for Teplice. After 2 seasons with Teplice, he moved to Germany to play for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.Džeko rises like a salmon to score.He had 4 successful seasons in Germany and helped Wolfsburg to their first ever league title in 2008/09 and in 2009/10 he finished top scorer in the German league.In total, Džeko scored 85 goals in 142 appearances for Wolfsburg and became their highest ever goal scorer.

"Džeko is just the kind of striker a club would wish for. He is unselfish, has an accurate shot and header, and knows what to do with the ball the moment he receives it."  Felix Magath - Džeko's manager at Wolfsburg and ex-Fulham manager.

What has Džeko achieved in England?

Džeko moved to the UK in January 2010, when he signed for Manchester City for about £27 million. Since arriving at City, Džeko has won the FA Cup, Community Shield, League Cup and 2 Premier League titles. One highlight includes his 92nd minute equaliser in the 3-2 win against QPR that won City the Premier League title on the final day of the 2011/12 season. Another highlight was becoming the first City player to score 4 goals in a Premier League match (1-5 v Spurs).Džeko is Bosnia's all-time top scorer.Also, in 2013/14, Džeko scored at Old Trafford after only 43 seconds, this is the fastest away goal against Manchester United in Premier League history. So far, Džeko has scored 70 goals in 161 games for City and has recently signed a four-year contract, so we will see many more goals from Džeko in City colours!

"I'm really happy here at City, it's a second home to me, so it was an easy decision to stay."  Edin Džeko.

Does Džeko play for his national team?

Džeko celebrates with the Premier League trophy.Džeko is known as 'The Bosnian Diamond' in his native country and is a superstar there. He has been named Bosnian player of the year 3 times, he's his country's all-time top scorer (37 goals) and scored 10 goals to help Bosnia qualify for their first ever World Cup. At Brazil 2014, he scored Bosnia's first goal in their first ever World Cup victory (3-1 against Iran), but it was not enough to progress out of the group after defeats against Argentina and Nigeria.

"I feel proud about being Bosnia's top goalscorer, but I'm more proud when I know that my goals helped put us in the big competitions.”  Edin Džeko.

How was Džeko's childhood? 

Džeko in a ction against Liverpool.Džeko had a terrible childhood. His home in Sarajevo was destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people were killed during the Bosnian War. One day, Džeko's mother, Belma, called Džeko inside and seconds later a bomb hit the ground where he had been playing football. Today, Džeko uses his superstar status to talk to children in both Bosnia and Manchester about his origins. He talks about opportunity and against conflict. He has become Bosnia and Herzegovina's first UNICEF ambassador. 

I try to do something to make a change. I try to show children that it's not important what their name is, or whether they are a Muslim, Christian or Catholic." Edin Džeko.

Dzeko has won the Premier League twice with Manchester City, Getty.

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How much did you understand?

Džeko scores twice to keep the pressure on Chelsea!

Premier League Champions Manchester City kept the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table with a 4-2 win away to Hull City. Edin Džeko was the star of the game with a fantastic double. Everything was looking good for the Champions, when, after only 11 minutes they were leading 2-0 after goals from Sergio Agüero and Džeko. It was a fantastic strike by Džeko, who scored with a right-footed shot from outside the box. But, Hull City came back into the game and it was 2-2 at half-time, after an own goal by City defender, Eliaquim Mangala and a penalty from Hull striker, Abel Hernández, who was fouled by Mangala. In the second half, Džeko got his second and Frank Lampard stopped another Hull City fightback with a late goal. City fans will be happy to see Džeko scoring his first Premier League goals of the season and hope that he can beat the 16 goals he scored last season.

"I like to score goals and today I scored two. I just hope it will continue."  Edin Džeko.

What do we know about Edin Džeko?

Džeko was born in March 1986 in Sarajevo, which was then Yugoslavia, but is now the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Džeko started his career in his home country with Željezničar, but soon moved to the Czech Republic when he signed for Teplice. After 2 seasons with Teplice, he moved to Germany to play for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. He had 4 successful seasons in Germany and helped Wolfsburg to their first ever league title in 2008/09 and in 2009/10 he finished top scorer in the German league.In total, Džeko scored 85 goals in 142 appearances for Wolfsburg and became their highest ever goal scorer.

"Džeko is just the kind of striker a club would wish for. He is unselfish, has an accurate shot and header, and knows what to do with the ball the moment he receives it."  Felix Magath - Džeko's manager at Wolfsburg and ex-Fulham manager.

What has Džeko achieved in England?

Džeko moved to the UK in January 2010, when he signed for Manchester City for about £27 million. Since arriving at City, Džeko has won the FA Cup, Community Shield, League Cup and 2 Premier League titles. Some of the highlights have included; the 92nd minute equaliser in the 3-2 win against QPR that won City the Premier League title on the final day of the 2011/12 season. Earlier that season, he became the first City player to score 4 goals in a Premier League match (1-5 v Spurs). In 2013/14, Džeko scored 2 goals at Old Trafford with the first after only 43 seconds, this is the fastst away goal against Manchester United in Premier League history. So far, Džeko has scored 70 goals in 161 games for City and has recently signed a four-year contract, so we will see many more goals from Džeko in City colours!

"I'm really happy here at City, it's a second home to me, so it was an easy decision to stay."  Edin Džeko.

Does Džeko play for his national team?

Džeko is known as 'The Bosnian Diamond' in his native country and is a superstar. He has been named Bosnian player of the year 3 times, is his country's all-time top scorer (37 goals) and scored 10 goals to help Bosnia qualify for their first ever World Cup. At Brazil 2014, he scored Bosnia's first goal in their first ever World Cup victory (3-1 agianst Iran), but it was not enough to progress out of the group after defeats against Argentina and Nigeria.

"I feel proud about being Bosnia's top goalscorer, but I'm more proud when I know that my goals helped put us in the big competitions.”  Edin Džeko.

How was Džeko's childhood? 

Džeko had a terrible childhood. His home in Sarajevo was destroyed and thousands of people were killed during the Bosnian War. One day, Džeko's mother, Belma, called Džeko inside and seconds later a bomb hit the ground where he had been playing football. Today, Džeko uses his superstar status to talk to children in both Bosnia and Manchester about his origins. He talks about opportunity and against conflict. He has become Bosnia and Herzegovina's first UNICEF ambassador. 

I try to do something to make a change. I try to show children that it's not important what their name is, or whether they are a Muslim, Christian or Catholic." Edin Džeko.

Activity 1: In this activity, try to answer the questions to show how much of the article you understand.

 


 

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Did you know......?

  • Jose Mourinho felt that Džeko should have won Player of the Year last season.
  • Džeko used to play as a midfielder.
  • Džeko is often described as a super-sub, but last season scored more goals for Man City when starting matches.
  • Andrei Shevchenko was Džeko's hero when growing up.
  • There are currently 2 other Bosnia and Herzegovina players in the Premier League, Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) and Muhamed Besic (Everton).
Dzeko celebrating with teammate Samir Nasri, Getty.

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What do you think?

Is Džeko and Agüero the best strike partnership in the Premier League?

Will Manchester City win the title?

Edin Džeko does a lot of work for charity. Can you think of footballers from your country that do a lot of charity work?   

 

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HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Yes there are lots of football players who deal with the charity works in my country.That's wonderful.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016 06:08
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Yes there are lots of football players who deal with the charity works in my country.That's wonderful.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I'm not sure about that because Chelsea are going very well.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016 06:06
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I'm not sure about that because Chelsea are going very well.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Yes they're perfect.


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HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016 06:05
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Yes they're perfect.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/02/2016
PS
3705
points

I do not think they are going to win it.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/02/2016 11:38
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I do not think they are going to win it.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/02/2016
PS
3705
points

I do not think they are the best.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/02/2016 11:37
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I do not think they are the best.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
30/11/2015
ME
3557
points

Aguero is still agile and skilful and Dzeko had lost on his sharpness a bit.


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aragorn1986
30/11/2015 21:05
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Aguero is still agile and skilful and Dzeko had lost on his sharpness a bit.

nikosonris
04/12/2015
UA
2453
points

Unfortunately, Aguero gets too many injuries this season, but Man City can afford it by bringing in new star players. I've heard they received another $250 mln of financing from China. I am wondering whether the 'financial fair play' rule works.


nikosonris
04/12/2015 17:20
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Unfortunately, Aguero gets too many injuries this season, but Man City can afford it by bringing in new star players. I've heard they received another $250 mln of financing from China. I am wondering whether the 'financial fair play' rule works.

nikosonris
17/11/2015
UA
2453
points

I have recently heard of Andriy Yarmolenko's financing the construction of a football playground for children and Roman Zozulya's donating money to build a hospital.


nikosonris
17/11/2015 14:01
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I have recently heard of Andriy Yarmolenko's financing the construction of a football playground for children and Roman Zozulya's donating money to build a hospital.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
02/11/2015
ME
3557
points

They are good team, yes. Pedja Mijatovic does a lot of charity work I think.


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aragorn1986
02/11/2015 20:44
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

They are good team, yes. Pedja Mijatovic does a lot of charity work I think.

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PanosRF
04/10/2014
GR
0
points

I think Robin VanPersie and Falcao will be even better than Dzeko and Aguero when they click together.
They have a good chance of winning the league back to back, but it's surely too early to call. Chelsea are definitely contenders for the title.
We need charity but not many footballers in Greece engage in such acts. Lomana Tresor Lua Lua played for a couple of years in Greece and he did do some charity.


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PanosRF
04/10/2014 10:46
Greece
Manchester United
0

I think Robin VanPersie and Falcao will be even better than Dzeko and Aguero when they click together.
They have a good chance of winning the league back to back, but it's surely too early to call. Chelsea are definitely contenders for the title.
We need charity but not many footballers in Greece engage in such acts. Lomana Tresor Lua Lua played for a couple of years in Greece and he did do some charity.

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UNICEF

Read more about Edin Dzeko's work as a UNICEF ambassador on the UNICEF website.