Edin Džeko (Bosnian pronunciation: [ˈedin ˈd͡ʒeko]; born 17 March 1986) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Roma and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, for which he is captain.
He was named Bosnian Footballer of the Year for three years in a row. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, he is known as Bosanski dijamant (The Bosnian Diamond). Prior to joining Roma, he played for Manchester City, but he made a name for himself while playing for German club Wolfsburg, with whom he won the Bundesliga in the 2008–09 season. He was second highest goalscorer with 26 goals. In the 2009–10 season, Džeko was the top scorer with 22 goals. He also registered ten assists in both seasons.
Džeko has played 76 times for his country and scored 45 goals since 2007, becoming the highest Bosnian and Herzegovinian goalscorer of all time on 7 September 2012 in a game against Liechtenstein where he scored a hat-trick to surpass Zvjezdan Misimović and Elvir Bolić. His ten goals in the qualifying campaign helped his national team qualify for its first international tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
During the 2011–12 Premier League season, Džeko scored four goals in one game for Manchester City, completing a “perfect hat-trick” against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. On the final day of that season, he scored an equaliser against Queens Park Rangers in the 92nd minute, before Sergio Agüero won it for City with seconds to go, ensuring the team won a league title for the first time in 44 years. He later stated that the goal was one of the most important of his career.
Džeko was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, at that time part of SFR Yugoslavia, to Bosniak parents Midhat and Belma. He stated that his family was always supportive throughout his career, especially his father, who took him to training sessions while he was at Sarajevo club Željezničar. His father also played professionally in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Džeko is considered a superstar in Sarajevo. Džeko is multilingual, speaking four languages fluently: Bosnian, Czech, German and English. He is a Muslim. Džeko stated that A.C. Milan has always been his favourite club and Andriy Shevchenko his favourite player. In his home in Sarajevo, he still has a Milan jersey with the number 7 (worn by Shevchenko while at the club) on the wall in his room.