Vedad Ibišević

Vedad Ibišević

Ibišević in a VfB Stuttgart training session in 2012
Personal information
Full name Vedad Ibišević
Date of birth (1984-08-06) 6 August 1984
Place of birth Vlasenica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Hertha BSC
Number 19
Youth career
2000–2001 FC Baden
2001–2002 Liebe SC-Ady Saint Louis
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Saint Louis Billikens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 St. Louis Strikers 10 (9)
2004 Chicago Fire Premier 3 (3)
2004–2006 Paris Saint-Germain 4 (0)
2005–2006Dijon (loan) 33 (10)
2006–2007 Alemannia Aachen 24 (6)
2007–2012 1899 Hoffenheim 123 (48)
2012–2016 VfB Stuttgart 86 (33)
2015–2016Hertha BSC (loan) 26 (10)
2016– Hertha BSC 12 (8)
National team
2004–2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 4 (1)
2007– Bosnia and Herzegovina 74 (26)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 September 2016

Vedad Ibišević (born 6 August 1984) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a forward for German club Hertha BSC as captain and for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

He has also played in Switzerland, the United States, and France. In 2008, he was awarded the Idol Nacije award for the Bosnian Footballer of the Year.

A full international since 2007, Ibišević has earned over 70 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he scored Bosnia's first goal in a major tournament.

Club career

Early career

Ibišević was born in Vlasenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, then a republic within SFR Yugoslavia. He and his family left Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2000, moving to Switzerland where Ibišević was signed by FC Baden in Canton Aargau. However, his family left Switzerland after only ten months, moving to St. Louis in the United States. In St. Louis, Ibišević flourished as one of the region's most promising football players, and after his senior season in 2002, was named by Soccer America as one of the nation's top 25 recruits. He played his high school career at Roosevelt High School in St. Louis.

Vedad signed to play college soccer in his adopted hometown at one of the nation's most respected football establishments, Saint Louis University. He quickly established himself in his freshman year, registering 18 goals and four assists in 22 games for the Billikens, while leading a strong SLU team deep into the NCAA Tournament. For his achievements, Ibišević was named the NCAA Freshman of the Year, as well as a first team All-American. During his college years he also played in the USL Premier Development League with both the St. Louis Strikers and Chicago Fire Premier.[2]

During training with the team, he was spotted by Paris Saint-Germain's Bosnian manager Vahid Halilhodžić, who quickly signed him to play for the renowned French team for the coming season. Vedad initially saw little action, and was loaned to French second division club Dijon.


Vedad Ibišević with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in 2008

In May 2006, he signed a three-year deal with Alemannia Aachen and on 12 July 2007 he moved to another German club, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.[3]

Ibišević kicked off the 2008–09 Bundesliga season in good fashion, scoring two goals in Hoffenheim's first ever appearance in the Bundesliga against Energie Cottbus with the game ending 3–0 in Hoffenheim's favor. He scored another goal on his second game against Borussia Mönchengladbach. In his third game for the club in the Bundesliga, he scored his fourth goal of the season against Bayer Leverkusen but his side lost 5–2. He scored another two goals in Hoffenheim's 4–1 win over Borussia Dortmund. During the first half of Hoffenheim's debut season in the top flight, Ibišević recorded 18 goals and seven assists in 17 games, making him the league's top scorer before he was injured.[4] He was voted Bundesliga Player of the Month for October 2008. On 14 January 2009, during the Bundesliga's winter break, Ibišević was injured in a training match against Hamburger SV in Spain. The final examination confirmed an anterior right cruciate ligament rupture, which took him out of action for the rest of the 2008–09 season.[5] He returned at the beginning of 2009–10 season. Ibišević was scoreless until Hoffenheim's seventh Bundesliga match, when he scored a hat-trick against Hertha BSC in a remarkable come back. This became the second-fastest hat-trick in Bundesliga history and the fastest goal scored this season, scored 47 seconds into the match.[6] After the season, he signed a contract extension that would have kept him at Hoffenheim until the end of the 2012–13 season.[7]

VfB Stuttgart

On 25 January 2012, Ibišević moved to VfB Stuttgart.[8] He scored his first goal for VfB on 11 February 2012 with the opening goal in Stuttgart's 5–0 home victory against Hertha BSC. Ibišević also provided an assist in that match.[9] He scored two more goals in a 2–1 derby victory over former club Hoffenheim on 16 March.[10] His good form continued as he netted a brace in his side's emphatic 4–1 victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05, bringing Stuttgart ever closer to securing European football for next season.[11]

Ibišević's first goal of the 2012–13 Bundesliga season came on 29 September 2012, scoring within the opening minute as Stuttgart defeated 1. FC Nürnberg 2–0.[12] On 8 December, Ibišević scored his first hat-trick for Stuttgart, netting all three goals as the home side moved into fifth spot in the league with a 3–1 defeat of Schalke.[13][14]

On 1 September 2013, Ibišević netted a hat-trick against former club Hoffenheim, powering his side to a 6–2 Bundesliga victory at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.[15] Ibišević was given a five match ban on 9 February for appearing to strike FC Augsburg's Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker in a home defeat to FCA. The DFB's decision was reached as Ibišević was labelled as a 'repeat offender' having been sent off for a similar offence at the start of the previous season. The suspension would cause him to miss a game against his former team, Hoffenheim, and bottom team Eintracht Braunschweig.[16] Ibišević apologised for his actions.[17]

On 6 August 2014 Ibišević extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until June 2017.[18]

Hertha BSC

He moved to Hertha BSC on 30 August 2015.[19] On 22 September 2015, Ibišević scored twice in a 2–0 home win over 1. FC Köln, ending a 25-game goal drought.[20] On 3 October 2015, Ibišević scored two goals in three minutes in a 3–0 win over Hamburg.[21] On 17 October, Ibišević received a straight red card in the 18th minute against FC Schalke 04 for a challenge on Max Meyer in an eventual 2–1 loss.[22] Ibišević scored his third brace of the season against SV Darmstadt 98 on 12 December to take his tally up to six for the season, with all his goals coming in pairs.[23]

On 18 August 2016, Ibišević was named club captain of Hertha BSC by head coach Pal Dardai, replacing the captain of three years Fabian Lustenberger.[24]

International career

Ibišević playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015

On 24 March 2007, he debuted for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team for the Euro 2008 Qualifier against Norway. Ibišević was amongst the 11 starters for the match.[25] On 13 October 2007, Ibišević was called up to play the Euro 2008 Qualifier against Greece in Athens. It was then when Ibišević scored his first international goal, scoring the second and final goal in his side's 3–2 loss.[26]

On 7 September 2012, he scored his first hat-trick for the national team away to Liechtenstein national football team during qualifiers for FIFA World Cup 2014. He has also set up Edin Džeko for one of his during the game.[27] He opened the scoring for Bosnia in a 3–0 win over Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier on 16 October 2012.[28] After scoring the only goal of the match against the same opposition almost a year later, Ibišević ensured Bosnia would make their first ever appearance at a World Cup.[29] On 15 June 2014, Ibišević scored the first ever Bosnian goal at the World Cup Finals, in a 2–1 loss against Argentina at the Maracanã.[30]

In Bosnia's penultimate UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier, in the absence of Edin Džeko, Ibišević started against Wales and scored a crucial goal in the 90th minute to keep Bosnia's qualification hopes alive.[31]

Personal life

Ibišević is from a Bosniak family. At an early age his family moved to Switzerland, and ten months later to St. Louis where he grew up.[32] While he has spoken some about his experiences during the Bosnian War that forced his family to leave Bosnia, he is not known to have ever revealed all of the details. According to a profile on Ibišević by American writer Wright Thompson in 2014,

No one in Germany knows the whole story about his escape from the war. During his three years in St. Louis, he never told a single person at school, not a friend, teacher or coach. The most common answers he gives to any question about the war is "It's OK" or "We were lucky."[33]

Even his wife Zerina, who lost her father in the war, believes her husband has not told her the whole story; in the Thompson piece, she said, "I still have a feeling that I know maybe 20 percent. I swear."[33]

At the time of the Thompson story, Ibišević and his wife lived near Stuttgart with their young son Ismail. Thompson noted that when Ibišević looked for a house when he transferred to Stuttgart, he "found himself drawn" to one that reminded him of the family home in Bosnia that they were forced to abandon during the war. He also bought a home for his father Šaban in Tuzla that had previously been owned by his father's employer, which according to Thompson was "a symbol of what the war had taken." The home is more a spiritual balm for Šaban, since he continues to live in St. Louis, where he manages apartment buildings that his son owns. Ibišević also rebuilt his father's boyhood home in their former village of Gerovi, and has built several war memorials in the area.[33]

Ibišević is a Sunni Muslim. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, along with international team mates Muhamed Bešić and Edin Višća, he visited a mosque in Cuiabá.[34]

Career statistics


As of match played 7 May 2016.[35]
Club Season League Cup Other Europe Total
Paris Saint-Germain 2004–05 Ligue 1 40000040
Dijon (loan) 2004–05 Ligue 2 12400124
2005–06 Ligue 2 21600216
Total 3310003310
Alemannia Aachen 2006–07 Bundesliga 24630276
Hoffenheim 2007–08 2. Bundesliga 31531346
2008–09 Bundesliga 1718211919
2009–10 Bundesliga 3412413813
2010–11 Bundesliga 318223310
2011–12 Bundesliga 10511116
Total 1234812613554
Stuttgart 2011–12 Bundesliga 15810168
2012–13 Bundesliga 3015641154724
2013–14 Bundesliga 271023423315
2014–15 Bundesliga 14010150
Total 863310715711147
Hertha BSC 2015–16 Bundesliga 2610423012
Career total 2961072915157340129


As of match played 6 September 2016.[36][37]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Bosnia and Herzegovina

International goals

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.
1. 13 October 2007 Olympic Stadium, Maroussi, Greece  Greece
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. 19 November 2008 Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia  Slovenia
4. 10 October 2009 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 3 March 2010 Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Ghana
6. 10 August 2010 Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Qatar
7. 8 October 2010 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Albania
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
8. 26 March 2011 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Romania
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
9. 28 February 2012 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Brazil
10. 15 August 2012 Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, Wales  Wales
11. 7 September 2012 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 16 October 2012 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Lithuania
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15. 6 February 2013 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia
16. 22 March 2013 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Greece
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
17. 7 June 2013 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
18. 14 August 2013 Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  United States
19. 11 October 2013 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Liechtenstein
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
20. 15 October 2013 Darius and Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
21. 15 June 2014 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Argentina
2014 FIFA World Cup
22. 4 September 2014 Stadion Tušanj, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Liechtenstein
24. 9 September 2014 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Cyprus
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
25. 10 October 2015 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Wales
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
26. 6 September 2016 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Estonia
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification




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