Ibišević at his first practice with Stuttgart in 2012.
|Date of birth||6 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Vlasenica, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Current club||VfB Stuttgart|
|2003||Saint Louis Billikens|
|2003–2004||St. Louis Strikers||10||(9)|
|2004||Chicago Fire Premier||3||(3)|
|2005||→ Dijon (loan)||12||(4)|
|2004–2006||Bosnia and Herzegovina U21||4||(1)|
|2007–||Bosnia and Herzegovina||51||(20)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Vedad Ibišević (Bosnian (Cyrillic): Ведад Ибишевић; born 6 August 1984) is a Bosnian footballer who plays as striker for VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga and the Bosnian 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 in 2008.
Ibišević was born in 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.
During training with the team, he was spotted by Paris Saint-Germain F.C.'s Bosnian and Herzegovinian 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 FCO. In 2005, he signed a two-year contract with Dijon.
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. 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. 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. After the season, he signed a contract extension that would have kept him at Hoffenheim until the end of the 2012–13 season.
On 25 January 2012, Ibišević moved to VfB Stuttgart. 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. He scored two more goals in a 2–1 derby victory over former club Hoffenheim on 16 March. 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.
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. 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.
On 24 March 2007, he made his debut for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team for the Euro 2008 Qualifier against Norway. Unsurprisingly, Ibišević was amongst the 11 starters for the match. 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. Ibišević was part of the national team for FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifiers.
On 7 September 2012, the VfB Stuttgart man 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 unselfishly set up Edin Džeko for one of his during the game. He opened the scoring for Bosnia in a 3–0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Lithuania on 16 October. After scoring the only goal of the match against the same opposition almost a year later, Ibišević ensured Bosnia will make their first ever appearance at a World Cup.
- As of 8 December 2013
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