Vedad Ibišević will form a deadly strike partnership with Manchester City's Edin Džeko for World Cup underdogs Bosnia and Herzegovina in this summer's tournament, the VfB Stuttgart man having scored eight goals in his eight qualifying appearances alone. With the side looking to follow Argentina through Group F, the striker's betting odds are very profitable in individual goalscorer markets.
Ibišević was signed by FC Baden in Canton Aargau in 2000 after his family moved to Switzerland for what would last just 10 months, moving to St. Louis in the United States where the Bosnian striker flourished as one of the region's most promising football players. His first team action came in 2003, scoring nine times in 10 showings before netting a further three in a trio of games as a Chicago Fire Premier player.
During training, he was spotted by Paris Saint-Germain F.C.'s Bosnian and Herzegovinian manager Vahid Halilhodžić, who signed him for the famous French team. Gaining little in terms of playing time, he was loaned to French second division club Dijon FCO, signing a two-year contract with the latter in 2005 and scoring six goals in 21 appearances.
After a brief season in 2006/07 with Alemannia Aachen, Ibišević moved to fellow German club, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, in July 2007. His 2008–09 Bundesliga season started in terriffic fashion with a brace on his debut against Energie Cottbus, eventually recording an impressive 18 goals and seven assists in just 17 games that made him top scorer before an injury interloped his strong run.
He returned at the beginning of 2009/10 and took seven games to alter his goalless streak with a fine hat-trick against Hertha BSC - the second-fastest hat-trick in Bundesliga history and the fastest individual goal scored 47 seconds into proceedings.
A total of 54 goals show against his Hoffenheim career in 135 games, before moving to VfB Stuttgart in January 2012. A fast initiation warranted eight goals for his efforts in his first half-season, before his first hat-trick for Stuttgart arrived amongst 24 goals in 47 appearances the following season, ending the following campaign on 15 in 32.
Ibišević made his debut for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national squad in 2007 as a starter against Norway, scoring in his second appearance against Greece in a Euro 2008 Qualifier. In September 2012, Stuttgart striker matched team-mate Džeko in scoring his first hat-trick for the national team during a rout of Liechtenstein, one of eight qualifiers he participated in for 2014 World Cup in which eight goals went to his name.
Vedad Ibišević World Cup betting odds:
Ibišević will enter World Cup as half of Bosnia's powerhouse striking duo, both Džeko and himself having frequently enjoyed scoring down the previous three years. The underdog side come with long World Cup betting odds, Ibišević likely to profit more in individual goalscorer markets than Džeko in a Group F they are capable of emerging from.