Champions
Blog's
Rob Swan analyses the contribution of Edin Dzeko's contribution to
Wolfsburg historical season.

Wolfsburg will compete in next season's
UEFA Champions League campaign for the first time in their 64-year history
after claiming the Bundesliga title last month.

It's been a meteoric rise to success for the German side who, 12 months ago,
were celebrating a fifth place finish in the Bundesliga – their best finish
until this season.

So how exactly did Wolfsburg achieve such a feat?

First of all, full credit must go to Felix Magath, the former Bayern Munich
coach who, rather surprisingly, will take charge of Schalke from next month.

Magath was the man who managed to bring in the two key components of Wolfsburg
success on the pitch, in the form of 30-year-old Brazilian Grafite and
23-year-old attacking midfielder Edin Dzeko. And it's the highly-talented Bosnian
star who we focus our attention on here.

Off the back of a hugely influential season, Dzeko was yesterday named Germany's
Footballer of the Year
.

His partnership with Grafite led to an incredible 54 league goals being shared
amongst the two strikers – making them the most successful strike duo in
Bundesliga history. You may recognise Grafite because of his wondergoal scored
earlier this season against Bayern Munich (which can be viewed here)
but because of his age, it's Dzeko who's set to have the biggest impact in the
months and years to come.

With Kaká looking increasingly likely to leave Milan for Madrid to kick-start a
second 'Galaticos' Real Madrid era under star-chasing Florentino Perez, the
Rossoneri will turn their attention to the Bosnian 23-year-old to step in the
shoes of the 2007 World Football of the Year.

Dzeko netted 26 goals in Germany this season, including two hat-tricks against
Hoffenheim and Hannover 96 last month to fire the Wolves to their first ever
title and transform his reputation as rising star, to one of the hottest
properties in European football.

At 6'3", Dzeko isn't just a threat from set pieces with his aerial
prowess. His ability to pick out the top corner from outside the box was
displayed on more than a few occasions last season, along with his coolness in
front of goal inside the 18-yard box.

His impressive performances have also reportedly caught the eye of several
English clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea, as speculations mounts that his
future lies away from the Bundesliga.

But whatever happens over the summer and wherever his future may lie, Edin
Dzeko is certainly a name to keep tabs on and a player set to make an impact
during the 2009/10 Champions League campaign.

 

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