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Just Who Is Vedad Ibisevic?

One would expect a star such as Klose (FC Bayern München), Diego (SV Werder Bremen), and Gomez (VfB Stuttgart) to be leading the goal tally at this juncture in the 2008-2009 Bundesliga season; however, an unlikely forward from an unlikely club not only leads the goal tally with 13 goals but has a comfortable advantage over second place where two players are tied with 8 goals scored. 

Vedad Ibišević, the 24-year-old Bosnian and Herzegovinian forward, leads TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in goals as the club pushes forward in its bid to shock the German Bundesliga in its debut season.  After 11 matches, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim sits with 25 points.  One point above Bayer 04 Leverkusen and four above global power FC Bayern München. 

Turning back to Vedad, he moved with his family first to Switzerland and next to the US arriving in St. Louis.  He starred collegiality for the University of St. Louis University in 2003 and was named the NCAA Freshman of the Year after scoring 18 goals in 22 games.  After his freshman season, he was signed by Paris Saint-Germain who was managed by fellow Bosnian and Herzegovinian, Vahid Halilhodžić, at the time.

In the summer of 2007, he found his way to 1899 Hoffenheim and has been central to the club’s meteoric rise to the top of the Bundesliga. 

Internationally, he should look to be a mainstay on his nation’s roster as Bosnia and Herzegovina attempts to qualify for World Cup 2010.

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