One of the most prolific Bundesliga goal scorers in recent memory celebrated his 99th and 100th league goals today. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Vedad Ibisevic helped pull his Hertha Berlin side past Mainz in a 2-1 home game victory.
Even though Ibisevic was sent off in the 74th minute thanks to a second yellow card, his two goals were enough to seal the victory. The Hertha Berlin captain now was 100 Bundesliga goals to his name since arriving to Germany’s top flight with Hoffenheim in the 2008/2009 season.
Arriving as a war refugee to the U.S., Ibisevic grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and played college soccer for St. Louis University. After some short stints with the Chicago Fire, Paris Saint-Germain, Dijon, and Aachen, Ibisevic landed at Hoffenheim. Together with his compatriot Sejad Salihovic, the duo helped propel the club to new heights and promotion to the Bundesliga.
Since then, Ibisevic has played for Stuttgart, and his latest club Hertha Berlin, where he is now captain. Since 2008/2009, Ibisevic has scored a total of 100 league goals for these various clubs and also had 39 assists. His league record with Hoffenheim was 43 goals and 16 assists in 92 appearances, 33 goals and 15 assists in 86 appearances for Stuttgart, and 18 goals and 7 assists in 38 appearances for Hertha Berlin.
The 32-year-old Ibisevic is also an integral member of the Bosnian national team, scoring the country’s deciding goal against Lithuania that sent his country to its first World Cup. He also scored Bosnia’s first World Cup goal against Argentina in 2014. Ibisevic had his best Bundesliga stretch with Hoffenheim in the first half of the 2008/2009 season where he scored 18 goals in 17 matches, making him the top goalscorer. Unfortunately, a winter break training injury sidelined Ibisevic for the remainder of the season.
Ibisevic’s 100 Bundesliga goals put him at 6th in the Bundesliga all-time foreign goal scorers table with Claudio Pizarro at number one with 190 goals. Ibisevic is also 50th on the Bundesliga all-time goal scorers table.