Edin Dzeko has always generated plenty of conversation during his time with AS Roma. Dzeko was big news in the Italian Capital from the moment of his arrival from Manchester City. It was a statement move from former DS Walter Sabatini that has paid huge dividends for the club for five plus seasons.
However, despite Dzeko's 109 goals and counting (which put him on track for third all-time on the club's scoring list), the Bosnian Bomber has often been a divisive topic among supporters during his Roma tenure. From the rough first season where he struggled to live up to expectations to his golden boot winning season under Spalletti, Dzeko has seen his fair share of ups and downs in the Italian Capital.
Fans have debated in recent summers whether or not it's time for Roma to move on from one of its most important, yet aging players. And for the past three summers, it's nearly happened: Chelsea, Inter, and Juve have all made runs at Roma’s #9, only for Dzeko to stick around in the end. And the longer he stays and performs at a high level, the more of a Roma icon he becomes.
But, no matter how you feel about Roma’s current captain as a player, one thing is for sure, his rise to fame was not easy. The story of Edin Dzeko is a great human story. It’s the story of a boy who pursued a dream and made it a reality despite the horrors of war and the obstacles of poverty.
In Roma's now award winning documentary (released back in May) that provides a look at what made Dzeko the superstar he is today. From his upbringing during the Balkans war in Sarajevo to his formative seasons in the Czech second division before finally making a name for himself in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg, the film gives us a look at Dzeko the person and not just the player.
With plenty of interviews from those who have been with Dzeko each step of the way, the documentary is worth an hour of your time. It’s well done and available for free on YouTube through on the club’s channel. As you can see in the Tweet, the film has now even won the “Guirlande d’Honneur” prize at the International FICTS Fest.
So, sit back, relax, and get to know the Bosnian Bomber just a bit better.