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Welcome to's new feature: World Player of the Week. Each week our worldwide team of editors will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by International, who deserves recognition for achieving something special that matchday. It won't necessarily be the best player in the world - at least not usually - but whoever we nominate will have done something amazing. It might be for a particularly awesome performance or for something praiseworthy off the pitch - either way, the person in question deserves special attention... World Player of the Week #1: EDIN DZEKO
Club: VfL Wolfsburg
Age: 23
Role: Striker
Achievement: Netting a hat-trick as Wolfsburg march towards their first Bundesliga title Germany's Nils Reschke tells us why Edin has won this week's award...

"The Wolves are close to their first championship. They now need just one point against Werder Bremen to manage it, and it's largely down to Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko and Brazilian forward Grafite. They hit all five goals in Hannover to beat 96 5-0 this week. Dzeko scored three times in what was an historic afternoon for the boys in green, and that takes him up to 25 for the season and 20 in the last 16 games. Above all, he managed his feat in Hannover in the space of just twelve minutes."

Congratulations to Edin Dzeko, our inaugural World Player of the Week!

Honourable Mentions...
  1. Damiano Tommasi (Tianjin Teda, China - Italy) - Returned to China midweek after losing a nephew and summoned the strength to play, aiding his side to a 1-1 draw while clearing a vicious free-kick with his head
  2. Sinan Bolat (Standard Liege, Belgium - Belgium/Turkey) - The end of the Belgian League was a real Hitchcock-scenario this weekend and Bolat played extremely well against AA Gent. He made some excellent saves and saved a penalty kick in the 92nd minute of the game. That save means that Standard are still in the title race. Two play-off games against Anderlecht will decide who will become champions of Belgium.
  3. Faisal Khalil (Al Ahli, UAE - UAE) - Al Ahli had to come from behind against Al Dhafra to win 3-1. That win keeps Ahli one point clear with one match left. He has had some problems in the past so it is good to see him chip in with a vital contribution.
  4. Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid, Spain - Uruguay) - He fights, he scores and he is the one most responsible for Atletico's season. Is a kind of modern Di Stefano: he plays in every part of the field and he is a leader between his partners. He is the man of the week.
Leave your notes of congratulations for Dzeko below, or discuss who else deserves a place in the sun this week...