Jérôme Boateng

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Jérôme Boateng
Jerome Boateng 2011 Germany (cropped).jpg
Boateng with Germany at UEFA Euro 2012
Personal information
Full name Jérôme Agyenim Boateng[1]
Date of birth (1988-09-03) 3 September 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 17
Youth career
1994–2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin
2000–2006 Hertha BSC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Hertha BSC II 24 (1)
2007 Hertha BSC 10 (0)
2007–2010 Hamburger SV 75 (0)
2010–2011 Manchester City 16 (0)
2011– Bayern Munich 78 (3)
National team
2004–2005 Germany U17 4 (1)
2005–2007 Germany U19 17 (2)
2007–2009 Germany U21 15 (1)
2009– Germany 45 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:44, 3 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:50, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Jérôme Agyenim Boateng (German pronunciation: [ʒeˈʁoːm bo.aˈtɛŋ]) (born 3 September 1988) is a German footballer who currently plays for Bayern Munich. A versatile defender, Boateng primarily is a centre back, although he is a capable full back on either side.

Boateng started his career at Hertha BSC where he developed from the youth ranks to the main team. After his first season at Hertha he soon signed for Hamburger SV and established himself as an integral part of the team, helping Hamburg reach the Europa League semi-finals twice consecutively. After a season in England with Manchester City, he joined Bayern in 2011 and has since won domestic and European honours with the club.

Physically strong and composed, he garnered a reputation as a tough-tackling, versatile defender.[3] He also played in the Germany U-21 side, which won the Euro 2009 U-21 Championship and was soon promoted to the national side, being selected in Germany's 2010 World Cup squad. He also played at the UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Boateng started his career with the youth team of Tennis Borussia Berlin, before joining Hertha BSC in 2002.

Hertha BSC[edit]

After emerging from the youth team set-up, he played for the reserves for one season, before winning a call-up to the first team squad on 31 January 2007. He made his debut against Hannover 96 in the AWD-Arena, during week 19 of the 2006–07 Bundesliga season. He then became a first team regular, despite being barely 18 years of age.

Boateng was linked with a move to Hamburger SV in the summer of 2007.[4] Because of this, according to the German media, Boateng did not want to sign a five-year professional contract with Hertha.

Hamburger SV[edit]

Boateng with Hamburg in 2009

He moved to Hamburger SV on 22 August 2007 for a fee said to be around €1.1 million. Boateng spent two successful years at Hamburg, where he would go on to become an important part of the sides defence in the 2008–09 season which saw Hamburg in the race for the title as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League in both his years at the club. In the 2009–10 season he broke into the German national side after impressing for Hamburg, earning himself a place in the German squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Manchester City[edit]

On 5 June 2010, Manchester City confirmed the transfer of Boateng to the English club for £10.4 million on a five-year deal, where he wore his favoured number 17 shirt.[5]

Boateng made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Valencia for the first half, alternating between centre back and right back with Micah Richards. After an impressive run, down the right flank, he provided the assisting cross for Gareth Barry to score.

During the week prior to the start of the Premier League season Boateng suffered a freak injury setback on international duty with Germany during a friendly against Denmark. He tore a tendon in his left knee, which was then aggravated on the plane home after a collision with a drinks trolley.[6]

He made his debut for Manchester City with a substitute appearance during a 1–0 victory against Chelsea on 25 September 2010. Boateng followed this with a first competitive start in a 1–1 Europa League draw with Juventus. During this match he played at right back.[7]

In his one season with Manchester City, Boateng won the 2010–11 FA Cup. However, he was not a member of the matchday squad for the final.

Bayern Munich[edit]

Boateng (furthest right) playing for Bayern in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final

In June 2011, Boateng expressed his desire to leave Manchester City for Bayern Munich, stating that playing for Bayern would help his chances of playing regularly for the German national team and that he was frustrated at having to play almost exclusively at right back.[8]

On 14 July 2011, Bayern Munich confirmed the transfer of Boateng to the German club for a fee of €13.5 million on a four-year deal. He was given the same number 17 shirt he wore at Manchester City and for most of his time with Hamburg. He made his debut on 27 July 2011, as a second-half substitute for Rafinha during the Audi Cup 2011 in a match against A.C. Milan.[9]

Boateng made his league debut for Bayern in a 1–0 home defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach, on 6 August 2011. He scored his first ever Bundesliga goal with a header in a 3–2 home win against Fortuna Düsseldorf on 9 March 2013.

During the 2012–13 season, Boateng was a regular member of the Bayern team that won a treble of the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League.

On 11 December 2013, Boateng extended his contract with Bayern, which will keep him at the club until 2018.[10]

International career[edit]

Boateng has played for the German under-17 and under-19 national teams. On 5 July 2007 he was called up to the German under-19 squad by coach Frank Engel[11] for the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship held in Austria, from 16 July until 27 July.[12]

Boateng is also a former Germany U-21 and won with the team the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. He made his debut with the Germany national football team on 10 October 2009 against Russia and was the first German international to get sent off on his debut. He received a second booking in the second half.[13] Despite this shaky start, he was called up regularly ever since.

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Boateng was included in Joachim Löw's final 23 man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Boateng playing for Germany at the UEFA Euro 2012

On 23 June 2010, Boateng played for Germany against his half-brother; Kevin-Prince who represents Ghana. The game ended in a 1–0 victory for Germany.[14] It was the first time that two brothers played on opposite teams at the World Cup.[15] This helped Germany progress to the Round of 16, where they met England. Boateng started his second straight game as Germany beat England 4–1,[16] setting up a rematch of the 1990 World Cup Final with Argentina. Boateng played for Germany against Argentina who they beat convincingly 4–0.[17] This win helped Germany progress to a third consecutive semi-final appearance where they faced European champions Spain. The match against Spain was a rematch of the Euro 2008 Final, in which Spain triumphed 1–0. Boateng was once again called up by Löw to play as left-back for the encounter. But Germany failed in breaking down Spain, and lost 1–0 due to a Carles Puyol header.[18] Boateng featured in the third-place game against Uruguay. He aided Germany to a 3–2 win by providing the assist for Germany's second goal by Marcell Jansen, helping to secure third place at a second straight World Cup.[19]

UEFA Euro 2012[edit]

Boateng was included in Germany's 23 man squad for the UEFA Euro 2012. He played the tournament mainly as a right-back.

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Boateng and his half-brother played against each other again four years later during the next World Cup, when Ghana and Germany were once again drawn in the same group.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Jérôme Boateng during an interview

Boateng was born to an ethnic German mother and father from Ghana.[21] Boateng's half-brother, Kevin-Prince Boateng is a box-to-box midfielder currently playing for FC Schalke 04 and the Ghana national team. The pair maintain a very good relationship.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 17 May 2014[22]

Boateng playing for Bayern Munich in 2012
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2006–07 Hertha BSC Bundesliga 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2007–08 Hamburger SV 27 0 3 0 7 0 7 0 37 0
2008–09 21 0 5 0 0 0 9 0 35 0
2009–10 27 0 1 0 0 0 13 2 42 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Manchester City Premier League 16 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 24 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2011–12 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 27 0 6 0 0 0 15 0 48 0
2012–13 26 2 4 0 0 0 9 0 39 2
2013–14 25 1 5 0 0 0 9 0 39 1
Total Germany 163 3 25 0 0 0 62 2 250 5
England 16 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 24 0
Career total 179 3 28 0 0 0 67 2 274 5

Honours[edit]

Jérôme Boateng with Bayern Munich

Club[edit]

Manchester City
Bayern Munich

International[edit]

Germany U-21
Germany

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 16. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "20 Jerome Boateng". FIFA. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mit "Black Power" zum Erfolg" (in German). Abendblatt. 8 July 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ Jerome Boateng agrees to five-year deal "Jerome Boateng agrees to five year deal". mcfc.co.uk. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Man City's Jerome Boateng sidelined by aeroplane injury". BBC Sport. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "TEAM NEWS: Emmanuel Adebayor partners Carlos Tevez in attack as Jerome Boateng makes first start for Manchester City for Europa League meeting with Juventus". Goal.com. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Jerome Boateng completes move from Man City to Bayern Munich". BBC News. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Bernd Salamon (28 July 2011). "Die Boateng-Brüder: Obenauf – ganz ohne Zoff" [The Boateng brothers: Obenauf – without any trouble]. kicker.de (in German) (kicker). Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "BOATENG PENS CONTRACT EXTENSION". Bundesliga.com. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jerome Boateng called up to Euro 2008". Hertha BSC. 5 July 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2007. 
  12. ^ "Engel banks on Germany experience". UEFA. 5 July 2007. Archived from the original on 11 July 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2007. 
  13. ^ "Feuertaufe für Boateng" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Ghana 0–1 Germany". BBC News. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  15. ^ McDonnell, David (22 June 2010). "Boateng brothers put feud aside to make World Cup history". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "Germany beats England 4–1 in World Cup". Yahoo. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Germany 4–0 Argentina: Germany are getting better and better and better". zonalmarking.net. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  18. ^ Nancy Armour (7 July 2010). "Spain beats Germany 1–0 in World Cup semifinal". AP. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Germany pip Uruguay to third place". FIFA. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  20. ^ "Germany - Ghana". FIFA. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Boateng Brothers' World Cup Duel". Spiegel Online. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "Jérôme Boateng" (in German). weltfussball.de. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 

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