Kevin-Prince Boateng ( pronunciation ( · help ) info pronounced ; born 6 March 1987), [ˈkɛvɪn pʁɪns bo.aˈtɛŋ] also known by his shirt name Prince, is a [8 ] Ghanaian professional footballer who vice-captains for FC Schalke 04. A [2 ] Ghanaian international, Boateng primarily plays as a box-to-box midfielder or attacking midfielder and forward. [9 ]
Boateng signed for
Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga in July 1994. He left the Bundesliga in 2007 to play in the Premier League but later returned to the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund in 2009. He later played for Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth in the Premier League and for Genoa CFC and AC Milan in Serie A, prior to playing for FC Schalke of the Bundesliga.
Boateng has fifteen
caps with two goals for the Ghana national football team, and was among the ten players nominated for African Footballer of the Year in 2010 and 2011. [10 ] Boateng is known for his [11 ] strength, footspeed, and ball- juggling tricks. [12 ] [13 ]
FIFA's official website describes Prince ( shirt name), as "blessed with strength, speed, killer instinct in front of goal, and an uncommon flamboyance in the attacking third". [8 ] He is [14 ] nicknamed "the Train Without Brakes", and "the [15 ] Big Bang". [16 ]
Boateng started his career with the club
Reinickendorfer Füchse and was with Hertha BSC from 1 July 1994, to 31 July 2007. [17 ]
Early time with Hertha BSC
Hertha BSC II
After emerging from the Hertha BSC feeder teams, Boateng played for
Hertha BSC II for two seasons. He was promoted to the Hertha BSC first team squad in the 2005–06 season. [12 ]
Boateng made his first team debut in a 2–0 win against
Eintracht Frankfurt in the second round of the 2005–06 Bundesliga season on 13 August 2005 at the Olympic Stadium, being brought on at the beginning of the second half. [18 ] [19 ]
Boateng was awarded the
Fritz Walter Bronze Medal Award in the Under-18 category in 2005. Boateng started his first Bundesliga match in a 2–2 draw against [20 ] Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 14th round of the Bundesliga season.
On 27 July 2006, Boateng was awarded the
in the Under-19 category. Fritz Walter Gold Medal [20 ]
Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund
Boateng signed a four-year
contract with Tottenham Hotspur in July 2007 for a reported £5.4 million, securing him ahead of UEFA Cup holders Sevilla. His success at the club was limited, [21 ] and he was [22 ] loaned to Borussia Dortmund in January 2009 for the remainder of the season. [23 ]
He made ten Bundesliga appearances during his loan, but was forced to miss the final two matches of the season for a
suspension of four matches imposed by the German Football Association (DFB) following a tough challenge and "no-nonsense flying kick" to the head of Makoto Hasebe, the captain of the Japan national football team. [24 ]
Dortmund were eager to sign him permanently at the end of the season, but financial constraints prevented them from doing so.
[24 ] [25 ] [26 ]
Portsmouth signed Boateng on a three-year contract in August 2009, for a fee of around £4 million. [27 ] On 12 September 2009, he scored his first goal for the club against [28 ] Bolton Wanderers, and was named Portsmouth's joint Player of the Month. [29 ] He finished his only season at the club with 3 goals in 22 Premier League games, as they were relegated amidst financial disarray. [30 ]
In May 2010, Portsmouth played
Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. Chelsea won the match 1–0. During the match, Boateng fouled Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, injuring Ballack's ankle and ruling him out of the impending World Cup. Boateng claimed that Ballack slapped him in the face prior to this, and that he apologised to Ballack personally for the tackle which left him injured. [31 ] [32 ] [33 ] [34 ] [35 ]
Boateng called the German media and the
German national football team players hypocrites for backing Ballack whilst ignoring his slap on the pitch. Boateng also criticised [36 ] Joachim Löw for protecting Ballack after he slapped striker Lukas Podolski in a German national football team training match the previous year. [36 ]
Genoa and Milan
Collage of Boateng's three-and-a-half-year career at A.C. Milan
On 17 August 2010, Boateng transferred to
Serie A club Genoa C.F.C., on a three-year contract for a reported £5 million, and then immediately joined A.C. Milan on loan, [37 ] as a [38 ] box-to-box midfielder. [7 ]
"I have changed my style of play recently. Before coming to AC Milan I was primarily a
defensive midfielder"; the words of Boateng in August 2013. [39 ] A.C. Milan signed Boateng permanently from Genoa in June 2011, on a four-year contract due to expire in June 2015. [40 ]
On 23 October 2011, Boateng came on as a half-time
substitute against Lecce and scored three goals in 14 minutes. Milan had been 3–0 down at half time, but went on to win the game 4–3. Boateng is only the second player in the history of Serie A to score a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute. The hat-trick was the fastest in Seria A since [41 ] David Trezeguet scored a 10-minute hat-trick for Juventus in 2001. [42 ] [43 ] [44 ]
On 3 January 2013, Milan was playing Italian
Lega Pro 2 side Pro Patria in a mid-season friendly, when Boateng and several other Milan players were the targets of racist chanting from racist Italians placed in a section of the Pro Patria crowd. Boateng reacted by kicking the ball into the stands before leaving the football pitch, being followed off by his teammates. The match was subsequently abandoned. His decision to walk off the pitch was later backed by various players and commentators. [45 ] [46 ]
On 20 February 2013, Boateng scored the opening goal for Milan against
Barcelona in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg, which Milan went on to win 2–0. [47 ]
In the 2012–13 season, Boateng was the second highest
penalty cards receiver of red cards in the top-five European football leagues with Boateng receiving a red card every six matches. [48 ]
On 30 August 2013, AC Milan announced that Boateng had been transferred to the German
Bundesliga club Schalke 04, on a four-year contract due to expire in June 2017. [49 ]
Boateng made his debut for Schalke 04 in a 2–0 victory against
Bayer Leverkusen. On 14 September 2013, he scored the winning goal for Schalke 04 in a 1–0 win over [50 ] Mainz. On 30 October 2013, Boateng was voted the Schalke 04 player of the month for October 2013 by fans. [51 ] On 9 November 2013, Boateng scored two goals against [52 ] Werder Bremen; Schalke 04 won the match 3–1. [53 ] Boateng helped Schalke 04 to third-place while Boateng finished as [54 ] Schalke 04 third top goalscorer with 7 goals and Boateng received the most penalty cards, receiving a total of 6 yellow cards in the Bundesliga 2013–14 FC Schalke 04 season discipline.
Bloomberg L.P. sub-division Bloomberg Television Football Dynamics, indications revealed that Boateng was the most successful dribbler in Europe’s top-five football leagues. [55 ] Boateng had a minimum of 44 successful one-on-one’s [56 ] battles, amounting to 75.47%. [55 ] With 73.02% [56 ] dribbles during the 2013–2014 season. [55 ] [56 ]
Youth international career
Boateng holds a
German passport, and he played for the Germany national youth football team. His long-distance goal for the Under-19 team in a 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship match against Greece U19, which Germany U-19 won 3–0, was voted Goal of the Month by viewers of a German Das Erste TV sports show. [12 ]
In the year 2007,
reported that then German Under-21 coach Berliner Morgenpost Dieter Eilts would no longer select him and other team players due to a curfew that had been broken in the team's camp during the June 2007 Toulon Tournament in France. [57 ] In February 2009, Boateng was called-up to the Germany U21 team by the new coach [58 ] Horst Hrubesch for the international match against the Republic of Ireland in Cork, Ireland. Hrubesch selected Boateng in the U21 squad for the [59 ] 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Sweden in June 2009. [60 ] However, a minor injury that Boateng picked up during the team's preparations leading up to the European Championship, ruled Boateng out of the tournament. [61 ] [60 ] [62 ]
In 2009, Boateng had told the
German authorities that he is no longer interested in representing Germany after playing with their Germany national youth football team. [63 ]
Senior international career
Boateng switched his
allegiance to Ghana in May 2010, [64 ] and began his senior international football career by attending training with the national side [65 ] for the first time in the same month. Black Stars His [66 ] uncle, Robert Boateng is a former professional footballer and Ghana international midfielder and played for African and Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko. Boateng held his first training session with his team [67 ] Black Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium in Greater Accra, Ghana, prior the 2010 FIFA World Cup in May 2010. Boateng made his debut in a 1–0 victory over [66 ] Latvia in June 2010. [68 ]
2006 World Cup
In 2006, the Ghana national football team's
regulatory agency Ghana Football Association had been in contact with Boateng on him representing the Ghana national football team, ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. But the process, under which FIFA had to decide on his eligibility, would be long, as Boateng was past the age under the old FIFA rules where old youth internationals could switch allegiance but FIFA’s decision to reverse the rules in [63 ] Bahama in 2009 had given Boateng the green light to switch his allegiance, and time appeared to be running out when his clearance to represent The Black Stars had still not arrived at the beginning of May 2010. [63 ]
2010 World Cup
Boateng was selected as part of the
Ghana squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa by Ghana head coach Milovan Rajevac, in-order to fill-in for then injured [36 ] box-to-box midfielder and defensive midfielder Michael Essien in the playing positions of box-to-box midfielder and defensive midfielder alongside defensive midfielder Anthony Annan. On 23 June, he played in Ghana's game against Germany for which his [5 ] half-sibling, Jérôme Boateng played, in which Ghana held-down Germany to a 60th minute lone goal and 1–0 win. [69 ] Boateng picked up the [69 ] ball from the half-way line then dribbled the ball "rapidly bamboozling" his opponents from the half-way line before scoring for Ghana with a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area in the fourth minute of a 2–1 win over the United States in the round-of-16 in Rustenburg's Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on 26 June. [70 ]
In November 2011, Boateng announced his international retirement, citing fatigue from travel at the age of 24 years, and thus Boateng missed the chance to contend with
Black Stars in January 2012 to win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. In September 2012, [71 ] Olympique Marseille's striker, his national team-mate and close friend André Ayew revealed that Boateng was considering to reverse his Black Stars retirement, and thus Boateng once again missed the chance to contend with Black Stars in January 2013 to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. [72 ] [73 ] [74 ]
2014 World Cup
On 1 October 2013, Boateng was selected for the Ghana national football team's
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs against Egypt. On 4 November 2013, he came on as a 79th minute [75 ] substitute in the second leg and scored Ghana's only goal in the 89th minute as the Black Stars secured qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. [76 ]
On 2 June 2014, Boateng was named in Ghana's squad for the
2014 FIFA World Cup. In the team's opening match, he came on as a second-half [77 ] substitute for the Black Stars against the United States in a 2–1 defeat. He was then selected to start against Germany, in Ghana's second match, during which, just like four years earlier in South Africa, he faced his half-sibling [78 ] Jérôme. [79 ] [80 ]
On 26 June 2014, Boateng was sent home and suspended from the Ghana squad for disciplinary reasons, only hours before the final Group match against
Portugal, after he was alleged to have verbally abused former manager James Kwesi Appiah during a team meeting. Boateng was sent home along with midfielder [81 ] Sulley Muntari. [82 ] [83 ]
On 29 June 2014, Boateng had hit back at the
Ghana Football Association after being sent home early from the World Cup, describing the Black Stars' organisation during the tournament in Brazil as "amateurish". [84 ]
Kevin-Prince Boateng is like
wine, he gets better with age, and costs more too.
Boateng has always been known for his
aggression and leadership. Boateng spends a match [86 ] tearing between the midfield and attack, dropping back to pick up a midfielder when his side doesn't have the ball, then motoring forward to become an extra attacker in possession on the football pitch. Boateng's technique with the [87 ] ball is described as undeniably brilliant. Boateng is superb at picking up the [87 ] ball in the final attacking third, bursting past a defender prior to finishing against a goalkeeper. Boateng plays deeper on the [87 ] football pitch, influencing a match with power rather than craft. Boateng is utilized in a variety of [87 ] positions either as a box-to-box midfielder, or as an [7 ] attacking midfielder, and as a [88 ] forward. Boateng [88 ] celebrates scoring goals with an acrobatic backflip. [89 ] Physical fitness is vital and especially important for Boateng as he is based around sheer hysterical strength, power, energy, and endurance. [87 ]
As of 17 September 2014.
^ Includes DFB-Pokal, League Cup, FA Cup, Supercoppa, and Coppa Italia matches
^ Includes UEFA Supercup matches
Senior International appearances and goals
Goals in game/Total International goals
5 June 2010
Stadium mk, Milton Keynes, England
13 June 2010
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa
2010 World Cup
19 June 2010
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South Africa
2010 World Cup
23 June 2010
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
2010 World Cup
26 June 2010
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South Africa
United States 1–0
2010 World Cup 1
2 July 2010
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
2010 World Cup
5 September 2010
Somhlolo National Stadium, Lobamba, Swaziland
2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
17 November 2010
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3 June 2011
Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
19 November 2013
30 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt
Win - 2nd Leg
2014 World Cup Qualification – Play-Off Final 1
5 March 2014
Stadion Pod Goricom, Podgorica, Montenegro
31 May 2014
Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam, Netherlands
9 June 2014
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, United States
16 June 2014
Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil
2014 World Cup
21 June 2014
Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil
2014 World Cup
In March 2009, Boateng allegedly
demolished 13 vehicles at the inner city district Wilmersdorf in the German city state of Berlin. One day before his trial Boateng accepted and paid a fine of [92 ] €56,000. [92 ]
In February 2013, Boateng was appointed as the first global
ambassador for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association's anti-discrimination taskforce and work alongside FIFA vice-president, Jeffrey Webb at FIFA. On March 2013, Boateng presented [93 ] FIFA President Sepp Blatter with his first phase of solutions to ending global racism in football, as requested by Blatter. [94 ] [95 ]
In March 2013, Boateng was named as the
United Nations ambassador for anti-racism. Boateng delivered his first speech as a UN ambassador to the United Nations, accompanied by UN human rights chief Navi Pillay at the United Nations Office. [96 ]
Boateng has a
half-sister named; Avelina Boateng. Boateng's elder [97 ] cousin, Derek Boateng is a defensive midfielder of the Ghana national team and SD Eibar and Boateng's cousin, Nyan Boateng is a wide receiver of the New England Patriots.
Boateng's biological mother's name is Christine Rahn and she is a
Caucasoid, and through her he is the great-nephew of the legendary footballer Helmut Rahn. His great-uncle scored the winning goal for the state of [98 ] West Germany in the final of the 1954 World Cup. Boateng is the [98 ] putative father of 2 male offsprings: Jermaine-Prince Boateng II (born 23 April 2008) and Maddox-Prince Boateng III (born 15 April 2014). [99 ] [100 ]
Boateng is said to own by once purchasing for himself 160 pairs of shoes, around 200 hats and caps, and 20 leather jackets; including Boateng spending
€15,000 on one single pair of athletic shoes. [101 ]
Boateng is said to have purchased for himself three automobiles all in the space of a few hours on one single day, a
Lamborghini Reventón, a Hummer H3 and a Cadillac for a very high sum; including possessing by further purchasing for himself a [101 ] Bentley Mulsanne, a [102 ] Range Rover L405, a [103 ] Audi e-tron Audi S8, and a [104 ] Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition. [105 ]
net worth is presumed to be $20+ million or possibly substantially over. [106 ]
multilingual and claims to speak four languages: English, German, Italian and Turkish; while also understanding French and Arabic. Boateng is a practising [107 ] Muslim and keenly recites the Quran and observes Ramadan. [108 ] With regard to his wealth from his business [109 ] venture capitals, testimonials, commercial sponsors and footballing career, Boateng stated in an interview with that he never talks about money and his La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper wealth. Boateng is known to possess a [110 ] Gulfstream business jet. [111 ]
DStv named Boateng as one of the top 5 physically attractive African sportsmen. [112 ]
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