Kevin-Prince Boateng

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Kevin-Prince Boateng
Prince Boateng.jpg
Boateng in 2011
Personal information
Full name Kevin-Prince Boateng[1]
Date of birth (1987-03-06) 6 March 1987 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Wedding, Berlin, Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[3][4]
Playing position Defensive Midfielder[5][6]
Box-to-Box Midfielder[7]
Club information
Current club Schalke 04
Number 9
Youth career
1994 Reinickendorfer Füchse
1994–2005 Hertha BSC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Hertha BSC II 29 (5)
2005–2007 Hertha BSC 42 (4)
2007–2009 Tottenham Hotspur 14 (0)
2009 Borussia Dortmund (loan) 10 (0)
2009–2010 Portsmouth 22 (3)
2010–2013 Milan 74 (10)
2013– Schalke 04 24 (6)
National team
2001–2002 Germany U15 4 (1)
2002–2003 Germany U16 10 (3)
2003–2004 Germany U17 10 (1)
2004–2005 Germany U19 9 (4)
2005–2006 Germany U20 2 (0)
2006–2009 Germany U21 6 (0)
2010– Ghana 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Kevin-Prince Boateng (pronounced [ˈkɛvɪn pʁɪns bo.aˈtɛŋ] ( ) born 6 March 1987) is a professional football defensive midfielder and box-to-box midfielder who plays for German club Schalke 04 and the Ghana national team.[2] He is a versatile player and has been played in many positions.[8]

Boateng signed for Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga in July 1994. In 2006 he was nominated as one of the best youth players in Germany.[9] Boateng left the Bundesliga in 2007 to play in the Premier League but later returned to Germany with Borussia Dortmund in 2009. He later played for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and for AC Milan in Serie A, before returning to the Bundesliga.

Boateng has eleven 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][11] Boateng is known for his strength, footspeed, and ball-juggling tricks.[9][12]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Reinickendorfer Füchse

Boateng started his career with the youth club Reinickendorfer Füchse and was with Hertha BSC from 1 July 1994, when he was just seven years old, to 31 July 2007.[13]

Early time with Hertha BSC[edit]

Hertha BSC II[edit]

After emerging from the youth team set-up, Boateng played for Hertha BSC II for two seasons. He was promoted to the Hertha BSC first team squad in the 2005–06 season.[9]

Hertha BSC[edit]

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.[14][15]

Boateng was awarded the Fritz Walter Bronze Medal Award in the Under-18 category in 2005.[16] Boateng started his first Bundesliga match in a 2–2 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 14th round of the Bundesliga season.[citation needed]

On 27 July 2006, Boateng was awarded the Fritz Walter Gold Medal in the Under-19 category.[16]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Kevin-Prince Boateng career beginnings at Hertha BSC and Nike, Inc advertisement Murals, "Gewachsen auf Beton", in Badstraße 53, Berlin-Gesundbrunnen, Berlin; depicting Prince.

Boateng signed a four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur in July 2007.[17] His success at the club was limited,[18] and he was loaned to Borussia Dortmund in January 2009 for the remainder of the season.[19]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Boateng joined Borussia Dortmund in the 2008–09 Bundesliga season on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. Dortmund were eager to sign him permanently at the end of the season, but financial constraints prevented them from doing so.[20][21][22]

Portsmouth[edit]

Portsmouth signed Boateng on a three-year contract in August 2009.[23][24] On 12 September 2009, he scored his first goal for the club against Bolton Wanderers,[25] and was named Portsmouth's joint Player of the Month.[26]

In May 2010, Portsmouth played Chelsea in the final of the FA cup. 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.[27][28][29][30][31]

Boateng called the German media and the German national football team players hypocrites for backing Ballack whilst ignoring his slap on the pitch.[32] Boateng also criticised Joachim Löw for protecting Ballack after he slapped striker Lukas Podolski in a German national football team training match the previous year.[32]

Milan[edit]

On 17 August 2010, Boateng transferred to Serie A club Genoa, and then immediately joined A.C. Milan on loan.[33][34] Milan later signed him permanently, on a contract due to expire in June 2015.[35]

On 23 October 2011, Boateng came on as half-time substitute 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.[36] The hat-trick was the fastest in Seria A since David Trezeguet scored a 10-minute hat-trick for Juventus in 2001.[37][38][39]

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 a section of the Pro Patria crowd. Boateng reacted by kicking the ball into the stands before leaving the pitch, being followed off by his teammates. The match was subsequently abandoned.[40] His decision to walk off the pitch was later backed by various players and commentators.[41]

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.[42]

Schalke 04[edit]

On 30 August 2013, AC Milan announced that Boateng had been transferred to the German Bundesliga club Schalke 04.[43]

Boateng made his debut for Schalke 04 in a 2–0 victory against Bayer Leverkusen.[44] On 14 September 2013, he scored the winning goal for Schalke 04 in a 1–0 win over Mainz.[45] On 30 October 2013, Boateng was voted the Schalke 04 player of the month for October 2013 by fans.[46] On 9 November 2013, Boateng scored two goals against Werder Bremen; Schalke 04 won the match 3–1.[47][48]

International career[edit]

Ghana Black Stars[edit]

2010 World Cup[edit]

Álvaro Fernández and Boateng – Uruguay-Ghana, 2010 World Cup.

In May 2010 Boateng was cleared to play for Ghana by FIFA,[49][50] and attended training with the national side for the first time in the same month.[51] Boateng made his debut in a 1–0 victory over Latvia in June 2010.[52]

Boateng was part of the Ghana World Cup squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by head coach Milovan Rajevac.[32] On 23 June, he played in Ghana's game against Germany (for whom his brother Jérôme Boateng plays). Ghana lost the game 1-0. This was the first time that two brothers had played for opposing teams in an international match and been on the pitch at the same time.[53] Boateng scored 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.[54]

2014 World Cup[edit]

On 1 October 2013 Boateng was selected for the Ghana national football team's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification final against Egypt.[55] On 4 November 2013 Boateng was selected for the Ghana national football team's following 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification final second leg against Egypt and he came on as a 79th minute super-sub and scored Ghana's only goal in the 89th minute as the Ghana Black Stars qualified for third-straight World Cup and secured qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[56]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 June 2010 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa  United States 1–0 2–1 W 2010 World Cup
2 19 November 2013 30 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Egypt 1–2 1–2
(W - 2nd Leg)
2014 World Cup Qualification – Play-Off Final

Reception[edit]

Kevin-Prince Boateng is like wine, he gets better with age, and costs more too.

Investor and businessman, Enrico Preziosi, Genoa.[57]

Boateng celebrates scoring goals with an acrobatic backflip.[58] Boateng generally plays as a defensive midfielder,[5][6] or as a box-to-box midfielder.[7]

Career statistics[edit]