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Jérôme Boateng

Jérôme Boateng
Boateng with Bayern vs Shakhtar in 2015
Personal information
Full name Jérôme Agyenim Boateng[1]
Date of birth (1988-09-03) 3 September 1988
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
1994–2002 Tennis Borussia Berlin
2002–2006 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 115 (3)
National team
2004–2005 Germany U17 4 (1)
2005–2007 Germany U19 17 (2)
2007–2009 Germany U21 15 (1)
2009– Germany 56 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:39, 30 October 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:05, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Jérôme Agyenim Boateng (German pronunciation: ) (born 3 September 1988) is a German footballer who currently plays as a defender for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. A versatile defender, Boateng primarily is a centre back, although he is a capable full back on either side. Physically strong and composed, he garnered a reputation as a tough-tackling, versatile defender.[3]

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, notably the continental treble in the 2012–13 season.

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 and UEFA Euro 2012. He was a key member of his country's 2014 World Cup win.

Club career

Early career

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

Hertha BSC

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

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

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

2011–12 season

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] His league debut for Bayern in a 0–1 home defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach, on 6 August; an error between himself and fellow new signing goalkeeper Manuel Neuer allowed Igor de Camargo to score the only goal.[10] The team finished the season as runners-up in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League, with Boateng playing the finals of the latter two tournaments in their entirety.

2012–13 season

Boateng playing for Bayern Munich in 2012

During the 2012–13 season, Boateng was a regular member of the Bayern team that won a treble of the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League, in addition to the DFL-Supercup at the start of the season. On 5 December 2012, Boateng picked up a red card against BATE Borisov which resulted in a two-match ban.[11] He scored his first Bundesliga goal with a header from Phillip Lahm's cross on 9 March 2013, the winner as Bayern came from behind for a 3–2 home win against Fortuna Düsseldorf.[12] He netted a second on 13 April, an acrobatic half-volley to open a 5–0 home win over 1. FC Nürnberg, after Bayern had already won the league title.[13]

2013–14 season

On 2 October 2013, Boateng picked up a red card against former club Manchester City which resulted in a one–match ban in the Champions League.[14] His only league goal of the season was on 9 November, finishing a corner after four minutes of a 3–0 home win over FC Augsburg.[15] He extended his contract with Bayern on 11 December, which will keep him at the club until 2018.[16] On 3 May 2014, Boateng picked up a red card which resulted in a two–match ban.[17] Bayern ended the season as winners of a domestic double of Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal.

2014–15 season

On 17 September 2014, Boateng scored his first European goal for Bayern in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League season, with a strike which was the only goal in the opening group stage match against his former club.[18] Boateng picked up a red card against Schalke 04 on 3 February 2015, which resulted in a three–match ban in the Bundesliga.[19]

Boateng scored in a 7–0 Champions League last 16 win against Shakhtar Donetsk on 11 March 2015,[20] and in a 6–1 quarter-final win over FC Porto on 21 April.[21] On 6 May in the semi-final first leg, he fell over while defending against Lionel Messi, who then scored for a 3–0 FC Barcelona victory. This was ridiculed by Internet memes.[22]

2015–16 season

Boateng picked up a red card against 1899 Hoffenheim on 22 August 2015.[23]

International career

Boateng lining up for Germany with Mario Götze (left) and Mesut Özil (right) prior to a match

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[24] for the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship held in Austria, from 16 July until 27 July.[25]

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.[26] Despite this shaky start, he was called up regularly ever since.

Boateng challenging Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during a UEFA Euro 2012 match

2010 FIFA World Cup

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

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.[27] It was the first time that two brothers played on opposite teams at the World Cup.[28] 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,[29] setting up a rematch of the 1990 World Cup Final with Argentina. Boateng played for Germany against Argentina who they beat convincingly 4–0.[30] 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.[31]

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.[32]

UEFA Euro 2012

Boateng was included in Germany's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012. He played at right-back and featured in four of their five matches as the nation reached the semi-finals, eliminated by Italy.

2014 FIFA World Cup

Boateng with Lionel Messi during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final

Boateng and his 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.[33] On 8 July 2014, Boateng played the full match for Germany in their record-breaking 7–1 semi-final defeat of Brazil.[34]

On 13 July 2014, Boateng won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany, after they defeated Argentina 1–0 in the final.[35] He played a central role in Germany's victory in the final, winning 83 percent of his duels[36] and making several good tackles alongside teammate Mats Hummels and only committed 1 foul throughout the entire 120 minutes. Several media sources named him as the Man of the Match.[37][38][39]

Career statistics


As of 30 October 2015

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
Hertha BSC II Regionalliga Nord 2005–06 9 1 9 1 [40]
2006–07 15 0 15 0 [41]
Totals 24 1 24 1
Hertha BSC Bundesliga 2006–07 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 [41]
Hamburg 2007–08 27 0 3 0 7 0 37 0 [42]
2008–09 21 0 5 0 9 0 35 0 [43]
2009–10 27 0 1 0 13 1 41 0 [41][44]
Totals 85 0 10 0 29 1 124 1
England League FA Cup Europe Other Total
Manchester City Premier League 2010–11 16 0 3 0 5 0 24 0 [41]
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2011–12 27 0 6 0 15 0 48 0 [45]
2012–13 26 2 4 0 9 0 1 0 40 2 [41][46]
2013–14 25 1 5 0 9 0 4 0 43 1 [41][47]
2014–15 27 0 5 0 11 3 1 0 44 3 [41][48]
2015–16 10 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 16 0 [49][50]
Totals 115 3 22 0 47 3 7 0 191 6
Career total 240 4 35 0 81 4 7 0 363 8


As of 11 October 2015[51]

National team Year App. Goals Ref.
2009 2 0 [51]
2010 10 0
2011 7 0
2012 9 0
2013 8 0
2014 14 0
2015 6 0
Total 56 0


Jérôme Boateng with Bayern Munich


Manchester City[52]
Bayern Munich[52]


Boateng (back, second right) celebrates winning the 2014 World Cup with the Germany national team
Germany U-21[53]


Personal life

Boateng in 2013

Boateng is an Afro-German and was born to a German mother named Martina Boateng and Ghanaian father[55] in Berlin.[56] He is the younger, paternal half-brother of fellow professional footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Boateng is engaged to his long-time girlfriend Sherin Senler.[57][58] Boateng and Senler[57][59] have two children together,[58] Soley and Lamia; twin girls born on 8 March 2011.[60] The pair separated for a couple of years,[61] following allegations of Boateng's infidelity but they reunited in November 2013.[58] Boateng allegedly had an affair with model Gina-Lisa Lohfink although both Boateng and Lohfink have denied ever having an affair.[58]


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External links

  • Official website (German)
  • Jerome Boateng at (German)
  • Jérôme Boateng – FIFA competition record
  • Jérôme Boateng – UEFA competition record
  • Jérôme Boateng at
  • kicker profile
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