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Jerome Boateng

Jerome Boateng

Off the pitch he comes across as quiet and reserved, but on it Jerome Boateng is an uncompromising warrior, feared by opposing forwards. The Berlin-born defender has become a key cog in the centre of not only the FC Bayern Munich defence but also that of the German national team, while he can also fill in at right-back.

Boasting an imposing physique, he is adept at using both feet, is good in the air and an excellent tackler. To these attributes he has also crucially improved his passing and ability to orchestrate attacks from the back.

The son of a German mother and a Ghanaian father, Boateng’s first club was Tennis Borussia Berlin – formerly a familiar name in German professional football – whom he joined at the age of ten, before his discovery by city powerhouses Hertha Berlin three years later.

Boateng would go on to make his Bundesliga debut with the ‘Old Lady’ from the nation’s capital as an 18-year-old, twice appearing alongside his half-brother Kevin-Prince Boateng, one and a half years his senior and who would later go on to play international football for Ghana.

It was clear from an early stage that, like Kevin-Prince, Jerome was destined for greatness. In the summer of 2007, he moved to Hamburg and in 2010 to Manchester City. He struggled to command a starting spot in his favoured central role with the Citizens, however, and when Bayern came calling a year later, he duly accepted a return to Germany, where he has gone from strength to strength.

A winner of the European U-21 Championship with the national team in 2009, Boateng started five games for the senior Germany side at the 2010 World Cup South Africa, making a major contribution as Joachim Low’s side finished in third place. He also made seven appearances as the team qualified for Brazil 2014, finishing the campaign as one of their key players.

A two-time winner of the Bundesliga with Bayern, in 2013 he also lifted the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup trophies. Now the 25-year-old is looking to add an international title to his already long list of honours.

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