Jerome Boateng is a German footballer who plays for Bayern Munich and the Germany national football team. Having played for Hertha Berlin, Hamburg SV and Manchester City Boateng can be known as one of the best German defenders in the game.
Boateng was born on the 3rd of September 1988 and he began his playing career at Hertha Berlin playing for their B side in 2006. He went on to play for their senior side in 2007 before moving to Hamburg SV in 2007 for Ã¢â€šÂ¬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 2008Ã¢â‚¬â€œ09 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 June 2010 Boateng signed for English club Manchester City for £10.4 million on a five-year deal where he was given the number 17 shirt. He made his debut for the club in a 1-0 win over Chelsea. In his one season with Manchester City, Boateng won the 2010Ã¢â‚¬â€œ11 FA Cup. Boateng signed for German giants Bayern Munich in June 2011.
Signing a Ã¢â€šÂ¬13.5 million on a four-year deal for the Bavarian club Boateng made his debut in a 1-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in August 2011. He scored his first goal against Fortuna Düsseldorf in a 3-2 win. Boateng has become an integral part of Bayern Munich's defensive set-up teaming up with the likes of Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Rafinha, Dante and Daniel Van Buyten. Having played for several German youth sides Boateng made his debut for the German senior side in October 2009 against Russia and was the first German international to get sent off on his debut. Boateng was included in Joachim LÃƒÂ¶w's final 23 man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and on 23 June 2010, Boateng played for Germany against his half-brother; Kevin-Prince who represents Ghana. It was the first time in history that two brothers played on opposite teams at the World Cup. Boateng looks to be a key player for Germany in future years.