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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO - GERMAN " JEROME AGYENIM BOATENG " IS A GERMAN INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLER WHO CURRENTLY PLAYS FOR BAYER MUNICH : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Jérôme Agyenim Boateng born 3 September 1988 is a German international footballer who currently plays for Bayern Munich. A versatile defender, Boateng primarily is a centre back, although he is a capable full back on either side.
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.
Physically strong and composed, he garnered a reputation as a tough-tackling, versatile defender. 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.
Boateng started his career with the youth team of Tennis Borussia Berlin, before joining Hertha BSC in 2002. He spent four years playing for the club's youth teams.
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. Because of this, according to the German media, Boateng did not want to sign a five-year professional contract with Hertha.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 sub for Rafinha during the Audi Cup 2011 in a match against A.C. Milan.
Boateng made his league debut for Bayern in a 1–0 home defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach, on 6 August 2011. He scored his first ever Bundesliga goal with a header in a 3–2 home win against Fortuna Düsseldorf on 9 March 2013.
During the 2012–13 season, Boateng was a regular member of the Bayern team that won a treble of the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League.
On 11 December 2013, Boateng extended his contract with Bayern, which will keep him at the club until 2018.
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 for the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship held in Austria, from 16 July until 27 July.
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. Despite this shaky start, he was called up regularly ever since.
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. It was the first time in history that two man-siblings played on opposite teams at the World Cup. 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, setting up a rematch of the 1990 World Cup Final with Argentina. Boateng played for Germany against Argentina who they beat convincingly 4–0. 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. 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.
Boateng was included in Germany's 23 man squad for the UEFA Euro 2012. He played the tournament mainly as a right-back.