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- 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 Fußball-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 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 euro 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.
On 27 July 2011, he made his debut as a second-half sub for Rafinha during the Audi Cup 2011 in a match against A.C. Milan.[
On 6 August 2011, he made his league debut for Bayern in a 1–0 home defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Boateng scored his first ever Bundesliga goal with a header in a 3–2 home win against Fortuna Düsseldorf on 9 March 2013.
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