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Introducing centre-back Jerome Boateng

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Introducing centre-back Jerome Boateng

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:20 am

Jerome Boateng has made a total of 85 Bundesliga appearances to date, but that number will rise very soon. After lengthy negotiations with Manchester City, Bayern have agreed the terms of the 22-year-old's transfer to Munich. The centre-back is currently on tour with the English Premier League club in Los Angeles, but is due in Munich shortly for the obligatory pre-transfer medical, before inking his contract and taking up training with his new team-mates.

The 192 cm (6 ft 4 in) defender was born and raised in Berlin, making his Bundesliga debut for Hertha BSC as an 18-year-old against Hannover on 31 January 2007. He finished his first season as a pro with 10 appearances for the men from the capital.

First full cap at age 21

That summer, Boateng switched to Hamburg, where he made 75 Bundesliga appearances between 2007 and 2010, and was also promoted to the senior Germany set-up.

At the age of just 21, Jerome earned his first full cap on 10 October 2009 in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory away to Russia in Moscow. The event was remarkable in more than one way, as Boateng was red-carded after 66 minutes, making him the first player to be sent off on his debut in the history of the German national team.

Five games in South Africa

However, his otherwise promising first appearance convinced boss Joachim Löw to include the player in his squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The powerfully built and athletic defender contested five matches at the tournament in the left-back position. He has been a regular for his country ever since and currently boasts 13 caps.

The greatest success of his career to date also came in Germany colours, as he completed every match at the UEFA U-21 European championship in 2009, contributing significantly to an impressive German triumph. He filled his favoured position in central defence, but he has frequently had cause to complain in recent seasons, as his versatility saw him fielded as a stop-gap in a number of different defensive roles.

Best at centre half

The trend started while he was still with Hamburg, one of the factors which prompted Boateng to try his luck with City last season. However, very few of his 16 appearances in the English top-flight were at the position he clearly favours.

He was also hampered by a persistent knee injury, and travelled with Hamburg's former Bayern man Marcell Jansen to the USA in mid-June for a tailored sports rehab program, aimed at regaining full fitness for the new campaign.

Contract until 2015

And he will contest the new football season in a Bayern shirt. The player has agreed the terms of a contract until 2015, and although he is very much a defender, there is one milestone he intends to pass as soon as possible, namely his first goal in the Bundesliga.
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