Jerome Boateng is a professional soccer player who has become popular playing for the German national team as well as the Bundesliga side, Bayern Munich as a defender. Having begun his career since 1994, he has become a very important star and in the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the defensive midfielder got called to represent Germany. Here are things to know about him.
Jerome Boateng Biography
It was as Jérôme Agyenim Boateng that the defender was born on 3rd September 1988 in the then West Berlin. He was born to a Ghanaian father by a German mother.
Since he was a child, Jerome had already shown the skills and talent of becoming a very good soccer player and because of this, he was able to begin his training with the Tennis Borussia Berlin youth team when he was just 6 years old.
The German defender was raised in different parts of Berlin with both his father and mother, while his other siblings were raised in another by their mother.
Brothers, Girlfriend, Wife
As earlier stated, Jerome was born in Germany and it was there that he grew up with his two brothers, Prince-Kevin Boateng and George Boateng. All the 3 brothers grew up playing football on the streets of Berlin. Even as they had different mothers, the three still happen to be close. Since Jerome was the youngest, he had to play against his elder siblings and other bigger boys which made him grow hard in the game.
The Boatengs brothers spread themselves as footballers. While the eldest of the three, George played only as an amateur, Prince Plays for Ghana, while Jerome plays for Germany. More so, although he was the least football player among the three, Jerome has grown to be the most decorated and successful.
There are claims that Jerome is married to Sherin Senler who had been his girlfriend for a very long time but there are no indications as to that. Although their relationship hadn’t been the smoothest, they have always found their way back together after a number of breakups. They began dating since both were teenagers and in 2011, they welcomed their twin daughters, Soley and Lamia.
Shortly before the 2014 World Cup, the centre-back who also plays right back asked Sherin Senler to marry him. Since then, nothing has been heard about the relationship, except for the time she left him in 2015, accusing him of domestic violence.
But then, the two found their way back to each other again. The thing though is that it is not clear if they are now still together.
Football Career Club
As noted, Boateng began his career with the Tennis Borussia Berlin in 1994 and he remained with the club until 2002 when he made another move to continue his youth career with the German football club, Hertha BSC. He remained with the club until the end of his youth career in 2006.
Jerome Boateng got to kick-start his senior career after he gained promotion to the senior reserve team of Hertha BSC, Hertha BSC II. He played for the team from 2006 to 2007 and then he was called to the senior team only for him to depart for Hamburger SV after just 10 games.
The Center Back played 75 games for Hamburger before he moved to Manchester City in 2010. By 2011, he was already on his way back to the German League to play for his present club, Bayern Munich. Even though he is a defender, by the end of the 2017/2018 season, he had already played 156 games netting in 4 goals.
Looking at his achievement with his various clubs, he has won six Bundesliga titles with Bayern, three DFB-Pokal, two DFL-Supercup, and one UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. Boateng has also won the FA Cup with Manchester City.
National Football Career
Even though his father is a Ghanaian, Jerome decided to play for Germany even as his elder brother plays for Ghana. He made his first appearance in the German national colours in 2004 as an Under-17 player. He made it to the Under-19 team in 2005 and in 2007, he got called to the Under-21-team.
In 2009, the star defender was invited to the German national team which he has played for since then, winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Before getting an invitation to help the country in defending the title in Russia, he had already played 70 games, recording a single goal.
Height and Weight
Jerome Boateng has a very good build and body structure that has helped him to play and succeed as a defender. He has a height of 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) and a weight of 196 lbs (89 kg).
- George and Kevin Boateng share the same mother while Jerome is their half-brother.
- Football wise, Jerome was the least talented, but he has grown to be the hardest working which has helped him to become the most successful.
- Sherin Senler who is his first known lover is a fashion designer in Germany.
- His father, Prince Boateng Senior was a Disk Jockey in Germany and he was well to do. It was after he met Jerome’s mother, Martina that he broke up with his first wife and mother of his two sons, Christine Rhine.