kevin-prince boateng - fact file

2007 - 2009            midfielder

Born on 6th March 1987 in Berlin, Germany.

Position :   Midfielder

Height : - 1.83m  (' ")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

 
A robust and highly rated young midfielder from Hertha Berlin, Kevin-Prince Boateng joined Spurs in the summer of 2007 for a fee somewhere around 5.4 million.  Two days later he married his fiancee Jenny to cap a memorable week.

At 17 he was a fixture in the reserve side at Hertha, who played in a regional league, with Kevin playing 18 games and scoring nine goals.

Breaking into the main side at an early age, Boateng made 43 appearances for the Bundesliga side scoring four times, but his reputation was borne out of his no-nonsense approach to tackling in midfield and his ability to break forward into attack.  It was his performances for the German Under-21 side which caught the eye and before that with the goal he scored from inside the centre circle against Greece in the European U19 Championships in 2005.

Spurs were in competition with Sevilla for his signing, but his dream of playing in the Premier League won him over to Spurs.  His first season was not impressive, with his appearances in the first team looking as though he hadn't picked up the pace or style of the Premier League, but his best game came in the away win at Portsmouth.

Rumours in the summer of 2008 linked him with a move to VfB Stuttgart either on loan or in a permanent move.  While he featured in he pre-season games leading up to the start of the 2009-20 season, his only involvement was as a sub in the League Cup game against Doncaster Rovers, just two days before he was sold to Portsmouth for 4 million.

Starred in the club's progress to the FA Cup Final in 2010, but had a penalty saved as they lost 0-1 to Chelsea and the club were relegated amidst major financial issues.  Boateng was selected to play for Ghana in the 2010 World Cup Finals and did well for his country as they reached the quarter-finals.  His good form for his adopted nation and the fact that Portsmouth were in the Championship and in desperate straits financially lead to the midfielder signing for Genoa of Italy, from where he immediately went on loan to AC Milan.  Shortly afterwards, the Milan owner revealed that the deal was to co-own the player with Genoa.

NICKNAME :  "The Ghetto Kid"

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Reinickendorfer Fusche (Germany) - - - - -
Hertha Berlin (Germany) 1st July 1994 - 13th August 2005  v Eintracht Frankfurt 2005 43 4
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 31st July 2007 5,400,000 4th October 2007  v  Anorthosis (UEFA Cup) (away)  drew 1-1 10 + 15 as a sub 0
Portsmouth 28th August 2009 4,000,000 ??  ?? ??
Genoa (Italy) 17th August 2010 Undisclosed ??  ?? ??
AC Milan (Italy) 17th August 2010 Undisclosed ??  ?? ??
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Career Record
Hertha Berlin (Germany)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
7 + 7 as a sub League appearances; 0 goals
1 + 2 as a sub FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
1 + 4 as a su League Cup appearances; 0 goals
1 + 2 as a sub European appearances; 0 goals
Portsmouth

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- European appearances; goals
Genoa (Italy)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- European appearances; goals
AC Milan (Italy)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- European appearances; goals


Honours
Ghana international
7 full caps;  1 goal  (as of 21.04.2011)
Germany international
0 full caps;  0 goals
5 Under-21 caps; ?? goals
2 Under-20 caps; ?? goals
13 Under-19 caps; ?? goals
13 Under-17 caps; ?? goals
11 Under-16 caps; ?? goals
Schoolboy caps; ?? goals
FA Cup runners-up medal 2009-2010
Fritz Walter Gold Medal (Best German Young Player of the Year) 2006
Fritz Walter Bronze Medal (Best German Young Player of the Year) 2005

Milestones
- appearance

Kevin-Prince Boateng is heavily tattooed on both arms.

His father was Ghanaian and his mother German, but he declined the opportunity to play for Ghana in favour of Germany.

           

What they said about Kevin-Prince Boateng
Martin Jol ... 31.07.2007 (BBC Sport football website)

"In Germany he is regarded as one of the biggest talents, we recognised this and went in for him," Spurs boss Martin Jol told the club website.

"You could compare him with the likes of Aaron Lennon and Tom Huddlestone in that he is an exciting player for now and the future.  He is an attacking midfield player, very strong and that is one of his main assets."

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What Kevin-Prince Boateng said
09.08.2007 (Football 365 website)

One of his tattoos is of his wife carrying a gun, and he joked: "It was when I told her the honeymoon was in Tottenham !!"

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