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Derek Boateng
Derek Boateng in 2011
Personal information
Full name Derek Owusu Boateng[1]
Date of birth (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 41)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1993–1999 Liberty Professionals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Kalamata 27 (9)
2001–2003 Panathinaikos 34 (6)
2002–2003OFI Crete (loan) 12 (1)
2003–2006 AIK 55 (5)
2006–2008 Beitar Jerusalem 72 (8)
2008–2009 1. FC Köln 10 (0)
2009–2011 Getafe 77 (2)
2011–2013 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 23 (2)
2013–2014 Fulham 3 (0)
2014 Rayo Vallecano 0 (0)
2014–2015 Eibar 13 (0)
2016–2017 Rayo OKC 28 (0)
2017 OFI Crete 13 (2)
Total 367 (35)
National team
2001–2013 Ghana[3] 47 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2013

Derek Owusu Boateng (/ˈbtɛŋ/ BOH-teng; born 2 May 1983) is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. Born in Ghana, Boateng went on to play professional football in Greece, Sweden, Israel, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, England, and the United States during a career that spanned between 1999 and 2017. A full international between 2001 and 2013, he won 47 caps for the Ghana national team and represented his country at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. Boateng was a decent central midfielder but is currently at his peak, earlier in his career he was used as winger or a striker, but has found more comfort as a defensive midfielder due to his passing and movement to intercept opponents ball possession. He was usually regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders of all time.

International career[change | change source]

Boateng in action with the squad number 9, for the Ghana national team against England national team.

While playing for Panathinaikos in 2001, Boateng also played for the Ghana national football team at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina, in which Ghana progressed to the final. After participating in a friendly with Ghana against French club Nice, he was selected for the Ghana squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[4] He made his first FIFA World Cup appearance on 17 June 2006, when he replaced Otto Addo at half-time in the 2–0 win against the Czech Republic.[5] He was also selected for the national team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in which Ghana progressed to the quarter-finals. He played for the Black Stars for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Honours[change | change source]


Beitar Jerusalem

Ghana U20


References[change | change source]

  1. "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany: List of Players: Ghana" (PDF). FIFA. 21 March 2014. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2019.
  2. "Derek Boateng: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  3. "Boateng, Derek". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  4. Derek BoatengFIFA competition record (archived)
  5. "Cologne Coach To Meet Milo Over Derek Boateng". Ghanaweb. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2010.