Derek Boateng

Derek Boateng, 2011

Derek Owusu Boateng ( born 2 May 1983 in Accra, Ghana) is a Ghanaian football player. Originally used as a striker, Boateng later moved to defensive midfield.


Even as a 16 -year-old signed a born and raised in the Ghanaian capital Boateng a contract in Kalamata, Greece, where he scored 9 goals in 27 games. In early 2001 he moved to Greek club Panathinaikos Athens and tip came there also to first stakes in the UEFA Champions League. In the same year he went to for his country at the Junior World Cup in Argentina and reached there with his team the final, where they lost to the hosts 0-3.

In 2002, Boateng was at Panathinaikos, where he had come up with at least 24 appearances ( 3 goals ), secure a regular place. After a move to England had failed due to a missing work permit ( FC Middlesbrough had interest shown) Boateng joined the Greek League OFI Crete competitors. There, however, he could not prevail, and came to just 12 inserts ( 1 goal).

His Swedish consultant Patrik Mörk mediated him then for the season 2003/ 04 the Swedish first division club AIK Solna. There he suffered in his first game an injury from which he never recovered in the course of the season. The rest of the team had a raven season so that the AIK at the end of descent from the Fotbollsallsvenskan. Boateng, who was considered a failure in Solna Shopping, then tried to find a new club in the whole of Europe, but was ultimately the AIK. During the preliminary round of the 2004/05 season he fought his way to a permanent place, and the AIK was 9 points ahead of champions Superettan and thus made ​​the direct promotion back to the top flight.

In the following season, Boateng confirmed his good form, and after he had his debut for the Ghanaian national team in a friendly match against the French first division club Nice, he was appointed in the spring of 2006 in the squad for Ghana's World Cup in Germany. There he came in the group stage at halftime of the game against the Czech Republic (2-0) and the first time against the USA ( 2-1 ) and in the second round against Brazil ( 0-3 ) are used.

Although he had signed with AIK before the World Cup a contract until 2007, Boateng joined the 2006/07 season to the Israeli first division team Hapoel Jerusalem. On 22 January 2009 the 1st FC Cologne announced on its website the obligation Derek Boateng officially announced.

On 31 July 2009 Derek Boateng transferred to FC Getafe, because he saw no future in Cologne due to strong competition from Petit as well as new signing Maniche. In Spain, Boateng has quickly established itself as a regular player and is playing with the fans because of its rustic style very popular.

For the 2013/14 season Boateng moved to Fulham FC, where he signed a contract until the end of the season.