|Kevin-Prince Boateng: Bundesliga Debut At The Age Of 18|
|[11.01.] Borussia Dortmund has taken one of the most promising German midfield talents on loan: 21-year old Kevin-Prince Boateng. Boateng played for Hertha BSC for most of his career so far, except for a short spell with Berlin-based Reinickendorfer Füchse. In 2005 he moved up to the professional team with Hertha BSC and first played for the German Under-21 national team in 2006.|
In the summer of 2007, Boateng moved from Hertha to Tottenham Hotspur for a reported fee of 7.9 million Euros. But the Berlin-born midfielder apparently did not find his luck at White Hart Lane. He only had 14 Premier League appearances for Spurs, plus five domestic cup matches and three UEFA Cup appearances. Boateng did not score for Spurs. For Hertha, he scored four goals in 42 Bundesliga matches in the two seasons before moving to England.
|Kevin Boateng an a battle with Paul Scholes (ManU).|
In an interview with Germany´s Kicker sports magazine Boateng spoke of the "most difficult time of my career" in October 2008 and stated he was hoping for a move in the near future ("I have to get away from here!"). In the summer, Birmingham City,
VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund were interested in Boateng, but a transfer was ruled out by Tottenham´s desired transfer fee for Boateng.
|Bundesliga debut at the age of 18 in August 2005: Kevin-Prince Boateng.|
The fact that he signed a contract for five years when moving to England "definitely didn´t help". But still, Boateng can also see something good in his move to the island: "I played against Cristiano Ronaldo and Claude Makelele and no one can take that away from me."
Boateng´s mother is German. His father is from Ghana. His uncle played for Ghana´s national team and his grandfather is a cousin of Helmut Rahn, one of Germany´s 1954 World Cup heroes of the "Miracle of Bern." Kevin-Prince Boateng has two brothers (one of them, Jérôme, plays for HSV) and has been married since August 2007.
Original article by Boris Rupert - translated by Chris Schuepp
Sources: wikipedia, kicker