Derek Boateng

Derek Owusu Boateng (/ˈbtɛŋ/ BOH-teng; born 2 May 1983) is a retired Ghanaian 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. He won 47 caps for the Ghana national team and represented his country at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

Derek Boateng
Personal information
Full name Derek Owusu Boateng[1]
Date of birth (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
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)
National team
2001–2013 Ghana[2] 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

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Boateng was born in Accra, Greater Accra, where he played for the local side Liberty Professionals.


He signed for Kalamata F.C. in Greece when he was 16. In 2001, Boateng joined another Greek Super League club Panathinaikos. In 2002, Boateng was unable to keep his place in the Panathinaikos squad and was sent on loan to OFI Crete.[3]


He signed for AIK in August 2003.[citation needed] In the 2004 season, AIK was relegated from Allsvenskan for the third time in the history of the club. In the following season, AIK gained promotion after winning the Superettan, distancing runners-up Östers IF by nine points. Boateng extended his contract with AIK for one more year until the end of 2007.[citation needed] When he left for Beitar Jerusalem, Boateng stated in an interview that he loves Sweden and AIK, and that he one day will come back to Allsvenskan and AIK the team he supports.[4]

Derek Boateng training with 1. FC Köln

Beitar JerusalemEdit

In July 2006, he signed with Beitar Jerusalem until January 2009.[5] Boateng helped Beitar Jerusalem to win the league for the fifth time in their history, and for the first time for 10 years, contributing four goals in the campaign.

The 2007–08 season started off poorly for Boateng, as he got sent off during Beitar Jerusalem's first official game of the season, in leg one of the second qualifying round for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, away to F.C. Copenhagen. Beitar Jerusalem lost 2–1 on aggregate and were eliminated. Boateng ended the season with another championship for Beitar Jerusalem. At the Israel State Cup final, Boateng missed a penalty in a thrilling penalty shootout against Hapoel Tel-Aviv, but Beitar Jerusalem secured the title with a 5–4 win at the shootout, and secured an historical double.

The 2008–09 season started with yet another early elimination at the second qualification round for the UEFA Champions League, this time with a 5–0 away defeat to Wisła Kraków, and 6–2 in aggregate.

Köln and GetafeEdit

On 21 January 2009, Boateng signed a four-year contract with 1. FC Köln.[6] However, on 31 July 2009, Getafe CF signed him from Köln for one million euros. He stayed at the Spanish club for just over two seasons, making 61 appearances and scoring two goals.

Dnipro DnipropetrovskEdit

On 20 June 2011, Boateng completed a move to Ukrainian club FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, signing a four-year contract.[7] For Dnipro Derek mostly played in the 2011–12, while the next season he was side benched by the head coach after playing the first couple of games for the first team. Later after playing some games for the reserve team, Boateng lost interest of playing for the club at all.


In May 2013, Boateng confirmed that he had moved on a free transfer to Premier League side Fulham on Ghanaian radio. He said, "I have signed a two-year deal with Fulham and will be training with them for the first time [on Tuesday]. "I believe it’s a good move and I’m finally happy to see this deal [confirmed]."[8]

Fulham officially confirmed Boateng signed a one-year deal with an option for a further year on 22 May 2013.[9] He featured in the 2013–14 English Premiership opener against Sunderland where he played only 65 minutes and was substituted by Giorgos Karagounis.[10]

Rayo Vallecano and EibarEdit

After his contract with Fulham expired, he decided to join Spanish club Rayo Vallecano on 3 June 2014.[11] However, only two months later, he was deemed surplus to requirements by manager Paco Jémez,[12] and rescinded his link with the Madrid outfit on 18 August.[13]

Hours after rescinding with Rayo, Boateng signed a one-year deal with fellow league club SD Eibar.[14]

Rayo OKCEdit

On 25 January 2016, Boateng signed with expansion side Rayo OKC of the North American Soccer League.[15]


On 30 January 2017, Boateng signed with Football League side OFI Crete F.C. till the end of the season. It is expected with his experience to help the club in his effort to be promoted in the Superleague Greece.[16]

International careerEdit

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.[17] 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.[18] He was also selected for the national team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in which Ghana progressed to the quarter-finals.

International appearancesEdit

Appearances for Ghana
Year Apps Goals
2001 1 0
2002 6 1
2003 3 0
2004 1 0
2005 0 0
2006 5 0
2007 2 0
2008 0 0
2009 1 0
2010 3 0
2011 8 0
2012 10 0
2013 7 0
Total 47 1
Correct as of 6 February 2013[2]



Beitar Jerusalem





  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Boateng, Derek". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Player Profile: Derek Boateng". Ghanaweb. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  4. ^ Molyneux, Ross (29 May 2007). "First up - Derek Boateng". Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  5. ^ "'I'm known as a player who scores important goals'". 12 December 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Introduction of new players by video clip" (in German). 1. FC Köln. Archived from the original on 5 August 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Boateng swaps Getafe for Ramos's Dnipro". UEFA. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Derek Boateng confirms Fulham move". Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Boateng Signs". Fulham FC. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Sunderland 0 - 1 Fulham". 17 August 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Derek Boateng, segundo fichaje del Rayo Vallecano" [Derek Boateng, second signing of Rayo Vallecano] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Boateng, visto y no visto en el Rayo" [Boateng, seen and unseen in Rayo] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Acuerdo con Derek Boateng para la rescisión del contrato" [Agreement with Derek Boateng to the contract rescision] (in Spanish). Rayo's official website. 18 August 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Derek Boateng, mediocentro ghanés, ficha por una temporada por la SD Eibar" [Derek Boateng, Ghanaian central midfielder, signs for one season with SD Eibar]. Eibar's official website. 18 August 2014. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Rayo OKC Adds Ghanaian International Derek Boateng". NASL. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  16. ^ Υπέγραψε στον ΟΦΗ ο Ντέρεκ Μπόατενγκ
  17. ^ Derek BoatengFIFA competition record
  18. ^ "Cologne Coach To Meet Milo Over Derek Boateng". Ghanaweb. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2010.

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