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Born in Berlin, to a Ghanaian father, Bayern defender Boateng chose a different international route from his brother Prince, and opted to represent Germany in national competition. While the elder Boateng has all but turned his back on the Black Stars, Jerome is currently thriving for both Germany and Bayern.
While the occasional lapse in concentration and rash decision making can let him down, as was evidenced in the red card received against BATE Borisov, Boateng’s versatility has made him a valuable asset to this young and exciting Bayern side. Still only 24, Boateng already has the experience and the raw ability to consolidate his place as one of Europe’s most prominent defenders.
It was in that BATE Borisov game that David Alaba, Bayern’s Austrian-Filipino-Nigerian prodigy, scored his first Champions League goal. A talented young player, Alaba’s main strength is perhaps his versatility. Capable of playing in central midfield, or on either flank, the 20-year-old seems to have settled into the left back role thrust upon him by Jupp Heynckes.
The youngster was named Austrian Footballer of the Year in 2011, and, remarkably, scored in the shoot-out in Bayern’s penalty win against Real Madrid in last year’s Champions League semi.
A long career at the very top awaits this young starlet.