Jérôme Agyenim Boateng (German pronunciation: [ʒeˈʁoːm bo.aˈtɛŋ]) (born 3 September 1988) is a German footballer who currently plays as adefender for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. A versatile defender, Boateng primarily is a centre back, although he is a capablefull back on either side. Physically strong and composed, he has garnered a reputation as a tough-tackling defender and is considered to be one of the world's best at his position.
Boateng started his career at Hertha BSC where he developed from the youth ranks to the main team. After his first season at Hertha he soon signed for Hamburger SV and established himself as an integral part of the team, helping Hamburg reach the two consecutive Europa Leaguesemi-finals. After an unsuccessful season in England with Manchester City, he joined Bayern in 2011 and has since won domestic and European honours with the club, notably the continental treble in the 2012–13 season.
He played in the Germany U-21 side, which won the 2009 Euro U-21 Championship and was soon promoted to the national side. Boateng has since accumulated over 55 caps and represented Germany at UEFA Euro 2012, 2010 World Cup, and 2014 World Cup, the latter of which he was a key member of his country's victory. He is the younger brother of fellow footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng.