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Derek Owusu Boateng

Derek Owusu Boateng

A Football Journey from Accra to International Success

1983

Birth
02 May 1983

Birth

Derek Owusu Boateng, born on May 2, 1983, in Accra, Ghana, is a professional football player who has left an indelible mark on the sport.

1999

Liberty Professionals
29 June 1999

Liberty Professionals

Hailing from Accra, Derek Owusu Boateng honed his football skills while playing for the local team Liberty Professionals.


2001

International Recognition
29 June 2001

International Recognition

Boateng represented Ghana at various tournaments, including the FIFA World Youth Championship in 2001, where Ghana reached the final. He later made appearances for Ghana in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, playing a vital role in their quarter-final run in the latter tournament.

2001

Early Years in Greece
24 November 2001

Early Years in Greece

At the age of 16, he caught the attention of Greek club Kalamata F.C., leading to his signing with them. However, Boateng's breakthrough came in 2001 when he joined the Greek Super League club Panathinaikos. Despite struggling to maintain his place in the squad, he showcased his talent during a loan spell at OFI Crete.

2003

Move to Sweden
29 August 2003

Move to Sweden

In August 2003, Boateng made a significant move to AIK, a Swedish club. Although the 2004 season saw AIK's relegation from Allsvenskan, they swiftly regained promotion the following year, with Boateng playing a pivotal role.


2006

Beitar Jerusalem
24 July 2006

Beitar Jerusalem

In July 2006, Boateng ventured to Beitar Jerusalem in Israel, where he enjoyed success. He contributed to Beitar Jerusalem's league victory and played a crucial role in their historic double, securing both the championship and the Israel State Cup.

2009

1. FC Köln
29 June 2009

1. FC Köln

Boateng's European journey continued when he signed a four-year contract with 1. FC Köln in January 2009. However, he moved to Getafe CF in Spain after just seven months. Over his two seasons at Getafe CF, Boateng made several appearances and scored two goals.

2011

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
24 June 2011

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

In June 2011, Boateng embarked on a new chapter by joining FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine. Although his playing time diminished in the subsequent season, he remained committed to the club until his eventual departure.

2023

Later Career
29 June 2023

Later Career

After stints with Fulham in the English Premier League and various clubs in Spain, Boateng's career took him to Rayo OKC in the North American Soccer League and OFI Crete F.C. in the Football League. These experiences allowed him to share his knowledge and contribute to the growth of the clubs he joined.

2023

Honors
24 November 2023

Honors

Boateng's remarkable journey has been marked by numerous accolades. He won the Superettan with AIK in 2005, secured back-to-back Israeli Premier League titles with Beitar Jerusalem in 2006-07 and 2007-08, and triumphed in the Israel State Cup in 2008. His achievements were recognized with the title of 2007-08 Israeli Premier League Best Foreign Player of the Year.

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