Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng signs up for Eintracht Frankfurt
Half-brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng grew up in Berlin as the sons of an African immigrant. They could end up playing on opposite. Kevin-Prince Boateng has played nearly Bundesliga matches in a The half -brother of Bayern Munich's Germany star Jerome Boateng. Kevin-Prince Boateng was a long way from the Berlin streets where he grew up; a long way from the .. George, Kevin-Prince and Jérôme Boateng: football's intriguing brothers . We had a special relationship, a bond.
They speak on the telephone every day, discussing the last training session and analyzing moves. Occasionally they talk about their father. Prince Boateng is waiting in a pub on the Adenauerplatz square in western Berlin.
He sits at the bar, wearing an elegant jacket, two bracelets and three rings. A scar on his cheek identifies him as a member of the Aduana tribe. He wanted to study business administration, but nothing came of it.
There was too much paperwork involved. Instead, he scraped by as a waiter and disc jockey, later selling Italian fashion and occasionally working as a model. He told his sons a lot about life in Africa.
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His parents were cacao and coffee farmers. His youngest brother played for the Ghanaian national football team. Prince Boateng travels to Ghana twice a year. He is currently having a house built in the capital Accra, and it is almost finished. The house is for his children, so that they can stay there if they choose to accompany him. The African side of Jerome and Kevin-Prince, he says, is their suppleness, their looseness.
He thinks for a moment. He coached both of them when they were still little boys.The Battle of the Brothers Boateng
Sometimes they were allowed to play the ball with their left feet only, and sometimes only with their right feet. Sometimes they practiced free kicks and sometimes headers. His sons learned how to run, dribble and score goals on football pitches that looked like cages, surrounded by tall metal fences. Kevin would flick the ball with his heel over his head, dropping it to his foot -- wearing rubber boots.
Jerome joined Tennis Borussia Berlin, where he scored five goals in his first game. Inhe switched to Hertha, where Kevin-Prince was already playing. Some of their coaches felt that they were the most talented players to have ever played for the club. Jerome debuted with the German national team last October, when he was part of the first 11 in a deciding World Cup qualifying match in Russia.
His father watched the match on television in Jerome's apartment, "with tears in my eyes," as he says.
Shortly before the break, Jerome was shown a yellow card because of a foul on the edge of the penalty box. In the 69th minute, Jerome brought down a Russian player and was shown a yellow and then a red card.
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It isn't meant to sound vain, but apologetic. It broke my heart to see him sent off. Kevin-Prince spent a lot of time in nightclubs and going to parties. He remained a fixture in the Milan team and once came on as a half-time substitute to score a remarkable minute hat-trick, singlehandedly overturning a deficit.
The flamboyant forward was thought of so highly at the San Siro that he inherited the much-coveted No10 shirt from the retiring legend Clarence Seedorf. In the 26th minute Boateng stopped mid-dribble, picked up the ball and kicked it angrily towards the fans in question, before storming off the pitch, demonstratively removing his shirt.
Only slowing to applaud his own fans, he strode on past opposing players, receiving support and consolation from his teammates — all in front of a stunned stadium.
His actions sent shockwaves throughout Italian football and far beyond. Boateng was flooded with messages of support and respect from figures within and outside of the game. That was to be his last season for the Rossoneri and he returned to the Bundesliga with Schalke 04 at the start of the season. The calm and versatile young defender blossomed in a team that regularly challenged for the Bundesliga and reached latter stages of European competition.
Leading up to the game, the apparent non-existent relationship of the two was widely reported and many speculated about whether tension would be discernible on the pitch. Following the Ballack injury and his defection to Ghana, Kevin-Prince was something of a pantomime villain for many Germans. Just as he was beginning to get some game time following his league debut in late September, a knee-injury ended his season, and his career, with the club.
Still, this particular cloud had a silver lining and he was signed in the summer by Bayern Munich. Pep Guardiola has continued to trust the youngest Boateng in a starting role as the team strives to reach new heights.
Germany and Ghana were again drawn in the same group, pitting the two brothers against one another. However, having also previously met in the Bundesliga and the Ballack incident a distant memory, there was less furore surrounding their latest get-together.
Still, the four years in between their encounters with the national team saw both experience success and setbacks. One has prospered abroad whereas the other returned home to find glory. Despite being related, the two appear to be chalk and cheese. Kevin-Prince looks, plays and speaks like a street footballer — aggressive, committed and unafraid to say or do what he feels is right. Wherever their careers take them they have both made an impact for club and country.