Bayern Defender Boateng Under Investigation For Assault

Bayern Munich’s defender Jerome Boateng is pictured prior to the Audi Cup final football match between FC Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur in Munich, southern Germany.  Christof STACHE / AFP

 

Bayern Munich and former German national team football star Jerome Boateng, 31, has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking his former partner, German prosecutors confirmed Tuesday.

“The Munich prosecutor’s office has had proceedings open against Jerome Boateng for dangerous assault since autumn 2018. Following extensive investigations, charges were brought on February 11, 2019,” chief prosecutor Anne Leiding told AFP-subsidiary SID, confirming reports in German media outlets Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and WDR.

Leiding added that the court was yet to open the case, but had accepted an accessory prosecution from the alleged victim, named only as ‘S.’.

According to the SZ and WDR reports, ‘S.’ is Boateng’s former partner of ten years and the mother of two of his three children.

Prosecutors also confirmed that Boateng was the subject of a separate police investigation into assault.

Former Germany central defender Boateng is one of the country’s most successful players, having won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 and the Champions League with Bayern in 2013.

His career has declined in recent months, after he was dropped from the national squad earlier this year.

Boateng’s relationship with his club has also suffered after he slipped down the defensive pecking order at German league champions Bayern.

In May, club president Uli Hoeness advised the 31-year-old to “find a new club”, but a mooted transfer to Italian giants Juventus fell through at the last minute on the final day of the European transfer window on Monday.

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Germany Drop Boateng In Gradual World Cup Flop Purge

 German defender Jerome Boateng (L) and German coach Joachim Low take part in a training session a day before the UEFA Nations League football match between the Netherlands and Germany at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.  Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

 

Long-time Germany stalwart Jerome Boateng has been left out of national coach Joachim Loew’s squad for internationals in November and been told he could do with a break.

The 30-year-old 2014 World Cup winner, also struggling for form at Bayern Munich, was in the side that slumped at Russia 2018.

“I have spoken to Jerome Boateng and I’m convinced he could do with a good break,” Loew told a press conference after naming his squad for a friendly with Russia on November 15 and against the Dutch in the Nations League four days later.

Loew added: “I told him I have several options for his position with many good young players coming through.”

The national coach used similar terms in September when announcing there was no place for Juventus midfielder Samir Khedira, who was also left off the latest list.

Loew oversaw an unprecedented German collapse in Russia, where the defending champions lost to Mexico and South Korea and were knocked out in the first round.

Calls for change have been growing since Germany were beaten 3-0 by the Netherlands in October and 2-1 by France three days later.

“I don’t want to just dump the 2014 generation,” said Loew. “But it is now time for further changes.”

“The team needs pepping up and it’s my job to do that. I’m certain there will be many more changes too before Euro 2020,” he insisted.

Boateng took the news humbly, saying he had had a tiring year.

“After a private conversation we agreed it would be best if I took a break after what has been an exhausting year, which will allow me to focus on Munich,” the man with 75 caps to his name said on Twitter.

Loew did, however, defend Thomas Mueller when asked about other senior players facing competition for places.

“He puts in a great deal of energy, which is why he is still in the team. But of course, he is subject to competition for his place,” he said.

SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Arsenal/ENG), Kevin Trapp (Frankfurt)

Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea/ENG), Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Schalke)

Strikers: Leroy Sane (Manchester City/ENG), Mark Uth (Schalke 04), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

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Boateng To Stay At Bayern, Bernat To Join PSG – Kovac

Collage showing Jeromy Boateng and Juan Bernat

 

Niko Kovac confirmed Friday that Germany star Jerome Boateng will stay at Bayern Munich, despite weeks of negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain, but Juan Bernat is poised to join the French champions.

With the transfer window to close at 1600 GMT in Germany and France, Bayern’s head coach confirmed Boateng, 29, will not join PSG, despite negotiations, but Spain left-back Bernat is set to sign for the French champions for 15 million euros ($17.5m).

“Jerome is a world-class centre-back. It is all about him staying fit and free from injury, then I am convinced that he will be able to help not only FC Bayern, but also Germany’s national team,” said Kovac.

“The same applies for Mats Hummels and Niklas Suele.

“I do not know if there is a club in Europe that has three centre-backs like that.

“It’s important to be able to rotate.

“Jerome is an absolute professional and will give his all for this club.”

Kovac revealed Bernat, David Alaba’s under-study at Bayern, is set to be the last player the Munich club will sell in the current transfer window.

“Juan is in Paris and will probably sign a contract there, apart from that there will be no more activity before 1800 (when the transfer window closes) – we have agreed on that,” said Kovac.

“We have 19 outfield players, one of whom is injured (Kingsley Coman) and we will certainly use Under-23 players if the need arises.”

Should Bernat put pen to paper for PSG, he will be the third Bayern player to leave in recent weeks after Arturo Vidal joined Barcelona and Sebastian Rudy quit on Monday for Schalke.

Bayern are at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday in the Bundesliga with a point after Munich crashed to a 4-1 home defeat the last time the club’s met under Kovac’s predecessor Jupp Heynckes.

“No one likes that, especially not my lads,” said Kovac after Bayern beat Hoffenheim 3-1 on the opening weekend of the season when Stuttgart lost 1-0 at Mainz.

“They are highly motivated to erase that one.”

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Bayern Star, Boateng Poised For PSG Move

Bayern Munich’s German defender Jerome Boateng reacts after the German football Cup DFB Pokal semifinal match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, western Germany. Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP

 

Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng could join Paris Saint-Germain providing the price is right, the German giants’ chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested on Wednesday.

“There is no direct contact between the clubs at the moment, but there is contact between the agents, Jerome has two,” Rummenigge said in Philadelphia on Bayern’s tour of the USA.

“Now, we have to wait and see if we can find a base at the end of the day to get together and need to find a compensation that is acceptable to both sides,” Rummenigge added.

PSG’s German coach Thomas Tuchel reportedly met with Boateng before the World Cup in May, according to magazine Sport Bild.

However, Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness said no formal approach has yet been made.

“If there was a concrete offer, I would have been informed. That is not the case at the moment,” said the Bayern boss.

Boateng, a 2014 World Cup winner with Germany, is currently valued at 45.5 million euros ($53.2 million).

He had a poor World Cup campaign after being sent off for two yellow cards in the last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden and was suspended for the shock 2-0 defeat to South Korea, which confirmed Germany’s exit after the group stages.

However, the burly centre-back has hinted at his desire to leave Bayern, who are reportedly chasing Benjamin Pavard, Vfb Stuttgart’s French World Cup winner who can play right-back or centre-back.

“Basically, we have enough players in the position, both quantitatively and qualitatively,” said Rummenigge, in regards to Boateng, with Bayern centre-backs Mats Hummels and Niklas Suele both in the Germany squad.

However, the biggest stumbling block to a possible transfer for Boateng to Paris is likely to be UEFA’s financial fairplay rules, which forbids clubs from spending more than they earn.

In the last 12 months, French champions PSG, one of the world’s wealthiest clubs and owned by Qatari shareholders, bought Brazil star Neymar, for a world record 222 million euros from Barcelona, and Kylian Mbappe, for 180 million euros from Monaco.

Earlier this month, European football’s governing body UEFA reopened a financial fair play case against big-spending PSG over the Neymar and Mbappe transfers.

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Boateng Angry Over Bayern Future After World Cup

Germany’s defender Jerome Boateng (R) warms up during a training session in Vatutinki, near Moscow, on June 14, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP

 

Germany international Jerome Boateng is irritated by speculation over his Bayern Munich future after the Bundesliga champions said he can leave the club, effectively putting him in the shop window at the World Cup.

“I don’t know why the statements came out now,” said the centre-back at Germany’s base in Vatutunki, south-west of Moscow, on Thursday.

“There is a World Cup coming up, we are here with the national team — that’s the only topic for me.”

On Wednesday, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had stirred up transfer speculation about the 2014 World Cup winner.

“If a club comes and he announces that he wants to move, we will deal with it,” Rummenigge said, implying that Boateng’s agent had already approached them about the defender leaving.

The 29-year-old has recently returned to action after a groin injury and hopes to add to his 71 international appearances in Sunday’s Group F opener against Mexico in Moscow.

He is under contract at Bayern until 2021 and Rummenigge has said any transfer would be expensive.

However, the defender says he is only focused on helping Germany at the World Cup and refuted the notion he is now up for sale.

“I would like to play well at the World Cup anyway, it has nothing to do with my situation,” he said.

“I want to contribute to making us doing very, very well at the World Cup — no more, no less.”

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Only As A Team Can Bayern Stop Ronaldo – Boateng

FILE PHOTO Bayern Munich’s German defender Jerome Boateng reacts after the German football Cup DFB Pokal semifinal match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, western Geemany. Credit: Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP

 

Jerome Boateng says only a defensive team effort can prevent Cristiano Ronaldo adding to his mind-blowing tally of nine goals in six games against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Bayern host Real in a blockbuster Champions League semi-final, first-leg, at the Allianz Arena with Ronaldo in goal-scoring form.

The Portugal superstar has scored 15 goals in the Champions League this season, hitting the net in each of Real’s ten games in Europe.

“We can only stop Cristiano Ronaldo as a team,” Bayern centre-back Boateng told German magazine Kicker.

“In front of goal, he’s like a machine.

“You can’t shut him out completely, he always gets his chances in a game, because of the lines he runs and his excellent timing.

“Real base their game around him and it’s important we give him as little room as possible.”

Ronaldo was at his lethal best when Real beat Bayern 6-3 on aggregate in last season’s quarter-finals — scoring five of their goals.

He hit two second-half goals as Real came from behind to win 2-1 in Munich, then bagged a hat-trick in a 4-2 extra-time win in Madrid.

That came after he scored twice in Munich in the 2014 semi-final 4-0 rout of Bayern and hit two more against the Bavarians in the 2012 semis.

“There is a no more complete striker than Ronaldo. Left foot, right foot, header – he is in perfect control of everything he does,” said Boateng.

In his six Champions League knock-out games for Bayern against Ronaldo’s Real, Boateng has lost five of them.

His only success was a 2-1 win in Munich in the 2012 semi-finals when Bayern later progressed by winning a penalty shoot-out in Madrid after losing 2-1 in the second-leg.

“I went through only once against him with Bayern, but twice we have gone out,” said Boateng.

“He also has the best team-mates at Real.

“Shutting him out is only 50 percent of it, the other players are simply too good for that at this level.”

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Below Strength Germany Serious For Brazil – Boateng

FILE PHOTO Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago, French midfielder Corentin Tolisso, defender Jerome Boateng and defender Mats Hummels celebrate after Tolisso scored during the German first division Bundesliga football match SC Freiburg versus Bayern Munich in Freiburg.
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Jerome Boateng insists Germany see Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil in Berlin as an important test despite coach Joachim Loew planning a string of changes.

Loew revealed that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen will be rested, leaving Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno to play a half each at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

As first-choice Manuel Neuer is recovering from a fractured foot it effectively means Germany will field their third and fourth choice goalkeepers against the South American giants.

Hertha Berlin’s Marvin Plattenhardt will also make only his sixth international appearance at left-back.

Stars Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller have been released by Loew to rest while Manchester City pair Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are expected to face Brazil.

Boateng, who was born in Berlin, will captain Germany in his home city if Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira fails to recover from a back knock.

The Bayern Munich defender played down the resting of World Cup winners Ozil and Mueller.

“Despite that, it is still an important game and there are other reasons Mueller and Ozil aren’t here anymore,” said Boateng.

“They have both played a lot this season and they shouldn’t be overplayed.

“Those involved don’t always play for the national team, but in games like this you can test things, the Brazilians are also missing players.”

This will be the first time Germany face Brazil at the senior international level since the Selecao were hammered 7-1 in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil coach Tite has included five survivors — Marcelo, Fernandinho, Willian, Fred and Paulinho — from the squad mauled by the Germans in 2014.

Fernandinho is expected to replace Douglas Costa in the only change from the team which beat Russia 3-0 in Moscow on Friday without the injured Neymar.

Loew is likely to start with just a handful of survivors from the historic 2014 World Cup semi-final.

After Germany drew 1-1 with Spain last Friday, Loew insists the Brazil showdown is another top-level test for the world champions.

“Both games are high-level test matches for us,” said Loew.

“You can see that from the extremely high pass quota — over 90 percent — from Spain, we expect the same against Brazil.

“Against top teams like this, you can learn a lot of things to take away for the 2018 World Cup.

Brazil coach Tite has spoken about the ‘ghost’ of the 7-1 defeat still haunting the Selecao, but Loew said it’s time to move on.

“There might be three or four players in the starting lineups from 2014,” he said.

“I do not think that, for example, Marcelo, who played at the time and has shown up really well at Real Madrid, as have other Brazilians in top teams, will be afraid against us or will fear another 7-1 defeat.

“All the top players handle the pressure much better these days.

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UEFA EURO 2016 Team Of The Tournament Revealed

Euro 2016, Team of the TournamentFour Portugal players, three from Germany and two each representing France and Wales have made the official UEFA EURO 2016 Team of the Tournament.

The team, in a 4-2-3-1 formation, is made up of: Rui Patrício (Portugal); Joshua Kimmich (Germany), Jérôme Boateng (Germany), Pepe (Portugal), Raphaël Guerreiro (Portugal); Toni Kroos (Germany), Joe Allen (Wales); Antoine Griezmann (France), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Dimitri Payet (France); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

According to Uefa.com, the team was selected by UEFA’s 13-strong panel of technical observers, led by UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu and including Sir Alex Ferguson, Alain Giresse, David Moyes, Packie Bonner and Mixu Paatelainen.

Others are Savo Milošević, Peter Rudbæk, Gareth Southgate, Thomas Schaaf, Jean-François Domergue, Ginés Meléndez and Jean-Paul Brigger.

The technical observers have made their choices based on various criteria, which had been outlined before the tournament.

The formation was selected as the most-used of the finals. Two technical observers were present at every game and their reports will contribute to the UEFA EURO 2016 technical report, which will be released on UEFA.com in September.

UEFA coaching ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson said: “After quite a bit of deliberation, the observers chose a team that features the best performing players from the best performing teams at UEFA EURO 2016.

“We have chosen dominant central defenders; full-backs who can defend and attack; deep-lying midfielders who can control the game and dynamic, flexible and creative attackers, all of whom have the ability to create and score goals.

“We believe that the selected XI represents the best of the competition.”

In the past a 23-man squad was selected with Ronaldo (2004 and 2012) and Pepe (2008 and 2012) both previously picked twice. Ronaldo was also in the All-Time EURO 11 named before the tournament.