Boateng reveals World Cup excitement
Speaking in an interview ahead of Bayern Munich’s Champions League clash with Arsenal, German-Ghanaian defender Jerome Boateng discussed the World Cup and the Black Stars’ prospects.
In an exclusive interview with the New York Times, versatile defender Jerome Boateng discussed his decision to play for Germany, the country in which he grew up, rather than Ghana, the country of his father.
While Boateng opted for the Nationalmannschaft, his brother, Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince, chose to play for Ghana.
Jerome said of this decision: “For me, it was from Day 1 Germany. It is where I grew up, played for the youth teams. I do feel my African side, but I’ve always wanted to play for Germany. Ghana did contact me, but I told them and my dad that I was sure I wanted to play for Germany.”
As in 2010, the brothers are set to meet in the group stage, as Ghana and Germany have been drawn together in Group G. This unique quirk adds an extra element of intrigue to a pool that has been labelled, in some quarters, as a ‘Group of Death’.
Boateng is happy to once again compete against the Black Stars on the world stage: “I’m very excited to play in Brazil. It’s one of the homes of football and to play again against Ghana. My brother and I did wish that it comes again, that we have another chance to play against each other.”
Before Brazil, however, Boateng will have to navigate the prospect of a Champions League Last 16 tie with Arsenal. Having won the European crown last term, Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to retain the title this year, the Gunners, however, will not be an easy prospect.