Olympique Lyonnais have announced the arrival of the German international defender Jérôme Boateng. Out of contract since July 1 after ten years with Bayern Munich, the 2014 world champion and two-time UEFA Champions League winner has signed for OL for the next two seasons – until June 30, 2023.
Born on September 3, 1988 in Berlin, Jérôme Boateng has had an impressive career to date, with nearly 600 high-level matches and plenty of trophies to show for it. After making his debut in 2007 at Hertha Berlin, his boyhood club, the centre-back moved to Hamburger SV where he would become one of the centrepieces of the Germany squad, making 113 appearances over three seasons.
These strong performances led him to sign for Manchester City in 2010, where he won the FA Cup (2011), before departing for Bayern Munich a year later. The central defender would spend ten seasons with the Bavarians, winning two UEFA Champions Leagues, including the 2020 edition, where, in the Final 8 in Lisbon, he would eliminate Olympique Lyonnais. He also won nine German league titles and five domestic cups. In addition to this substantial record, he also won two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.
A German international from a young age, Jérôme Boateng also has 76 caps for Germany. Called up during the last three FIFA World Cups, he won the 2014 edition in Brazil, playing all seven of Der Mannschaft’s matches, including the quarterfinal against the French team (0-1) and the semifinal against the hosts (7-1).
Olympique Lyonnais is delighted with the arrival of Jérôme Boateng, the fifth German player in the club’s history and the fifth recruit in this summer transfer window, which perfectly meets the recruitment priorities that OL and Peter Bosz had set for themselves.
The Lyon coach Peter Bosz, who initially wanted to take the time to observe his entire squad, had targeted several player profiles in order to strengthen the squad, favouring, as in the recent signings of Emerson, the double reigning European champion, Xherdan Shaqiri and today Jerome Boateng, a two-time winner of the Champions League, very experienced players with a professional attitude.
In addition to these three new recruits, Olympique Lyonnais also have marked arrivals of Damien Da Silva (Rennes) and Henrique (Vasco De Gama), both on free transfers, and proceeded to secure professional contracts for some of the top players from the Academy such as Castello Lukeba and Malo Gusto, who are working for the first time with the first team this season.