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Richmond Boakye

Richmond Boakye
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Boakye with the national team of Ghana in 2015
Personal information
Full name Richmond Yiadom Boakye
Date of birth (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Agogo, Ashanti, Ghana
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Red Star Belgrade
Number 14
Youth career
2003–2006 Bechem United
2006–2008 D.C. United (Agogo, Ghana)
2008–2011 Genoa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Genoa 6 (1)
2011–2012 Sassuolo (loan) 34 (10)
2012–2014 Juventus 0 (0)
2012–2013 Sassuolo (loan) 32 (11)
2013–2014 Elche (loan) 30 (6)
2014–2016 Atalanta 19 (3)
2015 Roda JC Kerkrade (loan) 10 (0)
2016 Latina (loan) 17 (1)
2016–2017 Latina 16 (3)
2017 Red Star Belgrade (loan) 16 (12)
2017– Red Star Belgrade 14 (15)
National team
2010–2013 Ghana U20 7 (3)
2012– Ghana 12 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 February 2018.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2017

Richmond Yiadom Boakye (Akan: pronunciation: /bʊɑːˈ/ buuah-CHEE; born 28 January 1993) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a striker for SuperLiga team Red Star Belgrade and the Ghana national football team.

Club career

Early career

Born in Agogo, Ashanti, Boakye began his career with Bechem United in his native country of Ghana.[2] He eventually moved to Agogo, Asante Akim North District based club, D.C. United[3] and remained until 2008 when he was scouted by Genoa C.F.C. following a tournament in Vicenza, Italy.[4]

Genoa

Following his transfer to Genoa in 2009, Boakye spent the 2009–10 Serie A season, playing in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera for the Ligurian club.[5] On 3 April 2010, Boakye made his Serie A debut, in a match against Livorno. He came off the bench as a substitute for David Suazo in the 13th minute and scored the opening goal, and the match ended in a 1–1 draw.[6] On 2 May, he played in his second match, replacing Giuseppe Sculli as a 71st minute substitute.

On 21 June 2011, Boakye officially joined Serie B outfit Sassuolo on a one-year loan deal[7] that proved very successful for the Ghanaian; he managed to score 12 goals in 34 appearances for the club that missed promotion to Serie A via a promotion play-off loss on aggregate to U.C. Sampdoria.

Juventus

His performances for the Neroverde did not go unnoticed, as the player was eventually signed by reigning Serie A champions Juventus F.C. on a co-ownership deal from Genoa in July 2012. After joining the club, however, he returned to Sassuolo on a second season-long loan deal with the club.[8] Juventus paid nothing in cash but cancelled the transfer debt owed to Genoa with the sale of Ciro Immobile on a similar co-ownership deal in January 2012.

Boakye returned to Juventus on 30 June 2013 but was later loaned to Elche in Spain for the 2013–14 season.[9] He finished the season having scored 6 goals in 31 league appearances (12 starts) for the Spanish club, and returned again to Juventus on 30 June 2014, after the co-ownership with Genoa was renewed just ten days prior.[10]

Atalanta

On 21 July 2014 Genoa sold half of Boakye's 50% registration rights to Atalanta[11] for €1.3 million,[12] with Juventus retained the other half. On 23 June 2015 Atalanta bought Boakye outright from Juventus for €1.6 million.[13]

On 31 August 2015 Boakye left for Dutch club Roda JC.[14]

Latina

In January 2016 Boakye was sold to Latina in a temporary deal, with an obligation to sign outright at the end of season for an undisclosed fee.[15]

Red Star Belgrade

In January 2017 he came on a year-and-a-half loan to a Serbian team Red Star Belgrade.[16] Boakye impressed at Red Star Belgrade with his performances based the time he spent from January to May in the club. He scored an impressive 16 goals in 19 games in all competitions, and won the best player of the week on two occasions within the Serbian Superliga.[17][18]

The season was marked by fierce rivalry between Red Star and Partizan and the owner of the trophy was decided only in the last round of the championship and ended up in Partizan hands, with Red Star finishing second. Boakye made 18 appearances, spent 1375 minutes in game, and scored 16 goals. He was unable to fight for the league topscorer title as he arrived during winter break and missed the first half of the season. His great performances influenced Ghana national team coach James Kwesi Appiah to ask Boakye to join the Ghana national team as soon as he gets released by Red Star for summer holidays.[19] Boakye also became a free agent on 29 May, after the bankruptcy of Latina.[20]

Red Star Belgrade signed Boakye on 27 June 2017.[21] Boakye started the season with 5 goals in the first 3 games of qualifying matches of the club in 2017–18 UEFA Europa League.[22][23][24] He added two more goals in his 5th and 6th game of Europa League qualifying match appearances.

On December 14, 2017, he was elected by the direction board as the Red Star player of the year in 2017.[25] His great performances with Red Star made numerous clubs being interested in his signing. One of them, Chelsea F.C., admitted having been watching him and consider him as potential signing in the winter-transfer window 2017–18.[26]

International career

Boakye received an international call-up by the Ghana national team for the friendly match against China at the Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou on 15 August 2012.[27] Boakye scored his first goal for Ghana on his debut, an equaliser in the 80th minute of the match.[28] He also played for Ghana at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, winning the bronze medal.

Career statistics

Club

As of match played on 13 December 2017[29]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Genoa 2009–10 Serie A 3 1 0 0 - - - - 3 1
2010–11 3 0 1 0 - - - - 4 0
Total 6 1 1 0 - - - - 7 1
Sassuolo (loan) 2011–12 Serie B 34 10 2 2 - - - - 36 12
2012–13 32 11 0 0 - - - - 32 11
Total 66 21 2 2 - - - - 68 23
Elche (loan) 2013–14 La Liga 31 6 2 1 - - - - 33 7
Atalanta 2014–15 Serie A 19 3 3 2 - - - - 22 5
Roda JC (loan) 2015–16 Eredivisie 9 0 1 0 - - - - 10 0
Latina 2015–16 Serie B 17 1 0 0 - - - - 17 1
2016–17 16 3 0 0 - - - - 16 3
Total 33 4 0 0 - - - - 33 4
Red Star 2016–17 SuperLiga 16 12 4 4 - - - - 20 16
2017–18 14 15 0 0 14 8 - - 28 23
Total 30 27 4 4 14 8 - - 48 39
Career total 194 62 13 9 14 8 - - 221 79

International

As of 5 September 2017
National team Year Apps Goals
Ghana 2012 3 1
2013 4 1
2015 4 2
2016 0 0
2017 1 2
Total 12 6

International goals

Scores and results list Ghana's goal tally first.[30]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 August 2012 Shaanxi Province Stadium, Xi'an, China  China PR
1–1
1–1
Friendly
2 10 January 2013 Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Egypt
2–0
3–0
Friendly
3 28 March 2015 Stade Océane, Le Havre, France  Senegal
1–2
1–2
Friendly
4 1 September 2015 Stade Municipal de Kintélé, Brazzaville, Congo  Congo
1–1
3–2
Friendly
5 1 September 2017 Stade Municipal de Kintélé, Brazzaville, Congo  Congo
1–0
5–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 5–1

Honours

Ghana U20

References

  1. ^ "Richmond Boakye". Roda JC. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Bechem FC quits Ghana football[dead link]
  3. ^ Yidom Richmond Boakye (1993/Sassuolo) – Iusport Italia
  4. ^ "Da Accra A Genova Tramite Vicenza" [From Accra To Genoa Through Vicenza] (in Italian). Genoa CFC. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ Rosa 20 Ufficiale 20 Primavera. www.genoacfc.it.[dead link]
  6. ^ Prodigy Boakye scores in Serie A debut
  7. ^ Boakye Yiadom loaned to Serie B side Sassuolo. (MTN Group) mtnfootball.com.
  8. ^ "Calciomercato: il Sassuolo ingaggia Boakye, ceduti Albanese e Falcinelli" [Transfer market: Sassuolo hires Boakye, assigned Albanese and Faccinelli] (in Italian). 31 August 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Richmond Boakye, refuerzo para la delantera" [Richmond Boakye, reinforcement for the front]. Elche CF (in Spanish). elchecf.es. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "UFFICIALE: Tutte le operazioni di giornata della Juventus". Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  11. ^ "Tutti i trasferimenti Estate" (in Italian). Lega Serie A. 3 March 2015. Archived from the original on 17 March 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Genoa C.F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2014, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  13. ^ "Relazione finanziaria annuale al 30 giugno 2015" (PDF (1.24MB)) (in Italian). Juventus F.C. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Richmond Boakye in prestito al Roda" (in Italian). Atalanta B.C. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Calciomercato, tutte le operazioni dell'Atalanta" (in Italian). Atalanta B.C. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016. [dead link]
  16. ^ Boakje: Zahvalan sam Bogu što mi je pružio priliku da igram za Zvezdu ("Boakye: I am thankfull to God for the opportunity to play for Red Star") at Sportski žurnal, 30-1-2017 (in Serbian)
  17. ^ "2016–17 Serbian SuperLiga". Wikipedia. 2017-05-22. 
  18. ^ Srbije, Super liga. "Igrač kola: Sjajni Ričmond Boaći sačuvao pobedu crveno-belih u derbiju kola". Super liga Srbije (in Serbian). Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  19. ^ Boaći u reprezentaciji at Sportski žurnal, 24–5–2017 (in Serbian)
  20. ^ "Fallimento Latina: i calciatori tesserati svincolati d'autorità" (in Italian). FIGC. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  21. ^ "Ричмонд Боаћи потписао!" [Richmond Boakye signs!] (Press release) (in Serbian). Red Star Belgrade. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  22. ^ "UEFA Europa League - Crvena zvezda-Floriana". UEFA. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  23. ^ "UEFA Europa League - Floriana-Crvena zvezda". UEFA. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  24. ^ "UEFA Europa League - Irtysh-Crvena zvezda". UEFA. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  25. ^ Zvezda obeležila 2017. godinu i proleće u Evropi: Tu smo gde nam je mesto at Sportski žurnal, 14-12-2017 (in Serbian)
  26. ^ Richmond Boakye to Chelsea: What we know so far about Antonio Conte’s striking target at standard.co.uk, 2-1-2018, retrieved 3-1-2018
  27. ^ "Ghana calls up four debutants for China game". ghanafa.org. Ghana Football Association. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  28. ^ "China 1 – 1 Ghana". soccernet.espn.go.com. ESPN. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "R. Boakye on Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  30. ^ "Boakye, Richmond". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 September 2017. 
  31. ^ FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey at FIFA.com, retrieved 30-1-2017

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