Emmanuel Boateng (footballer, born 1996)

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Emmanuel Boateng
Personal information
Full nameEmmanuel Okyere Boateng
Date of birth (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Dalian Professional
Number 21
Youth career
2004–2013 Charity Stars
2013–2014 Rio Ave
Senior career*
2014–2015 Rio Ave 13 (1)
2015–2017 Moreirense 55 (9)
2017–2019 Levante 41 (7)
2019– Dalian Professional 21 (8)
National team
2013 Ghana U17
2015 Ghana U20 3 (1)
2018– Ghana 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 22:31, 31 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2019

Emmanuel Okyere Boateng (born 23 May 1996) is a Ghanaian footballer who plays for Chinese club Dalian Yifang as a striker.


Club career

Rio Ave

Born in Accra, Boateng joined Rio Ave in 2013, after impressing on a trial, from hometown club Charity Stars FC. [1] Initially assigned to the youth setup, he made his professional debut on 31 July 2014, coming on as a second-half substitute for Yonathan Del Valle in a 1–0 away win against IFK Göteborg for the season's UEFA Europa League. [2]

Boateng made his Primeira Liga debut on 17 August 2014, starting in a 2–0 home win against Vitória de Setúbal. His first goal in the category occurred on 1 September, as he scored the last in a 4–0 home routing of Boavista.


On 7 July 2015, Boateng and his Rio Ave teammate Ernest Ohemeng made a permanent move to fellow league team Moreirense. [3] Mainly used as a substitute during his first season, he started to feature more regularly during his second.

Boateng was also regularly used in the Taça da Liga, netting a brace in a 3–1 home success over Benfica on 26 January 2017. [4] Three days later, he replaced Roberto in the final, a 1–0 win against S.C. Braga; it was Moreirense's first ever national title. [5]

Boateng scored his first league double on 30 April 2017, in a 2–2 away draw against Arouca.


On 16 August 2017, Boateng signed a four-year deal with La Liga side Levante UD. [6]

On 13 May 2018, he scored first career hat-trick against champions Barcelona. Levante won the match 5-4, ending the possibility of an unbeaten season for Barcelona. [7]

Dalian Yifang

On 20 February 2019, Boateng signed with Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang. [8] [9]

International career

He was part of the Ghana national under-20 football team, who played the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. He scored one goal in the competition on 5 June 2015, in a 1–0 win against Panama. [10] On 30 May 2018 he made his senior appearance for the Black Stars. He marked his debut with a goal when he scored a penalty in the 51st minute of the game. [11]

Career statistics

Club career statistics

Statistics accurate as of match played 31 December 2019. [12]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalOtherTotal
Rio Ave 2014–15 Primeira Liga 1314110901 [lower-alpha 1] 0282
Moreirense 2015–16 2723110--313
2016–17 2676310--3310
2017–18 201000--30
Levante 2017–18 La Liga 25641---297
2018–19 16130---191
Dalian Yifang 2019 Chinese Super League 21813---2211

International goals

Scores and results list Ghana's goal tally first. [12]
1.30 May 2018 International Stadium, Yokohama, JapanFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2–02–0 Friendly



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