Jérémie Boga

Last updated on 7 October 2017

Jérémie Boga (born 3 January 1997) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Birmingham City, on loan from Chelsea. He spent the 2015–16 season on loan to Rennes and the 2016–17 season with Granada, also on loan, before making his first-team debut for Chelsea in August 2017. Internationally, Boga represented his native France up to under-19 level, then chose to play for his parents' country, Ivory Coast, at senior level.

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Club career

Chelsea

In 2008, Boga joined Chelsea from ASPTT Marseille as a youngster when he moved with his family to London where his father worked. Boga was educated at Richard Challoner School in New Malden. After impressing in the Academy, he earned himself his first professional contract, therefore keeping at the London-based club until 2017.[1]

He was named on the bench for Chelsea's final game of the 2014–15 season, a 3–1 victory against Sunderland in the Premier League, but he remained unused.[2]

Loan to Stade Rennais

On 31 August 2015, Boga joined Rennes on a season-long loan to gain first team experience since his impressive spell in the Chelsea youth system.[3] He made his debut on 18 September, as a 82nd-minute substitute for Paul-Georges Ntep in a 1–1 draw with Lille in Ligue 1.[4] At the beginning of October, Boga made a single appearance for Rennes' reserve team against GSI Pontivy, in which he scored the only goal of the game, converting a penalty in the first-half.[5] On 28 November 2015, in his first start for the team, Boga scored his first professional goal, against Stade de Reims which resulted in a 2–2 draw.[6] His second goal of the season took the Round of 64 Coupe de France match against OGC Nice into extra time. The game went to penalties, and Rennes won the shootout 7–6.[7] On 9 January 2016, Boga scored his third goal of the season in a 2–2 draw with Lorient.[8]

Loan to Granada

On 6 July 2016, Boga joined La Liga club Granada on a season-long loan.[9] He made his Granada debut on 20 August in a 1–1 draw with Villarreal, playing the full 90 minutes.[10] A week later, Boga scored his first goal in a 5–1 home defeat against Las Palmas, scoring Granada's equalizer after Las Palmas took the lead through former Liverpool player Nabil El Zhar.[11] On 2 April 2017, Boga scored the equalizing goal against Barcelona. Granada lost the game 4–1.[12]

2017–18 season: Chelsea debut and loan to Birmingham

Boga returned to Chelsea for the 2017–18 season and unexpectedly started in their first game of the season against Burnley. However, he was substituted in the 18th minute after Gary Cahill was sent off.[13] He signed a new three-year contract with Chelsea before, on 28 August 2017, joining Championship club Birmingham City on loan for the 2017–18 season.[14] He was one of six debutants in Birmingham's next fixure, away to Norwich City; he played the whole match as his team lost 1–0.[15][16]

International career

Boga has been capped by France at under-16 and under-19 levels. In April 2017 it was announced that Boga had committed to playing for the Ivory Coast internationally.[17] He was called up to the Ivory Coast national team for the first time for a friendly match against the Netherlands and an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea on 4 and 10 June 2017.[18] He made his debut in the latter, coming on for Jean Michaël Seri in the 77th minute of a 3–2 home defeat.[19]

Personal life

Boga was born in Marseille, France, to Ivorian parents.[20]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 30 September 2017[21]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2014–15 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Rennes (loan) 2015–16 Ligue 1 27 2 2 1 2 0 31 3
Granada (loan) 2016–17 La Liga 26 2 1 0 27 2
Birmingham City (loan) 2017–18[22] Championship 6 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 60 4 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 65 5

International

As of match played 10 June 2017[23]
National team Year Apps Goals
Ivory Coast 2017 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours

Club

Chelsea

References

  1. ^ "Jeremie Boga - TheChels.info". TheChels.info.
  2. ^ Winton, Richard (24 May 2015). "Chelsea 3–1 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Boga moves on loan". Chelsea F.C. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Lille hold on for share of spoils at Rennes". ESPN. PA Sport. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Pontivy GSI vs. Rennes II 0–1". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Reims vs. Rennes 2–2". Sky Sports. 28 November 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Nice 2–2 Rennes Coupe de France – 9th Rnd". Sky Sports. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Rennes vs. Lorient 2–2". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Boga, segundo fichaje" [Boga, second signing] (in Spanish). Granada CF. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Granada vs. Villarreal". Soccerway. Perform Group. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Las Palmas vs. Granada". Soccerway. Perform Group. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Granada vs. Barcelona". Soccerway. Perform Group. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  13. ^ Dawkes, Phil (12 August 2017). "Chelsea 2–3 Burnley". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  14. ^ Dale, James (28 August 2017). "Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga joins Birmingham on loan". Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Norwich City 1–0 Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  16. ^ Dick, Brian (9 September 2017). "Birmingham City player ratings: How we rated the new look Blues against Norwich City". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  17. ^ Dove, Ed (25 April 2017). "Chelsea wonderkid Jeremie Boga commits to Ivory Coast". ESPN FC. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Marc Wilmots names his first Ivory Coast squad". BBC Sport. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Eliminatoires de la Coupe d’Afrique des Nations, Cameroun 2019: Détails du match Cote d'Ivoire 2–3 Guinea". Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF). 10 June 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  20. ^ Lowe, Sid (12 March 2017). "Granada's rented trio fight relegation while seeking Premier League future". The Observer. London. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  21. ^ "J. Boga". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  22. ^ "Games played by Jérémie Boga in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  23. ^ "Jérémie Boga". National Football Teams. Retrieved 29 August 2017.

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