Interview

Creative Spark

Jérôme Boateng discusses fashion, inspiration and his dream interview subjects

Voted Germany’s most stylish man by GQ magazine in 2015, Jérôme Boateng has always been a more fascinating character than your average footballer. And he is far from an average footballer, having helped Bayern win the Champions League in 2013. Away from the stadium, the tall centre-back with Ghanaian roots is a busy man, boasting a wide array of interests, including his own range of designer glasses and a lifestyle magazine, BOA, which he launched in 2018.

You have a vinyl collection, you’re interested in music and clothes, and you have your own magazine. What does creativity mean for you?

Creativity is obviously a big word. For me, it means that you take in influences from the environment around you, whether it’s on holiday, on the street or just going to training. You look at how people dress and different things. It might even just be a cone that’s cordoning off something on the street. You can take anything. These days, you even see the vests that builders wear coming into fashion. Everyone can be creative in their own way.

Of all your passions away from the pitch, if you had to concentrate on one, which would it be?

That’s a good question. I think fashion. Just because it interests me and I find there’s so much you can do there; you have so much room to be creative. Anyone can let themselves go and have a play around, so there’s a huge amount you can do. It’s also a huge amount of work when you really take it seriously and want to be successful as a designer, but you can obviously play around with things a lot.

Is that something you picture yourself doing when you retire?

Yes, absolutely. It certainly interests me. I think you need work and then you need a good team and good people around you so that you really understand how it runs and what you can do and build.

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Voted Germany’s most stylish man by GQ magazine in 2015, Jérôme Boateng has always been a more fascinating character than your average footballer. And he is far from an average footballer, having helped Bayern win the Champions League in 2013. Away from the stadium, the tall centre-back with Ghanaian roots is a busy man, boasting a wide array of interests, including his own range of designer glasses and a lifestyle magazine, BOA, which he launched in 2018.

You have a vinyl collection, you’re interested in music and clothes, and you have your own magazine. What does creativity mean for you?

Creativity is obviously a big word. For me, it means that you take in influences from the environment around you, whether it’s on holiday, on the street or just going to training. You look at how people dress and different things. It might even just be a cone that’s cordoning off something on the street. You can take anything. These days, you even see the vests that builders wear coming into fashion. Everyone can be creative in their own way.

Of all your passions away from the pitch, if you had to concentrate on one, which would it be?

That’s a good question. I think fashion. Just because it interests me and I find there’s so much you can do there; you have so much room to be creative. Anyone can let themselves go and have a play around, so there’s a huge amount you can do. It’s also a huge amount of work when you really take it seriously and want to be successful as a designer, but you can obviously play around with things a lot.

Is that something you picture yourself doing when you retire?

Yes, absolutely. It certainly interests me. I think you need work and then you need a good team and good people around you so that you really understand how it runs and what you can do and build.

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You have your own magazine. What is the appeal for you of print over digital? And who would you most like to interview for the magazine?

I think print is just cool because you can touch it. You have something forever and you can put it or hang it anywhere, and maybe make a cool picture out of the magazine or the page. For the interview, I’d most like to do a double interview with Virgil Abloh and David Beckham. They’re both mega-interesting in their own way, and I think David Beckham has been a fashion icon over the years. And Virgil, wherever he goes or whatever he touches, it’s just cool and he moves with the times. Wacky items, chic items but still with a bit of something cool. It would just be mega-interesting to hear from both of them about how they see fashion, how they got into it and what they’ve brought to it.

Who’s the best-dressed player in the Bayern changing room aside from you?

[Laughs] I would say David Alaba dresses well, Robert Lewandowski dresses well, and Leon Goretzka. Yes, those three.

Do you have a team-mate whose style is just all wrong?

[Laughs] Yes, sometimes Thomas Müller is a bit ragged, but he’s certainly improved.

If you had to pick a piece of clothing, would you choose Lederhosen or a Dashiki?

Dashiki.

What’s your greatest ambition outside the game once your playing career is over?

To do something that helps people or inspires people or helps them get on in life – that kind of direction. I want to build something that’s there for along time.

Voted Germany’s most stylish man by GQ magazine in 2015, Jérôme Boateng has always been a more fascinating character than your average footballer. And he is far from an average footballer, having helped Bayern win the Champions League in 2013. Away from the stadium, the tall centre-back with Ghanaian roots is a busy man, boasting a wide array of interests, including his own range of designer glasses and a lifestyle magazine, BOA, which he launched in 2018.

You have a vinyl collection, you’re interested in music and clothes, and you have your own magazine. What does creativity mean for you?

Creativity is obviously a big word. For me, it means that you take in influences from the environment around you, whether it’s on holiday, on the street or just going to training. You look at how people dress and different things. It might even just be a cone that’s cordoning off something on the street. You can take anything. These days, you even see the vests that builders wear coming into fashion. Everyone can be creative in their own way.

Of all your passions away from the pitch, if you had to concentrate on one, which would it be?

That’s a good question. I think fashion. Just because it interests me and I find there’s so much you can do there; you have so much room to be creative. Anyone can let themselves go and have a play around, so there’s a huge amount you can do. It’s also a huge amount of work when you really take it seriously and want to be successful as a designer, but you can obviously play around with things a lot.

Is that something you picture yourself doing when you retire?

Yes, absolutely. It certainly interests me. I think you need work and then you need a good team and good people around you so that you really understand how it runs and what you can do and build.

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Interview

Creative Spark

Jérôme Boateng discusses fashion, inspiration and his dream interview subjects

Voted Germany’s most stylish man by GQ magazine in 2015, Jérôme Boateng has always been a more fascinating character than your average footballer. And he is far from an average footballer, having helped Bayern win the Champions League in 2013. Away from the stadium, the tall centre-back with Ghanaian roots is a busy man, boasting a wide array of interests, including his own range of designer glasses and a lifestyle magazine, BOA, which he launched in 2018.

You have a vinyl collection, you’re interested in music and clothes, and you have your own magazine. What does creativity mean for you?

Creativity is obviously a big word. For me, it means that you take in influences from the environment around you, whether it’s on holiday, on the street or just going to training. You look at how people dress and different things. It might even just be a cone that’s cordoning off something on the street. You can take anything. These days, you even see the vests that builders wear coming into fashion. Everyone can be creative in their own way.

Of all your passions away from the pitch, if you had to concentrate on one, which would it be?

That’s a good question. I think fashion. Just because it interests me and I find there’s so much you can do there; you have so much room to be creative. Anyone can let themselves go and have a play around, so there’s a huge amount you can do. It’s also a huge amount of work when you really take it seriously and want to be successful as a designer, but you can obviously play around with things a lot.

Is that something you picture yourself doing when you retire?

Yes, absolutely. It certainly interests me. I think you need work and then you need a good team and good people around you so that you really understand how it runs and what you can do and build.

Penalty Pedigree

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Voted Germany’s most stylish man by GQ magazine in 2015, Jérôme Boateng has always been a more fascinating character than your average footballer. And he is far from an average footballer, having helped Bayern win the Champions League in 2013. Away from the stadium, the tall centre-back with Ghanaian roots is a busy man, boasting a wide array of interests, including his own range of designer glasses and a lifestyle magazine, BOA, which he launched in 2018.

You have a vinyl collection, you’re interested in music and clothes, and you have your own magazine. What does creativity mean for you?

Creativity is obviously a big word. For me, it means that you take in influences from the environment around you, whether it’s on holiday, on the street or just going to training. You look at how people dress and different things. It might even just be a cone that’s cordoning off something on the street. You can take anything. These days, you even see the vests that builders wear coming into fashion. Everyone can be creative in their own way.

Of all your passions away from the pitch, if you had to concentrate on one, which would it be?

That’s a good question. I think fashion. Just because it interests me and I find there’s so much you can do there; you have so much room to be creative. Anyone can let themselves go and have a play around, so there’s a huge amount you can do. It’s also a huge amount of work when you really take it seriously and want to be successful as a designer, but you can obviously play around with things a lot.

Is that something you picture yourself doing when you retire?

Yes, absolutely. It certainly interests me. I think you need work and then you need a good team and good people around you so that you really understand how it runs and what you can do and build.

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You have your own magazine. What is the appeal for you of print over digital? And who would you most like to interview for the magazine?

I think print is just cool because you can touch it. You have something forever and you can put it or hang it anywhere, and maybe make a cool picture out of the magazine or the page. For the interview, I’d most like to do a double interview with Virgil Abloh and David Beckham. They’re both mega-interesting in their own way, and I think David Beckham has been a fashion icon over the years. And Virgil, wherever he goes or whatever he touches, it’s just cool and he moves with the times. Wacky items, chic items but still with a bit of something cool. It would just be mega-interesting to hear from both of them about how they see fashion, how they got into it and what they’ve brought to it.

Who’s the best-dressed player in the Bayern changing room aside from you?

[Laughs] I would say David Alaba dresses well, Robert Lewandowski dresses well, and Leon Goretzka. Yes, those three.

Do you have a team-mate whose style is just all wrong?

[Laughs] Yes, sometimes Thomas Müller is a bit ragged, but he’s certainly improved.

If you had to pick a piece of clothing, would you choose Lederhosen or a Dashiki?

Dashiki.

What’s your greatest ambition outside the game once your playing career is over?

To do something that helps people or inspires people or helps them get on in life – that kind of direction. I want to build something that’s there for along time.

Voted Germany’s most stylish man by GQ magazine in 2015, Jérôme Boateng has always been a more fascinating character than your average footballer. And he is far from an average footballer, having helped Bayern win the Champions League in 2013. Away from the stadium, the tall centre-back with Ghanaian roots is a busy man, boasting a wide array of interests, including his own range of designer glasses and a lifestyle magazine, BOA, which he launched in 2018.

You have a vinyl collection, you’re interested in music and clothes, and you have your own magazine. What does creativity mean for you?

Creativity is obviously a big word. For me, it means that you take in influences from the environment around you, whether it’s on holiday, on the street or just going to training. You look at how people dress and different things. It might even just be a cone that’s cordoning off something on the street. You can take anything. These days, you even see the vests that builders wear coming into fashion. Everyone can be creative in their own way.

Of all your passions away from the pitch, if you had to concentrate on one, which would it be?

That’s a good question. I think fashion. Just because it interests me and I find there’s so much you can do there; you have so much room to be creative. Anyone can let themselves go and have a play around, so there’s a huge amount you can do. It’s also a huge amount of work when you really take it seriously and want to be successful as a designer, but you can obviously play around with things a lot.

Is that something you picture yourself doing when you retire?

Yes, absolutely. It certainly interests me. I think you need work and then you need a good team and good people around you so that you really understand how it runs and what you can do and build.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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