Dedryck Boyata Bio

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FULL NAMEAnga Dedryck Boyata
BORNNovember 20, 1990
HEIGHT1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
NATIONALITYBelgian
ROLEDefender

Anga Dedryck Boyata is a Belgian professional footballer who now plays for Celtic FC in Scotland, where he is managed by Brendan Rodgers, a former Liverpool manager. Boyata was born in the Belgian city of Uccle on November 28, 1990. He is a centre-back who is strong in tackles and can also score goals with his head.

Background

At the age of 13, Boyata began playing football for a small team in Brussels. He spent three years there before joining Manchester City’s youth system. He was groomed into a capable centre-back who fit well into the system. His father was a member of the Congolese national football team in the early 1990s.

Brussels, Manchester City, FC Twente, Bolton Wanderers, Celtic, Belgium U19, U21, and senior teams are among Boyata’s previous clubs.

Debut

Boyata made his professional debut for Manchester City against Middlesborough in the FA Cup third round on January 2, 2010. In a 1-0 victory, he contributed to his team’s clean sheet.

Boyata earned his first cap for Belgium in a 4-4 draw against Austria on October 10, 2010. At halftime, he came in as a substitute for Toby Alderweireld.

Rise to Glory

Boyata attained some stability after joining Manchester City’s junior system and was picked to play for Belgium’s U19 squad. He appeared in 12 games and scored two goals, which is a lot for a centre back. He was a rock at the back, making tackles and duels to demonstrate his superiority.

He went on to play for the U21 squad, who won 1-0 against Malta. He appeared in 11 games for his club and was promoted to the first team. Boyata was called up by Belgium manager Georges Leekes in late 2010 to play for the national team against Kazakhstan and Austria. He made his international debut as a substitute against Austria.

In a friendly against Portugal, Boyata made his second appearance, coming on as a replacement for Jason Denayer in the 86th minute. He played two more friendly, which were his final two. In three of the four games, he was used as a replacement.

Club Career

Different teams were on the search for a good centre defender since becoming a Manchester City academy product, and Boyata was one of them. However, his talent was recognised, and he quickly made his whole squad debut. Boyata struggled to obtain playing time due to inconsistency and the presence of superior centre backs such as Vincent Kompany. Over the course of six years, he made 35 appearances and quickly found himself in need of additional playing time.

Boyata was loaned out for a season to Bolton Wanderers in 2011. He appeared in 17 games and scored one goal. Boyata made another loan transfer to FC Twente in the Eredivisie in 2012. He only made ten appearances there.

On his return to Manchester City, he began a League Cup match against Wigan Athletic. In his last season, he only appeared six times, including one start. Boyata was signed by Celtic in June 2015 for a cost of about £1.5 million.

In Scotland, Boyata’s fortunes changed, as he became a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers’ team. So far, he’s made 94 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals and assisting on five occasions. He won the Scottish League twice with them, as well as the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup. His only other trophy was the FA Cup, which he won with Manchester City.

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