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Soccer News of Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Source: Graphic.com.gh

I prefer free role in Black Stars - KP Boateng

Ghana and Schalke midfielder, Kevin-Prince Boateng, says he will love to play in a free role for the Black Stars at the World Cup in Brazil.

"I hope behind the forwards. I believe that's where the coach sees me. We have two strong defensive midfielders with [Michael] Essien and [Sulley] Muntari. I hope I can play on my favourite position where I can act freely,” the 27-year-old told a section of the German media.

Touching on the strength of Ghana’s Group G opponents, Boateng said reigning World Footballer of the Year, Ronaldo, has what it takes to make the difference for Portugal.

The Black Stars have a last group date with Portugal on June 26, but will face off with US and Germany prior to that encounter. Boateng said, “the group is very strong. If Cristiano Ronaldo is fit, it will be very hard to beat Portugal. Germany, Ghana and the USA will have to fight for the other points.”

The former AC Milan midfielder, however, stressed the need for the Black Stars not to be afraid of any of their Group G opponents, which also includes Germany and the USA.

He said.“These are 90 minutes of football, nobody needs to be afraid. The German team has extraordinary qualities; they have individual players that can decide a single game by themselves. I think the only one you really need to look out for is Marco Reus."

Boateng also tipped Brazil as favourites to win the competition since they have a home advantage.

“Brazil, they play at home and have an extraordinary team. Spain is on top clearly. It would be a nice final,” he said.