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  • Mario Balotelli says struggling to play lead role at Liverpool 4 days ago

    Mario Balotelli admits he is struggling to adapt to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' tactics as he seeks to open his Premier League account for his new club. The Italian has endured a difficult start to the season since joining from AC Milan, managing just one goal for Liverpool against Bulgarian side...
  • Italy coach Antonio Conte plays down dropping Mario Balotelli October 6, 2014

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has played down his exclusion of Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli for upcoming European Championship qualifying matches. Since transferring to Liverpool from AC Milan after the World Cup, Balotelli has yet to score in five appearances in the Premier League and was also left off last month's Italy...
  • Manchester United tweet by Mario Balotelli triggers racist abuse September 22, 2014

    Mario Balotelli found himself on the receiving end of yet more racist abuse on Sunday after a jokey reference to Manchester United FC's shock defeat by Leicester City sparked a flurry of invective on social media. Police later confirmed they were looking into the abuse that had come the Liverpool striker's...
  • West Ham stun Liverpool 31 at Upton Park September 21, 2014

    London: Liverpool's English Premier League challenge received another early blow as an impressive West Ham beat last season's runnerup 31 on Saturday. Liverpool were heavily favored to win at West Ham, but suffered successive league defeats for the first time since December. "We made a really slow start and before we knew...
  • Liverpool don't need to find magic formula, says Brendan Rodgers September 18, 2014

    London: Liverpool are not in need of a magic formula to win Premier League matches and their new arrivals are starting to settle in to life at Anfield, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday. After surpassing expectations last season and finishing second behind champions Manchester City, Liverpool have made an inconsistent...
  • Antonio Conte isn't sending a message to Balotelli September 1, 2014

    Florence: Italy coach Antonio Conte was not trying to send a message to Mario Balotelli by leaving him off the squad. Balotelli, who recently joined Liverpool from AC Milan, was not included in the 27man squad for Italy's first qualifying match for the 2016 European Championship against Norway on Sept. 9....
  • Sterling, Gerrard score as Liverpool beat Tottenham 30 August 31, 2014

    Brendan Rodgers marked his 100th game in charge by watching Liverpool produce an irresistible performance as they beat a toothless Tottenham Hotspur 30 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno were on target as Liverpool bounced back from Monday's defeat by...
  • Balotelli in line for Liverpool debut at Spurs August 29, 2014

    Liverpool: Mario Balotelli is in line to make his Liverpool debut against Tottenham on Sunday after impressing manager Brendan Rodgers in the Italy striker's first practice sessions with his new club. Rodgers says Balotelli "has settled in very well and has looked fantastic in training. . He is engrossing himself into...
  • Mario Balotelli warned by Italy coach Antonio Conte August 28, 2014

    Milan: Mario Balotelli has some work to do to earn the respect of Italy coach Antonio Conte. Conte tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he's not sure Balotelli's decision to move back to England is positive or not, "but I do know that whoever joins the national team must then deserve...
  • Changes in Serie A after Allegri replaces Antonio Conte August 26, 2014

    Milan: There are plenty of changes in Serie A this season after a difficult and tumultuous period for Italian football. The pain in Italy began with the Italian Cup final in May, which was overshadowed by the shooting and later death of Napoli fan Ciro Esposito. It was hoped a good World...
  • Liverpool gamble on mischiefmaker Balotelli to replace Suarez August 26, 2014

    Having just waved goodbye to a player who constantly courted controversy, Liverpool rolled out the welcome mat to Mario Balotelli on Monday, whose maverick if inconsistent talent is perhaps only rivalled by his ability to cause mischief. Following the departure of Luis Suarez on the back of a third suspension for...
  • Liverpool sign AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli August 25, 2014

    England: Italy striker Mario Balotelli has joined Liverpool from AC Milan on a "longterm" deal, the Premier League club said on Monday. The 24yearold is the big signing Liverpool fans have craved since selling last season's top scorer Luis Suarez to Barcelona in July but Balotelli's famous on and off field...
  • Liverpool in talks to sign Mario Balotelli August 21, 2014

    Liverpool: Liverpool could be about to replace one controversial striker with another. Italy international Mario Balotelli has been lined up by the Premier League club as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, who left Anfield to join Barcelona for $130 million. Liverpool are in talks with AC Milan over the permanent signing...
  • Mario Balotelli courts more controversy with gun photo July 11, 2014

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli has stoked more controversy by publishing a picture of himself on Instagram pointing a gun at the camera with the message "a big kiss to all the haters". The AC Milan player quickly removed the photo but his latest gaffe will do him no favours in Italy...
  • World Cup 2014: Footballers and their trendsetting styles July 2, 2014

    Be it England star David Beckham who inked his body to celebrate each of his professional and personal achievements or the current heartthrob and Portuguese and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo who cares a lot about the way he looks footballers are as much icons off the field as...
  • World Cup 2014: Uruguay eliminate Italy, progress to last 16 with 10 win June 24, 2014

    Natal: Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10man Italy 10 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the World Cup, although the victory was overshadowed by a biting incident involving the South American side's star forward Luis Suarez. Fourtime champions Italy, meanwhile, are heading home...
  • AC Milan vice president says club may sell Balotelli June 23, 2014

    Milan: AC Milan vice president Barbara Berlusconi has not ruled out selling Italy striker Mario Balotelli. On Monday, Berlusconi says "Balotelli is a great player but in my mind I don't believe that someone can be irreplaceable, we will see what happens." Balotelli, who has four years left on his contract at...
  • The Beautiful Game: Costa Rica humble Italy 10 June 20, 2014

    Costa Rica beat fourtime champion Italy 10 to secure a spot in the last 16 and eliminate England in the process. ...
  • The Beautiful Game: Italy take on Costa Rica June 20, 2014

    Costa Rica and Italy each have three points but the central American side top the group on goal differential. A win for either Italy or Costa Rica would just about assure a spot in the next round. ...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Italy vs Costa Rica June 20, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group D encounter between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco stadium in Recife. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Costa Rica's 31 impressive win over Uruguay was one of the biggest surprises in the opening matches of the World Cup. Whereas Italy...
  • World Cup 2014: Take Italy to the moon please Mario, says Cesare Prandelli June 20, 2014

    Recife: Mario Balotelli is a oneman weapon who can take Italy all the way "to the moon" but if he does not keep his mind on the job he will be brought straight back down to earth, his coach Cesare Prandelli said on Thursday. The mercurial striker is once again set...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on day nine June 20, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: A draw between Italy and Costa Rica on Friday would put England out of contention at the World Cup. Luckily for England, neither team will be prepared to settle for one point with so much still at stake in Group D. Italy and Costa Rica already have a...
  • World Cup 2014: Italy's Mario Balotelli wants the Cup not stardom June 19, 2014

    Mario Balotelli couldn't care less if he's mentioned in the same breath as Neymar or Lionel Messi at this World Cup as long as he comes away with the trophy. Having scored the winning goal in Italy's 21 victory over England and now getting ready for Friday's match against Costa...
  • World Cup 2014: Mario Balotelli thanks fans, calls Brazil "paradise" June 16, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Buoyed by his ManoftheMatch winning performance for Italy against England Saturday, Mario Balotelli has described Brazil as "paradise" and thanked fans for their support. Balotelli, who headed in a secondhalf winner at the Arena Amazonia stadium, published several photos of the Azzurri's fourhour flight from Manaus to their...
  • World Cup 2014: Italy outwit England 21 June 15, 2014

    Mario Balotelli scored with a secondhalf header on Saturday to give Italy a 21 win over England at the World Cup. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Balotelli winner helps Italy edge past England 21 June 15, 2014

    Manaus: Mario Balotelli scored with a secondhalf header on Saturday to give Italy a 21 win over England at the World Cup. The Italy striker was left free by his marker Gary Cahill and nodded a cross from Antonio Candreva past goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 50th minute. Claudio Marchisio scored first...
  • Italy draw 11 with Luxembourg in World Cup warmup June 5, 2014

    Italy were held to a 11 draw by Luxembourg on Wednesday in their final World Cup warmup match before leaving for Brazil, with forward Mario Balotelli looking in impressive form. Claudio Marchisio headed Italy in front in the ninth minute after a splendid assist from Balotelli but Maxime Chanot levelled five...
  • Italian football chief slams racist abuse of Mario Balotelli May 21, 2014

    Racist abuse directed at Mario Balotelli by a young fan outside Italy's training camp was "unacceptable", Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Giancarlo Abete said on Wednesday. The AC Milan striker was subjected to the abuse outside Italy's Coverciano training camp as the squad were put through their paces with manager Cesare...
  • Mario Balotelli subjected to racist chants at Italy base May 21, 2014

    Florence: Police have had to intervene after Mario Balotelli was subjected to racist chants at Italy's World Cup training base. A few kids outside the Coverciano complex were responsible for the chants, and Balotelli appeared visibly disturbed. The training session was open to media and Balotelli could be heard saying as...
  • Mario Balotelli's house burgled, Porsche stolen May 18, 2014

    Milan: Thieves have stolen Mario Balotelli's Porsche as well as gold and watches after breaking into the Italy and AC Milan forward's house. Balotelli was out at dinner with his brother Enoch and came home to discover he had been burgled. The car was later found abandoned. Balotelli wrote Saturday on Twitter: "I...