Mario Balotelli

  • 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 trend-setting 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 heart-throb 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 1-0 win June 24, 2014

    Natal: Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 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. Four-time 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 1-0 June 20, 2014

    Costa Rica beat four-time champion Italy 1-0 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 3-1 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 one-man 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 2-1 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 Man-of-the-Match 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 second-half winner at the Arena Amazonia stadium, published several photos of the Azzurri's four-hour flight from Manaus to their...
  • World Cup 2014: Italy outwit England 2-1 June 15, 2014

    Mario Balotelli scored with a second-half header on Saturday to give Italy a 2-1 win over England at the World Cup. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Balotelli winner helps Italy edge past England 2-1 June 15, 2014

    Manaus: Mario Balotelli scored with a second-half header on Saturday to give Italy a 2-1 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 1-1 with Luxembourg in World Cup warm-up June 5, 2014

    Italy were held to a 1-1 draw by Luxembourg on Wednesday in their final World Cup warm-up 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...
  • Mario Balotelli clashes with pundits after loss April 26, 2014

    AC Milan's Mario Balotelli lost his temper in front of the cameras after his performance in Friday's 2-0 loss to AS Roma was criticised by Italian television pundits. Speaking to Sky Italia after the game, Balotelli, who was substituted for Giampaolo Pazzini in the 69th minute having contributed little, ripped...
  • Mario Balotelli leads AC Milan to 5th straight win in Serie A April 19, 2014

    Rome: Mario Balotelli set a personal record with his 14th goal of the Serie A season and set up another score as AC Milan beat visiting Livorno 3-0 on Saturday for their fifth straight win. Still, Milan remained five points behind city rival Inter Milan in the race for fifth place...
  • Balotelli, Kaka lead Milan to 3-0 win over Chievo March 30, 2014

    Milan: Mario Balotelli scored one goal and Kaka added two as AC Milan comfortably beat relegation-threatened Chievo Verona 3-0 on Saturday to give coach Clarence Seedorf consecutive victories for the first time since being hired in January. Balotelli volleyed in a cross from Adil Rami four minutes in at the San...
  • Clarence Seedorf not in position to relax at Milan March 27, 2014

    AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf was a relieved man after his side beat Fiorentina on Wednesday, clearly believing he had survived his first severe test and could enjoy the rest of the season. Recent experience at the turbulent club, however, suggests that the Dutchman may have been lulled into a...
  • Fit-again Mario Balotelli returns for AC Milan March 7, 2014

    Mario Balotelli returns to the AC Milan squad for their Serie A clash at Udinese on Saturday after recovering from a shoulder injury. "Balotelli is fine. He is still feeling a bit of pain but he needs to learn to live with it," Milan coach Clarence Seedorf told a news conference...
  • Injured Balotelli out of Milan's clash with Juve March 2, 2014

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli will miss AC Milan's home game with Serie A leaders Juventus on Sunday after failing to recover from a shoulder injury. Giampaolo Pazzini is expected to take his place despite dislocating cartilage in his nose during last weekend's 2-0 win at Sampdoria. "Pazzini is feeling some pain but...
  • Balotelli out for 10 days with shoulder injury February 21, 2014

    Milan: AC Milan and Italy forward Mario Balotelli will be sidelined for approximately 10 days with a shoulder injury. Medical tests on Thursday revealed Balotelli has "damaged his acromioclavicular joint" and is expected to be out for 10 days "if there are no complications." Milan also say there is the possibility...
  • Balotelli wonder goal helps Milan sink Bologna in Serie A February 15, 2014

    Milan: A late wonder goal from Mario Balotelli gave AC Milan a 1-0 home win over resilient Bologna in Serie A on Friday. Balotelli lifted a dreary match with his 10th league goal of the season, an incredible looping long-range strike from near the sideline in the 86th minute moving...
  • Inter Milan visit Juventus, Roma host Parma in Serie A January 31, 2014

    Milan: The highlight of this weekend's Serie A matches is undoubtedly Inter Milan's visit to Juventus in what is sure to be a heated derby d'Italia match. There is also the Genoa derby on Sunday, while second-place Roma host Parma looking to take advantage of any more slip-ups from Juventus. Here...
  • Mario Balotelli fined for gesture at Cagliari fans January 28, 2014

    Maverick striker Mario Balotelli has been fined 10,000 euros for making a provocative gesture to rival Cagliari supporters after scoring against them in AC Milan's 2-1 win on Sunday. Serie A's disciplinary tribunal said Balotelli had "angered the crowd with a provocative and insulting gesture" after claiming the equaliser from a...
  • Mario Balotelli booked for provoking Cagliari fans January 27, 2014

    Mario Balotelli could be in hot water again after he was booked for provoking Cagliari supporters after scoring against the Sardinian side in AC Milan's 2-1 win on Sunday. Balotelli scored the equaliser from a 87th minute free kick at the end of the ground packed by Cagliari fans and the...
  • Late Mario Balotelli penalty gives Seedorf winning AC Milan start January 20, 2014

    New coach Clarence Seedorf thanked AC Milan for having the courage to appoint him after watching his side beat Hellas Verona 1-0 with a late Mario Balotelli penalty on his debut on Sunday. "The focus has been to rediscover the joy of playing, to do training sessions with the ball," the...
  • Teenager Berardi scores four as Sassuolo stun AC Milan January 13, 2014

    Milan: Nineteen-year-old forward Domenico Berardi scored four quickfire goals to give Sassuolo a 4-3 win over AC Milan on Sunday after they overturned an early two-goal deficit against the seven-times European champions. Berardi became the first player in Serie A's 85-year history to score four goals against Milan in a league...