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  • Conte departure from Juventus could alter Serie A 59 minutes ago

    Rome: The Italian league opens this weekend with a full slate of matches, a couple key coaching changes and some notable absences. Three-time defending champion Juventus kick things off at Chievo Verona on Saturday, followed by an enticing matchup of runner-up Roma hosting Fiorentina, who are coming off a fourth-place finish. The...
  • Mario Balotelli warned by Italy coach Antonio Conte 18 hours 40 minutes ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 mischief-maker Balotelli to replace Suarez 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    England: Italy striker Mario Balotelli has joined Liverpool from AC Milan on a "long-term" deal, the Premier League club said on Monday. The 24-year-old 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 1 week ago

    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...
  • The Beautiful Game: Fourth World Cup title for Die Mannschaft July 14, 2014

    In one of the most engrossing World Cup finals in recent times, Germany beat off a spirited challenge from Argentina to secure a 1-0 victory. ...
  • World Cup triumph could spark era of German dominance in football July 14, 2014

    Germany has a thing about denying Argentina glory. They did it to Maradona in 1990, and they have now done it to Messi. The Mannschaft won their fourth world cup - only the third country to do so - and stamped its authority over the world of football. When Spain won the...
  • World Cup 2014: Final winner unbelievable, says Mario Goetze July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: World Cup final match-winner Mario Goetze said he felt "unbelievable" after scoring the extra-time goal that gave Germany a 1-0 win over Argentina on Sunday. "It's an unbelievable feeling," said the Bayern Munich forward after etching his name into World Cup legend at the iconic Maracana. "I don't...
  • World Cup 2014: Subs make big impact right to the end July 14, 2014

    At a World Cup where substitutes have made more impact than ever, it was fitting that Mario Goetze came off the bench to win it, and another replacement supplied the inch-perfect cross. Goetze's extra-time goal to beat Argentina and win the cup was the 32nd scored by a substitute in Brazil. The...
  • World Cup 2014: Goetze will never again be Germany's forgotten man July 14, 2014

    When Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 with Miroslav Klose becoming the World Cup's all-time leading goalscorer, Mario Goetze could probably have been forgiven for not leading the cheers from the sidelines. Having arrived in Brazil as his country's first-choice forward he watched the entire semi-final from the bench having been dropped earlier...
  • The Beautiful Game: Goetze helps Germany to World Cup victory July 14, 2014

    Mario Goetze scored in the extra time to help Germany lift the World Cup by beating Argentina 1-0. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Goetze is Germany's wonder boy, says coach Loew July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Germany forward Mario Goetze, who plundered the extra-time winner in the World Cup final against Argentina, is a wonder boy with immense qualities, coach Joachim Loew said on Sunday. Substitute Goetze, who until the final had a disappointing tournament, struck the only goal seven minutes before the end...
  • World Cup 2014: Mario Goetze's full talent on show in winning goal July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Pint-sized midfielder Mario Goetze wrote himself into German folklore by scoring the winning goal in Sunday's World Cup final that earned his country's fourth world title. The baby-faced 22-year-old's superb chest and volley from an Andre Schuerrle cross on 113 minutes sealed Germany's 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina...
  • World Cup 2014: Goetze's goal in final ties tournament record July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Mario Goetze's winning goal for Germany in the World Cup final was the 171st scored in Brazil, equaling the tournament record. Substitute Goetze scored in the 113th minute to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina at Maracana Stadium on Sunday. The overall goals mark was set at the...
  • 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...
  • Mario Mandzukic signed by Atletico Madrid July 9, 2014

    Current La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have secured Bayern Munich's Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic. German newspaper Bild reported that the Madrid-based club paid 22 million euros for the 28-year-old, who signed a contract till 2019, reports EFE. Spanish AS newspaper reported that Mandzukic's agent was the link between Los Rojiblancos and the...
  • 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 Live Blog: Colombia vs Uruguay, Round of 16 June 29, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the second Round of 16 match played between Colombia and Uruguay at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. (Scroll down to the page for Live Blog) Rocked by the Luis Suarez biting affair, Uruguay will attempt to make light of their star player's...
  • 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...
  • World Cup 2014: Croatia face Mexico in a must-win game of Group A June 23, 2014

    Recife, Brazil: Mario Mandzukic's return from suspension helped keep Croatia alive in the World Cup. To lead his side into the second round, he may have to do something on Monday that no one has been able to do through two games in Group A: score against Mexico. Even Brazil was...
  • World Cup 2014: Ghana hold Germany to a draw in a four-goal roller-coaster June 22, 2014

    Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw on Saturday despite veteran striker Miroslav Klose coming on as a substitute to tie the World Cup scoring record with the equalizer in their highly entertaining Group G match. Klose now has 15 career World Cup goals, equaling the mark set by former Brazil...
  • 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...