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  • Manchester United tweet by Mario Balotelli triggers racist abuse Yesterday

    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 2 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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...
  • Atletico Madrid hang on to beat promoted Eibar 21 in La Liga August 31, 2014

    Barcelona: Atletico Madrid held on to beat Eibar 21 on Saturday to record an unconvincing first win of the Spanish league season as the defending champions continue to struggle without suspended coach Diego Simeone. Atletico received the trophy as champions of last season before the match to the delight of the...
  • 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...
  • Marco Reus, Mario Gomez in German squad for Argentina friendly August 29, 2014

    Frankfurt: Germany have recalled 18 World Cup players for next week's friendly against Argentina, a repeat of the final in Brazil. The friendly in Duesseldorf on September 3 is the first match for both teams since the July 13 final at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, when Mario Goetze scored in...
  • Conte departure from Juventus could alter Serie A August 29, 2014

    Rome: The Italian league opens this weekend with a full slate of matches, a couple key coaching changes and some notable absences. Threetime defending champion Juventus kick things off at Chievo Verona on Saturday, followed by an enticing matchup of runnerup Roma hosting Fiorentina, who are coming off a fourthplace finish. The...
  • 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...
  • 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 10 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 matchwinner Mario Goetze said he felt "unbelievable" after scoring the extratime goal that gave Germany a 10 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 inchperfect cross. Goetze's extratime 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 71 with Miroslav Klose becoming the World Cup's alltime 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 firstchoice forward he watched the entire semifinal 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 10. ...
  • 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 extratime 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: Pintsized 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 babyfaced 22yearold's superb chest and volley from an Andre Schuerrle cross on 113 minutes sealed Germany's 10 extratime 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 10 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 Madridbased club paid 22 million euros for the 28yearold, 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 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 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 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...