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  • Antonio Conte sees a positive in Mario Balotelli's struggles November 10, 2014

    Florence: Mario Balotelli is just another player and should be treated the same way as the others, Italy coach Antonio Conte said on Monday. Conte, who has called up Balotelli for the first time since he replaced Cesare Prandelli as Italy coach in August, said he would judge the maverick striker...
  • EPL: Ayoze Perez gives Newcastle 1-0 victory over Liverpool November 1, 2014

    Ayoze Perez came on at halftime to score the winner for the second straight week as Newcastle beat a lackluster Liverpool 1-0 Saturday in the Premier League. Moussa Sissoko broke into Liverpool's penalty area in the 73rd minute at St. James' Park and tried to play in Remy Cabella. Alberto Moreno...
  • Capital One Cup: Balotelli inspires Liverpool, Chelsea tame Shrews October 29, 2014

    Mario Balotelli enjoyed a rare moment of ecstasy in a Liverpool shirt by inspiring a 2-1 win over Swansea City in the League Cup on Tuesday while Chelsea had to call for reinforcements to see off Shrewsbury Town. On a night when Premier League West Bromwich Albion were dumped out by...
  • EPL: More frustration for Mario Balotelli as Liverpool draw October 25, 2014

    Mario Balotelli misfired in front of goal again as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw by Hull in the Premier League on Saturday. The Italy striker has made an underwhelming start to his Liverpool career and was criticised for exchanging shirts at halftime with Real Madrid defender Pepe in a...
  • Manchester United, Arsenal eye Brazil defender Mario Fernandes October 25, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United and Arsenal are eyeing Brazilian defender Mario Fernandes. Fernandes' club CSKA Moscow is understood to have placed a 20 million-pound price tag on the 24-year-old center-half, who can also play at right-back, reports Xinhua. "CSKA is always open to offers, but the...
  • Brendan Rodgers unimpressed by Balotelli's shirt swap October 23, 2014

    Mario Balotelli's misfiring career at Anfield took another turn for the worst against Real Madrid on Wednesday with a halftime shirt-swap that did not impress manager Brendan Rodgers. With Liverpool 3-0 down and being outclassed by the champions, Balotelli was spotted by TV cameras indulging in an exchange of shirts with...
  • Brendan Rodgers banks on 'big-game' Balotelli to fire against Real Madrid October 22, 2014

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes it is just a matter of time until Mario Balotelli rediscovers his scoring touch and has backed the misfiring Italian to find the target in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Real Madrid. After completing a 16 million pounds ($25.79 million) move from AC Milan in August,...
  • Mario Balotelli says struggling to play lead role at Liverpool October 17, 2014

    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...
  • Valencia beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 for provisional lead October 4, 2014

    Barcelona: Atletico Madrid failed to build on Wednesday's notable Champions League success against Juventus when they were beaten 3-1 at a resurgent Valencia in La Liga on Saturday. Valencia last won the Spanish league title in 2004 but have started their latest campaign in impressive form and made a thrilling start...
  • 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...
  • 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 28, 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. ...