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  • 07.30.15
    What next for Mario Balotelli? Mavericks | Comments Off on What next for Mario Balotelli?
    There's a great moment in the 2012 interview between Noel Gallagher and Mario Balotelli when the Italian international promises the former Oasis guitarist his infamous "Why Always Me?" t-shirt. The looks on Gallagher Snr's face is that of a genuine fan - something we don't see that often - such is the aura of Balotelli's genius. He was a much-loved maverick striker with lethal ability and his antics off-the-pitch were just as legendary. Fast-forward three years and the striker's days of being the superstar footballer that was a manager's dream (or nightmare depending on the day in particular).    When Balotelli burst onto ...
  • 10.26.14
    Is the end is nearing for Liverpool’s Balotelli? Europe, Mavericks | Comments Off on Is the end is nearing for Liverpool’s Balotelli?
    When Mario Balotelli joined Liverpool last August from AC Milan, I read one memorable line in a newspaper to describe the deal. It said "when Balotelli joins a club there is celebrations. But there is bigger celebrations when he leaves". Think about that for a minute. I was in Milan last month and some Rossoneri fans told me that they certainly won't miss Mario around the San Siro, (they had recently signed forwards Jeremy Menez and Fernando Torres), but they still love him. It's safe to say that Brendan Rodgers knew what he was getting himself into when he signed the Italian international. ...
  • 08.22.14
    Could Rodgers get the best out of Balotelli? Footy thoughts, Mavericks | Comments Off on Could Rodgers get the best out of Balotelli?
    The big transfer news this week, as most of you will be well aware of at this stage, is that the ever-eccentic Mario Balotelli is soon to become a Liverpool player. This was greeted with much delight from the red half of Merseyside. And understandably so. But the general feeling is that Mario's behaviour may disrupt the harmony that Brendan Rodgers has kept at Anfield during his tenure there. Of course it's now three weeks that have passed since the Liverpool boss said “categorically” that he would not be signing the Italian striker. But, as ever, nothing in football is impossible. People took to social ...
  • 01.11.13
    Sneijder's Turkish delight and other January movers and rumours Superstars, Transfers | Comments Off on Sneijder's Turkish delight and other January movers and rumours
    Dutch superstar Wesley Sneijder was, just yesterday, given just 24 hours to decide if he wants to swap the blue and black of Inter Milan for the yellow and red of Galatasaray following the Turkish side's €10 million bid was accepted by the Italian giants. "Galatasaray's offer satisfies us. Now it depends on the player," Inter president Massimo Moratti told Sky Sports. "We would be happy if he decided to stay on our terms." By "our terms", he means taking a pay cut of about €2 million per season which Sneijder has publicly refused to accept (he hasn't played for Inter since ...
  • 04.06.12
    Basque total football, Balotelli rumours and the Blues seek European revenge on Barça Europe, Superstars | Comments Off on Basque total football, Balotelli rumours and the Blues seek European revenge on Barça
    Well, the mid-week Champions League footie was good, wasn' it? But look at the forthcoming fixture list for the semi finals. Barcelona v Chelsea - a difficult one for Chelsea who needn't be reminded of the events when the two sides last met in the Champions League semi final 2nd leg at the Bridge back in 2009. The Londoners are out for revenge against the mighty Barça side. The other one, Bayern Munich v Real Madrid, is historically one of the most tense duels on the European stage - scandals, controversies and carnage have been on the menu in previous ties. ...
  • 03.29.12
    Barça's frustration & Balotelli's gate-crashing Champions League, Footballers' mad moments | Comments Off on Barça's frustration & Balotelli's gate-crashing
    Seventy three minutes had passed in both Champions League ties on Tuesday and not a goal had been scored. Were APOEL going to hold the mighty Real Madrid in Europe's biggest competition? Were Benfica going to cause Chelsea some heartache? Just seventeen more minutes. Sadly it was not meant to be - Karim Benzema opened the scoring for Madrid just then. Sixty seconds later Salomon Kalou scored for what turned out to be Chelsea's only goal. Madrid ended up winning 3-0. It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings, as they say. APOEL will need extra choruses to try topple Mourinho's ...
  • 03.13.12
    When Noely G. met Mario B. Footballers' mad moments, Superstars | Comments Off on When Noely G. met Mario B.
    Most of you would have seen or heard the interview with Man City striker Mario Balotelli conducted by a little-known local lad called Noel Gallagher. For those who haven't yet seen it, enjoy the video. It's pretty brilliant. For those who want to give it another look, enjoy the video. By the way, and I'm just gonna throw this out there, but how about giving Noel a regular gig interviewing footballers? Statements such as "My children love you and they don't even know who you are" are amazing in my book. Anyway, here is the video in full: [jwplayer mediaid="1801"]
  • 01.03.12
    Another transfer window, another month of chaos, rumours and big money! Transfers | Comments Off on Another transfer window, another month of chaos, rumours and big money!
    It's that time again. The transfer window is open. Naturally, the last day of the window (Jan 30th) is always the busiest, but between then and now, we may see some interesting movement throughout the sport. First off, keep your eye on Paris Saint-Germain (who's city and club have been recently profiled on this blog). With their Qatari millions backing them, the club's owners are hungry to make the Parisians what Real Madrid were in the early 2000's. They've already tried to acquire the services of one David Beckham, who recently turned them down in favour of staying put in LA. But ...
  • 12.26.11
    The best of 2011 Europe, Footy thoughts | Comments Off on The best of 2011
    An incredible twelve months of football. Moments of glory, madness, insanity, genius and plain ugly was witnessed by millions. And that was just for Mario Balotelli. Of course, speaking of glory, a mention must go to Barcelona. It's no secret of my long-time admiration for the Catalan club. I've been to three games in the Camp Nou this season (including one Clásico), but watching them completely outclass Manchester United in the Champions League final last May was so good, it made me feel absolutely no guilt for skipping the speeches at my sister's wedding that same day. Sheer brilliance. Sorry, sis. One ...
  • 12.13.11
    Balotelli's £150k late-night curry Footballers' mad moments | Comments Off on Balotelli's £150k late-night curry
    Life is never dull anywhere whenever Mario Balotelli is around. The latest is that the Italian facing an internal investigation and possible disciplinary action after breaching Manchester City's late-night curfew ahead of Monday's Premier League match at Chelsea (which he scored in, despite City's loss). Balotelli was spotted in a late night Manchester curry house ordering food at the early hours of Sunday morning. Not one to keep things quiet, he was even photographed signing autographs with fellow diners and even engaging in a mock sword-fight. As you do. The 21-year old could be faced with being fined a week's wages - ...
  • 07.25.11
    Balotelli's self-indulgence tests Mancini's patience Footballers' mad moments, North/South America | Comments Off on Balotelli's self-indulgence tests Mancini's patience
    Manchester City's pre-season trip of the US finished up at the weekend with a friendly in Los Angeles as Roberto Mancini's men faced David Beckham's LA Galaxy. But, never being one to shy away from controversy, Mario Balotelli will be talking point of the game for his unusual act of self-indulgence in the first half that saw him substituted followed by a pitch-side argument with manager Mancini. It started well though. Twenty minutes in City were awarded a penalty in which Balotelli took - and scored. Less than ten minutes later the Italian found himself clean through on goal and attempted ...
  • 03.19.11
    Balotelli vs. his bib Bloopers | Comments Off on Balotelli vs. his bib
    You may have seen this already. I felt it was too good not to put in. This is Mario Balotelli warming up for Manchester City vs. Dynamo Kiev last Thursday. He seems to be struggling with putting on his bib - to the point where he needs assistance. Robbie Savage provides commentary in the video below. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/erI5dG3_R5E" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] To be fair, they are quite tricky - if you're asleep.