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Mario Balotelli

23-Year-Old Forward     AC Milan  Serie A


Italy

Birthdate:  August 12, 1990    Birthplace:  Palermo, Italy    Nationality:  Italy    Height:  6' 2"    Weight:  192 lbs    

July 16, 2014    Mario Balotelli News

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Despite reports earlier in the summer that he was close to being sold, Balotelli will join AC Milan for its preseason tour in the United States, ESPN FC reports.

Milan play Olympiakos on July 24 in the Guinness International Champions Cup, following by matches against Manchester City and Liverpool. Balotelli was linked with Arsenal earlier this summer, but manager Arsene Wenger denied that the club was bringing the Italian striker on board. Despite his off-the-field antics, Balotelli is a gifted scorer and at 23 years old, has plenty of great football left in him.

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Mario Balotelli: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

June 14, 2014

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Balotelli knocked in a header in the 50th minute to give Italy the lead for good in their 2-1 win over England in their World Cup opener on Saturday.

Balotelli took three shots on the day, with two landing on goal, and he remains an elite striker option in the World Cup. Up next is Costa Rica, who are fresh off a 3-1 win over Uruguay, on Friday, followed by Uruguay the next Tuesday.

April 22, 2014

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Balotelli had a goal and an assist in AC Milan's 3-0 win over Livorno Saturday.

Italy can only hope this translates over to the World Cup, which is less than two months away.

March 9, 2014

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Balotelli (shoulder) came on for Robinho in the 63rd minute of AC Milan's 0-1 loss to Udinese on Saturday.

Balotelli had missed more than two weeks with a shoulder injury, but returns just in time for Milan's Champions League match against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. It's been a rough season for the Italian giants, but if they can score in Spain, they have a shot at advancing to the round of eight.

March 1, 2014

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Balotelli has yet to return to training following the shoulder injury he picked up against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and he will not face Juventus this weekend, ESPN FC reports.

Balotelli has not faced Juventus since the spring of 2010, and it appears that streak will continue. He struggled for much of the early part of the season, but seems to be picking it up in recent matches. The Italian striker has 10 goals and three assists in 18 Serie A matches this season.

February 23, 2014

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Balotelli, who suffered a shoulder injury in last week's Champions League loss to Atletico Madrid, is expected to miss only 10 days, The Guardian reports.

Balotelli should be fine for the return leg on March 11, although it's unclear when he'll return to Serie A action.

February 20, 2014

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Balotelli is expected to rest a sore shoulder for about 10 days after he injured it in a fall against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, Football Italia reports.

Balotelli will probably be back for the second leg of the Champions League clash.

January 27, 2014

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Balotelli will miss next weekend's match against Torino after picking up his 13th yellow card of the season during Sunday's match against Cagliari, ESPN FC reports.

Balotelli received the yellow card after making an obscene gesture to home fans at the Stadio Sant'Elia after netting home the equalizer. The Italian striker has nine goals and three assists in 16 Serie A matches this season, but will have to wait until Milan take on Napoli on February 8 to extend his totals.