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FIFA World Cup 2014 Player Profile: Mario Balotelli

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - 8:42pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: AFP

The clown prince of Italy, born in Palermo to a Ghanaian immigrant family, but raised by Italian foster parents, Mario Balotelli became an Italian at 18 and is the key to how far the Azzurri can go in Brazil. He has Herculean strength, speed, vision and technique. He was the best player at the 2013 Confederations Cup before injury, and beat Germany single-handedly in the 2012 Euro semi-final. But there is something of a ticking time bomb about Balotelli, whose career is littered with incidents of strange behavior. His clubs Inter Milan, Manchester City and AC Milan have all seen both sides of the coin. But national coach Cesare Prandelli feels he is a lost boy rather than a bad boy and could be the man to help him achieve greatness.

Balotelli scored a sumptuous header agaisnt England that won the game for Azzuri. The clown prince of Italy would be looking to do the same throughout the tournament.

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Personal Data:

Surname:  Balotelli
Firstname:   Mario
Country:  Italy
Date of birth:  1990-08-12
Birthplace:  Palermo
Height:  189 cm
Weight:  88.0 kg

Career Data:

Playing career

Position:  Striker
Clubs:  Lumezzane (2005-2006),  Inter Milan (2006-2010),  Manchester City (Eng/2010-Jan. 2013), AC Milan (It/since Feb. 2013).
International appearances:  29.
International goals:  12.
International debut:  10/08/2010, Italy-Ivory Coast (0-1).
Last international appearance:  18/11/2013, Italy-Nigeria (2-2).

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Playing Honours:

International

European Championships: final (2012), 6 matches, 3 goals.

Confederations Cup: 3rd (2013), 3 matches, 2 goals.

Club

1 Champions League (2010).

3 Italian Championships (2008, 2009, 2010)

1 Italian Cup (2010)..

1 Italian Supercup (2008).

1 English Championship (2012).

1 FA Cup (2011).

1 community Shield (2012).

 




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