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In Pictures: The Mario Balotelli story
Despite the highs, lows and controversy, Balotelli has helped Italy to the cusp of international glory at Euro 2012.
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2012 16:44


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Former Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho and Mario Balotelli never saw eye to eye. Here they celebrate the 2010 Serie A title but times were tough. After one match, Mourinho said Balotelli 'came close to a zero rating'. Balotelli was also seen sporting an A.C. Milan jersey.
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Despite the players controversial past, Man City boss Roberto Mancini reunited with Balotelli in 2010, signing him for $28 million. His first year at City was dominated by red cards, goals and controversially saying he hadn't heard of Jack Wilshere - a player he beat to Europe's under-21 award.
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Wherever Mario Balotelli goes, fireworks usually follow. But sometimes they stay with him at home. The striker hit the headlines again in October 2011 when someone set off fireworks in his house the day before the Manchester derby.
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At that Manchester derby City thrashed United 6-1 at Old Trafford. Balotelli scored twice and famously revealed a t-shirt that said 'Why always me?' As if you don't know Mario!
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With Balotelli and Carlos Tevez in the ranks it hadn't always been plain sailing for Roberto Mancini. But it all came good in the end when the players gave City their first top flight trophy in 54 years.
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Balotelli scored a goal against Ireland but struggled against England at the Euros. He missed a host of chances but came good at the last hurdle, scoring Italy's opening penalty in their quarter-final victory.
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But it was the semi-final which saw Balotelli rise to new heights. He scored two goals and said it was the best night of his life. And that's probably saying something...
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So what next for the enigma that is Mario Balotelli? A hat-trick in the final, a red card or something more controversial, the beautiful thing about the Italian is that anything is possible. Absolutely anything.
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Former Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho and Mario Balotelli never saw eye to eye. Here they celebrate the 2010 Serie A title but times were tough. After one match, Mourinho said Balotelli (***)came close to a zero rating(***). Balotelli was also seen sporting an A.C. Milan jersey. ;*;Despite the players controversial past, Man City boss Roberto Mancini reunited with Balotelli in 2010, signing him for $28 million. His first year at City was dominated by red cards, goals and controversially saying he hadn(***)t heard of Jack Wilshere - a player he beat to Europe(***)s under-21 award. ;*;Wherever Mario Balotelli goes, fireworks usually follow. But sometimes they stay with him at home. The striker hit the headlines again in October 2011 when someone set off fireworks in his house the day before the Manchester derby. ;*;At that Manchester derby City thrashed United 6-1 at Old Trafford. Balotelli scored twice and famously revealed a t-shirt that said (***)Why always me?(***) As if you don(***)t know Mario! ;*;With Balotelli and Carlos Tevez in the ranks it hadn(***)t always been plain sailing for Roberto Mancini. But it all came good in the end when the players gave City their first top flight trophy in 54 years. ;*;Balotelli scored a goal against Ireland but struggled against England at the Euros. He missed a host of chances but came good at the last hurdle, scoring Italy(***)s opening penalty in their quarter-final victory. ;*;But it was the semi-final which saw Balotelli rise to new heights. He scored two goals and said it was the best night of his life. And that(***)s probably saying something... ;*;So what next for the enigma that is Mario Balotelli? A hat-trick in the final, a red card or something more controversial, the beautiful thing about the Italian is that anything is possible. Absolutely anything. Daylife ID:
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In Picture: The Mario Balotelli storyhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-storyThe highs and lows of Mario Balotellien-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:01:13 GMTFri, 29 Jun 2012 14:54:08 GMTRoberto Mancini, Mario Balotellihttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=0eu863X4tY1laManchester City manager Roberto Mancini, right, with new signing Mario Balotelli after a press conference held at the Carrington Training ground, Manchester, England, Tuesday Aug. 17, 2010. Balotelli was signed from Inter Milan.Tue, 17 Aug 2010 14:23:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=0eu863X4tY1laTim HalesAPAP PhotoManchester City manager Roberto Mancini, right, with new signing Mario Balotelli after a press conference held at the Carrington Training ground, Manchester, England, Tuesday Aug. 17, 2010. Balotelli was signed from Inter Milan.Roberto Mancini, Mario BalotelliNo title givenhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=0fNS44R9DWfaxInter Milan coach Jose Mourinho, left, celebrates his Serie A title flanked by forward Mario Balotelli, at the end of the soccer match between Siena and Inter Milan in Siena, Italy, Sunday, May 16, 2010. Inter Milan beat Siena 1-0 Sunday to seal its fifth consecutive Serie A title and move two-thirds of the way to a possible treble. Inter finished with 82 points, two more than AS Roma, which won 2-0 at Chievo Verona.Sun, 16 May 2010 17:16:21 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=0fNS44R9DWfaxGregorio BorgiaAPAP PhotoInter Milan coach Jose Mourinho, left, celebrates his Serie A title flanked by forward Mario Balotelli, at the end of the soccer match between Siena and Inter Milan in Siena, Italy, Sunday, May 16, 2010. Inter Milan beat Siena 1-0 Sunday to seal its fifth consecutive Serie A title and move two-thirds of the way to a possible treble. Inter finished with 82 points, two more than AS Roma, which won 2-0 at Chievo Verona.No title givenItalian forward Mario Balotelli takes hihttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=0bYhfxI0jGg3WItalian forward Mario Balotelli takes his top off after scoring during the Euro 2012 football championships semi-final match Germany vs Italy on June 28, 2012 at the National Stadium in Warsaw.Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:35:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=0bYhfxI0jGg3WCHRISTOF STACHEAFP/Getty ImagesGetty ImagesItalian forward Mario Balotelli takes his top off after scoring during the Euro 2012 football championships semi-final match Germany vs Italy on June 28, 2012 at the National Stadium in Warsaw.Italian forward Mario Balotelli takes hiItaly's players Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo hug Mario Balotelli after he scored a goal during a friendly soccer match against Poland at the Wroclaw Stadiumhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=0gaE4Fz3f69hiItaly's players Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo (R) hug Mario Balotelli (C) after he scored a goal during a friendly soccer match against Poland at the Wroclaw Stadium November 11, 2011.Fri, 11 Nov 2011 20:50:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=0gaE4Fz3f69hiKACPER PEMPELREUTERSReuters PicturesItaly's players Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo (R) hug Mario Balotelli (C) after he scored a goal during a friendly soccer match against Poland at the Wroclaw Stadium November 11, 2011.Italy's players Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo hug Mario Balotelli after he scored a goal during a friendly soccer match against Poland at the Wroclaw StadiumFireworks were visible in Tahrir from time to another as some excited protesters celebrated Morsi's win in the elections.jpghttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=022naVPcPB9e9Fireworks were visible in Tahrir from time to another as some excited protesters celebrated Morsi's win in the elections.jpgWed, 20 Jun 2012 01:13:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=022naVPcPB9e9Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesFireworks were visible in Tahrir from time to another as some excited protesters celebrated Morsi's win in the elections.jpgFireworks were visible in Tahrir from time to another as some excited protesters celebrated Morsi's win in the elections.jpgManchester City's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester,http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=04QPduP6aGd4DManchester City's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, October 23, 2011.Sun, 23 Oct 2011 13:31:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=04QPduP6aGd4DDARREN STAPLESREUTERSReuters PicturesManchester City's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, October 23, 2011.Manchester City's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester,England v Italy - UEFA EURO 2012 Quarter Finalhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=04AWg5Y6y34JOKIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: Joe Hart of England is consoled by Mario Balotelli of Italy after defeat in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine.Sun, 24 Jun 2012 22:22:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=04AWg5Y6y34JOClaudio VillaGetty ImagesGetty ImagesKIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: Joe Hart of England is consoled by Mario Balotelli of Italy after defeat in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine.England v Italy - UEFA EURO 2012 Quarter FinalNo title givenhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=0aal8E53zR6whManchester City captain Vincent Kompany, right, holds the trophy alongside manager Roberto Mancini and teammate Mario Balotelli after the team's 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday May 13, 2012.Sun, 13 May 2012 17:33:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Picture%3A-The-Balotelli-story?image_id=0aal8E53zR6whDave ThompsonAPAP PhotoManchester City captain Vincent Kompany, right, holds the trophy alongside manager Roberto Mancini and teammate Mario Balotelli after the team's 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday May 13, 2012.No title given

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