Mario Balotelli http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28324/all en Soccer-AC Milan and Juve in talks for Balotelli - sources http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/soccer-ac-milan-and-juve-talks-balotelli-sources <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MANCHESTER, England, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Manchester City's volatile striker Mario Balotelli could soon be on his way back to his native Italy with sources familiar with the talks saying AC Milan and Juventus are interested in a deal.</p> <p>The English champions have been talking to the Serie A clubs in the past 24 hours with Milan widely reported to have offered around 20 million euros ($26.92 million) plus add-ons for the 22-year-old but this has fallen short of City's price tag.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/soccer-ac-milan-and-juve-talks-balotelli-sources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Italy Mario Balotelli Sport in Italy Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:15:16 +0000 5740789 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Soccer-Milan agree to sign Balotelli from Man City http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-soccer-milan-agree-sign-balotelli-man-city <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds further details)</p> <p>* Combustible forward going back to Italy</p> <p>* Milan medical expected on Wednesday</p> <p>Jan 29 (Reuters) - Mario Balotelli, whose wacky antics have filled the British newspapers almost daily in the last two and a half years, is set to return to Italy with AC Milan after a deal was agreed with Manchester City on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-soccer-milan-agree-sign-balotelli-man-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Italy Mario Balotelli Sport in Italy Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:00:23 +0000 5741085 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Soccer-Milan agree to sign Balotelli from Man City http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-3-soccer-milan-agree-sign-balotelli-man-city <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Combustible forward going back to Italy</p> <p>* Milan medical expected on Wednesday (Adds Mancini quotes)</p> <p>Jan 29 (Reuters) - Mario Balotelli, whose wacky antics have filled the British newspapers almost daily in the last two and a half years, is set to return to Italy with AC Milan after a deal was agreed with Manchester City on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-3-soccer-milan-agree-sign-balotelli-man-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Italy Mario Balotelli Sport in Italy Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:31:04 +0000 5741186 at http://www.globalpost.com Will 'bad boy' Balotelli's return help his boss Berlusconi? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/will-bad-boy-balotellis-return-help-his-boss-berlusconi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* "Candidate Mario" Balotelli could influence vote, commentators say</p> <p>* Opposition says Berlusconi using soccer star as stepping stone</p> <p>* Balotelli, a naturalised Italian, has suffered racism</p> <p>By Philip Pullella</p> <p>ROME, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Soccer players do not usually enter a nation's political fray but when the country is Italy, the player is Mario Balotelli and the person running for office is his new boss Silvio Berlusconi, all bets are off.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/will-bad-boy-balotellis-return-help-his-boss-berlusconi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Italy Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli Politics of Europe Silvio Berlusconi Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:04:00 +0000 5741597 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Marketing man' Berlusconi turns to Balotelli for boost http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/marketing-man-berlusconi-turns-balotelli-boost <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As he rises in the ratings ahead of elections this month, Italy's Silvio Berlusconi could be looking for an extra boost with the hiring of striker Mario Balotelli by his club AC Milan, observers said.</p> <p>The move has proved popular among Milan fans in Berlusconi's native Lombardy region, a battleground where his centre-right coalition is running neck-and-neck with leftists led by the Democratic Party.</p> <p>Balotelli was mobbed by fans as he arrived at the club for medical checks this week and greeted with a media scrum ahead of his presentation on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/marketing-man-berlusconi-turns-balotelli-boost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Mario Balotelli Politics of Europe Silvio Berlusconi Silvio Berlusconi Technology AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:00:17 +0000 5743183 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Balotelli settles scores on Milan unveiling http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/football-balotelli-settles-scores-milan-unveiling <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli hit out at the English media, weather and food, but had kind words for former club Manchester City as he was officially unveiled at the San Siro Friday.</p> <p>Balotelli, who grew up as a fan of the Rossoneri, joined Milan for a fee of around 30 million euros in a deal that will see him remain at the Serie A giants until 2017.</p> <p>Although admitting he would miss the "amazing" English Premier League, Balotelli said he was "really happy" to have returned to Milan, where he played for arch city rivals Inter prior to his City move in 2010.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/football-balotelli-settles-scores-milan-unveiling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Italy Mario Balotelli Sport in Italy AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:15:34 +0000 5743505 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Balotelli happy to escape English media, weather and food http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/soccer-balotelli-happy-escape-english-media-weather-and-food <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MILAN, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Maverick striker Mario Balotelli said he was relieved to escape the English media, driving, weather and food when the new signing was officially presented by AC Milan on Friday.</p> <p>"To be a player for Milan has always been my dream so I'm very happy," he told a news conference. "But I prefer playing not talking."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/soccer-balotelli-happy-escape-english-media-weather-and-food" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in Italy Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:46:04 +0000 5743666 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Balotelli set for Milan debut - Allegri http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/football-balotelli-set-milan-debut-allegri <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has virtually guaranteed that Mario Balotelli will start his first game for the club when the Rossoneri host Udinese at the San Siro on Sunday.</p> <p>Balotelli joined Milan from Manchester City for a fee of around 30 million euros ($40.9m) this week in a deal that will see him remain with the Serie A giants until 2017.</p> <p>Although Allegri welcomed the Italy striker, he said the team must forget the recent media hype surrounding the 22-year-old star and maintain the impressive recent form that has seen them climb to fifth place in the table.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/football-balotelli-set-milan-debut-allegri" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in Italy Mario Balotelli Massimiliano Allegri Massimiliano Allegri Sport in Italy AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 15:15:47 +0000 5743969 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Balotelli set for Milan debut - Allegri http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/football-balotelli-set-milan-debut-allegri-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has virtually guaranteed that Mario Balotelli will make his debut for the club when the Rossoneri host Udinese at the San Siro on Sunday.</p> <p>Balotelli joined Milan from Manchester City for a fee of around 30 million euros ($40.9m) this week in a deal that will see him remain with the Serie A giants until 2017.</p> <p>Although Allegri welcomed the Italy striker, he said the team must forget the recent media hype surrounding the 22-year-old star and maintain the impressive recent form that has seen them climb to fifth place in the table.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/football-balotelli-set-milan-debut-allegri-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in Italy Mario Balotelli Massimiliano Allegri Massimiliano Allegri Sport in Italy AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 15:17:29 +0000 5744001 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Balotelli opens Milan scoring account http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/football-balotelli-opens-milan-scoring-account <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mario Balotelli marked his AC Milan debut with a goal on Sunday in the Serie A clash against Udinese.</p> <p>Balotelli, signed from Manchester City in the transfer window, scored with a left-footed half-volley in the 25th minute of the match at the San Siro.</p> <p>AC Milan came into the match in sixth spot and 15 points behind leaders Juventus in Serie A. </p> <p>dj/gnf</p> Association football Football in Italy Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 21:00:31 +0000 5744791 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Soccer-Balotelli flies straight into a storm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/update-1-soccer-balotelli-scores-twice-milan-debut <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Balotelli scores twice on debut</p> <p>* Udinese furious at winning penalty (Adds more detail, quotes)</p> <p>MILAN, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Maverick striker Mario Balotelli flew straight into another storm as he made his AC Milan debut on Sunday, even if it was not directly of his making.</p> <p>Balotelli, playing three days after completing his move from Manchester City, scored twice in the 2-1 win over Udinese after being included in the starting line-up at the last minute following an injury to Giampaolo Pazzini in the warm-up.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/update-1-soccer-balotelli-scores-twice-milan-debut" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in Italy Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli Sport in Italy Thomson Reuters Sun, 03 Feb 2013 22:45:03 +0000 5744841 at http://www.globalpost.com Milan exec caught in Balotelli racist reference http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/milan-exec-caught-balotelli-racist-reference <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AC Milan vice-president Paolo Berlusconi, the brother of Italy's former prime minister Silvio, called new sign-up Mario Balotelli "our family's little black face" in a video viewed on Wednesday.</p> <p>"We are all off to see our family's little black face," Paolo Berlusconi is seen saying in the video just before Balotelli's debut with AC Milan against Udinese in which he scored two goals.</p> <p>"He's a wild one. All the young ladies are invited as well -- you can even have a chance to meet the president," he said, referring to his party-loving billionaire brother who owns AC Milan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/milan-exec-caught-balotelli-racist-reference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Italy Italy Mario Balotelli Technology AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 08:30:50 +0000 5747260 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Balotelli cops fine over insurance http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/football-balotelli-cops-fine-over-insurance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been issued two traffic fines for driving without the relevant insurance documents, it was reported Thursday.</p> <p>Balotelli, who scored a brace on his debut for the Rossoneri on Sunday following his recent transfer from Manchester City, was with friends when he was stopped by police.</p> <p>According to ANSA news agency, police stopped Balotelli in his Audi Rs4 and gave him two fines, one for lacking the proper insurance document and another for not displaying a local insurance badge.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/football-balotelli-cops-fine-over-insurance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli Private transport Transport AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:01:02 +0000 5748792 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Balotelli fined by police after airport row - reports http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/soccer-balotelli-fined-police-after-airport-row-reports <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Feb 7 (Reuters) - Mario Balotelli's troubles have followed him back to Italy after media reports on Thursday said the AC Milan striker was fined by police following a row over his parked car at a city airport.</p> <p>The 22-year-old, who left Manchester City last month after two and a half years in England filled with bizarre tales on and off the field, parked his car in front of Linate arrivals and pretended to move it when police asked - only then to be sanctioned.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/soccer-balotelli-fined-police-after-airport-row-reports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in Italy Italy Mario Balotelli Sport in Italy Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:16:07 +0000 5748805 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Moratti calls on racists not to target Balotelli http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/football-moratti-calls-racists-not-target-balotelli <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has called on fans of the Nerazzurri to refrain from targeting the club's former striker, Mario Balotelli, with racist abuse at the upcoming Milan derby.</p> <p>If Sunday's match at the San Siro was any indicator, Balotelli, who joined AC Milan two weeks ago from Manchester City, is set for a red-hot reception when Inter host the Milan derby in two weeks' time.</p> <p>At Inter's home game against Chievo late Sunday racist chanting aimed at Balotelli was heard in the stands which harbour the club's hardcore fans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/football-moratti-calls-racists-not-target-balotelli" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Italy Mario Balotelli Sport in Italy AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:00:46 +0000 5752690 at http://www.globalpost.com