9
Feb

Mario Balotelli cries in rare moment of humility

Mario Balotelli was caught wiping away the tears and burying his head in his jacket after being subbed off during AC Milan’s loss to Napoli on Saturday. A few highlights lowlights of his performance in the video above help explain why he was so upset.

After the match, Milan coach Clarence Seedorf was asked about Balotelli’s tears, which according to Football Italia were not caused by racist chants.

“What can I say about Balotelli’s tears? They were the tears of a sportsman,” Seedorf said. “Mario is human. These are things that happen many times in football and sport in general. I’d say it was actually beautiful, but I’d prefer to talk about the game.”

Football is such a passionate sport. Whether it’s unbridled joy or rampant anguish, most players and coaches wear their hearts on their sleeves. Fans love to see this raw emotion; it makes us believe that they care just as much as we do.

It’s touching to know that even a guy who loves to flex his bare-chested muscles sheds a tear once in a while.

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5
Feb

Puma prepared to finance Balotelli’s move to Arsenal

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One of the world’s most talked-about players is back in the news for all the right reasons. AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli spent an eventful two and a half years at Manchester City but the Italian could be heading for a return to the Premier League. One newspaper (admittedly not the most reputable of the UK tabloids) has linked Balotelli with a move to Arsenal. The Gunners have recently signed a deal with Puma from next season and the sportswear giant also sponsor Balotelli. Puma are thought to be ready to help finance a deal to bring the two parties together.

We’ve also got the latest rumor on Manchester United’s search for a midfielder. He’s probably had more yellow cards than Balotelli has had new haircuts, but you’ll have to click here to find out who.    

3
Feb

Mario Balotelli shows off flashy new haircut

If there’s on thing that’s certain in world football, it’s that Mario Balotelli will never stop fascinating us in new and different ways. Today, he showed off what can only be described as an intersting new hair cut.

That had to have taken at least an hour. Just look at the details. That’s some serious hair dedication.

You do you, Mario. We’ll keep admiring it.

Pictures via @FinallyMario

31
Jan

Mario Balotelli takes shot at Three Lions

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This summer, Mario Balotelli will square off against many familiar faces as his Italy side takes on England in the World Cup, and he clearly isn’t worried about it. Talking with reporters, the former Premier League striker said that aside from Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart, no England player would be good enough to make the Italy squad.

From the Daily Mail:

"Wayne Rooney I am sure would get in any squad that will be in Brazil - he is one of those few special players. Manchester United had many good players - but when I was at City (manager) Roberto Mancini and the coaches would always teach us pay attention to Rooney - and make it clear he is the one that can hurt us.

'I know that Joe (Hart) is one of the top five goalkeepers in the world - there is no argument about that. He had some games that he would not have been pleased with earlier this season but the best players in the world hit some bad form.

Both Rooney and Joe are of the highest quality but once you look past those two I don’t see an obvious player from England that would make the Italy team or even squad.”

We’re not here to argue whether he’s right, but one thing is for sure: when these two face off this summer, it’s going to get heated.

22
Jan

Real Madrid to raid Manchester United for Rooney

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While the potential Juan Mata move from London to Manchester grabs the headlines, it seems that a giant of football is waiting in the wings to capitalize. Mata seems destined for Manchester United, but could a star be shipped out to accommodate him?

It seems likely, and considering Real Madrid’s lure, who could forgive Wayne Rooney for having his head turned? He’s hankered for a move twice during his Manchester stay, but this January could finally see Rooney spread his wings and join a star-studded Bernabeu cast.

Also in our morning British paper round-up is an update on the Mata situation, a potential midfielder moving to Liverpool, Arsenal preparing a bid for Julian Draxler and plenty, plenty more at the click of a button.

21
Jan

AC Milan players are pretty bad at dodgeball

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It’s not uncommon for professional sports teams to go outside the box and use alternative ways to train. We can only guess that when AC Milan added the playground game of dodgeball to their training session as to lighten the mood and build some teamwork.

Dodge, dip, duck, dive and dodge!

From the looks of it, Milan players could use more tips. To quote the great dodgeball legend, Patches O’Houlihan, Milan are “as useful as a poopy flavored lollipop.”

Yikes.

H/T r/soccer

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11
Jan

United after Dortmund’s Gundogan

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Manchester United continue to be linked with all the world-class midfielders in world soccer. The latest name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan. One newspaper says that the Red Devils will have to pay £24 million to prise the player away from Germany. David Moyes is desperate for midfield reinforcements and this rumor might not be too far wide of the mark.

Elsewhere, Arsenal full-back is a target for Turkish giants Galatasaray and AC Milan eye up a move for Chelsea wantaway midfielder Michael Essien.

For more rumors and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.

5
Jan

Mad Mario, Rooney set for Chelsea moves

The January transfer rumors really are in full swing, as evidenced by today’s round-up of the English newspapers.

In fact, it’s an old rumor reignited which leads the rounds, as Chelsea are said to be considering an audacious $50m bid for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.

Not only that, but Mario Balotelli is said to want a move back to the Premier League, with Jose Mourinho’s side his favored suitors. We’ve got these and plenty more rumors in today’s Paper Chase.