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Wednesday June 28 2017
Throwback: Balotelli batters Germany

Five years ago today, Mario Balotelli scored a double as Italy reached the Euro 2012 final.

The Azzurri had overcome England on penalties in the quarter-final, but were underdogs for the Germany game.

Despite scoring a fine goal against the Republic of Ireland in the group stage, Balotelli had been criticised in some quarters, after hesitating in front of goal on more than one occasion.

He was partnered up-front in Warsaw by fellow ‘bad boy’ Antonio Cassano, and both men silenced their critics to differing degrees.

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Saturday July 2 2016
Balotelli: 'Conte right to drop me'

Mario Balotelli describes that legendary celebration against Germany and why Antonio Conte was right to drop him for Euro 2016.

As Italy prepare to face Germany in tonight’s Euro 2016 quarter-final, memories go back to the Euro 2012 victory with a Balotelli brace and his famous ‘muscular’ celebration.

Remarkably, in his apartment is a life-size statue of SuperMario in that pose.

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Wednesday July 2 2014
Assessing Prandelli’s Azzurri reign

Cesare Prandelli overhauled Italy after its shambolic 2010 World Cup, but left the Azzurri on a dismal note. Luca Cetta assesses his reign and legacy.

Cesare Prandelli travelled to Brazil safe in the knowledge two more years at the Azzurri helm lay ahead. By the time he returned home he was without a job, resigning after admitting the ‘technical project failed’.

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Monday June 16 2014
Italy’s second match syndrome

Costa Rica may seem favourable opposition, but Luca Persico warns of how second group stage games have recently proved problematic for Italy.

Italy can qualify for the Round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup - depending on the outcome of England-Uruguay - with a victory against Costa Rica. It is seemingly a perfect scenario, but history shows that they should be wary.

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Wednesday September 12 2012
Criscito 'deserved protection'

Domenico Criscito’s lawyer is furious that the defender was ruled out of Euro 2012 due to an investigation that has been dropped.

The Zenit star’s room at the Italy training ground was subjected to a dawn raid before the tournament and he was handed a formal notice of investigation for match-fixing.

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Tuesday August 21 2012
Video: Five-year-old imitates Balotelli

Check out five-year-old Joseph as he recreates Mario Balotelli’s wonder goal and celebration in Italy’s Euro 2012 win against Germany.

What a finish! And Mario’s wasn’t bad either…

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Friday July 20 2012
UEFA fine Cassano for comments

Antonio Cassano’s remarks about gay footballers made during the European Championships have earned him a €15,000 fine from UEFA.

The Milan forward caused controversy in Italy for his response to being asked during a Press conference at Euro 2012 about the possibility that some of his teammates were gay.

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Monday July 16 2012
A young argument getting old

Is Serie A really guilty of hindering the development of young Italian players? David Swan examines the evidence.

Spain has a lot to answer for. The machine that is their national team has led to every other country scrutinising their approach to developing young players and, combined with the 2010 World Cup debacle, has caused much inward reflection in Italy.

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Wednesday July 11 2012
Di Natale hails phenomenal Balotelli

Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli could one day win the Golden Ball, says Euro 2012 teammate Antonio Di Natale.

Balotelli ended the competition as the joint top scorer thanks to his three strikes which included a stunning brace for Italy against Germany in the semi-finals.

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Thursday July 5 2012
Juve compensation for Chiellini

Juventus will receive financial compensation from UEFA for Giorgio Chiellini’s calf injury picked up whilst on international duty.

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