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Tuesday April 9 2019
Balotelli potential ban for nose break

Olympique Marseille striker Mario Balotelli faces the possibility of an eight-match ban for allegedly breaking an opponent’s nose in an off-the-ball incident.

Balotelli has had an impressive start to life at Marseille since joining in January, scoring seven times in 10 games, but could have played his last game of the season.

It is alleged that he elbowed defender Pablo Castro off the ball and broke the Brazilian’s nose in Marseille’s 2-0 defeat to Bordeaux.

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Saturday March 30 2019
Balotelli manita for Marseille

Mario Balotelli closed on a 50-year record for Olympique Marseille by scoring in his first five Ligue 1 home games.

The Italy international has found the net in each of his opening five Ligue 1 fixtures played at the Stade Velodrome.

The 28-year-old bagged an early brace this evening against Angers.

Balo already felt rather at home with OGC Nice and has gone from strength to strength since joining their French rivals Marseille in January.

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Tuesday March 26 2019
Balotelli: 'I might refuse Italy call'

Mario Balotelli warned Italy fans “one day you might need me, but after years of being insulted, denigrated and underestimated, I might refuse to go.”

The Olympique Marseille striker was left out of the squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Finland and Liechtenstein, having only recently found form at club level after the January exit from Nice.

After a message of encouragement for Juventus striker Moise Kean, who just scored his first senior Italy goal, Balotelli then turned to his critics on Instagram Stories.

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Sunday March 24 2019
Mancini: 'Kean-Balotelli possible'

Roberto Mancini said Moise Kean and Mario Balotelli “could certainly play together” or use the Juventus teenager as a centre-forward.

The 19-year-old was on target in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Finland, his first senior Italy start, playing as part of a trident attack with Ciro Immobile and Federico Bernardeschi.

Although Immobile did provide the assist for Kean, the Lazio striker has fired blanks in his last 10 Azzurri caps.

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Saturday March 16 2019
Drogba: 'I told Balotelli to join Marseille'

Didier Drogba reveals he urged Mario Balotelli to join Olympique Marseille. “I told him it’s a club that will be good for you.”

The Italy international made the move from Nice in January and has made a sensational impact, scoring five goals in seven competitive games.

“I am very happy for Balotelli, especially because we talked about it for a while before he went there,” Drogba explained to the Ligue 1 site.

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Saturday March 9 2019
Balotelli: 'Marseille just like Napoli'

Mario Balotelli said he would “like to stay at Olympique Marseille” and “the only Italian club I could play for would be Napoli.”

The Italy international has made a spectacular start to his time at the Stade Velodrome since the January transfer from Nice, scoring four goals in just six games.

“The fact of the matter is that my contract expires at the end of this season and after that, we’ll discuss it,” SuperMario told La Provence newspaper.

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Friday March 8 2019
Garcia: 'Di Francesco axe shameful'

Rudi Garcia claims the decision to sack Eusebio Di Francesco was “shameful. Unfortunately, Roma lack patience and have a short memory.”

The Italian tactician was dismissed on Thursday following a Champions League Round of 16 exit to Porto in extra time.

“Some have a very short memory and it’s shameful to fire Di Francesco,” said Olympique Marseille Coach Garcia in his Press conference.

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Sunday March 3 2019
Balotelli livestreams goal celebration

Mario Balotelli scored a spectacular bicycle kick for Olympique Marseille, then livestreamed his celebration on Instagram.

It was quite some years ago now that Francesco Totti took a selfie in front of the Curva Sud after scoring in the Rome Derby.

SuperMario decided to take it a step further with modern technological developments.

After his stunning goal for Marseille against Saint-Etienne this evening in Ligue 1, Balo got out his phone and livestreamed the celebration on his Instagram Stories.

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Sunday March 3 2019
Garcia: 'Astori would be great Coach'

Rudi Garcia believes Davide Astori “would certainly have become a great Coach” in a future the Fiorentina captain never got to experience.

Tomorrow marks one year since the defender died in his sleep in the team hotel in Udine, so all weekend Serie A games will halt at the 13th minute to remember DA13.

“It’s still difficult for me to talk about him in the past tense, as I feel like he’s here with us,” former Roma boss Garcia told the Corriere Fiorentino newspaper.

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Sunday March 3 2019
Strootman: 'Not forced out of Roma'

Kevin Strootman insists he was “not forced out of Roma, it was my decision to try a new experience” at Olympique Marseille.

The midfielder’s sudden departure in the final days of the transfer window, with no replacement, was one of the reasons why fans turned on director Monchi and President Jim Pallotta.

“A club can force you to leave even if you don’t want to go, but that is not what happened with me,” assured Strootman in L’Equipe.

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