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Balotelli playing for 'special' ending
30/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Mario Balotelli will aim to round off the perfect year by firing Italy to Euro 2012 glory in Kiev on Sunday.The charismatic striker has already played a significant role in securing Manchester City's first league title in 44 years, setting up the last-gasp goal for Sergio Aguero against QPR that snatched the trophy from Manchester United's grasp.Now he is having the sam... Full Story »
Buffon inspired by Italy fans on YouTube before Germany semi-final win
30/06/2012 by Goal.com
Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that he spent the night before Italy‘s semi-final win over Germany watching fans celebrate the Azzurri’s quarter-final victory over England on YouTube.Cesare Prandelli’s side conquered the favoured Die Mannschaft 2-1 with two first-half goals from Mario Balotelli, before Mesut Ozil slotted home a late penalty to his give side a glimmer of hope.An... Full Story »
Prandelli relishes harnessing Balotelli
30/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is enjoying the challenge of coaching Manchester City's temperamental striker Mario Balotelli at Euro 2012.There had been doubts before the tournament about whether Balotelli - previously dropped by Prandelli due to his disciplinary record on and off the pitch - would make the final squad and several pundits have questioned whether he is worth th... Full Story »
they will be a source of inspiration for us against Italy.”
30/06/2012 by The Sun
SPOT ON AGAIN ... Fabregas shows his passion after slotting shootout winner against PortugalCESC FABREGAS knows tomorrow’s Euro 2012 final against Italy means much more for Spain than the chance to complete a history-making Treble.Beat Italy and boss Vicente Del Bosque’s men will be rightfully acknowledged as the greatest team of ALL TIME.They have stolen the hearts o... Full Story »
Balotelli is a great player, insists Fabregas after Italian hitman's brace sets up Spain clash
30/06/2012 by Dailymail
Cesc Fabregas has warned his Spanish team-mates about the threat of Italy's star striker Mario Balotelli ahead of the Euro 2012 final.The Manchester City man scored two superb goals to dispatch Germany on Thursday night as the Azzurri made it through to Sunday's showdown by winning 2-1. Fabregas' comments are no surprise given the threat that Balotelli - joint top of the lis... Full Story »
Super Mario? No, he's a bubbling cauldron of fury always looking for the next fight
30/06/2012 by Dailymail
My friend said to me the other day that Mario Balotelli reminded him of a mixture of Eric Cantona's swagger and Cristiano Ronaldo's power and skill. He went as far as to air the point on the social networking site Twitter.If I were on Twitter too (and I'm not), I would have used my 140 characters to offer a one-word response. Nonsense. Balotelli is like a volcano waiting t... Full Story »
Are the Italians celebrating already? Boss Prandelli salutes Super Mario ahead of final
30/06/2012 by Dailymail
Are the Italians celebrating already? Boss Prandelli salutes Super Mario ahead of finalBeer o'clock: Cesare Prandelli enjoys a drink at a press conferencePrandelli says he is enjoying the challenge of coaching Manchester City's temperamental striker.There had been doubts before the tournament about whether Balotelli - previously dropped by Prandelli due to his disciplinar... Full Story »
I always knew Balotelli would be a star and I wanted him at Spurs, says Redknapp
30/06/2012 by Dailymail
Harry Redknapp has revealed he tried to sign Mario Balotelli while he was Tottenham manager and has predicted a great future for the Italian.Balotelli guided Italy into the final of Euro 2012 by scoring both goals in the 2-1 victory over Germany.The 21-year-old is a volatile character and had a turbulent season although he ultimately secured a Barclays Premier League winners... Full Story »
West Germany still the benchmark for Spain
30/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
KIEV (Reuters) - West Germany of the cold-war 1970s, with long-haired Gerd Mueller, lank-haired Gunter Netzer and afro-haired Paul Breitner, won almost everything under the command of "Der Kaizer", Franz Beckenbauer.Although they were not unbeatable, they were the dominant force in world soccer from 1972 until the early 1980s and the legacy they left was carried far beyon... Full Story »
Finalists weigh each other up before Euro clash
30/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
KIEV (Reuters) - After three weeks of almost non-stop action, Euro 2012 paused for breath on Friday with the finalists assessing each others strengths and weaknesses ahead of Sunday's showpiece between holders Spain and old rivals Italy.Spain's Sergio Ramos and Cesc Fabregas held media conference at Dynamo Kiev's home ground, while at their base camp in Krakow, Italy coac... Full Story »