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Ex-Man City & Liverpool striker Balotelli to sign for a new club “in a few weeks”
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Ex-Man City & Liverpool striker Balotelli to sign for a new club “in a few weeks”

The Italian frontman has been without a club since leaving Brescia at the end of last season, but says he's got a new destination lined up Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has revealed he will sign for a new club "in a few weeks". Balotelli dropped into the free agency pool after being released by Brescia at the end of the 2020-21 campaign. The 30-year-old forward failed to report for training with the Italian club following the coronavirus lockdown, and was publicly criticised for a lack of discipline by his manager.
Sandro Tonali Asked Gennaro Gattuso For Permission To Wear His Shirt Number At AC Milan
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Sandro Tonali Asked Gennaro Gattuso For Permission To Wear His Shirt Number At AC Milan

A day before joining the ranks at AC Milan, highly-rated midfielder Sandro Tonali asked childhood hero Gennaro Gattuso for permission to wear the iconic number 8 jersey. It was officially confirmed on Wednesday that the 20-year-old had signed from Brescia on an initial season-long loan for a fee of £9 million, with the option to buy him permanently for £14 million next summer. Tonali, who was labeled "one of the most promising young talents in international football" by CEO Ivan Gazidis this week, is often compared to club legend Andrea Pirlo. In fact, Andrea Pirlo believes Sandro Tonali is "the most promising" midfielder in Italy but doesn't feel the 20-year old is the heir to his throne. Milan, meanwhile, have decided to hand the number eight jersey to the youngster - a num...
Brescia Sack Mario Balotelli After He Skipped Training For 10 Days
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Brescia Sack Mario Balotelli After He Skipped Training For 10 Days

Controversial footballer, Mario Balotelli has reportedly been sacked by his club Brescia after he skipped training for ten days. Reports in Italy on Saturday morning claimed Brescia owner Massimo Cellino sent the controversial footballer a letter requesting the termination of his three-year contract at the club after he failed to show up for training when lockdown restrictions were eased. The 29-year-old former Manchester City and Liverpool player was contracted to Brescia until 2022, following the £160,000-per-week deal he signed with his hometown club back in August 2019. It was reported that his contract with Brescia was set to be terminated at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. But according to Football Italia and Gazzetta dello Sport, his contract with the club has now ...
Conte Reveals Why Inter Lost 2-1 to Lazio
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Conte Reveals Why Inter Lost 2-1 to Lazio

Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has claimed his team was “scared” in the second half of their 2-1 defeat to Lazio. Ashley Young scored his first Inter goal to give them the lead in the first half. But Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic turned the game around for the hosts, who have now overtaken the Nerazzurri and are now second. Conte’s side are now three points off the top in Serie A, after Juventus beat Brescia 2-0 earlier in the day. “I think it was a good performance, it’s the result I didn’t like and the way we conceded the two goals, as we gifted them to Lazio. “We were too soft on the two goals. We had other situations this season where we had taken the lead and threw points away, for example also Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund [in the Champions Leagu...
Racism In Football Is Due To Increase In Stupidity – Yaya Toure
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Racism In Football Is Due To Increase In Stupidity – Yaya Toure

Racism in football is getting worse because "fans are more stupid than before", according to former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure. Several incidents throughout Europe have been reported in recent months, with many high-profile cases occurring in Italy's Serie A. "I've had a chat with Fifa because this is something very important," said the former Ivory Coast international. "It will be difficult because the way to win this case is going to be long." He added: "Fans, people, now are more stupid than before." Last month, striker Mario Balotelli, Toure's former City team-mate, called fans who shouted racist abuse at him during a match between Brescia and Verona "small-minded" and "imbeciles". Cagliari fans made monkey noises towards Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku earlie...
Brescia President And Mario Balotelli In Fresh Racism War
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Brescia President And Mario Balotelli In Fresh Racism War

Brescia insist Massimo Cellino's controversial 'black' remark about Mario Balotelli was just wordplay as the President refuses to apologise. Cellino claimed Balotelli was “feeling gloomy” when asked about the striker after he was dropped for Brescia's 3-0 defeat to Roma on Sunday. However, the Sardinian's use of the word ‘nero’, which can be translated to 'black' as well as 'gloomy', sparked controversy. The club has since released a statement claiming that Cellino was only "joking" and had sought to "protect the player". “Concerning the comments made this afternoon by President Massimo Cellino, referring to our player Mario Balotelli, Brescia Calcio state that it was a joke, where the paradox was clear," it read. "[It was] blatanly misunderstood and made in an attempt t...
Mario Balotelli Kicks Ball Into Crowd, Walks Off Pitch After Racist Abuse
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Mario Balotelli Kicks Ball Into Crowd, Walks Off Pitch After Racist Abuse

Mario Balotelli played the ball into the crowd and almost stormed off the pitch after suffering racist abuse while playing for Brescia against Verona. Balotelli's Brescia team-mates and opponents rushed over to calm him down whilst the referee urged a statement to be read out on the speakers. He was eventually persuaded to return by his teammates. The referee also temporarily suspended the game in accordance with FIFA's protocol. Balotelli later finished the game, even scoring a consolation goal in the 84th minute to silence the crowd. Brescia fell to a 2-1 defeat against Verona, who picked up all three points thanks to goals from Eddie Salcedo and Matteo Pessina, but the vulgar racist abuse overshadowed the game.
AC Milan Sack Marco Giampaolo After Only 9 Points In 7 Serie A Matches
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AC Milan Sack Marco Giampaolo After Only 9 Points In 7 Serie A Matches

Milan have officially sacked Marco Giampaolo and are expected to replace him with former Fiorentina and Inter boss Stefano Pioli. Four defeats in the opening seven rounds, and deeply unconvincing wins over Brescia, Hellas Verona and Genoa, were not enough to keep Giampaolo in the role. “AC Milan announce that Marco Giampaolo has been removed from the post of first team Coach. The club wishes to thank Marco for the work done and wish him all the best in his professional career.” Giampaolo only replaced Gennaro Gattuso in the Rossoneri’s hotseat over the summer, having spent the past three seasons establishing Sampdoria as a Serie A team. However, four defeats in his first seven League games was exacerbated by poor performances and a lack of supporter confidence. The ex-Sa...
Mario Balotelli scored his first Serie A goal for 1,468 days but Napoli hung on to claim a narrow victory over Brescia at Stadio San Paolo
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Mario Balotelli scored his first Serie A goal for 1,468 days but Napoli hung on to claim a narrow victory over Brescia at Stadio San Paolo

Dries Mertens opened the scoring with his fourth league goal of the season before Kostas Manolas headed in the second on the stroke of half-time. Brescia rallied after the break but Sandro Tonali's stunning goal was ruled out by VAR for a foul in the build-up. Balotelli headed home to set up a tense finale, but Napoli held on. The 29-year-old last found the net in Italy's top flight on 22 September 2015 in AC Milan's 3-2 win at Udinese, before spells at Nice and Marseille in France. He returned to Italy to join hometown club Brescia in August on a three-year deal. The result sees Napoli strengthen their grip on fourth place in Serie A, while Brescia remain 14th. Carlo Ancelotti's side resume their Champions League campaign at Genk on Wednesday, 2 October (17:55 BST), befo...
Mario Balotelli unveiled at Brescia as he completes emotional return to his hometown club
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Mario Balotelli unveiled at Brescia as he completes emotional return to his hometown club

Balotelli was born in Palermo but moved to Brescia at the age of two, and his adoptive family still lives there although his father died in 2015. Speaking at his first news conference on Monday, Balotelli says, 'My mum cried initially when I told her that I might be going to Brescia ... she was very happy.' Balotelli arrives at Brescia on a free transfer after his contract with Marseille expired. His last spell in Italy was a miserable one as he struggled with injury and scored only once in a season-long loan at AC Milan before returning to Liverpool in 2016 and moving immediately to France, resurrecting his career first with Nice and then at Marseille. The 29-year-old Balotelli adds: 'I have zero fear of failing ... I'm fine, very calm.'