Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli

Italian footballer of Ghanaian descent who plays as a striker for Manchester City and the Italian national team add

Category: Football

Born in 1990.

Countries: Italy (36%), United Kingdom (11%), Jersey (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Manchester City F.C., Premier League, OGC Nice

Linked to: Italy national football team, Manchester City F.C., Inter Milan, Arsenal F.C.

 

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Mario Balotelli was born in 1990 add something


1992

According to Law 91 of 5 February 1992, Balotelli had to wait until his 18th birthday to request Italian citizenship, as the Balotellis had not adopted him add something


1993

In 1993, the Barwuah family agreed to entrust the three-year-old boy to an Italian foster family, the Balotellis add something


2007

On 7 August 2007, five days before his 17th birthday, Balotelli received his first senior International call-up for Ghana from their coach Claude Le Roy for a friendly against Senegal at the New Den stadium in London, England, on 21 August 2007 add something

 

On 8 November 2007, as part of Sheffield FC's 150th anniversary celebrations, Balotelli featured in a friendly between the two sides at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane add something


2008

Balotelli was a substitute in the 2008 Supercoppa Italiana final against Roma add something

 

Balotelli officially gained citizenship in Concesio on 13 August 2008 add something


2009

He had a strained relationship with new head coach José Mourinho and was suspended from Inter's first team in January 2009 after a number of disciplinary problems add something

 

In his second season with Inter, Balotelli had a number of disciplinary problems, most notably involving head coach José Mourinho who excluded him from the first team in the second half of January 2009 add something


2010

In 2010, he was photographed in the company of two noted Mafia mobsters add something

 

In March 2010 he came under heavy criticism from fans after he publicly sported an Milan jersey on the Italian show "Striscia la Notizia" add something

 

In March 2010, he came under criticism by Inter fans after he appeared on the Italian TV show "Striscia la notizia", wearing an Milan jersey add something

 

He again caused controversy in the !Champions_League (UEFA_Champions_League) semi-final against Barcelona on 20 April 2010 as he threw his jersey on the ground after the final whistle, in response to Inter fans who had booed him for his poor performance add something

 

Amid these controversies with his club and manager, many Premier League teams, including Manchester United and Manchester City, indicated that they were interested in signing Balotelli in July 2010 add something

 

He joined Manchester City in August 2010, where his performances and off-field activities have continued to be enigmatic and unpredictable add something

 

Nicknamed "Super Mario", he earned his first cap for the Italian national team on 10 August 2010 in a friendly match against the Côte d'Ivoire add something

 

Francesco Totti - Totti played in the Coppa Italia Final against Inter on 5 May 2010 but received a red card in the closing minutes of the second half for kicking Mario Balotelli

 

Amauri - On 6 August 2010 Amauri received his first call-up for the Italian national team, as part of the squad list announced by new head coach Cesare Prandelli for a friendly match against Côte d'Ivoire, the first match after World Cup. He started the match in alongside debutant Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano who missed the team for 2 years in a new-look line-up but the Ivorians won 1-0 at Upton Park, London


2011

Despite this success Balotelli still had disciplinary problems, and in March 2011 he was sent off in the second-leg of Manchester City's Europa League draw with &Dynamo_Kyiv (FC_Dynamo_Kyiv) add something

 

Video footage before City's Europa League clash with Dinamo Kiev in March 2011 showed Balotelli requiring assistance to put on a training bib, an incident which teammate Edin D?eko was seen mimicking the following week in the warm up before City's game at Chelsea add something

 

In September 2011, Balotelli was reportedly seen using his iPad whilst on the substitutes' bench for Italy during their game with the Faroe Islands, although he denied this on a visit to a prison later that week add something

 

Balotelli made his !Champions_League (UEFA_Champions_League) debut for City on 2 November 2011, in the second leg against Villarreal add something

 

Enoch Barwuah, two years his junior, had a trial at English Premier League side Stoke City in December 2011 add something

 

In December 2011, Balotelli broke a 48-hour curfew before City's game against Chelsea to go to a curry house, although he "was not drinking alcohol, signed autographs, posed for pictures with fellow diners and was involved in a mock sword-fight using rolling pins" add something

 

Krystian Pearce - In March 2011, he suffered serious injury after a clash of heads with teammate Stephen Darby in training, only weeks after a similar collision with Manchester City's Mario Balotelli in an FA Cup match

 

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo - On 5 October 2011, due to the injuries that caused the withdrawal of Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini, Osvaldo received his first call-up to play for the Italian national team for Euro 2012 Qualifiers against Serbia and Northern Ireland


2012

On 22 January 2012, Balotelli came on as a substitute during a match against Tottenham Hotspur add something

 

Balotelli made an unexpected appearance at Andrea Stramaccioni's first press conference as Inter Milan coach on March 2012 add something

 

Before the tournament in the Ukraine and Poland kicked off, in June 2012 Balotelli was interviewed by a newspaper about the state of racism in the host countries add something

 

In July 2012, Balotelli's former girlfriend Raffaella Fico claimed that she was pregnant with his child add something

 

In December 2012, Balotelli decided to fight against Manchester City's decision to fine him two weeks' wages for his poor disciplinary record the previous season by taking his club to a Premier League tribunal add something

 

Balotelli's daughter Pia was born on December 5, 2012 add something

 

On 17 December 2012, it was announced Balotelli had taken Manchester City to a Premier League tribunal to protest a fine of two weeks' wages add something


2013

On 31 January 2013, the Serie A giants completed the signing, and Balotelli was awarded the number 45 shirt, the same number he wore for Internazionale and Manchester City add something

 

On 3 February 2013, Balotelli made his debut for Milan and scored two goals, including a last minute penalty to earn a 2-1 victory over Udinese add something

 

In March 2013, Balotelli got engaged and he currently resides in Italy, with his Belgian fiancée, Fanny Robert Neguesha add something

 

On 21 March 2013, he scored a long range equaliser in a friendly match against Brazil at the Stade de Genève add something

 

On 29 March 2013, Balotelli stated that he has not yet received the paternity test from Fico that he requested add something

 

On 3 June 2013, he was named in Italy's squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup add something

 

In August 2013, the former Manchester City forward, famous for letting fireworks off inside his house, purchased a pet pig which he named Super add something

 

Balotelli missed his first competitive penalty on 22 September 2013 when it was saved by Pepe Reina add something

 

On 22 September 2013, Balotelli missed the first penalty of his professional career en route to a 2-1 defeat to &Napoli (S.S.C._Napoli) add something

 

During a league match on 1 December 2013, Balotelli was allegedly subjected to a racial slur from Catania defender Nicolás Spolli add something

 

Alberto Gilardino - On September 6, 2013, as Mario Balotelli and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo were suspended, Gilardino made the starting eleven for the match against Bulgaria, qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, his first half goal sealing a 1-0 win for the Azzurri


2014

Balotelli had finally acknowledged paternity of her daughter Pia on 6 February 2014 add something

 

On 1 June 2014, Balotelli was selected in Italy's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup add something

 

On 21 August 2014, AC Milan agreed a £16 million fee for Balotelli to return to the Premier League with Liverpool add something

 

The signing was confirmed on 25 August 2014 add something

 

On 31 August 2014, Balotelli made his Liverpool debut, in a league match against Tottenham Hotspur, where his team won 3-0 although he did not score add something

 

On 1 December 2014, Balotelli was accused of racism and antisemitism for posting an image on Instagram of the video game character Mario, with the caption "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a jew" add something

 

On 18 December 2014, he was banned for one match and fined £25,000 for posting an image on social media, which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references add something


2015

Balotelli's first Premier League goal for Liverpool came on his 13th appearance, on 10 February 2015, an 83rd-minute winner in a 3–2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, nine minutes after replacing Daniel Sturridge add something

 

On 19 February 2015, Balotelli gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Be?ikta? with a late penalty add something

 

On 27 August 2015, Balotelli returned to Milan on season-long loan deal add something


2016

After a negative season with Milan, he was left out of Conte's 23-man squad for UEFA !Euro (UEFA_European_Football_Championship) 2016 add something

 

On 31 August 2016, the deadline day for the summer transfer window, it was announced that Balotelli had joined OGC Nice on a free transfer add something

 

Orestis Karnezis - On 7 February 2016, in an 1-1 away draw against A.C. Milan, Karnezis was in fine form produced sensational saves to deny Carlos Bacca, Mario Balotelli and Riccardo Montolivo kicks helping his club to escape with a valuable draw

 

Philippe Mexes - On 25 May 2016, club owner Silvio Berlusconi announced his departure, along with those of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Mario Balotelli

 

Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa - On 25 May 2016, club owner Silvio Berlusconi announced his departure, along with those of Phillippe Mexes, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Mario Balotelli


2017

On 25 June 2017, Balotelli signed a contract extension with &Nice (OGC_Nice) add something

 

On 28 September 2017, Balotelli fathered a second child, a son named Lion, born to an unidentified woman add something


2018

On 19 May 2018, Balotelli was called up for the first time since November 2014, by the newly appointed Roberto Mancini for Italy's May and June 2018 friendlies add something

 

On 20 August 2018, Balotelli re-signed with &Nice (OGC_Nice) on a third consecutive one-year contract after a move to rivals Marseille fell through earlier in the summer add something


2019

On 23 January 2019, Balotelli terminated his contract with &Nice (OGC_Nice) and signed a contract until the end of the season with Marseille add something