Posted June 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli is so unpredictable that even his coach has trouble keeping tabs on the prized Italy striker. Balotelli's winning goal in the Azzurri's 2-1 win over Mexico at the Confederations Cup was a prime example. The goal showed off Balotelli's combination of brute strength and sheer athleticism. But the AC Milan striker immediately took away some of the moment's luster by stripping off his shirt, earning a yellow card. If Balotelli picks up another yellow in Wednesday's match against Japan, he'll have to sit out the Group A finale against host Brazil. ''Talking about Mario is always tough because you never know what he's going to do from one moment to the next,'' Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said Tuesday. Balotelli's unpredictability could be related to the immense pressure he plays under. Born to Ghanaian immigrants and raised by Italian foster parents, he is forced to deal with racist chanting in virtually every match in ...
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