Posted June 17, 2013 on AP on Fox
If last year's European Championship was the moment Mario Balotelli revealed himself to a global audience, this year's Confederations Cup is shaping up as confirmation that he is a force to be reckoned with on the international stage. And if Italy appeared hesitant at times to heap too much pressure on Balotelli in Poland and Ukraine, that's no longer an issue. The AC Milan striker scored the winning goal in Sunday's 2-1 win over Mexico. According to Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon, the difference for Balotelli is that he has gained more confidence by playing regularly for Milan since his January transfer from Manchester City.

Prandelli: Keeping tabs on Balotelli is impossible

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...

Balotelli carries Italy past Mexico

Mario Balotelli showed off his strength and rapidly developing talent by scoring the winner in Italy's 2-1 victory over Mexico on Sunday at the Confederations Cup. In the 78th minute, Balotelli collected a perfectly placed acrobatic pass from Emanuele Giaccherini and muscled in between two defenders to break a deadlock in the first official match at the renovated Maracana Stadium...

Balotelli has 'good possibility' of facing Mexico

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says there's ''a good possibility'' that forward Mario Balotelli will play in its Confederations Cup opener against Mexico on Sunday despite a right leg muscle problem. Balotelli exited the training pitch with Italy's team physician Friday for precautionary reasons related to a previous physical problem. Prandelli says Saturday...

Mario Balotelli powers Italy past Mexico 2-1

Mario Balotelli's strength and rapidly developing talent powered Italy to a 2-1 victory over Mexico on Sunday at the Confederations Cup. In the 78th minute, Balotelli collected a perfectly placed acrobatic pass from Emanuele Giaccherini and muscled in between two defenders to break a deadlock in the first official match at the renovated Maracana Stadium. Celebrating his 100th...

Mario Balotelli Gives Drake Soccer Shout Out, Dedicates Game-Winning Goal to Rapper-Friend

Mario Balotelli is back on top, but can you guess where he started? On Sunday, Balotelli scored the game-winning goal in Italy’s 2-1 victory over Mexico. He was so excited about the 78th-minute strike that he went on Twitter and dedicated the goal to one of his friends: Drake. this gol is for my bro @Drake !!! STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE HERE!!— Mario balotelli (@FinallyMario...

Mario Balotelli scores rips off shirt after ridiculous goal against Mexico

“GOOOOOOOOAL Super Mario’s in the house!” Italy and Mexico were all tied up at 1 during Sunday’s FIFA Confederations Cup until Mario Balotelli 78th minute goal. Balotelli fought off three Mexico defenders to give Italy the 2-1 lead. Balotelli was given a yellow card for tearing off his shirt after the goal.

Confederations Cup: Italy defeats Mexico 2-1

Mario Balotelli showed his strength and rapidly developing talent Sunday, scoring in the 78th minute to lead Italy past Mexico 2-1 in the Confederations Cup. Balotelli took a perfectly placed acrobatic pass from Emanuele Giaccherini and muscled between two defenders. His goal broke a 1-1 tie in the Group A game, the first official match at renovated Maracana Stadium. Celebrating...

Brazilian Legend Dunga Tips Balotelli To Be Like Pele

Balotelli Italian striker of Ghanaian descent Mario Balotelli has the potential to wage a one-man war against racism in football – and win, claims ex-Brazil coach Dunga. The Brazil legend believes the Italy striker has the potential to follow in Pele’s path leading both on the pitch and off it in the fight against racism Despite being a brilliant player, Balotelli has endured...

Mexico vs. Italy: How Did El Tri Fare? | mexico vs italy

Mexico vs Italy Analysis: Mexico’s first game in the 2013 Confederations Cup has resulted in a loss against a strong Italian side. Mario Balotelli’s goal in the second half was enough to sink Mexico’s hopes of making another comeback ... Read More

Drury fits the bill for Crawley

Italy go into their second game of Group A against Japan on Wednesday knowing that a win will all but see them qualify for the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. Mario Balotelli's drive and and a stunning free-kick from Andrea Pirlo - who was making his 100th appearance for the Azzurri - was enough to see off Mexico in their opening game. Japan - who recently qualified...

New-look Italy makes strong statement

The ageless Andrea Pirlo led Italy past Mexico at the Maracana Stadium 2-1 on Sunday, courtesy of a winner from Mario Balotelli. It was a complete, comprehensive performance from the 34-year-old superstar, who collected his 100th cap and a goal to round out a superb afternoon. It was also, for nearly seventy minutes, the best match played yet in this young Confederations Cup and...

5 strikers to watch at Confederations Cup

The world's top strikers are on show at the Confederations Cup in Brazil, a warm-up tournament for next year's World Cup. Here are some of the players to watch for. Also, some of the very best players did not make it. Neymar: The host's rock-star forward, the 21-year-old Neymar already met expectations by scoring the first goal of the tournament in Brazil's 3-0...
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