Inter went on to win the final 6–5 on penalties after the match ended 2–2. Mario Balotelli is a professional Italian player who currently plays as a striker for Serie A club Brescia and the Italy national team. We saw him every week and we all got on really well. [258], Balotelli celebrated his goal against Manchester United in October 2011 by unveiling a shirt with the words, "Why always me?" [56], On 19 August 2010, Balotelli came on as a substitute to score in his debut against Romanian side Politehnica Timișoara in a 1–0 away win in the UEFA Europa League,[57] but during the match, injured the lateral meniscus in his right knee and on 8 September, underwent surgery that sidelined him until October. The player they call 'Super Mario' claims his natural parents abandoned him when he was two years old. [136][137] He was given a two-match ban (the second match was a suspended ban that would be triggered in the event of any further misconduct by Balotelli) by the Ligue 1's disciplinary committee on 23 February. He has taken the surname of his adopted family, Balotelli. "[109], On 18 December 2014, Balotelli was suspended for one match and fined £25,000 for posting an image on social media which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references. Verratti is an asset, "Italy squad for Argentina and England – Football Italia", "Italy: Balotelli and Mancini ideal start", "Euro 2012: Mario Balotelli scores twice as Italy stuns Germany", "Mario Balotelli's award inflates his ego", "VIDEO Italy 2–1 England Highlights, Goals; Super Mario Balotelli Header Sews Up Victory", "The ultimate Mario Balotelli World Cup infographic", "Italia, Balotelli sopresa assoluta: finalmente prima punta", "Calcio, Mancini: "Io mi gioco Immobile, Insigne e l'Argentina di Messi. [159] The Serie A found Lazio supporters guilty of racial abuse but only fined the club €20,000 and they avoided more serious punishment by not having a stadium ban imposed on them. The few months he was with me, I was very impressed with him.'. [156] On 3 November 2019, Balotelli was subjected to racist chants by some of the Hellas Verona fans, prompting him to pick up the ball in the 54th minute and kick it into the crowd. He's Mario. We would never beat him. During the match, he was once again the subject of racist taunts from the opponent's fan base and afterwards Balotelli took to social media to condemn the attacks. [72] He put City 1–0 up against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after just two minutes on 12 December, although Chelsea rallied to win 2–1. All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. Nato a Palermo da genitori ghanesi, nel 1993 viene dato in affido ad una famiglia di Brescia. [164], Balotelli was unable to answer call-ups to the Italian national under-15 and under-17 teams as he was still considered to be a Ghanaian immigrant. Enock Barwuah è meglio noto come Enock Balotelli perché fratello del calciatore Mario Balotelli.In realtà, lui non è stato adottato dalla stessa famiglia di Super Mario, ma i suoi fan lo chiamano erroneamente usando un altro cognome.. Life was hard, to say the least. Balotelli soon outgrew the club, earning an ultimately unsuccessful trial with Barcelona before joining Inter Milan in 2006. È il fratello biologico di Mario Balotelli. [66] On 14 May, Balotelli was named man of the match in the 2011 FA Cup Final as Manchester City defeated Stoke City 1–0 to win their first trophy in 35 years. [162], On 7 December 2020, Balotelli moved to Serie B side Monza on a seven-month contract,[163] reuniting with former Milan teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng, head coach Cristian Brocchi, club owner Silvio Berlusconi, and chairman Adriano Galliani. Il est footballeur international italien, évoluant au poste d’attaquant. Italy went on to win the match 4–3, which allowed them to participate in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup for the first time in their history. Vincitore, a livello giovanile, di un Campionato Primavera e un Torneo di Viareggio nelle file dell'Inter, nell'arco di tre stagioni in prima squadra ha conquistato tre scudetti, una Coppa Italia, una Supercoppa italiana e una Champions League. I will remember my brilliant team-mates, the manager and all the supporters. [178], On 10 June 2012, Balotelli also became the first black player to appear for Italy in a major tournament (UEFA European Championship or FIFA World Cup) in a 1–1 draw against Spain, Italy's first match of UEFA Euro 2012. [245] In 2010, he was photographed in the company of two noted Mafia mobsters. It was also in 2008 that Balotelli claimed during a television interview that his birth parents had abandoned him in a hospital. His performance was described as "wasteful", but his effort was rated highly in a match where he missed multiple chances. He was born in Palermo, Italy to parents, parents, father Thomas Barwuah and mother Rose Cesare Prandelli subsequently resigned as Italy manager. [61] In the same game Balotelli received a red card for violent conduct as the result of a clash with Youssuf Mulumbu, which his manager Roberto Mancini described as unfair. "[51] Amid these controversies with his club and manager, many English Premier League teams, including Manchester United and Manchester City, indicated they were interested in signing Balotelli in July 2010. 'When the boys came in they were soaked but they were laughing and joking despite being wet. [128][129] On 2 October, Balotelli scored the winning goal in the 86th minute by sending a powerful kick from the edge of the box into the top right corner as Nice defeated Lorient 2–1 in a home Ligue 1 match, during which he received a yellow card for taking off his shirt in celebration of his goal and was subsequently sent off minutes later in stoppage time after receiving a second, controversial yellow card following an altercation with Lorient's Steven Moreira, where neither player appeared to do anything wrong. [237] Balotelli missed his first competitive penalty against Napoli on 22 September 2013 when it was saved by Pepe Reina, the first time in 22 attempts as a professional. They proposed Francesco and Silvio Balotelli, who already had two sons and a daughter of their own. [214], Agile, quick, creative and powerful,[215][216] Balotelli is credited with pace, flair, physical strength, technical ability and an eye for goal. Inside Thomas and Rose Barwuah's third-floor council flat above a row of shops in Bagnolo Mella, on the outskirts of Brescia in northern Italy, photographs of their family adorn the walls. Atualmente joga no Brescia . Han har även spelat i det italienska landslaget. 'For a year we were frantic with worry that he would not live. The game finished 5–2 to Inter, with Balotelli scoring twice. [94] In the match against Palermo, Balotelli continued his impressive scoring streak with two more goals, one from a penalty and another from an M'Baye Niang cross. But instead, every time we tried to get him back, the Balotellis kept extending the foster time.'. [36], In his second season with Inter, Balotelli had several disciplinary problems, most notably involving head coach José Mourinho, who excluded him from the first team in the second half of January 2009. His behavior on the pitch brought disapproval from his teammates, with Javier Zanetti publicly saying, "Mario needs to focus on doing what he can do on the pitch, he can't allow himself to behave like this. "Mancini: 'Balotelli è una prima punta. [248] Musician Tinchy Stryder recorded a song in Balotelli's honour, "Mario Balotelli". [261][262] In December 2011, Balotelli broke a 48-hour curfew before Manchester City's match 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". [70] On 27 November, Balotelli came on as a 65th-minute substitute against Liverpool and was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. [259] The day before the match, Balotelli and his friends set Balotelli's house on fire when a firework was let off in it; later that week, Balotelli was unveiled as Greater Manchester's ambassador for firework safety. [81] Despite this, Balotelli did make an appearance as a late substitute in the last match of the season, a title-deciding match against Queens Park Rangers. [108] In a match in the same competition on 22 October against Real Madrid, Balotelli was criticised by manager Brendan Rodgers for swapping shirts with opponent Pepe at half time, saying, "It's something that doesn't happen here and shouldn't happen here. He also said he was unfazed by the pressure he supposedly had on his shoulders entering the final, with new high expectations of him from his home supporters after his amazing performance against Germany. [134][135] On 18 February 2017, Balotelli was sent off once again, in his 14th Ligue 1 appearance, a 1–0 win at Lorient; he received a straight red card in the second half for insulting referee Tony Chapron in English. Hij tekende in augustus 2019 bij Brescia, dat hem transfervrij overnam van Olympique Marseille. [29] His first Serie A goal then came in April 2008 in a 2–0 away win against Atalanta. His replacement was Antonio Di Natale, who managed to secure his 11th international goal and put Italy ahead within his time on the pitch. [85] Manchester City's then manager Roberto Mancini suggested he had sanctioned Balotelli's sale to Milan for the good of the player, describing the forward as "like another one of my children" and saying Balotelli could become one of the best players in the world when restored to Serie A. [182] Balotelli had been dropped to the bench by Cesare Prandelli prior to the match due to his lack of ability shown in his previous group matches, so when he was substituted on against Ireland, fans did not expect him to have much of an impact and his celebration of his goal may have originally been directed towards the naysayers who believe he is bad for the team. I suoi genitori, Thomas e Rose Barwuah, diedero in affidamento Super Mario alla famiglia … But the strain on his face is obvious when he says Balotelli has only invited him to one Inter match in four years, the 2-1 Champions League win over Chelsea in February. His height, elevation and physique allow him to excel in the air, and he is capable of scoring with his head or with either foot, from both inside or outside the penalty area,[217][218][219] despite being naturally right-footed. Social workers suggested Mario should be fostered. [127] On 29 September, Balotelli scored his fifth goal in just four competitive matches for Nice when he fired home a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area in the 43rd minute after an assist from Malang Sarr in a 2016–17 UEFA Europa League Group I match against Krasnodar in an eventual 5–2 away defeat. During the interview, Balotelli reiterated his threat to walk off the pitch if any of the opposition fans racially abused him in any way, and said that he would "kill" anyone that threw a banana at him. 'He was always rushing away after training and wouldn't stay for any tactics,' said the coach. He spoke about his increasing fears that black players would be targeted by racists and that he refused to accept racism in any form, talking of his past experience of racism in football, notably during his time playing in Serie A for Inter Milan. [152] On 30 March, he became the first player since Josip Skoblar in the late 1960s to score in each of his first five home games for Marseille in Ligue 1. He started to walk off as the match was suspended for several minutes, but was persuaded by players of both sides to stay on the pitch; he later scored in the 85th minute of a 2–1 away loss. We don't want any money. [83], —Mario Balotelli on his transfer to Milan, On 29 January 2013, Milan's organising director Umberto Gandini announced the club had agreed to sign Balotelli from Manchester City on a four-and-a-half-year deal rumoured to be worth €20 million plus bonuses and add-ons. I told him, if you played with me 10 years ago I would give you every day maybe one punch in your head. Una scelta che farà felice Prandelli", "Mario Balotelli engaged to Belgian model Fanny Neguesha after World Cup proposal", "FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013: Italy", "Mario Balotelli wins award – then has a dig at Wilshere, Fábregas and Rooney", "FifPro announces reserve Teams of the Year – but Luis Suarez and Arjen Robben won't be laughing while Iker Casillas is somehow named the second best goalkeeper of 2013", "MARIO BALOTELLI, JOUEUR DU MOIS DE MARS ! 'We thought that at some point, once things had sorted out, Mario would come back to us. [119][120], Balotelli returned to Liverpool in the middle of 2016, but with no future under new manager Jürgen Klopp, who chose not to include him on Liverpool's pre-season tour to the United States or any of the club's other friendlies. I was so proud when he joined Inter and I am still proud of him,' he said. [7] After 18 months at Milan, he returned to the Premier League with Liverpool. An unsuccessful season with the Merseyside club led to his return to Milan on loan and subsequent departure on a free transfer to Ligue 1 side Nice. [138][139] On the same day, the Ligue 1's disciplinary committee ordered Bastia to close part of their stadium for three matches and imposed a suspended one-point deduction on them for "the behaviour of the supporters of SC Bastia – shouts with racist connotations towards Balotelli, use of pyrotechnic devices and intrusion of supporters at the edge of the field". [266] On 1 December 2014, Balotelli was accused of racism and antisemitism for posting an image on Instagram of the video game character Mario. It is a transfer that everyone wanted: club, president and fans. His arrival saw some fans scuffling with police and one policeman was taken to hospital with head injuries. [177] During the build-up to the competition, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini had repeatedly defended Balotelli, but he and footballer Daniele De Rossi believed Balotelli would need to grow up and mature if he was going to become the centrepiece of future Italian success. 'Within 24 hours he was with us,' said Salvioni. [11] In 1993, when he was three, he was placed in foster care to the Balotelli family when his own family was unable to pay for his health care needs. I don't speak with him every day, otherwise I would need a psychologist, but I speak with him because I don't want him to lose his quality. But Mario is no longer a Barwuah. The Balotellis, a white Italian family, lived in a large house in Concesio, an affluent town six miles north of Brescia. Balotelli eventually fell out of favour with Mancini after a "training ground bust up" between the two in January 2013. 'He has never remembered us.