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Nice 2 - 1 Dijon: Mario Balotelli at the double as Nice hold onto top spot

Posted Sunday, December 18, 2016 by PA39 hits

A Mario Balotelli brace ensured Nice remained top of the pile in Ligue 1 with a 2-1 win against Dijon, who had Cedric Varrault sent off late on. Both sides had warning shots fired at their respective goals early on as Balotelli flashed an effort wide of the post for the hosts before Lois Diony did well to hold onto the ball inside the Nice area before firing off-target. There proved to be litt...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli explains how he can still win the Ballon d’Or

Posted Friday, December 09, 2016 by givemesport.com145 hits

Mario Balotelli's career has taken something of a nose dive over recent years but the Italian forward still hasn't given up on his career dream of winning the Ballon d'Or. The 26-year-old, who joined Nice on a free transfer after leaving Liverpool in the summer, has rediscovered his form and confidence since arriving in France. Balotelli has scored six goals in six appearances for Nice, who ...Full Story »

Liverpool reject Mario Balotelli revealed to have had THIS bizarre clause in his contract

Posted Wednesday, December 07, 2016 by hits

According to files leaked to the Sunday Times newspaper, the Italian striker earned a £1 million bonus over the course of his doomed spell at the Merseyside club – for not spitting at anyone. "If he spat more than three times, he would be fined a million pounds, or whatever that bonus payment was for the season,” sports journalist Richard Beech told BBC 5 Live. "If you just th...Full Story »

Brendan Rodgers found it 'difficult to connect' with Mario Balotelli

Posted Friday, November 18, 2016 by ESPN109 hits

Brendan Rodgers has said he found it "very, very difficult to connect" with Mario Balotelli after the striker labelled his former Liverpool manager's player management skills were "disastrous." Balotelli, 26, made the claim in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport in which he spoke of the best and worst coaches he has worked under, adding he would have liked Jurgen Klopp to have given him more...Full Story »

Nice chief reveals secret to Mario Balotelli's revival

Posted Friday, November 11, 2016 by Tribalfootball.com146 hits

Nice chief Julien Fornier has revealed the secret to Mario Balotelli's revival. Liverpool offloaded Balotelli to Nice last summer. "All his former clubs have tried to give him rules, we don't," Fornier explained to Il Messaggero. "We have our rules for the pitch and within the squad, but they're the same for everyone. He's a nice and easy to manage player, like his teammates. "Nice is a fa...Full Story »

Red Bull Salzburg vs Nice - Mario Balotelli out of Nice's trip to Salzburg

Posted Thursday, October 20, 2016 by PA178 hits

Nice will be without star striker Mario Balotelli for their Europa League trip to Salzburg on Thursday. Balotelli, who has scored six goals for the club already this season, suffered a knock in training and will be sidelined for the crucial Group I clash. Both sides go into the game in search of their first point but Nice coach Lucien Favre does not believe Balotelli's absence will hit his tea...Full Story »

Finland 0 - 1 Croatia: Mario Mandzukic fires Croatia past Finland

Posted Sunday, October 09, 2016 by PA61 hits

Mario Mandzukic's early header proved enough for Croatia to claim their second straight win in World Cup qualifying Group I with a 1-0 triumph over Finland in Helsinki. Mandzukic headed home from an Andrej Kramaric cross in the 18th minute to get his side, fresh from Thursday night's 6-0 win over Kosovo, off to a good start. The struggling Finns rarely threatened Danijel Subasic's goal while C...Full Story »

Mario Gomez ruled out of World Cup qualifiers

Posted Wednesday, October 05, 2016 by Marca.com126 hits

Germany striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland this month due to muscle stiffness, his club VfL Wolfsburg said on Tuesday. Gomez also missed their first qualifier in September after being injured during Euro 2016 in July. "He called off the trip with the Germany team due to muscle stiffness and will miss training for a f...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli says he spoke to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘once’

Posted Tuesday, October 04, 2016 by Skysports.com190 hits

Mario Balotelli has made a good start to his Nice career Mario Balotelli claims he spoke to Jurgen Klopp "once" and says neither Liverpool nor AC Milan were "ideal environments" for him. The 26-year-old joined Milan in January 2013 before moving to Liverpool the following year but never settled on Merseyside and returned to the San Siro on loan last season where he struggled with injury. He a...Full Story »

Nice 2 - 1 Lorient: Mario Balotelli scores late winner as Nice remain top of Ligue 1

Posted Sunday, October 02, 2016 by PA77 hits

Mario Balotelli scored a late winner before being sent off as Nice maintained their lead at the top of Ligue 1 with 2-1 victory against Lorient. Ricardo Pereira had handed the hosts a first-half lead with his first goal for the club. Benjamin Moukandjo struck just after the hour mark to level but Balotelli's 85th-minute strike secured all three points for Nice before he was sent off for a seco...Full Story »

Wolfsburg 0 - 0 Mainz: Mario Gomez fails to score again as Mainz hold Wolfsburg

Posted Sunday, October 02, 2016 by PA50 hits

Wolfsburg played out their third goalless draw of the season with Mario Gomez once again failing to find the back of the net. Gomez has yet to open his account for the Wolves and the lack of a first goal was obvious as he tried desperately to score against Mainz. Julian Draxler had the best chance of the game midway through the second half when he rounded Jonas Lossl, but Giulio Donati covered...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli scores his fifth goal for Nice in four appearances

Posted Friday, September 30, 2016 by givemesport.com148 hits

Mario Balotelli is having the time of his life at Nice. The Italian striker made it five goals in four appearances for his new club in their Europa League game against Krasnodar. It means he’s already scored more goals than he managed in his entire spell at Liverpool. Balotelli joined Nice on a free after Jurgen Klopp made it blatantly clear that the 26-year-old had no role to play at...Full Story »

Nice 4 - 0 Monaco: Mario Balotelli scores twice as Nice crush Monaco to move top of Ligue 1

Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by PA55 hits

Mario Balotelli scored his second Ligue 1 brace in as many games as Nice went top of the table with an impressive 4-0 win against early frontrunners Monaco. Having notched a double on his debut in a 3-2 win against Marseille, the often-maligned Italy international took his tally for the season to four with goals either side of the break as Nice remained the only unbeaten team in the league. Pa...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli snubbed Champions League club to sign for Nice

Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by givemesport.com168 hits

Mario Balotelli was incredibly fortunate that Nice were willing to take a punt on him this summer after his pitiful performances for Liverpool and AC Milan over the last two years. The Italian striker scored one Premier League goal in 16 appearances during the 2014-15 campaign for the Reds. He was then loaned to Milan for the 2015-16 and scored the same number of league goals in 20 matches. ...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli calls Liverpool move the 'worst mistake' of his life

Posted Monday, September 12, 2016 by ESPN255 hits

Striker Mario Balotelli believes his ill-fated move to Liverpool was the "worst mistake" of his life. The Italy international was bought for £16 million in the summer of 2014 by then manager Brendan Rodgers, but scored just four goals in 28 appearances. It quickly became apparent he did not fit in with Rodgers' style of play and soon fell out of favour, being loaned out to AC Milan last...Full Story »

Nice 3 - 2 Marseille: Mario Balotelli scores debut double as Nice hit back to beat Marseille

Posted Sunday, September 11, 2016 by PA55 hits

Striker Mario Balotelli scored twice on his debut to inspire Nice to a 3-2 win over Marseille. The Italy international, a deadline day free transfer from Liverpool, struck after just seven minutes with a penalty - his first league goal since September 22 last year. He became only the second player since 2000, after Zlatan Ibrahmovic, to score from the spot in Serie A, the Premier League and Li...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli, why can it never always be you?

Posted Wednesday, September 07, 2016 by Goal.com220 hits

If the 26-year-old is serious about reviving his career, the blame game must stop and he needs to take responsibility for steering his talent into trouble. From an increase in shirt sales to an upshot in Ligue 1 viewing figures; Dearly Beloved, here lies the career of Mario Balotelli. Not goals, not gold medals, not glory. Two years ago, the football implications of his switch from Milan to L...Full Story »

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp disrespected Mario Balotelli - Mino Raiola

Posted Tuesday, September 06, 2016 by ESPN183 hits

Mino Raiola discusses the reason why Mario Balotelli sealed a move to Ligue 1 side Nice. Mario Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, believes Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not treat his client with any "respect." Balotelli moved to French side Nice from Liverpool on a free transfer last week after Klopp made it clear the forward had no future at the club. The Italian did not appear in a single...Full Story »

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp was 'a piece of s---' to Mario Balotelli - Mino Raiola

Posted Sunday, September 04, 2016 by ESPN185 hits

Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has criticised Jurgen Klopp's treatment of the Italian striker at Liverpool, after he left to sign for Nice on a one-year contract. Balotelli, 26, was left out of Liverpool's preseason tour and trained with the reserves as Klopp made it clear he was not part of his plans. And Raiola, who also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku amon...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli's Liverpool nightmare could be over following talks with Ligue 1 side

Posted Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by hits

Mario Balotelli could be off to Nice The maverick Italian striker has been holding talks with the French club and is poised to make the switch before Wednesdays deadline. Balotelli has one year remaining on his contract and the move to the south of France will bring his fitful spell at Anfield to a close. Liverpool expect Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, to conclude the negotiations with...Full Story »

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