Patrick Vieira Leaps To Balotelli’s Defence

Patrick Vieira has urged Mario Balotelli’s army of critics to cut him some slack. Balotelli has still not been a Manchester City player for 12 months but his list of misdemeanours already extends further than most players manage in an entire career. The Italian striker was lambasted by his own manager, Roberto Mancini, for showboating during a pre-season game in Los Angeles last month and Gary Neville branded his efforts…

August 11, 2011

Mario Balotelli: I Don’t Like Manchester City

Mario Balotelli has followed his team-mate Carlos Tevez in declaring that he does not like the city of Manchester, as well as admitting he sees his future back in Milan. The Manchester City striker, who signed from Internazionale and seemingly has an addiction to outspoken behaviour, spoke to Italian TV after scoring in his team’s 3-0 friendly victory over Inter in Dublin on Sunday. He was feted for his performance,…

August 1, 2011

Nigel De Jong Warns Balotelli

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong has warned team-mate Mario Balotelli not to waste his talent, after he was substituted after attempting a trick shot in the club’s friendly against L.A. Galaxy. Balotelli, 20, sparked a verbal clash with manager Roberto Mancini, who hauled the striker off a few minutes after the incident and displayed his anger on the bench. De Jong, who was particularly demonstrative in his remonstrations with…

July 26, 2011

Mario Balotelli Substituted For Not Taking Friendly Seriously

Mario Balotelli’s remarkable talent for finding new ways to embroil himself in controversy resurfaced on Manchester City’s pre-season trip to Los Angeles when the Italian was substituted in disgrace only 30 minutes into a friendly against LA Galaxy. Balotelli then became involved in a touchline row with his manager, Roberto Mancini, and angrily threw a water bottle on to the pitch after taking his seat among the substitutes. The striker…

July 25, 2011

Carlos Tevez To Miss FA Cup Semi-Final

Carlos Tevez will miss Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley due to a hamstring injury. The Argentina international was hurt during City’s defeat to Liverpool at Anfield and is expected to be out until next month. Manager Roberto Mancini said: “Tevez is not available for Saturday. I think he will recover in three or four weeks. It is a big problem but we can’t take any…

April 14, 2011

Balotelli Is Sorry For His Action, Says Manager

Controversial Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli could be headed for a return to Serie A, according to his manager. Mino Raiola said Balotelli, who was recently left out of the Italy squad after being red carded while representing City in the Europa League against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, is happy at Eastlands but a future move back to his homeland to play club football is on the cards.”It’s an unfortunate…

March 22, 2011