• Rodgers claims he was Balotelli’s worst ever coach

    Rodgers claims he was Balotelli’s worst ever coach

    Brendan Rodgers believes Mario Balotelli was right to brand him the worst coach he has worked under during his colourful career.

    Rodgers brought Balotelli to Liverpool from AC Milan in August 2014 but the Italy international rarely got close to his best form and returned to San Siro on loan after a season and a solitary Premier League goal for the Anfield club.

    Rodgers is now in charge of Celtic and, as Balotelli finds himself back among the goals at Nice in […]

  • Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hits bact at Mario Balotelli

    Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hits bact at Mario Balotelli

    Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he struggled to connect with controversial striker Mario Balotelli during his time at Anfield.

    Balotelli, who was sent back to AC Milan on loan following his first season on Merseyside after scoring just on Premier League goal, hit out at his disastrous time with Rodgers and labeled him the ‘worst coach’ he has ever worked with.

    In reaction to that, now Celtic boss Rodgers admitted that the Italian striker was ‘probably absolutely spot on’ […]

  • Balotelli: My relationship with Rodgers was ‘disaster’

    Balotelli: My relationship with Rodgers was ‘disaster’

    Mario Balotelli has described his relationship with former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as a “disaster”.

    Rodgers reluctantly bought Balotelli for £16m in the summer of 2014 but the Italian scored only four goals in 28 appearances before being sent back to Milan on loan.

    He then returned to Liverpool but was immediately told that he would not be part of new manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans; he was given a free transfer and joined Nice, where he has scored six goals in six […]

  • Mario Balotelli promises to ‘get a helicopter and fly over Nice’ if he can lead the underdogs to the Ligue 1 title

    Mario Balotelli promises to ‘get a helicopter and fly over Nice’ if he can lead the underdogs to the Ligue 1 title

    Mario Balotelli has promised to fly a helicopter over Nice if he can guide his new team to an unlikely Ligue 1 title.

     

    Balotelli joined the French club from Liverpool on a free transfer over the summer, and has been an instant hit with six goals in as many league games.

    It comes as a complete contrast to his two years on Merseyside, where he flopped and was eventually frozen out, as he has been a key man in Nice reaching the […]

  • Balotelli ‘has found the right atmosphere in France’ – Motta

    Balotelli ‘has found the right atmosphere in France’ – Motta

    Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has praised Nice striker Mario Balotelli, adding he “has found the right environment” at the Ligue 1 club.

    Nice currently lead defending French champions PSG by three points at the top of the table and Balotelli has scored six goals in six league appearances since arriving in the summer from Liverpool.

    Speaking with Gazzetta dello Sport, Motta talked up his Italian compatriot’s chances of an international return but conceded he will “have to be a team player” […]

  • Mario Balotelli struggled in the Premier League because he kept falling in love, says agent

    Mario Balotelli struggled in the Premier League because he kept falling in love, says agent

    Mario Balotelli struggled to achieve at elite Premier League clubs because of romantic distractions, his agent Mino Raiola has said.

    The Italian born agent told the Financial Times that he urged the 26-year-old, now playing for the modest French club Nice, to stay with Manchester City and that allowing him to leave for AC Milan was a mistake. But Raiola said that the player, who has a child by partner Raffaella Fico and was engaged to Fanny Neguesha, could also have […]

  • Rage! Five Stubborn Football Stars Who Are Always Ready For A Fight On The Pitch

    Rage! Five Stubborn Football Stars Who Are Always Ready For A Fight On The Pitch

    Football is the only medium whereby people of different backgrounds and culture will come together and speak one voice in the interest of the club they support.

    The game can be classified into three major categories which is win, draw or lose, but there are some players who have no business with all these three as they would always find it difficult to control their level of annoyance even when their club is winning.

    Here we take a look at some players […]

  • Balotelli is an ‘idiot’ and an ‘extraordinary boy’ – Mancini

    Balotelli is an ‘idiot’ and an ‘extraordinary boy’ – Mancini

    Roberto Mancini has described Mario Balotelli, his former protege at Inter Milan and Manchester City, as “an idiot” and “an extraordinary boy.”

    Mancini gave Balotelli his Serie A debut while Inter coach during the 2007-08 season, and then brought the talented but temperamental forward to City from the Nerazzurri for £25 million in 2010.

    Balotelli contributed significantly to City’s dramatic Premier League title win in 2011-12 during a spell in England that was also marked by a number of wild off-the-pitch stories, […]

  • Mario Balotelli’s Italy absence his own fault – Roberto Mancini

    Mario Balotelli’s Italy absence his own fault – Roberto Mancini

    Roberto Mancini says Mario Balotelli has only himself to blame for not being Italy’s first-choice striker, and told L’Equipe he used to simply hope the Nice forward’s “head would work well on matchdays.”

    Balotelli, 26, spent the international break watching Italy on TV after he was not called up for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Spain and Macedonia.

    Mancini gave Balotelli his Serie A debut while Inter Milan coach during the 2007-08 season, and then signed the striker at Manchester […]

  • Balotelli: I don’t know Klopp

    Balotelli: I don’t know Klopp

    The Italian striker, now in fine goalscoring form at Nice, has revealed he had virtually no relationship with the Liverpool manager before his departure.

    Mario Balotelli has revealed that he had no relationship with Jurgen Klopp, who simply told him to leave Liverpool on loan.

    The Italian was signed by Brendan Rodgers in 2015 from AC Milan but struggled to make an impact with the Reds before returning to the Rossoneri on a temporary deal.

    He is now playing for Nice – where […]

  • Referee admits Balotelli red card error

    Referee admits Balotelli red card error

    Mario Balotelli is unlikely to serve a suspension for his red card in Nice’s victory over Lorient after the referee admitted that he made an error.

    The striker has made a stunning start to his career in Ligue 1 after being rescued from his Liverpool nightmare on the final day of the transfer window.

    Balotelli has scored six goals in five appearances in all competitions for leaders Nice since arriving in France, the latest an 86th-minute winner to secure a 2-1 victory […]