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Mario Mario Mario: Balotelli goes ballistic (in a good way)

Jun 28, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy AP

Really, is there anything else to say? The dude is ridiculous.

Thanks for coming, Manuel Neuer. (It’s so rare to see a world-class keeper so completely beaten.)

Mario Balotelli just showed the world why coaches put up with his not-so-cheeky shenanigans and, almost certainly, increased the already exceptional expectations placed upon his not insignificant shoulders.

The real question: How quickly does Germany respond? (I’ll take before the 60th minute.)

  1. drewsylvania - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    New to soccer. How was Balotelli not offside on the second one?

    • danandcasey - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      If you look at the embedded video at the 19 second mark, you see the ball being played and Balotelli in an onside position.

      BTW – I am impressed that, being new to soccer, you did not ask why Balotelli wasn’t “offsides” and, instead, used the correct “offside.” There are a lot of people who are old to soccer who want to put an “s” on “offside.”

      • drewsylvania - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        Heh, well, I’m a big hockey fan, so I’m glad it taught me the right usage!

  2. greej1938l - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Before the 60th…LOL

  3. slxc - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Spectacular Balotelli. Italy vs Spain.

  4. tylerbetts - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Makes you almost feel bad for for Roberto Mancini. For every ironclad argument to sit (or sell) Balotelli because he’s not worth the risk, you get an argument like this that you can’t sit (or sell) Balotelli, because there’s even more risk. Goes for the National team, too.

    Awesome “Damned if you, damned if you don’t” situation.

    • handsofsweed - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      Molto bene!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. east96st - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Beautiful shot, but that’s some lazy defending, as well.

  6. snoqualmiesounder - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    He is sheer genius, lives right on the edge of what is socially acceptable but has the physical skills and instincts to be a world class striker. The first touch to the right on the second goal was a thing of beauty. You can’t teach that sort of instinct. People forget how much he is like Cristiano Ronaldo at that age. His first year at ManU was a constant roller coaster.

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