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Jun 29, 2012

Unfancied Italy and Balotelli dreaming of title

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – The idea of Italy reaching Sunday’s Euro 2012 final in Kiev would have been laughed at in the piazzas and pizzerias of Rome and Milan a month ago but now Cesare Prandelli’s side are there against all the odds.

Thursday’s 2-1 semi-final win over Germany stunned not just Joachim Loew’s side but the Italian nation itself.

Jun 29, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Unfancied Italy and Balotelli dreaming of title

KRAKOW, Poland, June 29 (Reuters) – The idea of Italy
reaching Sunday’s Euro 2012 final in Kiev would have been
laughed at in the piazzas and pizzerias of Rome and Milan a
month ago but now Cesare Prandelli’s side are there against all
the odds.

Thursday’s 2-1 semi-final win over Germany stunned not just
Joachim Loew’s side but the Italian nation itself.

Jun 28, 2012

Beckham not selected in Britain Olympics squad

By Mark Meadows

(Reuters) – David Beckham has not been selected in Britain’s Olympic football squad in a huge blow for the former England captain’s hopes of crowning the twilight of his career in style.

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder had been widely expected to be named as one of the three over-age players in Stuart Pearce’s Under-23 squad for the London Games in July and August.

Jun 28, 2012

Beckham not selected in Britain squad

By Mark Meadows

(Reuters) – David Beckham has not been selected in Britain’s Olympic soccer squad in a huge blow for the former England captain’s hopes of crowning the twilight of his career in style.

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder had been widely expected to be named as one of the three over-age players in Stuart Pearce’s Under-23 squad for the London Games in July and August.

Jun 28, 2012

Olympics-Soccer-Beckham not selected in Britain squad

June 28 (Reuters) – David Beckham has not been selected in
Britain’s Olympic soccer squad in a huge blow for the former
England captain’s hopes of crowning the twilight of his career
in style.

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder had been widely expected
to be named as one of the three over-age players in Stuart
Pearce’s Under-23 squad for the London Games in July and August.

Jun 27, 2012
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Jun 27, 2012

Euro – Gazzetta sorry over Balotelli King Kong cartoon

KRAKOW (Reuters) – Top Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has apologised for printing a cartoon portraying black Italy striker Mario Balotelli as King Kong.

Media reports said Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola had reacted with fury at the depiction, which comes after the 21-year-old has battled racism in his homeland and abroad for years.

Jun 27, 2012

Gazzetta sorry over Balotelli King Kong cartoon

KRAKOW (Reuters) – Top Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has apologized for printing a cartoon portraying black Italy striker Mario Balotelli as King Kong.

Media reports said Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola had reacted with fury at the depiction, which comes after the 21-year-old has battled racism in his homeland and abroad for years.

Jun 27, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Gazzetta sorry over Balotelli King Kong cartoon

KRAKOW, June 27 (Reuters) – Top Italian daily newspaper
Gazzetta dello Sport has apologised for printing a cartoon
portraying black Italy striker Mario Balotelli as King Kong.

Media reports said Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola had reacted
with fury at the depiction, which comes after the 21-year-old
has battled racism in his homeland and abroad for years.

Jun 27, 2012

Half-German Montolivo ready for special match

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo has the German flag stitched into his boots but his mother’s Hamburg heritage will be put to one side when the teams clash in the Euro 2012 semi-final on Thursday.

Montolivo, born in Italy and with an Italian father, sees himself as part-German given his mother hails from there. He speaks German fluently – even translating his own answers during a news conference.