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Mario Balotelli

Published: Thursday 4 June 2009, 1.00CET
Italy
Published: Thursday 4 June 2009, 1.00CET

Mario Balotelli

Italy

U21 debut: 05.09.2008 v Greece
Qualifying Games
: 3 – Goals: 3

• Born in Sicily as Mario Baruwah to Ghanaian parents, he was adopted and brought up by an Italian family.

• Joined Inter soon after making his debut in Serie C1 for Lumezzane Calcio at 15. Helped the Nerazzurri to back-to-back Italian championships in 2008 and 2009.

• After officially becoming an Italian citizen on turning 18, he made his U21 debut and scored against Greece; also on target twice in second leg of play-off v Israel to seal Italy's place in Sweden.

Last updated: 08/06/09 21.15CET

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