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Mario Balotelli back in the national team

Mario Balotelli is back in the squad for the Italian national football team for the first time since September 2018.

Selection coach Roberto Mancini surprisingly nominated the 31-year-old in his 35-man squad for a three-day training camp before the World Cup relegation of the Italians at the end of March. The striker has scored 14 goals in 36 caps for the Squadra Azzurra so far.

Last July, Balotelli switched to Süper Lig promoted Adana Demirspor in Turkey and, according to the club, signed a three-year contract there. He previously played in Italy’s Serie B at AC Monza.

Balotelli is still remembered by many Germans because he scored both goals for Italy in the 2-1 victory in the European Championship semifinals against the DFB selection in 2012. In the past, he was repeatedly noticed by lack of discipline.

Accordingly, his stints at big clubs such as Inter and AC Milan, Manchester City, FC Liverpool or Olympique Marseille were often short-lived.

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