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‘Eccentric’ Balotelli and Boateng about to gain promotion to Serie A with Monza

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The turns that life and football take. Mario Balotelli, a prodigy of football and with an excellent quality, showed from a young age that he had the football skills to inscribe his name in the history of the great clubs of Europe, but his ‘disorganized’ head and a life marked by more controversies and news outside that on the pitch, has led him to earn a new opportunity in the Italian second division.

There he met Kevin-Prince Boateng, a footballer who has also stood out in greats such as Milan, where he left fond memories, and who, at 34 years old, accumulates many experiences, goals and even an adventure as a footballer for FC Barcelona. Regarding his adventure in LaLiga, the second after military in Las Palmas, perhaps, the most outstanding thing was that he thought he was going to sign for Espanyol instead of for the Barca club, but the German-Ghanaian forward, after a crazy life As a young man, he is now a benchmark for his values, for example, in his tireless fight against racism.

Well, today both fight for a common front: Promote to Serie A with Monza. The Lombard team is owned by Silvio Berlusconi, who bought it in 2018 to give a second life to a club that in 2015 had gone bankrupt and disappeared from professional football. The former Milan president also has the support of Galliani, with whom he already worked side by side in the Rossoneri entity and who took over the club during his time as Prime Minister of Italy.

Thanks to his management, Monza already rose in category last season and now, history could repeat itself. In the absence of a day for the end of Serie B, the Lombardy team occupies the third position 2 points behind Salernitana that, if next Monday 10, when the last day of the championship will be played in a unified way, they were defeated and even tied their meeting, a victory for Balotelli and Boateng against Brescia, the Italian’s previous team, would mean their direct promotion to Serie A.

How are you doing?

On an individual level, the one who has been leaving in recent weeks and is giving the necessary push to the team to achieve the goal is Balotelli, who in his last three games has scored three goals of the total of five he has scored in the eleven games disputed. Boateng, who has not seen a goal since February, has also scored 5 goals, but in his case, in 24 appearances.

How did they get here?

Boateng, when he signed him with Monza, explained the following: “It is difficult to say no to Galliani and Berlusconi, because we have a bond that goes beyond football.” The former Azulgrana played for Milan for four seasons. At the same time, he also affirmed that: “I could have continued at Fiorentina, but it is a challenge that I like and if I can help to get promotion I will be happy to do it”, now, he is about to achieve it.

In Balotelli’s case, his departure from Brescia was somewhat tumultuous and, after having to get back into shape by training in a fourth Italian team, he had the option of playing with his ‘older brother’.

Source: Football Ghana

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We are focused – Kotoko warn rivals

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Ghana Premier League side Asante Kotoko have sent some words of caution to their rivals as the campaign gradually reaches its conclusion.

The Ghanaian giants go into the weekend on the back of a 3-2 win over Inter Allies which moved them on par with arch rivals Hearts of Oak on 53 points.

They are expected to face Karela United in the following week after battling it out with Thunderbolt FC in the MTN FA Cup.

Ahead of the title run in, they sent words of warning to other teams.

 

Source: footballghana.com

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‘Grateful’ Andre Ayew bids farewell to Swansea City fans

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Andre Ayew has expressed his gratitude to English Championship side Swansea City as the Ghana international leaves the club.

Ayew leaves the Liberty Stadium despite ending the previous two seasons under Steve Cooper as Swansea’s top scorer.

He was unable to produce the moment of magic Swansea City required as they were beaten by Brentford in the Championship play-off final.

The 31-year-old has scored 35 goals in 106 appearances since rejoining Swansea from West Ham for an initial £18m in January 2018.

Ayew originally joined Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille back in 2015 scoring 12 goals in 35 appearances in the Premier League, before joining West Ham for £20.5m a season later.

The forward has been linked with a return to Turkish giants Fenerbahce in the ongoing transfer market.

He has also been reported to be closing in on a move to re-unite with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United.

 

Source: ghanasoccernet.com

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PHOTOS: Suspected car bomb found near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico ahead of Italy’s Euro 2020

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There were doubts over Wednesday night’s Euro 2020 clash between Italy and Switzerland after a suspected bomb was discovered near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, just before kick-off.

Italian security forces were called to the scene after a passerby spotted a suspicious item inside a parked car while headed for the Euro 2020 match.

The suspected bomb was found near the Piazza Mancini area of the capital, just a few kilometres away from the stadium at around 5.40pm, reported Corriere dello Sport. 

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The road surrounding the car was blocked by security officials to allow the bomb squad to carry out operations to diffuse the explosive.

According to reports, the bomb appeared to be homemade with gunpowder, bolts and electric wires. The police have not yet officially confirmed the device as a bomb.

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi said the bomb was found attached to an official’s car, while noting the seriousness of the situation and expressing solidarity. She did not, however, link the bomb threat to the match.

“A bomb was found in the car of Marco Doria, president of the Table for the redevelopment of parks and historic villas in Rome. A very serious fact, I express my full solidarity,” Ms. Raggi wrote on Twitter.

Italian politician, Carlo Calenda said the official in whose car the bomb was found was allegedly targeted following the redevelopment of historic Roman villas in the city.

Mr. Doria had faced threats in the past over reforms of park services. Investigations have been launched by the police in the case.

The match kicked off at 8 pm as Italy and Switzerland clashed for their Group A game. The host won by 3-0 over Switzerland in their second match and became the first team to enter round 16 of Euro 2020.

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