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Toe Poke Daily: Mario Balotelli's daughter accompanies dad as mascot for rival team

Mario Balotelli's first goal back in Serie A wasn't enough for his Brescia side as they fell 2-1 to Napoli thanks to goals from Dries Mertens and Kostas Manolas.

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Mario Balotelli scored his first goal for new club Brescia on Sunday, but his actions caught the attention even before kick-off of the match against Napoli (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.).

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Balotelli has no 'fear of failing' in Serie A return

Mario Balotelli says his mother cried when he told her he was joining hometown club Brescia and insists he has no fear of failing on his return to Serie A after an absence of three years.

Balotelli was born in Palermo but moved to Brescia at the age of two and his adoptive family still lives there, although his father died in 2015.

Speaking at his first news conference on Monday when he was unveiled by the club, Balotelli said: "My mum cried initially when I told her that I might be going to Brescia....

Balotelli signs with hometown club Brescia

Mario Balotelli has joined his hometown club Brescia on a free transfer, the Serie A side confirmed on Sunday.

Balotelli, who was released by Marseille at the end of last season, returns to Italy for his third stint after playing for Inter, where he won three league titles, and AC Milan.

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The 29-year-old Italy international will be presented at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti...


Rumour Rater: Bayern to offer Bale an escape from Madrid? Balotelli to Brazil?

Craig Burley and the FC crew weigh in on the reports that Tottenham are close to signing Paulo Dybala from Juventus.

With the summer transfer window entering its final month and the Premier League incoming transfer deadline Aug. 8, David Amoyal evaluates the hottest rumours from around the world of football.

Gareth Bale to Bayern Munich: 35%

Although the transfer window already closed in China, the Wales forward is still on the market because he's no longer part of Zinedine Zidane's plans. Considering Real's strong relationship with Bayern Munich, there could be a repeat of the James Rodriguez two-year loan deal,...

Are you watching, Mario? Team recreates Balotelli's 'selfie' celebration, pays penalty

Youssoufia Berrechid mimicked Mario Balotelli by celebrating a goal with a team selfie, and got a lesson in sporting hubris.

Over in the Moroccan top flight this week, Youssoufia Berrechid played Mouloudia Oujda in a fixture that was far more entertaining than the drab eventual scoreline of 1-1 would suggest.

The home side took an early lead but soon found out the hard way that attempting to mimic Mario Balotelli -- specifically his "selfie" goal celebration against Saint Etienne a few weeks ago -- is never usually a good idea.

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