Italian footballer and new Manchester City player Mario Balotelli has been enjoying himself in hospital, but now comes the bad news that he could be out for longer than anticipated, missing tonight’s first Champion’s League match. Balotelli was part of the winning team of FC Inter last year, carrying the flag for Italian football, and before injuring his knee in his first Premier League match managed to score a goal, thus justifying the 23 million euros City payed to FC Internazionale for the player.
Balotelli has proved himself quite a character since moving to Manchester City and is making up for his clamorous exclusion from Italy’s national side in the 2010 World Cup. These photos show him enjoying the attention prior to his knee operation by appearing at the window of the Pavia hospital with shower cap on before then sticking his tongue out at photographers.
And frankly, we’re all lapping it up. It’s a shame that he will be out for longer than expected as we were curious to see how Italy’s latest export and famous celebrity would continue his story overseas, post FC Inter. He will be back, though, and will likely provide us with more golden moments of “I’m rich”. More after the jump on AC Milan and big money for Balotelli.
Italian football player gone to Manchester City, Mario Balotelli, is making a name for himself in his new home town, more off the field than on, it seems. We’ll get to his operation on his injury later, but when he and his Audi R8 were involved in an accident, the police turned up to find the Italian star with 6,000 euros in his pocket (or do they mean pounds?).
The accident was relatively innocuous, with Balotelli coming out all in one piece, but the question from the police was more about the large amount of cash to be found on the former FC Internazionale player. Balotelli’s response was apparently one of the most elementary: “Because I’m rich.”
Source | Mirror
Last week we wrote about Antonio Cassano’ss wedding in Portofino and now seven days later we can show you a few pics of Cassano’s honeymoon in Polynesia; the Italian footballer who was left out of Marcello Lippi’s final world cup squad is having a great time, planning kids with his wife Carolina Marcialis! But actually Antonio Cassano has lots of reasons to be happy: with Cesare Prandelli, as Italy’s new coach, he will soon get back into action!
New Liverpool football player Alberto Aquilani’s lovely Italian girlfriend could take out the future title of WAG of the year, at least in her home country. Michela Quattrociocche, famous now as an Italian actress after her role in Scusa ma ti voglio sposare, is creating some attention for herself after a sexy photo shoot for GQ magazine.
Michela appeared in the film alongside Italian heart-throb Raoul Bova and despite living with Aquilani in Liverpool, returns to Italy frequently to work on her acting projects. Michela has revealed that she’s a stay-at-home kind of girl who doesn’t generally go to discos or indulge in the VIP lifestyle. She’s the new Italian celebrity on the block and is behaving herself, revealing that if her boyfriend were to ask her to marry, she would likely say yes. Which is just as well as she has his initials tattooed on the back of her neck. Unless of course she finds another ‘AA’…
Source | Gossipblog.it
Christian Vieri’s girlfriend, Melissa Satta, spent her New Year break in Miami. These pics show the Italian footballer’s girl in a black bikini, which we would say was flattering to her figure, if everything were not flattering on her anyway. The shots of Melissa in a red bikini show her spending New Year’s Eve with Bobo Vieri, and we think you’ll agree he’s a lucky man. The Italians are asking whether you prefer Vieri-Satta as a couple or the Clooney-Canalis duo…?
For some diversion on Sunday after Christmas, here is the Vodafone Christmas Card commercial featuring Italy’s star football player for Rome, Francesco Totti, as Santa Claus. He, together with his wife Ilary Blasi, is the face of Vodafone in Italy, and they often appear in commercials together. This time Totti has the last word, saying to Ilary “don’t you turn into La Befana”.
In order to celebrate the history and greatest moments of the AC Milan football team, the city of Milan is hosting a major exhibition called “Milan 110 e lode” (Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi - via Santo Spirito); the exhibition features not only the seven championship cups won by the team but also a huge quantity of football t-shirts and other AC Milan memorabilia such as the football shoes worn by such great players as Van Basten, Kaka’ and Maldini. Thanks to this extraordinary exhibition, visitors will also have the unique opportunity to see the Golden Balls won by Van Basten, Weah, Shevchenko and Gullit.
Free entrance. Opening hours: 10:00-19:00. For further information visit the Milan football team website!
There are many ways of gaining yourself a “good boy” image, and famous paparazzi photographer Fabrizio Corona knows a few tricks. He has been appearing in court well dressed in a suit and tie, though given the character of the man involved, I’m not sure he’s pulling off the squeaky clean image quite as planned.
Corona is famous for a few things in Italy: for sex on the beach, for using photographs to extort money from celebrities, drug dealing, and promoting prostitution; and for being the new boyfriend of Belen Rodriguez, Argentinian model and adopted Italian show girl. Many Italians are confused though, as to why Belen would choose Corona over hot (and nice?) Italian footballer and AC Milan player, Marco Borriello. Could it have something to do with sleeping with the enemy, and therefore avoiding the unpleasant flash of Corona’s camera?
Source | Gossipblog.it
Italian football player, Antonio Cassano, from Sampdoria football club, has set his wedding date as June 19th next year. He is marrying another Italian athlete, the lovely water polo player, Carolina Marcialisi, who has been his girlfriend for about two years. Cassano is quite a character in the ranks of Italian footballers, known for his incredible natural talent, but also his laziness and almost naive style.
He is, in fact, quite lovable, but it seems his missed selection to be a part of the Azzurri, Italy’s national football team, has translated to him setting his wedding date for the summer of 2010. Antonio Cassano has not been on good terms with Italy’s coach, Marcello Lippi, and the latter has copped plenty of flack from fans for not selecting the player.
Lippi’s response has been that in Italy, if football fans want to whistle and boo at the man who has given them the world cup, there is nothing to be surprised about. And Cassano’s response, or possible provocation, has been to create an appointment for himself next year such that he wouldn’t be available for the World Cup, anyway. Apparently it will be quite an exclusive ceremony in Portofino…. It’s a strange choice for a guy, but is all in a day’s work as Italian football meets gossip from Italy.
This is a case where the adage “winning isn’t everything” is very true. Italy might be a football-mad nation in which other sports hardly get a look-in, but on the weekend a remarkable example of how Italian tastes and passtimes are changing took place. The high passion, tradition and grand past of rugby union was all the rage on the weekend with the Azzurri playing the All Blacks.
The Italy-New Zealand rugby match at Milan’s San Siro stadium on Saturday night saw a record crowd of about 80,000 people attend. Italy lost 6-20, though New Zealand only scored one try, winning the other points on penalties. Controversy surrounds the closing minutes of the match, with talk that Italy was robbed of a technical try that it should have been awarded. If you think that it doesn’t matter because Italy wouldn’t have won anyway, you don’t understand the great pride the Italians have in the opportunity of playing against a team they consider to be one of the greats in international rugby, and therefore also the great honour that would result in scoring a try.
The “All Blacks” hold an enormous fascination for Italians, more than any other rugby playing national team in the world. The haka is something compelling for the Italians, although the national anthem “Fratelli d’Italia” was something to send shivers down your spine on Saturday. With foreign irony at the stadium regarding the Italians inability to queue or doing anything in an orderly fashion, it was a meeting of two different cultures at a sports match which will be remembered by who was present for a long time yet.