How vain it is to sit down to write when you haven't stood up to live?
So far in the 2012 Euro Cup, 21-year-old Italian superstar Mario Balotelli hasn’t been able to dodge racism thrown in his face. Balotelli, a son to Ghanaian immigrants was born in Sicily and now is one of Italy’s most dangerous strikers on the roster. Unfortunately, Balotelli has been forced to deal with cruel racist tendencies that come hand-in-hand with the intensity of playing in a huge tournament like the UEFA Euro Cup. He’s a stud, and it’s unfortunate (yet not tremendously surprising) fans have chosen a distasteful way to get under his skin, in his head. Chanting racial slurs and hurling bananas onto the field is one thing, but to get disrespected by your own nation is just absurd. An Italian newspaper—yes I said ITALIAN, his own country of birth—took a shot at him as well. In a cartoon, the Gazzetta depicted Balotelli as King Kong, getting pelted with soccer balls instead of a barrage of bullets. An apology followed up shortly after, but is that enough?
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Spain vs. Portugal about to kick off! Who ya got moving on to the Euro Cup final?! Can Ronaldo possibly pull off the upset victory to lead Portugal, or is Spain on their way to their 3rd-consecutive major tournament championship?
Pitter-patter goes my heart. “You’ll never beat the Irish!”
Ok, so you’re probably wondering why on earth young kiddos from Thailand show such Celtic pride rooting for Ireland in this year’s UEFA Euro 2012…the story WHY is actually quite incredible. Check it here.