Mario Balotelli – The best thing since Slice Pan

Since moving to the Premier League this man has been surrounded by controversy and he has become the most talked about player in the Premier League since Cantona hung up his boots. His excentric goal scoring celebrations (or lack of a celebration) and T-shirt as well as his off the field antics have given him hero status in many people eyes. Since joining Man City he has had a mixed experience in England… He has a fairly decent scoring record with 22 goals in 32 games but has also been sent off on 3 occasions and looks set to receive another ban for stamping on Scott Parker last Sunday. He is a very confident lad and showed this when he claimed that only Messi was a better player than him. At 20 years of age is is still immature and this is why we love him

Here are my top Mario Moments/ Stories

5. A child asked Mario for an autograph at the Man City Training ground. Balotelli asks the kid why he was not in school to which he replies that he is being bullied so bunked off school. Super Mario then drives the kid back to school and makes the kids apologise and become friends.

4. Balotelli dressed up as Santa last Christmas and drove around Manchester handing out money.

3. Super Mario was playing with Fireworks in his bathroom and nearly burned the House down. The Fire Brigade were called but luckily no one was hurt. This did lead Mario to wear his famous why always me T-Shirt against Manchester Utd.


2. He once tried to break into a women’s prison in Italy. Enough said.

1. Mario ‘Bib’ itelli . Just watch the video its self explanatory.


Easy Money – My football tips

Recently I have been successful with my Football Betting so I thought this week I would share some of my accumulator tips with my loyal blog followers: Last week I managed to win some money for a work colleague of mine so hopefully I can do the same this week and we can beat the bookies together.

*Prices from Paddy Power Website

Accumulator One: 8 Aways

Celtic 1/3

Chelsea 8/13

Liverpool 8/13

Southend 9/5

Crawley 4/6

Accrington Stanley 8/5

Middlesbrough 6/5

Dundee 5/4

Stake 5 Euro – estimated Return 1045 Euro

Accumulator Two – 4 draws

Leeds vs Ipswich 12/5

Birmingham vs Watford 12/5

Fulham vs Newcastle 12/5

Charlton vs Sheffield Utd 23/10

 Stake 2 Euro – estimated Return Euro 259 Euro

Would love to hear your betting tips??

Premier League Team of the Season so Far

GK. Tim Krul – has been a key man in Newcastle’s excellent start to the season and I think without him they could be back in mid table.

 R.B. Micah Richards – Despite all of Man City’s spending power Micah has been able nail down a regular place in the league leaders back 4 and has been very good defensively as well as an attacking option. Can’t believe he isn’t an England regular.

 C.B. Vincent Kompany – Has been exceptional in the heart of Manchester City’s defence and established himself as the best defender currently in the league. A natural leader who City struggle without.

C.B. Phil Jones – Although he hasn’t always played in defence Jones has really developed since joining the premier league champions and has become a formidable premier league player who is only going to improve.

 L.B. Luis Enrique – Has been very consistent in a very good Liverpool defence and has been a revelation since joining from Newcastle.

 C.M Yaya Toure – Very athletic and powerful box to box midfielder who has taking the premier league by storm since moving from Barcelona.

 R.M David Silva – This little magician has really lit up the Barclays Premier League this season. He has contributed to lots of Manchester City’s goals this season and considered by many as the player of the season so far.

 L.M. Gareth Bale – Pacey left winger has been terrorising right backs all season and has added goals to his game this season.

 ST Robin Van Persie – His goals this season has turned Arsenals season around and propelled them back into Champions League contention

S.T.Demba Ba – A free transfer in the summer and is undoubtedly the signing of the season. Has score 15 league goals so far and will be missed by the Toon Army while at the African Cup of Nations

 S.T.Wayne Rooney – Hasn’t been spectacular but has quietly gone about his business scoring many important goals for his team

Festive Football Highlights


The fast few weeks have be very dramatic to say the least in the Barclays Premier League.

There has be excellent games, controversy and may shocks over the festive period. Things appear to be hotting up in the Premier League Title race with Man City and Manchester United neck and neck and Spurs creeping up behind. The competition for Champions League places is also very exciting with Arsenal Liverpool and Chelsea possibly fighting for that last remaining spot. It is also very tight at the bottom with teams fighting to avoid the drop. There was so much that happened in the Football World over the past few weeks that I would be very hard to discuss this in one blog entry but here are my Football Christmas highlights/ talking points.

10. Red Cards – Joey Barton and Milijas both received very harsh red cards which the FA has failed to rescind. This begs the question as to why there is an appeals process when simple decisions like these cannot be overturned.

9. Steven Gerrard’s return- I think I would be right in saying that Liverpool fans aren’t the only ones glad to see him back playing. Still one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and I hope he can help propel Liverpool back to the top 4

8. Gary Cahill – Looks like he will be getting a move to a big club after all. I’m surprised Chelsea are still interested as he has been in poor form lately. Can’t see Chelsea fans being happy at losing Alex for Cahill. Interesting times ahead at Chelsea.

7. Celtic back on Top – The SPL title race looked all but over a few weeks back but Neil Lennon’s squad have fought back well and a well deserved Old Firm victory has them back at the summit. One thing I have leaned from watching this game is that the SPL is going backwards and the quality of players that Celtic and Rangers can attract is diminishing.

6.  RVP – Had an excellent 2011 in the Arsenal shirt and came very close to equalling Shearer’s record. His form has helped Arsenal to climb quietly back into the top 4. Can he keep this form going? I don’t think so. RVP has had fierce injury problems over the years and I think he may be due one soon. Never fear Arsenal fans – Henry is back

5. Steve Kean – The fans may not like him but not many managers will go to Anfield and Old Trafford in the space of a week and come away with 4 points. Just as Blackburn looked like they could be on the up they were grounded by Peter Crouch and Stoke. I’m not a big fan of Steve Kean but he has brought through some excellent young talent at Ewood Park. Let hope they go down and let the sale begin …

4. Martin O’ Neill – The Premier League has certainly missed out on his passion over the past few seasons. He has started off like a house on fire with some excellent results, mostly notably a one nil win against Man City. Will be interesting if Sunderland can put a good cup run together?

3. Manchester United – two very bad results over Xmas with defeats to Blackburn and Newcastle. United also have an injury crisis and look suspect at the back. Combine this with Wayne Rooney’s off the field discipline problems and things aren’t looking good for United. One thing we have learned over the years is never write any Ferguson team off ..

2. Louis Suarez – 8 game ban has now finally being accepted by Liverpool. I think we just need to move on and leave this incident in the past. Suarez and Liverpool can get their revenge in Old Trafford in March when he returns and gives Era the Run-around.

1. Mario Balotelli – He has always been known for his antics off the pitch but took it to a new level over the festive period. He started on Christmas Eve by driving around dressed as Santa handing out money. He then placed $200 in the Church collection plate before putting $1000 behind the bar of a pub where he wasn’t even drinking. In keeping with the festive spirit Mario decided to check 24 Homeless people into the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. This man needs his own TV show.