Confederations cup 2013 :Pele sights Balotelli as player to watch.

Brazil legend Pele has praised mercurial forward Mario Balotelli and feels the AC Milan star is a “real striker” who causes his opponents problems with his physical approach.  The Italy international made the headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this month when he was booked twice within four minutes in a scoreless World Cup 2014 qualifier against Czech Republic, but Pele nonetheless speaks highly of the former Manchester City attacker. “I really love Balotelli’s style of play. He is a real striker,” Pele told reporters. “He uses his physicality to create space for himself and harass opponents.”

mario
Super Mario

Balotelli joined Milan from City in the winter transfer window and helped the San Siro giants to third spot in the table with 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances.
Pele then went on to have his say on Italy’s chances at the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup and insisted that the Azzurri are a dangerous side in the competition.
 

 

King Pele
King Pele

“I like Italy, because they always getthe best out of themselves at the big

occasions,” Pele said.

Cesare Prandelli’s men meet Mexico in their first group game on June 16 before also meeting Japan and host Brazil in the opening stage.

The Italians would be keen to correct the mistakes of 2009. The team is out to brave the odds and perform beyond world exceptions as in the 2008 European cup of nations and the  2006 world cup.Cesare Prandelli the full list to represent the Azurri counts:

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Gianluigi Buffon (c) 28 January 1978 (age 35) 128 0 Italy Juventus
2 DF Christian Maggio 11 February 1982 (age 31) 24 0 Italy Napoli
3 DF Giorgio Chiellini 14 August 1984 (age 28) 57 2 Italy Juventus
4 DF Davide Astori 7 January 1987 (age 26) 3 0 Italy Cagliari
5 DF Mattia De Sciglio 20 October 1992 (age 20) 3 0 Italy Milan
6 MF Antonio Candreva 28 February 1987 (age 26) 7 0 Italy Lazio
7 MF Alberto Aquilani 7 July 1984 (age 28) 23 4 Italy Fiorentina
8 MF Claudio Marchisio 19 January 1986 (age 27) 32 1 Italy Juventus
9 FW Mario Balotelli 12 August 1990 (age 22) 20 8 Italy Milan
10 FW Sebastian Giovinco 26 January 1987 (age 26) 14 0 Italy Juventus
11 FW Alberto Gilardino 5 July 1982 (age 30) 51 18 Italy Bologna
12 GK Salvatore Sirigu 12 January 1987 (age 26) 5 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
13 GK Federico Marchetti 7 February 1983 (age 30) 8 0 Italy Lazio
14 FW Stephan El Shaarawy 27 October 1992 (age 20) 6 1 Italy Milan
15 DF Andrea Barzagli 8 May 1981 (age 32) 41 0 Italy Juventus
16 MF Daniele De Rossi 24 July 1983 (age 29) 84 14 Italy Roma
17 FW Alessio Cerci 23 July 1987 (age 25) 3 0 Italy Torino
18 MF Riccardo Montolivo 18 January 1985 (age 28) 43 2 Italy Milan
19 DF Leonardo Bonucci 1 May 1987 (age 26) 26 2 Italy Juventus
20 DF Ignazio Abate 12 November 1986 (age 26) 10 0 Italy Milan
21 MF Andrea Pirlo 19 May 1979 (age 34) 98 12 Italy Juventus
22 MF Emanuele Giaccherini 5 May 1985 (age 28) 8 0 Italy Juventus
23 MF Alessandro Diamanti 2 May 1983 (age 30) 11 0 Italy Bologna

 

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