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5 Italy players to watch at the World Cup

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli lies on the pitch during a 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group B, qualification match between Italy and Armenia in Naples, Italy. Italy's intentions will likely depend on the wavering ways of talented forward Mario Balotelli, whose mood swings often get him into trouble both on and off the field. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Everything you need to know about Mario Balotelli

Yahoo Sports

Liverpool signed Italy striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for 16 million pounds ($26.5 million) on Monday, taking a calculated gamble on a headline-grabbing player known as much for his controversies as his goals.

Nineteen months after ending a 2 1/2-year spell with Manchester City to play for his boyhood club, Balotelli will return to the English Premier League as a replacement for Luis Suarez - another of world football's talented but disruptive stars.
Associated Press

Find out all you need to know about Liverpool's newest addition.