The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Barcelona needed a late goal to beat 10-man Celtic 1-0 in soccer’s Champions League as English Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea were easy winners.
Nine days after getting sent off in a soccer World Cup qualifier, Italy striker Mario Balotelli left the field to a standing ovation following his winning goal in his team’s Confederations Cup opener.
Mario Balotelli hit a career zenith by firing Italy into the European Championship soccer final with two goals against Germany. He already wants more.
Basel came from behind to defeat Chelsea 2-1 in soccer’s Champions League, while Lionel Messi scored three goals for a record fourth time in the competition as Barcelona routed Ajax 4-0.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his training ground altercation with Mario Balotelli won’t influence the Italian striker’s future with the Premier League champion.
Ten of the 32 spots at the 2014 soccer World Cup are now filled after Italy, the Netherlands, the U.S., Costa Rica and Argentina secured berths.
The Netherlands and Italy became the first European teams to qualify for soccer’s 2014 World Cup, while Germany and Switzerland moved closer to berths.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli won’t face further punishment for his foot-first challenge on Arsenal’s Alex Song two days ago.
Mario Balotelli will “probably” be sold by Manchester City at the end of the season, coach Roberto Mancini said after the striker was red-carded in a 1-0 Premier League defeat against Arsenal today.
"This is the greatest night of my life, but I hope Sunday is going to be even better."
- Mario Balotelli on Jun 28, 2012