Balotelli takes both family names on Italy shirt

UEFA says Mario Balotelli will have both his family names on his Italy shirt at the European Championship.

Updated: June 05, 2012 20:16 IST
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Warsaw: UEFA says Mario Balotelli will have both his family names on his Italy shirt at the European Championship.

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UEFA's official player list for the tournament shows that the 21-year-old forward has registered "Barwuah Balotelli" as his shirt name.

Balotelli was born in Sicily as Mario Barwuah to parents of Ghanaian descent. He took the name Balotelli from his foster parents in Brescia, who brought him up after he became ill as a toddler.

He uses just the Balotelli name on his shirt when playing for Manchester City.

Italy opens its Euro 2012 program against Spain on Sunday in Gdansk.

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