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Football superstar and newly-minted "icon and hero" Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring both of Italy's points during Thursday's 2-1 upset over Germany in the Euro 2012 football championships semi-final match. Italy will face Spain in the final on Sunday.
Balotelli was shown a yellow card after stripping off his jersey after his first goal ...
Balotelli is Italy's first born-and-bred Black footballing superstar. The 21-year-old striker was born in Italy to Ghanaian immigrants.
The EURO 2012 games are hosted by Poland and Ukraine, which was represented last month at Eurovision by a Black contestant. "Of the 20 selected national teams, 8 have at least one black player," reports Afro-Europe. England, France and the Netherlands have the highest number of Black players.