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Euro 2012: Who Won On Twitter – Infographic

Euro 2012 is history, with Spain taking home its third straight major international tournament.

Europe’s once-every-four-years spectacle was full of memorable moments on the pitch — brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo, the stellar play of Italian wildcard Mario Balotelli and the passion of his Azzurri teammate Gianluigi Buffon, just to scratch the surface.

But who won Euro 2012 in the Twittersphere?

Spain totaled 873,000 mentions during the tournament, England totaled 849,000 and Italy was third at 716,000. Portugal star Ronaldo was tops among players, with nearly 270,000 mentions despite his squad not reaching the final game. Balotelli and Spain’s Fernando Torres — two players who faced off in the final — rounded out the individual top three with 213,000 and 188,000 mentions respectively.

Players and teams aside, it’s no surprise that goals and referees were the most tweet-generating subjects at Euro 2012. But the tournament’s most retweeted post didn’t come from a soccer player or media personality at all — rather it came from NBA star LeBron James, whose congratulatory tweet after Spain’s big win drew more than 9,000 retweets.

Overall, the tournament generated nearly 12 million total tweets — including a new tweets-per-second record for sports in the the final match between Spain and Italy.

Sports website TheScore used data from the social analytics company Sysomos to pull all these stats and more and produce the infographic below. Check it out for the full picture on how Euro 2012 played out on Twitter.

Source: Mashable.com, Thumbnail image courtesy iStockphoto, mikkelwilliam, The Score, Sysomos

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Do Soccer Clubs Need Shrinks To Protect Their Assets?

The Barclay’s English Premier League is in its last rounds before the champion of the 2011/2012 season is found. Naturally, the fight for glory or to avoid relegation is fierce, and takes everything that the players, managers and clubs have to offer. Very often the fight on the pitch is brought off the pitch by all involved and intensifies the struggle.

Currently, Manchester City is the club that has problems that have been created off the pitch or due to individual weakness and lack of knowledge. In city’s case, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli have held the club in the news on a daily basis not because they are awesome soccer players, but for all kind of other negative reasons that make your manager, the club and the business partners of the club have nightmares.

Every time such a nightmare situation arises, millions of dollars are at stake. In city’s case, the damage could go into the ten’s or hundred’s of millions. For a club that has spent way over $400 million in new players and delivered a $140 million loss last year, this is certainly a nightmare. Not that city is poor, their ownership pays for “city expenses” out of the change drawer, but nobody is happy to lose that kind of money if it can be avoided. Clearly, this is not the way how the ownership of the club became that rich.

Let’s talk about Mario Balotelli: The guy is 21 years old and is a sensational soccer talent. Nobody in the soccer world will dispute that. He makes $320,000 a week(!), all-in-all somewhere between $15 and $20 million a year and has no clue about what kind of nonsense he delivers. For himself, he believes he is the coolest guy since mankind. To mention some examples of his performance: Almost burned down his mansion by firing fireworks out of the bathroom window, parking tickets of over $10,000 in less than two years, visiting a strip club hours before the game, featured in an article about the hooker that already gave Wayne Rooney a headache, 4 red cards in less than two years and many other actions in full disrespect of himself, his family and everyone else around him.

Balotelli has a personal manager. This guy is negotiating contracts for him and makes sure he stays interesting in the soccer world. Obviously, he has no clue on how Balotelli’s actions influence his marketability or he doesn’t care as long as he gets his commissions and paychecks.

Balotelli has quite a few assets that are very marketable and could make him a real big gun, right now and way beyond his soccer career. All it would take is some minimal professionalism on the job and in public. If one would express the $ damage to himself, the loss is in the 100’s of millions over the next 40 years, clearly. It is a mystery why his manager and his family are not taking influence on this guy and try to help him. It is clear that Balotelli himself is unable to do so.

For the club the losses are much greater. $100 million can be lost in one season and looking at city’s season, that is exactly what is going to happen. Early exit from the European Championships, FA Cup and Carling Cup, and playing only second fiddle to Manchester United will cost the club way more than a $100 million. Selling Balotelli? Well, that would only go hand in hand with a huge transfer loss at this time and would make things worse for the club. The example Carlos Tevez has proven that fact and so city will go on and hope and pray Balotelli, and Tevez, will learn a lesson, somehow. Continue reading

Mario Balotelli has his own song now…

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Barclay’s English Premier League – Everything stays as it was

Mario Balotelli helped Manchester City to defend a 5 point advantage in the Barclay’s English Premier League. Newcastle wasn’t the opponent it takes to scare City. While Newcastle had opportunities to score and give the game some fire, at the end City was a number to big for United.

Mario Balotelli, Micah Richards and Sergio Aguero were the scorers today. Both, Balotelli and Aguero scored from the spot.

In the early game Arsenal had to travel to Norwich. The gunners were the dominant team but managed to put pressure on themselves as they left multiple scoring opportunities on the table. At the end the gunners won the game 2-1 with two van Persie goals. Robin van Persie has an incredible run these days and makes sure Arsenal’s climb up the table continues.

What Robin van Persie is for Arsenal, is Javier Hernandez for Manchester United. The Mexican was the man and secured United’s win with a goal in the 11th minute. United had to sweat for the win, but at the end they had three points. In three weeks nobody wants to know how the game was won.

The battle between the Manchester teams for the championship in the Premier League goes on. At this point there is no other contender in sight. All the London clubs and Liverpool have other things on their plate, besides the Premier League all day business. In the Sunday game, Chelsea and Liverpool face off and the winner will increase the chance for 3rd place behind the Manchester teams.

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Mario Balotelli insists: I’m not crazy

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Yes, Mario. I am Albert Einstein…

Liverpool – Manchester City 3 – 0: City refusing to work!

Liverpool beat Manchester City today with a walk in the park performance. Andy Carroll with two goals and Dirk Kuyt before break clarified quickly who would leave the field as the winner.

Manchester City refused to work and had no chance to turn the game at any point. Looking at the performance and some obvious “little mind games”, it almost appeared the team is playing against coach Mancini. Tevez reported injury early, Milner throwing an armband at Mancini’s feet, Balotelli, coming for Tevez after 16 minutes, was taken off the filed in the 83rd minute. At City, nothing seems to be ok. It would not be surprise, if Mancinci would have to leave before the season is over.

Chelsea now has two points on City and a game on hand against Birmingham. With a win and not much left to play, Chelsea can shut the door on City, which in turn now has to fight off Spurs, who are only 3 points behind. 4th place seems to be the maximum City can get out of this season.

City faces rival Manchester United in the FA-Cup semi final on Saturday. A performance as weak as today and the end of that competition is sealed as well.

Let’s see what happens at City over the next couple of days.