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Mario Balotelli peaked at the Euros - and his Monza spell could help him rediscover a lost spark

 In his frantic, frenetic career, Euro 2012 was the high point. Nine years on, he's spent half a season in Serie B - and enjoyed some success

In the frantic, frenetic career of Mario Balotelli, Euro 2012 was the high point.

Having just helped Manchester City to the most dramatic of Premier League titles – providing his only assist for the club to set up "Aguerooooo" – he was the outstanding forward in Poland and Ukraine.

At the tournament, he super-charged an Italian side which had flopped at the World Cup two years earlier as reigning champions. They outplayed new world kings Spain in the opening group match, before beating Croatia and Republic of Ireland to reach the knock-outs.

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