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On the biggest stage in his career, the recently concluded Euro 2012, Mario Balotelli was in the headlines for all the right reasons. Well, there was his statement before the tournament began and that one other incident, though that wasn't created by Balotelli's own actions.
The striker came up big against Spain's great central defensive duo (twice), many familiar faces from England and a German defense that he dominated.
He showed little to none of his usual petulance or rash actions on the pitch, and that resulted in a match-winning performance against Germany and one of the goals of the tournament against Ireland.
The performance against Ireland was especially telling as Balotelli was hooked in the game against Croatia and relegated to the bench from the start against the Irish.
The fact that he came on to score a goal, and retain his starting spot as a result, shows the improved mindset of the Italian.
Should he carry that into the upcoming season, cutting down on the rash play especially, he'll be involved with City a lot more—and a greater run in the team means a longer stretch of good form