Why Mario Balotelli Holds Key to Italy's World Cup Hopes

Team Stream Now@@bleacherreportB/R VideoJune 6, 2014

Italy's traditions at the World Cup are well known: tight defense, talented midfield play and just enough goalscoring to challenge for titles.

In 2014, the story is slightly different. Yes, Italy is good in the back and Andrea Pirlo still lurks, but their chances come down squarely on their striker.

Find out what form we can expect from Mario Balotelli and whether it's enough for the Azzurri to compete in Brazil.

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