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02-24-2013, 05:31 PM
Vamos Rafa
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Originally Posted by HabsByTheBay View Post
Also, Italy's citizenship laws are incredibly liberal. Basically anybody who can trace their ancestry back to Italy can get an Italian passport. It's lame that the organizers haven't required people to get the passport to play (Grilli can obviously afford to pay for somebody to do the paperwork) but ...hey, take it up with the Italians if you don't like a fifth-generation Italian-American playing for Italy.

Not sure if you follow soccer, but Mario Balotelli had to wait for his 18th birthday to get his Italian citizenship even though he was born and raised there. Is it because he was born to Ghanaian immigrants?

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