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Balotelli is last man out, holding hands with a young awe-struck kid. He’s checking his boots. Looking down. Here he comes. Oh, and there’s even  a smile.

The hair-style is the familiar thin blond mohawk, for those who follow such matters. Buffon is singing the Italian national anthem, eyes-closed, with gusto. In the crowd, the camera focuses on three celebratory men in Italian shirts — one of them, in the middle, black.

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