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Vatican Football Team? 2006-12-18

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Europe, Intolerance.
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A senior Roman Catholic cardinal says he hopes ‘The Vatican’ may one day field a football team good enough to compete with Italy’s top sides.

Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said The Church’s seminaries and Catholic youth clubs around Italy were full of talented footballers who would gladly pull on ‘The Vatican’s’ yellow-and-white colours.

There are some very serious football fans in ‘The Vatican’, and Cardinal Bertone is one of them.

He is a diehard ‘Juventus’ supporter and, while ‘Archbishop of Genoa’, often commentated on ‘Sampdoria’ games for local TV.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
‘I do not preclude the possibility that “The Vatican”, in the future, could put together a football team of great value, that could play on the same level as “Roma”, “Inter Milan” and “Sampdoria”,’ he said.

In a football league that has been mired in corruption and controversy, this is perhaps a timely intervention.

Any doubts about the skills at ‘The Vatican’s’ disposal could be answered by some very talented Brazilians studying to become priests at The Church’s universities, seminaries and youth clubs.

And if football’s success is dependent on money and supporters, then ‘The Vatican’ is unlikely to struggle.

There are really only two questions that need to be answered about this future ‘Vatican’ team.

The first is whether it should really be competing in the domestic league — it is, after all, the world’s smallest state.

And then, of course, there is the football calendar. There might be some difficulty in fielding a team on a Sunday.

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