Monday, January 22, 2007

Getting a kick out of the Vatican

Back in December, the U.K.'s The Telegraph newspaper reported the Vatican Secretary of State Tariciso Cardinal Bertone, SDB, an Italian televison football commentator while archbishop of Genoa, said:

"'The Vatican could, in future, field a team that plays at the top level, with Roma, Inter Milan, Genoa and Sampdoria,' said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State, the equivalent of its prime minister.

"He said: 'We can recruit lads from the seminaries. I remember that in the World Cup of 1990 there were 42 players among the teams who made it to the finals who came from Salesian training centres all over the world.

"'If we just take the Brazilian students from our Pontifical universities we could have a magnificent squad.'"

Since the U.S. still seems years away from fielding a competitive World Cup team and MSL, quite frankly, is not all that exciting, how cool would it be to have a Vatican team to root for in a major European league? I suppose Cardinal Bertone would have shift his own allegiance from Juventus to the Vatican team. I vote for the Papal Legates as a club name! In all honesty, I think the good Cardinal was half joking and half day-dreaming. In other words, don't look for the Papal Legates to take the field anytime soon.

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