19 December 2006
Chim chim cherite, we are the bastards in yellow and white
The Pope’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone hopes the Vatican may one day field a football team good enough to compete with Italy's top flight sides.
The 72-year-old Juventus fan was speaking after he launched the Clerical Cup, a 16-squad tournament for priests and trainee priests in Rome, said "I would not rule out the Vatican putting together a top notch team in the future that would be on a par with Roma, Inter, Genoa and Sampdoria." He suggested that Brazilian seminarians alone would be enough for a "magnificent" Vatican team, while African and Argentinian students are also reportedly in demand by priest-managers ahead of the Cup.
Italian football has been plagued by match-rigging. Who knows, it might receive a moral boost form having a Vatican team in the top flight! It would certainly open the floodgates for a whole series of religious football puns such as the God squad while opposing fans may start singing “you’re going home in a fucking Popemobile”..
There actually is a Vatican City team but it has only played one “international” and that was against Monaco (not the successful French league side though).