Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Pope knows his sports, says soccer club exec

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(By Kate Carlisle)Rome, March 19 - Pope Francis is a
fervent soccer fan who "really knows the technique and tactics
of the game," Club Atletico Buenos Aires San Lorenzo de Almagro
team executive Jose Capria said in an interview with Vatican
Radio to be aired Wednesday.
Speaking on the program 'Not only Sports', Capria said that
"as a child, Jorge Mario Bergoglio expressed his love and his
interest for the red and blue jersey of Atletico San Lorenzo. He
was a supporter of the club, he played sports, including rugby,
together with his father".
Cardinal Bergoglio, inaugurated Pope Francis on Tuesday,
remains a card-carrying member of the team's club.
"His membership number is 88235N-0 San Lorenzo and on
Sunday he was often in the stadium stands to watch the game. He
is an avid member, season-ticket holder and supporter of the
club," Capria said.
Pope Francis was also consulted by team players, said
Capria.
Argentine striker Alberto Acosta "often spoke to Bergoglio
about his field position. He is informed about soccer....along
with being a pastor, he is in touch with his flock. And if one's
flock is in Argentina, then the flock is certainly concerned
with football," Capria said.
Club President Matias Lammens and former coach Marcelo
Vazquez sent a greeting to the newly elected pontiff, calling
him the "Pope of San Lorenzo".
"Bergoglio has taken part in important moments in the life
of San Lorenzo, including the club's 100-year anniversary and
the inauguration of the club chapel," the message said.
Bookmakers are setting the odds that Pope Francis goes to
the Olympic stadium in Rome to see a match before the end of the
season, specifically to see AS Roma, where Argentine attacking
midfielder Erik Lamela plays.
Pope Francis also enjoyed dancing the tango with his
girlfriend as a young man in Buenos Aires, according to a 2010
book-length interview with the former archbishop Jorge Mario
Bergoglio.
As an archbishop in Buenos Aires, the new pope was known
for living in a modest flat and using public transport.
Francis became the first non-European pope in 1,300
years after Benedict's shock abdication last month.

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