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Pope Francis is avid soccer fan

March 20, 2013

Pope Francis is an avid and very knowledgeable soccer fan, the head of the Pontiff’s favorite team told Vatican Radio.

The Pope is a card-carrying member of the Atletico San Lorenzo club, said director Jose Capria, and often attended games. He has been a season-ticket holder and occasionally enjoyed talking with players about strategy. Pope Francis played both soccer and rugby in his youth, Capria added.

The Argentine club has sent a message of congratulations to the new Pontiff, proclaiming him “the Pope of San Lorenzo.”


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