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Taking 'God's Team' to extremes
2006-12-19 00:11
by Bob Timmermann

No, this is nothing about Notre Dame, but the Catholic Church's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, thinks that the Vatican could round up enough players to form a soccer team and even be a good enough to play in Italy's Serie A.

Personally, I think the Vatican would be better off forming its own domestic league. Or start competing in UEFA and trying to qualify for the World Cup. I suppose a Vatican team would be on the road a lot as there's not a lot of space for a stadium. But do we really need a Sistine Chapel or St. Peter's when we could build a high quality state of the art soccer stadium.

Think big. Maybe the 2014 World Cup will be held entirely in the Vatican!

2006-12-19 00:28:02
1.   Eric Enders
When I clicked on this I was expecting you to tell us the Rockies signed Chad Curtis or something.
2006-12-19 00:54:51
2.   Greg Brock
Vatican City 2
United States 1
2006-12-19 01:38:01
3.   joejoejoe
Bend it like Benedict.
2006-12-19 02:02:22
4.   xaphor
While a source of endless humour, this could very well come to pass. Monaco play in the French Leagues and the LA Galaxy play outside of LA, it really isn't that hard to bend a few rules especially with the kitty his holiness has on hand.

The Italian domestic league is currently in dire straights with corruption and violence keeping fans away. This could be a Great Awakening of sorts. :)

2006-12-19 03:28:37
5.   Borchard504
Not real funny unfortunately.
2006-12-19 05:32:27
6.   dianagramr
2006-12-19 07:38:32
7.   chris in illinois
Perhaps the proposed soccer team could help fund future lawsuit settlements?
2006-12-19 07:41:33
8.   dianagramr

I don't know whether to laugh or nod my head in sad agreement with that comment.

So I'm kinda doing both ....

2006-12-19 08:08:22
9.   Bob Timmermann
The fact that the Galaxy play in Carson, instead of Los Angeles isn't that big of a deal considering that their stadium is very close to the Los Angeles City Limits.
2006-12-19 11:53:30
10.   Sandus
Next they'll be presenting a €600 million refurbishing plan for the Roman Colosseum so they can play there.

Will the players have to be Catholic?

2006-12-19 11:55:13
11.   Bob Timmermann
Most of the athletic contests in the Colosseum were slaughters I hear.
2006-12-19 11:56:26
12.   Voxter
9 - Do they still play in the Rose Bowl? I used to go to their games there when I was in college; it was a bizarre experience. There'd be like, six or seven thousand of us sitting in the bottom rows of this 80 000-seat stadium. You felt like a pinball rattling around in the machine.
2006-12-19 12:07:51
13.   Bob Timmermann
The Galaxy and Chivas USA play at the Home Depot Center in Carson. It seats about 25,000 and was built principally for soccer.

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