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Priests will show achievements in football

February 27 2009
00:45

9/9/5/11995.jpeg Last week, the Vatican has started the third soccer tournament Clericus Cup. This - the world championship among clerics. The tournament will bring together 16 teams. However, not national. They represent the Catholic schools in the Eternal City.

Therefore, players are often one and the same nationality playing against each other. Teams are divided according to their belonging to different players Catholic orders: the Dominicans, Capuchins, Franciscans. Age of players from 19 to 57 years.

The Vatican also presented his own team. There are Swiss guards, members of the papal council and museum curators in the territory of the world's smallest state.

All sixteen participants in the tournament are divided into four groups. Duration of matches - 60 minutes. Finals will be held May 23 in Rome, before the final match of the Champions League. Competition rules allow tackles, a power struggle. However, it is strictly forbidden to criticize the referee the match and play on Sundays.

In addition, during the tournament referees will bring the players are not yellow and red, and blue card, which involves removal of the offender from the field for 5 minutes, the BBC reported.

Note that priests love of football these days is not uncommon. For example, the rector of the Protestant church on the outskirts of Zurich Aahim Kong especially for last year's European soccer championship wrote the musical "The Creation of football."

In turn, Rector of the Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI has also not indifferent to soccer. According to him, namely football helps in the education of moral values.

"Football is increasingly becoming an instrument of education of ethical and spiritual values in life" - he said recently. Under the direct patronage of the pope for the Italian football club Ancona developed a special code of ethics.

It involves the promotion of sport culture among the fans, as well as support for social initiatives in third world countries. "

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