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San Lorenzo gives trophy to Pope

File photo of Pope Francis receiving a San Lorenzo jersey.

Players and officials travel to Rome to visit top fan at Vatican

San Lorenzo officials and players travelled to Rome yesterday to give Pope Francis, a well-known San Lorenzo fan, a reproduction of the Initial Tournament trophy as a birthday present.

San Lorenzo, who count Pope Francis among their fans, will take the Initial Tournament trophy to the Vatican to show off to the pontiff.

President Matías Lammens, Vice-president and TV host Marcelo Tinelli, general manager Bernardo Romeo, goalkeeper Sebastián Torrico — the man of Sunday’s match against Vélez Sarsfield — and defender Mauro Cetto, among others, flew to Rome yesterday to give the Pope a reproduction of the trophy, a jersey and other things related to the club.

Even though the meeting with the Pope was not confirmed before leaving Buenos Aires, Lammens was confident to meet him. Pope Francis turns 77 today.

“We became champions, tomorrow (today) is Pope’s birthday... this meeting seems to be planned by God,” said Tinelli before taking the plane.

Lammens, who was reelected on Saturday with more than 80 per cent of the members’ votes, cleared that coach Juan Antonio Pizzi was not part of the delegation for personal reasons.

Either Lammens or Tinelli backed the work made by Pizzi as well as his personal qualities.

“After losing to Arsenal in Catamarca, the coaching staff was ready to leave the club with a two-year contract running. That attitude shows Juan Antonio’s personal qualities,” said Lammens.

San Lorenzo lost 3-0 to Arsenal at the Copa Argentina final match in October.

Former Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, appointed pope in March, is an honorary member of the club nicknamed the Saints of Boedo for the barrio where they were founded by a group of young men that included a priest in 1908.

“It’s a lightning visit...It’s going to be emotional, (the pope) is our number one fan, we’re taking the trophy and a championship to him which is no small thing,” former striker Romeo told reporters.

“What happiness,” Pope Francis was quoted as saying when he heard of San Lorenzo’s 12th title on Sunday.

The pope has been seen receiving shirts and scarves from fans with San Lorenzo’s blue and red colours during his public appearances.

Herald with DyN, Reuters

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