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May 26, 2019

Vatican adds women’s soccer team

May 15, 2019
Pope Francis twirls a soccer ball (Andrew Medichini/AP)

The Pope has a new favorite soccer team.

The Vatican will launch a women’s counterpart to its men’s team — which has played for decades — that will debut against AS Roma Women of Serie A on May 26, the Guardian reported.

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A majority of the team has not played high-level soccer, but Danilo Zennaro, a representative of Sport in Vaticano, said that wins and losses aren’t a primary objective in the creation of the new squad, according to the Guardian.

“Even if they lose 30-0, this doesn’t matter,” Zennaro said of the debut game, according to the Guardian. “What matters is that these women get the opportunity to know professional players. Win or lose, it’s also about creating connections and friendships.”

More than half the team will draw from Vatican employees.

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