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Fiorenzo Cardinal Angelini. Link to his views on Italian team selection.Vatican City | Our cup overfloweth.

In November the Global Game recorded its first visit from servers in the Holy See (domain extension “.va”). Although the pontiff seems an unlikely candidate, despite his recent blessing of compatriot Franz Beckenbauer, numerous possibilities exist within the Curia. Famously, for more than one year now Vatican Radio has offered Non solo sport, a 20-minute program on Mondays (1135–1155 local time) featuring host Luca Collodi chatting up such members of the hierarchy as Fiorenzo Cardinal Angelini, an 88-year-old Roma supporter with well-versed opinions on Italian team selection. After Mass, according to Collodi, Angelini enjoys a look through Corriere dello Sport, a national sports daily. Sean-Patrick Lovett, the director of 105 Live, which broadcasts the show in Rome, says of the regular group of cardinals that join the fray:

These are just sports-loving prelates. [Angelini] speaks more as a sports lover than as a man of God. The outside world doesn’t expect a man of the cloth, especially one wearing a red beret with a gold chain around his neck, to expound on the soccer fiefdom.

About the Author

John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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