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Euro 2020: Football fan Pope Francis blesses UEFA president among other officials at Vatican City

Pope Francis is an avid football fan and a noted supporter of Buenos Aires team San Lorenzo. He met with UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin and other officials on Thursday.

Pope Francis was presented with a Euro 2020 trophy replica by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Euro 2020 starts June 11 with Italy playing Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome
  • The European Championship was postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Pope Francis met with the top football officials inside the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on Thursday

Pope Francis met with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and other football officials on Thursday to offer his blessings before the European Championship kicks off in Rome.

Euro 2020, which was postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, starts Friday with Italy playing Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Argentine-born Francis is an avid soccer fan and a noted supporter of Buenos Aires team San Lorenzo.

Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina also took part in the meeting inside the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

The Pope even got a couple of gifts from Ceferin and Gravina during their private meeting.

The UEFA boss presented a scale model of the Euro 2020 trophy while the FIGC chief latter gave him a jersey of Italy’s national football team with the Pope’s name written at the back and signed by all the players.

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