Monday 23 April 2018

Trapattoni turns down God's squad

Ciaran Byrne

THEY are known as 'God's team' and it's a fair bet Giovanni Trapattoni looked above for forgiveness when he turned this offer down.

The Pope's local club, Vatican City, is looking for a new boss and officials had asked the man in charge of Ireland to give them a holy lift.

Soccer might be a religion for Trap, but the 70-year-old, who last year turned down the advances of Italy's most famous club, Juventus, politely declined the offer .

"I have been asked to coach the Vatican national side, but I am currently working for Ireland," he revealed yesterday

The Vatican City national football team is just one of only eight fully-recognised sovereign states whose team is not a FIFA member.

Mr Trapattoni was speaking in in Rome at the launch of the fourth edition of the Clericus Cup, a tournament for teams of priests and seminarians.

The Vatican City squad consists of the Swiss Guards, members of the papal council and museum guards.

Irish Independent

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