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Argentine club named for Pope Francis opens play
New Argentine semi-professional club named for Pope Francis begins play in regional league
By VICENTE L. PANETTA
Associated Press
2014-04-14 06:42 AM

LUJAN, Argentina (AP) -- A new Argentine football team named after Pope Francis has played it first official match in a regional league -- a 2-2 draw that saw four players sent off.

The Papa Francisco team was founded by Jorge Ramirez, an admirer of the pope. It has 47 members and was set up in meetings at Ramirez's house, located 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Buenos Aires, shortly after the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, was named pope.

The semi-professional club plays in the lower regions of the Argentine league system, and chose the nickname: "The Saint of the South." The behavior on the pitch in the first game against Trefules wasn't particularly saintly, though, as two players from each team was sent off.

Pope Francis is an avid football fan and a supporter of Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo.

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