Pope reveals he's a Liverpool supporter
Struggling British soccer team Liverpool has been boosted by the news that the Holy Father is a celebrity fan, after the team's goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, a fellow Pole, was invited to meet the Pope.
The BBC reports that the Pope "likes nothing better than cheering on the Reds whenever they are on the box".
Dudek told the Liverpool website: "I spoke to a couple of guys who are very close to the Pope and they told me that he is always watching our games and that he is always thinking of me when Liverpool play.
"I was very surprised by this. They seemed to know everything about football, about me and about Liverpool."
Pope John Paul II was a goalkeeper in his younger days. He invited Dudek over before the Italy-Poland game.
"It was a very emotional moment for me. He was a very keen sportsman in his younger days and when he played football he played in goal, so I suppose we have something in common," Dudek explained.
Pope supports Liverpool (BBC 27/11/03)
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28 Nov 2003