The Clericus Cup began on Saturday with the opening game between the North American College and the Redemptoris Mater Seminary ("RedMat".
The Clericus Cup is a soccer tournament sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Italian Episcopal conference. Over 400 seminarians and priests from 70 different countries from the various pontifical semaries are participating in the tournament this year.
The theme for the sixth annual Clericus Cup is "Giocare per credere" which mean, "play to believe". The theme is taken from the Pope's announcement of the Year of Faith, which will begin in October.
Our first game against "RedMat" was a thriller. I'm not much a follower of the international soccer scene or soccer in general. So I was really surprised by the intensity of the match. The NAC and RedMat brought a large contingent of fans to cheer throughout the entire game, which of course added to the intensity.
At the final whistle, the North American Martrys processed off the pitch victoriously. The final score was 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Justin Blanc in a throw-in tippied by the goalie's finger. A more detailed article can found here.
Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to the rest of the tournament...
(Photos courtesy of Chris Brashears)