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San Lorenzo to name stadium after Pope

AFP | Thursday, Sep 11, 2014

Pope Francis (C) chats with representatives of Argentine football team San Lorenzo during a Wednesday general audience at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican August 20, 2014. Pope Francis smiled broadly on Wednesday as he met players from his favourite football team, South American and Argentine champions San Lorenzo.

BUENOS AIRES - Top Argentine football club San Lorenzo are to name their new stadium after Pope Francis, who is a fervent supporter of the club.

"San Lorenzo will make Pope Francis eternal," the club said on its Twitter account.

San Lorenzo, which won South America's Libertadores Cup for the first time this year, are to build a new stadium in the historic Gasometro district of Boedo in the Buenos Aires suburbs.

The club sold its old stadium in Boedo in the 1970s and moved to Flores, but have always said they wanted to move back.

San Lorenzo, one of Argentina's top five clubs, took on new prominence in 2013 after the election of the Argentinian pope. The team had an audience with Francis at the Vatican in August when they showed off the Libertadores trophy.

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