Football-mad Pope Francis “might” watch the World Cup final on Sunday between his native Argentina and Germany, but is unlikely to do so alongside his German predecessor Benedict XVI according to the Vatican.
“He might want to watch the final,” says Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.
But a Vatican source claims he “excluded categorically” the prospect of Benedict XVI, an academic theologian with a liking for classical music, sitting down in front of his television set to watch the face-off.
“It’s really not his thing, he is not a fan. It would be like inflicting an infinite penitence on him at the age of 87,” the source adds despite the wishful thinking of the internet meme above. “He has never been able to watch a football match from beginning to end in his life.”
There was utter carnage in Brazil today after the first semi-final of the FIFA World Cup.
In the Estadio Mineirao at Belo Horizonte, the host nation of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil was soundly defeated by Germany, 7 goals to 1.
Yes, you read that correctly, 7-1.
It appeared that Brazil would not score, but in the 90th minute a consolation goal was scored by Oscar. This was too little, too late. Brazil was totally humiliated by the German onslaught that showed no sign of abating until the final whistle.
Goal scorers for Germany were Kroos (2), Klose, Muller, Schurrle (2) and Khedira.
Germany is the first team into the World Cup final and will play the winner of the Nederlands-Argentina game to be played on 9/07/2014 at 17:00 (local time).
Brazil has one more game in the competition when they play the loser of the above match to determine 3rd place in the Cup. Perhaps some lost pride can be restored by doing well in this match.
Nobody described the grief felt by the players and the nation better than defeated player, Fred.
“It is a moment of great sadness and disappointment”, he said. “It is a scar that will forever live in all our lives, but will have to seek a higher power to pass such adversity.”
Here’s how Warren from Sydney’s Daily Telegraph recorded the event: