Calling Ireland’s footballing priests

The third Priests European Cup tournament has just ended in Sarajevo with Poland beating Croatia 5-4 on penalties before a full house in the Skenderija Olympic complex in Sarajevo.Teams of priests from Austria, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal Romania, Slovenia and Spain competed in Bosnia-
Herzegovina’s capital in the three-day indoor tournament.

Bosnian team captain Ivo Tomasevic admitted that the competitors had taken the tournament extremely seriously, with most of the teams engaging professional trainers to help them improve their performance.

”The idea for this tournament, which was first brought up by two Bosnian priests in Austria, seems to be more and more popular among other European countries, so we hope next time to have priests teams from England, France, Germany or Slovakia,” said Tomasevic.

It certainly seems to show how far Ireland has slipped in the Catholic rankings these days that both jurisdictions failed to even field a team. Or would this be a situation where a single Ireland team could be more appropriate?