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?

  • You mean include the Protestants as well? I wonder how strict they are on denominations – would Christian do, or is papism a pre-requisite for entry?

    To quote Ted Crilly, I guess that would be an ecumentical matter…

    I heard Poland’s star keeper retired last year, and had they had him they may well not have needed penalties in the final.

  • Yokel

    See this is proper stuff.

    I believe the Catholic Church sees itself administratively an all Ireland Institution so I’m guessing logically its an All Ireland team there isn’t it.

    If I’m correct there is a shortage of young priests so maybe there’s just not the numbers to put together a good squad. If there is enough, come on lads, pull the fingers out and get a team going.

  • I wonder do you get excommunicated for a second bookable offence?

    Is it true that Steve Staunton is looking to get his first eleven ordained in order to win something?

  • Tochais Síoraí

    They could forget about Unionist support if they didn’t play a neutral anthem.

  • The Lord’s Call?

  • Tochais Síoraí

    God save the Pope.

  • Ahmráin na Queen?

  • My wife came up with that one, I can’t take all the credit.

  • harpo

    ‘Or would this be a situation where a single Ireland team could be more appropriate?’

    George:

    I suppose that would depend on whether or not they could agree on whether Ireland’s Call should be used for the combined team, or whether they would have to use both ASS and GSTQ.

    Maybe that’s the hold up – they are putting more thought into it than the IRFU did.

    Maybe the British identity priests have more balls than the Ulster rugby people do, and are standing up for equality.

  • moochin photoman

    You couldn’t make it up!!!!
    Wait up didn’t Monty Python and/or Dave Allen do sketches around this theme? Wasn’t the pitch a minefield?

  • Cromwell

    Viz comic did it best when Billy The Fish’s team, Fulchester United, signed The Archbishop of Canterbury & the opposing team had The Pope playing for it. If my memory serves me right The Archbishop kicked The Pope in the nuts & got sent off! Or is that just wishful thinking?
    I think The Pope might’ve clocked him with that, excuse my ignorance, golden thing he waves the incense about in though.

  • Droch_Bhuachaill

    But, but wouldn’t both teams be wearing the same could shirts with a dash of white around the collar? total confusion i’d say

  • Just to descend a little further, what would the referee wear?

  • moochin, I think Monty Python did the philosophers, not sure if they had the pope, but they certainly had Socrates 🙂

  • The lineup was (courtesy of you tube – their spelling mistakes, not mine!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrShK-NVMIU)

    Germany:
    1 LEIBNIZ,2 I.KANT,3 HEGEL,4 SCHOPENHAUER,5 SCHELLING,6 BECKENBAUER,7 JASPERS,8 SCHLEGEL,9 WITTGENSTEIN,10 NIETZSCHE,11 HEIDEGGER

    Greece:
    1 PLATO,2 EPIKTET,3 ARISTOTELE,4 SOPHOKLES55 EMPEDOKLES VON ACRAGA,6 PLOTIN,7 EPIKUR8 HERAKLIT,9 DERAKLIT,10 SOKRATES,11 ARKIMEDES

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