Turf’s up: Clericus Cup starts fourth season

The Clericus Cup trophy. The team of priests and seminarians who win the final match May 15 will take home the coveted prize. (photo courtesy of Centro Sportivo Italiano)

VATICAN CITY — Seminarians and priests studying in Rome are lacing up their cleats, ready to kick off the fourth season of the Clericus Cup soccer tournament.

The starting matches begin this Saturday when the U.S. seminary in Rome — the North American College — plays against the Brazilian College.

This year 16 teams made up of 373 seminarians and religious from 65 nations will vie for the championship title.

The NAC Martyrs have high hopes this season after running undefeated last year until the final match when they came in second behind the team from the Neocatechumenal Way’s Redemptoris Mater seminary.

Folks who want to keep track of stats, photos and even video footage of the matches can click on the tournament’s new website www.clericuscup.it.

Die hard fans can now “friend” the Clericus Cup on Facebook this year by joining its fan page which will post photos, news and status updates from players and fans.

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