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U.S.A wins the Soccer World Cup 2012 for seminarians.
ROME, For the first time ever, the seminarians of the Pontifical North American College in Rome (Italy) won the "Clericus Cup" version of the soccer World Cup for seminarians studying in the City Eternal.
"We are very happy. We did everything we could and by the grace of God we reached the final where we could play well," he told CNA the seminarian and team captain, Nick Nelson, minutes after lifting the Clericus Cup 2012.
The U.S. team defeated by 3 to 0 in the representation of the Pontifical Gregorian University. Scottie Gratton scored two goals and the third became John Gibson.
"We started a little hampered by nerves, but then we calmed down, we play what we know and then we start with a simple and smart football. We work very hard and I think I finally played well," says Gibson.
Nelson, captain of the team which is called North American Martyrs in memory of the martyrs of the United States, also told CNA that "we have sacrificed a lot for the team to get here. Definitely we are very grateful to God and proud to have obtained the title. "
The final was played on Saturday 12 May was conducted in the field of the Knights of Columbus, behind the Vatican.
On the bench of the U.S. team was the coach and president of the Pontifical North American College, Bishop James Checchio, and the Archbishop of Sydney (Australia), Cardinal George Pell, who came to see the performance of one of his seminarians, Lewi Barakat who gave the passes for all three goals.
Amid the celebration of the count obtained for the followers of the team and friends, John Gibson said that "we strive to be good Christians also in the field and try to win. I think this will be a good opportunity to praise the Lord for this victory. "
Fans of Americans put the note in the mood to party. No shortage of masks and costumes of comic book heroes as Captain America, Superman, and Spiderman who enlivened the meeting to the tune of "We Will Rock You" or "Born in the USA".
The championship was organized by the Italian Sports Center is sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the National Office for the Pastoral Care of Leisure, Tourism and Sport of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI).
The 2012 championship featured 351 players representing 71 countries. Most come from Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Colombia and the United States.
The Residence, 2012 Stole dedicated to the best coach in the tournament, ended up in the hands of the leader of the Seat of Wisdom, Spanish Iñaki Yarza, the Red Stole dedicated to the best goalkeeper, went to Mario Buljevic of the Gregorian stole wore green the best player, Cristian Sieland midfielder Urban College, and finally the White Stole, fell to the best striker, Emmanuel Boakye, a native of Win and also the Urban College player with nine goals.