Pope Francis l: 6 Facts About His Favourite Football Team

Pope Francis I is a known fan of the Argentine side. We dare say he'll say a few prayers before games for San Lorenzo over the foreseeable future.
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Pope Francis I is a known fan of the Argentine side. We dare say he'll say a few prayers before games for San Lorenzo over the foreseeable future.

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1) First Argentine Team To Obtain Two Domestic League Titles

Back in 1972, San Lorenzo became the first Argentine team to secure two domestic league titles when the picked up both the Metropolitano Championship and Nacional Championships.

2) Los Matadores

The nickname translates as the Killers. The name originates from the 1968 side that secured Championship glory having gone the entire season unbeaten and, at the time, were recognised as one of the best teams in the world by journalists.

3) Religion Is In Their History

In 1908, local priest Lorenzo Massa noticed a group of kids playing in the streets and, with the fear of the children being hit by trams or cars, invited them to play football in the church yard, under the condition they attended mass on Sunday's. The boys themselves wanted to name their new team Los Forzozos de Almargo, a name which was turned down. The other proposal was San Lorenzo, in homage to Massa. He initially denied to be honoured in such a way, but finally accepted after it was decided the team name would honour Lawrence of Rome - San Lorenzo in Spanish - and the Battle of San Lorenzo.

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4) They Were Forced To Sell The Stadium In 1979

During the military government of 1979, the club were forced into selling the stadium for a small sum of money, before supermarket chain Carrefour for a fee that had risen eightfold. After 14 years of renting the stadium, and with the assistance of the fans, San Lorenzo inaugurated the new stadium, called the Stadio Gasómetro.

5) Notable Former Players

A number of current former stars initially plied their trade with San Lorenzo, most notably Ezequiel Lavezzi and Pablo Zabaleta, now of Paris St. Germain and Manchester City respectively. Jose Luis Chilavert, Ivan Cordoba and Oscar Ruggeri, amongst other, also spent time with the club in the past.

6) Viggo Mortensen Is A Fan

Of Lord Of The Rings fame, playing Aragorn, the American actor is a well know fan of San Lorenzo from his days working on a ranch as a child in Argentina. He was famously stopped by Washington airport security last May for watching a game on his laptop, during which San Lorenzo scored an important goal and he overly celebrated. "I screamed 'GOAAAAAL' with all my soul, and started jumping around the place like a frightened dear," he said following the incident.