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Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo to name new stadium after Pope Francis

The Argentine club are calling the ground after their most famous supporter.

Argentina Soccer Pope Source: AP/Press Association Images

TOP ARGENTINE FOOTBALL club San Lorenzo are to name their new stadium after Pope Francis, who is a fervent supporter of the club.

“San Lorenzo will make Pope Francis eternal,” the club said on its Twitter account.

San Lorenzo, which won South America’s Libertadores Cup for the first time this year, are to build a new stadium in the historic Gasometro district of Boedo in the Buenos Aires suburbs.

The club sold its old stadium in Boedo in the 1970s and moved to Flores, but have always said they wanted to move back.

San Lorenzo, one of Argentina’s top five clubs, took on new prominence in 2013 after the election of the Argentinian pope. The team had an audience with Francis at the Vatican in August when they showed off the Libertadores trophy.

Vatican Pope Pope Francis greets the San Lorenzo players during their visit last month. Source: AP/Press Association Images

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