Even The Pope Has Joined The Socceroos Bandwagon
Enough for a 'hand of God' miracle tonight?
Socceroos fans are crossing their fingers, toes and everything in between hoping results go their way, with a complex set of factors needing to fall Australia's way for the team to advance to the second round of the FIFA World Cup -- but perhaps we've got a bit of divine intervention on our side.
The latest Aussie jersey owner is none other than Pope Francis, who has been presented with a personalised playing strip by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
Cosgrove is on a state visit to Vatican City, and gave the jersey -- emblazoned with the name 'Holy Father' across the back -- as a gift, as well as presenting the Pope with some Indigenous art.
The visit comes on the eve of Australia's must-win clash with Peru. The Socceroos need to secure a good victory, and hope France trounce Denmark, for Australia to get through to the knockout stages of the tournament in Russia. It is a tall task, so having a touch of papal blessing can't hurt.
But then again, we don't know if perhaps Pope Francis was less than impressed by the gift. Italy, his home, did not qualify for the World Cup, while his home nation Argentina is on the brink of being knocked out of the tournament as they currently sit bottom of their group. We don't want to rub that in...
The Pope did look pretty happy though, so we'll have to wait and see if the gift was enough to help Australia produce their own 'hand of God' moment on Tuesday night.