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(ANSA) – VATICAN CITY, FEB 19 – Pope Francis on Friday
welcomed Serie A side Sampdoria in a private audience and told
them to always uphold team spirit.
    “You can go forward. But you must neber go forward on your own,
always as a team, always as a team, that is important,” said
Francis in off-the-cuff remarks after receiving Chairman Massimo
Ferrero, coach Claudio Ranieri, and the players.
    “Never lose your love for football, like when you were
children,” the pontiff added.
    Ferrereo gave Francis a Samp shirt and a banner marking the
    The pope welcomed the players one by one and then stood for a
photo with them and Ferrero and his family.
    The Genoese club have won Serie A once, in 1991.
    The club has also won the Coppa Italia four times, in 1985,
1988, 1989 and 1994, and the Supercoppa Italiana once, in 1991.
    Their biggest European success came when they won the Cup
Winners’ Cup in 1990.
    They also reached the European Cup final in 1992, losing the
final 1-0 to Barcelona after extra time.
    Samp, who go to Lazio Saturday, are 10th in Serie A. (ANSA).


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