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The Variétés club de France will soon meet the Pope in Rome and challenge a team of priests

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Romain Rouillard
3:21 p.m., January 25, 2023modified to

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The Variétés club de France, which brings together former professional footballers to support various charities, will be traveling to Rome from February 21 to 23 to challenge a team of Vatican priests. A meeting is also planned with Pope Francis.

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A gala match in the Eternal City for the Variétés Club de France. From February 21 to 23, this formation made up of former professional footballers will go to Rome to face a team of priests from the Vatican. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 10 p.m. at 4 p.m. The 100-person delegation will be led by Karl Olive, mayor of Poissy and new president of the Variétés Club de France since last November, and Jacques Vendroux, general manager of the team and journalist for Europe 1 on the program Europe 1 Sport. On the pitch, the 1998 world champions Christian Karembeu and Robert Pirès will be there, as will Arsène Wenger, former Arsenal coach and Jean-Michel Larqué, a figure of AS Saint-Étienne in the 1970s.

A meeting with the Pope

Also passed by Forez during his career, striker Frédéric Piquionne will also participate in this trip, as well as Mathieu Duhamel, former center forward of Caen and Le Havre. Before this gala meeting, the Variétés Club de France will have the privilege of being received in private audience by Pope Francis in person.

Created in 1971, the association has played 2,432 matches during which 5.6 million euros were raised and donated to charity. Last Saturday, the VCF played a meeting in Saint-Just-des-Marais in the Oise and collected 810 euros for the benefit of the football school. In October 2021, President Emmanuel Macron himself donned the sky blue jersey of the Variétés Club de France against a team of caregivers for the benefit of the Hospital Foundation.

Source: Europe1

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