Italy, Argentina play for pope, renew rivalry (The Associated Press)

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli arrives for a news conference, in Rome, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Italy will play Argentina in a friendly match scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14. Both teams players and staff members will be received by Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican the day before the match. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Twelve years after Italy and Argentina last played, the two predominantly Roman Catholic and soccer-mad nations are renewing their storied rivalry in a game dedicated to Pope Francis – an Argentine and a big soccer fan.


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