May 06, 2006

11 Christians, 11 Muslims and 3 Jews walk on to a pitch...: Just heard this on NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! (today's show). Apparently the game is being played today between Christian ministers and Muslim imams, with Jewish rabbis officiating, in the run up to the World Cup, "as part of an initiative aimed at increasing understanding among religions."

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:41 PM - 15 comments

An innovative approach, I hope there are no cheap shots or close calls. And would I be bad if I wanted it to end in a 1-1 tie?

posted by fenriq at 02:31 PM on May 06, 2006

I would think a tie would be the best possible result. Unless they decided to do something like this every year... Unlike the FIFA-organised World Cup, though, there are no plans for a cartoon mascot. Oh, well why bother, then.

posted by chicobangs at 03:34 PM on May 06, 2006

The winner gets my allegiance and soul for eternity. Play hard, boys!

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:41 PM on May 06, 2006

no plans for a cartoon should please the Muslims... Well, I thought it was funny.

posted by JJ at 03:55 PM on May 06, 2006

Weedy, that was my worry. Its like No Limit Texas Hold'em for Souls! Winner takes all! Good thing I'm an atheist.

posted by fenriq at 06:43 PM on May 06, 2006

a priest, an imam, and a rabbi walk into a bar......

posted by tommybiden at 06:45 PM on May 06, 2006

Rabbi, can you book a player for just thinking something? Well, my child, that would depend upon your relationship with God, your metaphysical state, you physical state of purity at the time... Oh, forget it then.

posted by owlhouse at 06:58 PM on May 06, 2006

On the radio show, they said the scorekeeping would be done by a Buddhist monk, so nobody is going to win. Here's the podcast. LOL.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:21 PM on May 06, 2006

Whoa. The Christians trounced the Muslims 12-1. Must've been the Hand of God. "About 100 spectators cheered and waved banners during the seven-a-side match, played under the eagle eyes of two Jewish linesmen. There were plenty of goals, unholy swearing and a jersey swap after the match. "That was a pretty tough game," said Roland Herpich, a Protestant priest in Berlin-Wilmersdorf and captain of the Christian team. "They were really strong on the ball, but when it came to running we were better - so the cup is ours for now at least." Both teams agreed to make the match for the golden trophy an annual event."

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:26 PM on May 06, 2006

Perhaps next year, instead of Christians vs. Muslims, they'll just pick sides. (only 100 spectators? I woulda gone to watch it!)

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:15 AM on May 07, 2006

why doesn"t the newspapers leave religon out of soccer i am so tired of reading about this issue.

posted by fergusonvp5 at 07:00 AM on May 08, 2006

fergusonvp, did you even bother to read the link?

posted by chicobangs at 07:33 AM on May 08, 2006

I'm guessing it's easier to comment about something about which one knows nothing.

posted by worldcup2002 at 08:53 AM on May 08, 2006

and with his very first comment, no less!

posted by ajaffe at 11:46 AM on May 08, 2006

ooo..I'm not sure about the jersey swap for the Muslims. They don't usually show that much skin

posted by autzenrocker123 at 10:42 PM on May 08, 2006

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