Football as a Religion?
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The Hand of God Church
Published: Nov 1, 2007 • References: news.bbc
A dedicated fan base of Diego Maradona have formed a church dedicated to his cause. Specifically, a soccer church. BBC noted, "Last week the church celebrated their 'Christmas' where a congregation of 400 gathered at the Hand of God chapel to pay due respect on the occasion of Diego Maradona's 42nd birthday. The Christmas tree is decorated with images from his playing days. There is even a list of 10 commandments, including the demand to give their sons the name 'Diego.' So if football really a religion? Well of course there is humour involved - but its all based on the very true fact that the feeling of adoration towards football goes very deep. Possibly too deep for the health of those involved if you ask me!"