World Cup trophy dedicated to St. James

I personally thought Iniesta won Spain the World Cup.  But apparently, it wasn’t him, nor Torres, nor any of the other superstars that play for the Spanish national team.  According to the President of Spanish football, the party responsible is in fact–St. James the Apostle.

Spain dedicated the 2010 World Cup trophy to St. James in a ceremony held at St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela on December 27th.  Officiating the dedication was President of Spanish Football Angel Maria Villar, and the couch of the national team, Vicente del Bosque.

According to Catholic News Agency:

[Villar] recalled that during his last visit to the cathedral in April 2010 he prayed for the success of the team at the World Cup.

“We asked a lot from you, but we trusted that you would hear our prayers. And you did.  We are here today with the World Cup in our hands to dedicate it to you, St. James, because you helped us to become world champions,” Villar said.

“We have come here as victors of the World Cup, traveling down different roads from the ones you crossed on your way to Galicia … Our paths have been different and we have traveled them in faraway lands, 12 hours and thousands of miles away by plane, in South Africa, a land our soccer team barely knew, and yet a land in which our soccer team experienced its greatest glory […] “We won it by following the paths you showed us 2,000 years ago.  These paths are none other than those of humility, kindness, generosity, solidarity, patience, temperance, faith and hope in what we are doing.  Thus we traveled to South Africa and thus we return home to you, in Santiago de Compostela.”

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