Devout Catholic Giovanni Trapattoni and his Irish soccer team will have God on their side at this summer’s European Championships in Poland.

Ireland’s Catholic Church bosses have decided to beam the big football matches live into the International Eucharist Congress in Dublin.

Thousands of fans will be able to pay homage to Trap’s Army after they receive communion at the 50th annual Congress in Dublin’s RDS.


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The week long International Eucharist Congress will draw thousands of pilgrims to Dublin from June 10th – the day before Ireland’s opening Euro 2012 game against Croatia.

Anxious to marry their spiritual needs with the nation’s devotion to Trapattoni and his side, Church bosses have opted to show Ireland’s games live on big screens at the RDS.

Secretary General Fr Kevin Doran said: “Wouldn’t it be interesting to celebrate Mass in the RDS arena and then stay on to watch the match on the big screen?

“We even have an Austrian bishop offering a workshop on ‘communion and sport’.”