Pope to have audience with Bayern Munich next week

In this picture released by the Vatican press office Pope Francis holds the Libertadores Cup flanked by members of Argentinian San Lorenzo's football team, during his weekly audience on August 20, 2014 at the Vatican (AFP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

Berlin (AFP) - Bayern Munich players and their Spanish coach Pep Guardiola will have a private audience with Pope Francis next week, the German club announced Wednesday.

The audience will come the day after Bayern's Champions League match against AS Roma in the Italian capital on Tuesday.

"Before their return to Munich on Wednesday morning, Pep Guardiola and his team will make a detour by the Vatican," the club said.

Pope Francis, an Argentinian, is a well-known football fan and in August received officials and players from San Lorenzo, the Argentine club which lifted the Libertadores Cup and of whom the pontiff was a boyhood supporter.