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07/09/2014 03:56 pm ET

Argentina Fans Hope Pope Francis Will Use Divine Ties In Match Against The Netherlands (PHOTOS)

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As the World Cup gets more and more serious, Argentina fans are pulling out all the stops in the hopes of being named champions.

Luckily, they've got a friend in a high place.

Pope Francis, arguably the world's most famous football fan, has promised to keep his prayers neutral during this year's world cup. That hasn't stopped his Argentine countrymen from adopting his likeness while cheering on their team, perhaps with the hope of some holy intercession to prevent a massacre like yesterday's Brazil vs. Germany.

Check out pictures of "Pope Francis" cheering on Argentina here:

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    An Argentine fan wearing a Pope Francis mask Francis kisses a replica of the World Cup trophy before the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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    An Argentine fan dressed as Pope Francis cheers for his team outside the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Argentina plays in group F of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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    An Argentinian fan posing as Pope Francis speaks to media representatives at the entrance of 'Cidade do Galo', the base camp of Argentina's squad in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, some 470kms north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20, 2014, ahead of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F football match against Iran to be held on June 21, at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An Argentinian fan poses as Pope Francis at the entrance of 'Cidade do Galo', the base camp of Argentina's squad in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, some 470kms north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20, 2014, ahead of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F football match against Iran to be held on June 21, at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An Argentinian fan holding a replica World Cup poses as Pope Francis at the entrance of 'Cidade do Galo', the base camp of Argentina's squad in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, some 470kms north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20, 2014, ahead of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F football match against Iran to be held on June 21, at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Argentinian fans, one of them posing as Pope Francis, gather at the entrance of 'Cidade do Galo', the base camp of Argentina's squad in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, some 470kms north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20, 2014, ahead of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F football match against Iran to be held on June 21, at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Argentina fans dressed up as Argentinian Pope Francis cheer prior to a Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An Argentina's soccer fan dressed like pope Francis cheers at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, on June 15, 2014 before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Argentinian supporters pose wearing a mask of a Devil (symbol of Independiente's football club), depicting Pope Francis (2nd R) and wearing River Plate's jersey outside the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 15, 2014 ahead the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia-Hercegovina. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Argentinian supporters pose wearing a mask of a Devil (symbol of Independiente's football club), depicting Pope Francis (2nd R) and wearing River Plate's jersey outside the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 15, 2014 ahead the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia-Hercegovina. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An Argentinian supporter poses wearing a Pope Francis mask and holding a World Cup trophy replica outside of the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, on June 15, 2014 before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Argentina soccer fans, one dressed as Pope Francis, arrive to Maracana stadium for a World Cup soccer match with Bosnia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. Argentina won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
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    Argentina fans hold up giant portraits of their star footballer Lionel Messi and of Pope Francis prior to a Round of 16 football match between Argentina and Switzerland at Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An Argentine fan kisses a photo of Pope Francis before the start of a training session at Independencia Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Argentina will play in group F of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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    An Argentinian fan holding a portrait of Argentina's Pope Francis cheers with fellow supporters prior to a Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Argentina's supporters hold a banner depecting Pope Francis, Argetina's former football star Diego Maradona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi as they wait for the arrival of Argentinian players outside the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, on June 24, 2014, on the eve of a Group F football match between Argentina and Nigeria during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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