Hull City, the Premier League 'newboys', have unveiled plans to send their loyal fans special Christmas cards depicting Brazilian striker Geovanni as the baby Jesus.
Geovanni was a gift to Hull from Manchester City when he came to East Yorkshire in the summer on a free transfer, and has been heralded as something of a Messiah by the Tigers' fans ever since.
The Brazilian has scored 5 times, amongst them wonder winning goals at both Arsenal and Spurs, and has performed miracles to propel City into the top six.
The cards were the idea of Argentina coach Diego Maradonna during his visit to the UK recently, when he travelled to Old Trafford to watch the Tigers take on Manchester United. He was told there were no seats available and, being staunchly Catholic, was reminded of the similar incident 2008 years ago in Bethlehem, when Joseph and Mary were refused accommodation in the town. Eventually they were allowed into a stable, and Jesus was born.
The Argentine, whose goal against England was known as the Hand of God, immediately suggested to Hull chairman Paul Duffen that the Brazilian Geovanni be depicted as 'the babe in swaddling clothes', and a card was born.
A local printer was commissioned to produce 2825 cards, which will be sent to the most loyal fans, those who were present at City's 5-2 win against Hartlepool United on February 20th 1982, after the Official Receiver had been called in.