Bayern Munich are willing to offer Pope Benedict XVI an honorary membership, club president Uli Hoeness has confirmed.
The Holy Father, Christened Joseph Ratzinger, was born in Marktl, a town 110 kilometres from Munich and Hoeness would be glad to welcome the native Bavarian into the club's 174,000-strong legion of members.
"If he gives us the word, we will go to him and bring him an honorary membership," the 60-year-old confirmed to Sport1.
Benedict would not be the first Pope to be given such a status. His predecessor, John-Paul II, was an honorary member of both Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.
Benedict XVI, 84, took power in the Vatican almost seven years ago after John-Paul II's death.