It is not just Catholic priests who look to the World Cup to find their raison d’etre. But Tibetan monks too. I saw Phorpa many years ago. And it was a cute little story about these young monks who loved all their spirituality but every four years loved the World Cup a bit more, at least for a month or so. And so they resort to all these tricks to see the 1998 World Cup on TV, without the knowledge of the big daddies. It is a funny clandestine movie that comes out alright in the end because the big Lama turns out to be a sucker for the World Cup too.
Its worth a watch though. Imdb info