- 20 Jun 06, 03:48 AM
There I am sitting in the press box reporting on the Brazil v Australia game and who goes and strolls past me and takes up a pew a few rows down from me - just the great Diego Maradona.
Naturally, he came up to me and asked about how I was doing and asked after my family before arranging to hook up so we could trade stories and football tricks. I WISH!!
The big man (or not so big anymore) was puffing on a cigar and had been given a seat in amongst the crowd. What a shocker.
I thought this was asking for trouble - and indeed suddenly cameras and people popped out from nowhere to get a glimpse or shot of him.
The match had already started when he sat down but, forget that, this is Maradona and suddenly he was attracting more attention around him than Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and their superstar mates.
It chilled after about five to 10 minutes as fans remembered the actual reason from coming to the Allianz Arena.
But Maradona stayed in the back of people's minds and, sure enough, at half-time he was starting to get a bit mobbed before some officials ushered him away. There was a bit of commotion but then it is Diego.
So, there I am at Spain v Tunisia the next day and who should stroll by me and to a seat in the media box. Yep, you've guessed - Diego. (He wanted to reconfirm the date for our hooking up!!)
He'd had a shave and there was no cigar as he stuck on some headphones to do some commentary.
Heads turned, cameras appeared and he was the centre of attention again. There were stewards either side of the row he was sitting on to protect him and people had to be content with pics from afar.
And by the way, the media lot were just as guilty as some of the fans at trying to snap their Diego moment...