In his second bulletin from the World Cup in South Africa, talkSPORT's Antony D'Angelo describes his tournament debut and the gallery of stars he meets in the food queue...
I woke up on Saturday like an excited kid. I was about to attend my first ever World Cup match - Argentina v Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg. All the greats would be there: Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Danny Shittu…
Presenter Adrian Durham and I arrived early to avoid any potential traffic problems. There was a fountain area inside the grounds of the stadium which made you feel like you were walking into a Roman piazza rather than a football ground.
Ellis Park itself is very impressive, with three enormous, almost vertical stands and a smaller one behind one of the goals. Our vantage point was brilliant - right on the halfway line, just above the players’ tunnel. The BBC TV commentary team of Jonathan Pearce and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy were sat directly behind us.
I had expected there to be more Nigerian fans inside due to their large population in South Africa. However, it soon became apparent Argentinean fans would outnumber them four to one. They hung banners all around the ground, many of them featuring drawings of Diego Maradona. He’s not just their national team coach, he’s their icon.
When his face appeared on the big screens prior to kick-off, it got the loudest cheer of the afternoon, which is saying something because the noise in the stadium rarely fell below deafening thanks to the vuvuzelas.
The talkSPORT commentary team of Ian Danter and former Newcastle striker Micky Quinn arrived soon afterwards. Quinny’s a character, a typical Scouser who always has something to say for himself. He soon spied Everton manager David Moyes, who duly came over and said hello.
Moyes can appear a bit scary on TV, but he's actually a very nice bloke. He revealed he’d texted American forward Landon Donovan, who spent five months on loan at Goodison Park last season, ahead of the England-USA game, telling him ‘to get stuck in’. Typical Scot.
I saw Moyes later on, talking to Craig Johnston, the Australian-born former Liverpool midfielder and inventor of the Predator football boot. A young Aussie walked up to Craig and asked him to take a photo of himself with David Moyes. I don’t think he realised who Craig was.
Also in the food queue, stood just behind me, was the former Inter Milan and Chile striker Ivan Zamorano. It was becoming more and more surreal by the second. The football world is a strange place indeed.
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