Arsene Wenger cuts a striking figure.
Tall, slim, handsome and with the glow of success. Wenger is always a man in demand.
He proved to be a breath of fresh air in England when joining Arsenal from Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1996.
Intelligent, articulate, educated...exactly the opposite of the average English footballer and in stark contrast to his biggest rival, Alex Ferguson,the rough and tough Scotsman.
I was sitting high up in the stands at the Stade de France for the France-Turkey semifinal, but Wenger was clearly visible down by the pitch,talking to some TV people and then shaking hands with old acquaintances.
It was completely by chance that I came face to face with him after the game,as I was denied access to the area where the media can interview the players (somehow I had lost my ticket, among the maps of Paris, notebooks, team sheets, result sheets and other things in my bag).
My depression was lifted when I saw Wenger, virtually pinned against the wall by two Chinese journalists.
He spotted me and moved between the two Chinese reporters to shake my hand, and get out of the conversation, no doubt.
We did not have much time to chat, because he was tired of talking and being interviewed and his car was waiting, but he had some very interesting things to say about Hidetoshi Nakata and Japan.
Is it true Nakata is going to Arsenal?
"We have 10 midfielders. Where can I play Nakata? You have to be realistic," he said.
"There is no market. Every club has too many players."
I then asked him if he thought Nakata would be successful in the Premier League, and Wenger had no doubts.
"I think so, because he looks very tough compared to last season, and he has matured."
Wenger, who once told me that the job of a national coach was for etirement,commentated for Fuji TV on the Japan-France game at Saint-Etienne.
It was the only Japan match he watched in person, and said he was very impressed with how they played in a "remarkable" game.
If anything, Wenger said, Japan played too hard against France, and then paid the price in the Colombia game, losing 1-0 when they needed only to draw to go through.
I think Wenger must have been speaking to Philippe Troussier, as he said Japan should have conserved all their energy for the Colombia game after beating New Zealand 3-0. Troussier said Japan made a big mistake by playing the same team in the first two matches.
He also described Japan's football as "beach football"..enjoyable to play and watch but with no discipline and structure.
As ever, Troussier went on and on, but I can't, so see you next time!