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Mike's brass neck nets 22 autographs at World Cup

IT WILL be a tale to tell his grandchildren - how he went to the World Cup and got to meet some of the most famous players in the game.

Mike Griffin (25) is coming home with 22 signatures and even blagged his way on to the pitch on Sunday night to snatch an autograph from Germany's Mesut Ozil.

Diego Maradona, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Alan Shearer, Patrick Vieira and Fabio Cannavaro are among the famous faces the Kerryman met on his travels.

His autograph book was his GAA club jersey, Na Gaeil in Tralee, which he now hopes to auction or sell for a children's charity. He puts his success down to being in the right place at the right time and having a brass neck.

Meanwhile, Listowel Celtic FC is celebrating its link with Germany's man of the moment Mario Goetze, who scored the winning goal in the final.

He was part of the under-16 squad that played a friendly against Ireland, hosted by 
Listowel in 2008.