Nottingham United had expected a friendly kickabout against Bulgarian third division side Vitosha, but were stunned when they arrived at the venue to find dozens of spectators, TV cameras and armed secret agents patrolling the ground.
The attention was in honour of Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov, who still turns out for Vitosha occasionally despite being 51 years old and sporting the kind of physique more readily associated with darts than football.
The home team thrashed the English side 6-0, despite striker Borisov missing from the spot after winning a penalty with a dubious dive in the box after a challenge from 24-year-old Aaron Cottrell.
Cottrell saw his tackle on the Bulgarian premier splashed all over the front pages the next morning.
Borisov has promised to jet his side over to Nottingham for a return clash next summer.