Lutz Pfannenstiel

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Lutz Pfannenstiel
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Pfannenstiel as coach of Cuba in 2008
Personal information
Full name Lutz Pfannenstiel
Date of birth (1973-05-12) 12 May 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Zwiesel, West Germany
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Scout)
Youth career
1986–1989 SC Zwiesel
1989–1991 FC Vilshofen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 1. FC Bad Kötzting 68 (0)
1993–1994 Penang FA 12 (0)
1994–1995 Wimbledon 0 (0)
1995–1997 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
1996–1997 Orlando Pirates (loan) 7 (0)
1997 TPV 8 (0)
1997 FC Haka 0 (0)
1998–1999 SV Wacker Burghausen 3 (0)
1999–2000 Geylang United 46 (0)
2001 Dunedin Technical 18 (0)
2001–2002 Bradford Park Avenue (loan) 1 (0)
2001–2002 Huddersfield Town 0 (0)
2002 Dunedin Technical 18 (0)
2002 ASV Cham (loan) 12 (0)
2002–2003 Bradford Park Avenue 14 (0)
2003 Dunedin Technical 18 (0)
2003 Bærum SK (loan) 13 (0)
2004 Calgary Mustangs 28 (0)
2004–2006 Otago United 36 (0)
2006–2007 KS Vllaznia Shkodër 14 (0)
2007 FC Bentonit Ijevan 12 (0)
2007 Bærum SK 9 (0)
2007 Vancouver Whitecaps 4 (0)
2008 Hermann Aichinger 12 (0)
2008–2009 Flekkerøy IL 14 (0)
2009 Manglerud Star 11 (0)
2009–2011 Ramblers 45 (0)
National team
1986–1987 Germany U-17 5 (0)
Teams managed
2007 FC Bentonit Ijevan
2008 Flekkerøy IL (assistant coach)
2008–2009 Cuba (goalkeeper coach)
2009 Manglerud Star (goalkeeper coach)
2009–2010 Ramblers (head coach & technical director)[1]
2009–2010 Namibia (goalkeeper coach)[2]
2009–2010 Antarctica XI (Manager & Goalkeeper Coach)
2011– TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (scout)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lutz Pfannenstiel (born 12 May 1973 in Zwiesel, Bavaria[3]) is a retired German football goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Pfannenstiel is mostly famous for having played for 25 different clubs all around the world during his career,[4] including stints in Germany, England, New Zealand,[5] Singapore, United States, Brazil, South Africa, Finland, Malaysia, Belgium, Canada, Namibia, Norway, Armenia and Albania.[6] After signing for Hermann Aichinger in Brazil, he became the first (and only) professional to have played in all six FIFA confederations.[7][8]

Pfannenstiel was a playing coach at Norwegian side Manglerud Star,[9] making his debut in the 2–1 away win against Asker on 13 April 2009. He has played for Manglerud Star in Norway[4] and joined on 3 October to Namibian club Ramblers.[10]

International career[edit]

Pfannenstiel is a former member of the Germany U-17 national football team.[11]

Coaching career[edit]

Pfannenstiel began his coaching career in April 2008 when he became the Goalkeeper Coach for Reinhold Fanz coaching the Cuba national football team[12] and signed in January 2009 a contract for Manglerud Star who was named as player-goalkeeper coach.[13] In September 2009 Pfannenstiel left Norway and Europe to sign for Namibian club Ramblers who signed a contract as Player-Coach and Sport director besides working as goalkeeping coach of the Namibia national football team.[14] Since February 2011, he has been working as a scout for the Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.[15]

Background[edit]

Pfannenstiel is the first, and so far only, football player to have played professionally in all six FIFA confederations.[16]

While playing football in Singapore, Pfannenstiel was accused of match-fixing and jailed for 101 days. However he was released due to a lack of evidence.[17]

Pfannenstiel stopped breathing three times after a collision with Clayton Donaldson while playing for Bradford Park Avenue against Harrogate Town in a Northern Premier League match on 26 December 2002. The injury was so serious that the referee, John Moss, abandoned the match.[18] Bradford Park Avenue were leading 2–1 at the time of the incident.[19]

Writing career[edit]

He wrote his biography Unhaltbar — Meine Abenteuer als Welttorhüter; the book was released on 1 October 2009.[20]

TV career[edit]

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Pfannenstiel worked as a pundit for the German television station ZDF.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fußball-Weltenbummler will nun Namibia voranbringen". www.az.com.na (in German). 29 September 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Zurück in Afrika". www.lutz-pfannenstiel.de (in German). Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Lutz – Global Goalie". www.lutz-pfannenstiel.de (in German). Retrieved 16 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Pfannenstiel — globetrotting German goalie with 24 clubs". AFP. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Soccer: Have ball, will travel – and there's plenty of that for goalie". The New Zealand Herald. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Lutz Pfannenstiel, intercontinental (with photo)
  7. ^ "Prost Amerika Interviews Lutz Pfannenstiel". 8 October 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2008. "In 2008, I'll be playing in South America and in doing so, I'll become the only player ever to play professional football on every continent." 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "La drôle d’histoire d’un gardien de but globe-trotter". Les Dessous du Sport (in French). 20 January 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Globetrotter Pfannenstiel zieht es nach Afrika". Focus (in German). 5 October 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Malaysia wirkte auf Pfannenstiel wie eine Droge". Die Welt (in German). 26 September 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  12. ^ Myrrhe, Anke (30 July 2008). "Keine Fluchtgefahr". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Lutz Pfannenstiel unterschreibt bei Manglerud Star in Norwegen". www.soccess.net. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Globetrotter Pfannenstiel zieht es nach Afrika". FIFA. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  15. ^ "Traumjob für Lutz Pfannenstiel – Zwiesler Weltenbummler wird Scout bei der TSG Hoffenheim". FUPA. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  16. ^ "Lutz Pfannenstiel, gardien du monde". parlonsfoot.com (in French). 23 January 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  17. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17593237
  18. ^ "Footballer saved by kiss of life". Telegraph & Argus. Newsquest Media Group. 27 December 2002. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  19. ^ "Goalkeeper's wife tells of match terror". Craven Herald & Pioneer. Newsquest Media Group. 28 December 2002. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  20. ^ Krull, Patrick (27 September 2009). "Sagenhafte Abenteuer eines unhaltbaren Torwarts". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  21. ^ Benninghoff, Dirk (15 June 2010). "Noch mehr als die Tröte nervt das Gerede darüber". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 15 June 2010. 

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