Pfannenstiel as reporter for CNN during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
|Full name||Lutz Pfannenstiel|
|Date of birth||12 May 1973|
|Place of birth||Zwiesel, West Germany|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1991–1993||1. FC Bad Kötzting||68||(0)|
|1996–1997||→ Orlando Pirates (loan)||7||(0)|
|1998–1999||SV Wacker Burghausen||14||(0)|
|2001–2002||→ Bradford Park Avenue (loan)||1||(0)|
|2002–2003||→ Bradford Park Avenue (loan)||14||(0)|
|2003||→ Bærum SK (loan)||13||(0)|
|2008||Flekkerøy IL (assistant coach)|
|2008–2009||Cuba (goalkeeper coach)|
|2009||Manglerud Star (goalkeeper coach)|
|2009–2010||Ramblers (head coach & technical director)|
|2009–2010||Antarctica XI (manager & goalkeeper coach)|
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim|
(head of international relations and scouting)
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Lutz Pfannenstiel (* May 12, 1973 in Zwiesel) is a German former football goalkeeper and current football board member. He is the first football player in the world to belong to a professional football club in each of the six recognised continental associations. From 2010 to 2018, he was an expert on various television channels - including ZDF, BBC, CNN, ORF, SRF, DAZN and Eurosport. Pfannenstiel has been on the board of Fortuna Düsseldorf since 16 December 2018.
Pfannenstiel is mostly famous for having played for 25 different clubs all around the world during his career, including stints in Germany, England, New Zealand, Singapore, United States, Brazil, South Africa, Finland, Malaysia, Belgium, Canada, Namibia, Norway, Armenia and Albania. Pfannenstiel showed immense promise as a youngster and represented Germany's under-17s. By the time he was 19, Bayern Munich had come knocking, but Pfannenstiel turned them down, knowing he would never be their No. 1 keeper, choosing instead to play for smaller clubs. After signing for Hermann Aichinger in Brazil, he became the first (and only) professional to have played in all six FIFA confederations.
Pfannenstiel began his coaching career in April 2008 when he became the Goalkeeper Coach for Reinhold Fanz coaching the Cuba national football team and signed in January 2009 a contract for Manglerud Star who was named as player-goalkeeper coach. 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. Since February 2011, he has been working as a scout for the Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, while also serving as the club's head of international relations.
Pfannenstiel is best remembered as the first, and so far only, football player to have played professionally in all six FIFA confederations. Since his retirement from active footballing he has worked as a scout for German side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, whilst also pursuing television and writing.
He wrote his biography Unhaltbar – Meine Abenteuer als Welttorhüter; the book was released on 1 October 2009. and the UK bestseller The unstoppable keeper released in August 2014. During the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, Pfannenstiel worked as a pundit for the German television station ZDF, alongside fellow goalkeeper Oliver Kahn. He works as an expert for BBC World and CNN as well as Eurosport. He also works as a coaching instructor for FIFA and the German Football association (DFB) to educate coaches all over the world.
Legal and health issues
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, Jon Moss, abandoned the match. Bradford Park Avenue were leading 2–1 at the time of the incident.
- "Fußball-Weltenbummler will nun Namibia voranbringen". az.com.na (in German). 29 September 2009. Archived from the original on 27 September 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- (in German) https://web.archive.org/web/20160128092917/http://www.achtzehn99.de/tsg/jobs/wir-sind-hoffe/. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. Missing or empty
- "Lutz – Global Goalie". Lutz-Pfannenstiel.de (in German). Retrieved 16 November 2009.
- "Pfannenstiel – globetrotting German goalie with 24 clubs". Agence France-Presse. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- "Soccer: Have ball, will travel – and there's plenty of that for goalie". The New Zealand Herald. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- Lutz Pfannenstiel, intercontinental Diaro Olé (in Spanish)
- "Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents". The Independent. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- Will Sharp (3 November 2014). "Meet Lutz Pfannenstiel, football's 25-club, 13-country, six-continent man". The Guardian. Guardian News and Madia. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "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.
- John Bennett (3 April 2012). "The extraordinary life of German goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
- "La drôle d'histoire d'un gardien de but globe-trotter". Les Dessous du Sport (in French). 20 January 2009. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
- "Globetrotter Pfannenstiel zieht es nach Afrika". Focus (in German). 5 October 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- "Malaysia wirkte auf Pfannenstiel wie eine Droge". Die Welt (in German). 26 September 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- Myrrhe, Anke (30 July 2008). "Keine Fluchtgefahr". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- "Lutz Pfannenstiel unterschreibt bei Manglerud Star in Norwegen". soccess.net. 30 January 2009. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- "Globetrotter Pfannenstiel zieht es nach Afrika". FIFA. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- "Traumjob für Lutz Pfannenstiel – Zwiesler Weltenbummler wird Scout bei der TSG Hoffenheim". FUPA (in German). Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- "Hoffenheim v Manchester City: 'The friendly club who do things differently'". BBC Sport. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
- "Lutz Pfannenstiel, gardien du monde". Parlons Foot (in French). 23 January 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- Krull, Patrick (27 September 2009). "Sagenhafte Abenteuer eines unhaltbaren Torwarts". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 15 October 2009.
- Benninghoff, Dirk (15 June 2010). "Noch mehr als die Tröte nervt das Gerede darüber". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 15 June 2010.
- "Slik satte supernomaden verdensrekord" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "Footballer saved by kiss of life". Telegraph & Argus. 27 December 2002. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
- "Goalkeeper's wife tells of match terror". Craven Herald & Pioneer. 28 December 2002. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2008.