The Unstoppable Keeper

The Unstoppable Keeper


By Lutz Pfannenstiel

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ISBN: 9781909534285

Format: Hardback

Pages: 240

Size: 216 x 142

Weight: 750grammes

Illustrations: Colour Plate Section

Published: June 2014

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014

He has spent 101 days in a brutal Singapore jail after being wrongly accused of match-fixing, survived after his heart stopped for three minutes during a match, had his shoes nailed to the floor by the Crazy Gang and stolen a penguin and kept it in his bath while playing in New Zealand... he is German goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel and this is his incredible story.

Described by Four Four Two magazine as the craziest man in football , Pfannenstiel is the only man to play pro football in all six FIFA confederations. Having turned down Bayern Munich at the age of 19 he embarked on a globetrotting football adventure that took him from Malaysia to New Zealand via Wimbledon, Nottingham Forest and Bradford Park Avenue and from Albania to Brazil.

But the stats 400 games for more than 25 clubs on six continents don't begin to tell the extraordinary story. He has been a techno DJ in Kuala Lumpur, he has lived in an igloo to raise awareness for global warming, he has been goalkeeper coach for both Cuba and Namibia (whose keeper was deaf) and persuaded Maradona to play a charity match in Antarctica! And now he's on the BBC...

A massive bestseller in his native Germany, The Unstoppable Keeper is quite simply the most extraordinary footballer autobiography you will ever read!

About the author

Lutz Pfannenstiel played for 25 teams on every continent in a career rich in experiences if not trophies. He grew up in Bavaria and played for the German national youth team before turning down a move to Bayern Munich and moving to Malaysia instead.

A lover of adventure and of people, Lutz had an amazing career and saw the world at its best and its worst. He is now Head of International Relations and Scouting at Hoffenheim 1899 and also works for BBC World as a football pundit.


Four Four Two magazine

March 2012

'The craziest man in football.'

Kicker magazine

March 2012

'A unique football journey around the globe!'

Sport Bild

March 2012

'Unbelieveable. Compelling. Fascinating.'

Danny Baker

October 2014

It makes 98% of other football autobiographies look pale and weak!

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