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LUTZ PFANNENSTIEL is the only professional to have played on every continent. He played for 25 clubs in 21 years, has been in jail and played for the Crazy Gang. Here’s his remarkable story…

Lutz, you remain the only professional footballer to have played professionally in every confederation…

It was never something that I planned or expected to do. When I started my career at Bayern Munich, I was always going to be a number 2 or number 3 to Oliver Kahn. There was nothing I could have done to start ahead of him, and I just wanted to play. I could have tried my luck at Bayern and earned good money, probably moved to a second division club later in my career and had a stable life in Germany. Yet I’m quite stubborn, so I just did things my way. That involved leaving Germany to play first-team football, which at that time meant moving to Malaysia! Am I proud? I’m not sure about that. Bringing up children as a single parent, or doing charity work, is something to be proud of. I’m obviously pleased to be the only person to have done this, and it does mean a lot to me.

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The first edition of Keepers' Union, featuring our exclusive interview with England's no.1 Jordan Pickford. Plus: The World's Rising Stars Sasa Ilic - My Goalkeeping Heroes Greatest Saves Uncovered Lutz Pfannenstiel