Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana
This group has been called by some observers as the real group of death. It features a clear favorite in Germany, however all of the four teams in Group D will have aims on advancing to the knockout rounds.
As stated, Germany are the top-seeded team in Group D and even without the injured Michael Ballack are the side to beat from this section. Australia are back at the World Cup after giving a superb account of themselves in Germany four years ago. Serbia finished atop a very difficult qualifying section in Europe and enter the tournament hoping to improve on their poor performance at the 2006 finals. Ghana meanwhile are one of the strongest African sides, though how they manage to deal with the loss of their captain Michael Essien could perhaps determine how far they go in South Africa.
What Should Happen
Jailed in Singapore, stones thrown at him by an angry mob in Albania, and cheating death in England. It all sounds like the life of an international spy rather than a footballer. Lutz Pfannenstiel however is not your everyday player. The German goalkeeper has the distinction of being the only man to have played at the professional level on every continent (excluding Antarctica of course, though there are still plans for that..read on!).
So one can imagine that a career spanning nearly two decades and 25 clubs brings with it some unique experiences. And that is exactly what Pfannenstiel relayed to us at One Game, One World when we spoke to him recently.
Now in Namibia as player coach of Ramblers FC and goalkeeper coach for the Namibian national side, Pfannenstiel has not lost any of his desire for football. At first glance it might seem that his career took a path similar to if you spun a globe around and stopped it with your finger 25 times or so. However, upon listening to Pfannenstiel, who has played in nearly 400 matches in his career, you don’t get the ravings of a madman, but rather the inspirational football musings of a true globetrotting legend. Continue reading