Lutz is the Sporting Director of St Louis City, who made him the first technical staff hire ahead of their inaugural MLS season.

He is responsible for all on-field operations, which includes recruiting coaches, hiring staff, identifying and signing players, and creating and developing a youth academy.

Before his move to St. Louis, Pfannenstiel was formerly a goalkeeper, coach, coaching instructor and on-air football contributor. From starting his playing career with Germany’s U-17 team in 1986 to retirement from the field in 2011, Pfannenstiel has been the only professional player to have played in all six continental FIFA membership associations.

During his coaching career, Pfannenstiel was the assistant coach for the Cuba national football team, the Manglerud Star (Norway), the Ramblers F.C. (Nambia), the Nambia national team and worked as a scout and head of international relations for German club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim beginning in 2011.

Most recently, Pfannenstiel was the managing director of sports at Fortuna Düsseldorf. He has also been a coaching instructor for FIFA and the German Football Association.

Pfannenstiel’s on-air football contribution is vast, as he has been on BBC World, CNN and Eurosport, and was a pundit for the German television station ZDF during the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

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