Lutz of praise for ‘Spiderman’ Pal

India football goalkeeper Subrata Pal was praised today by former custodian Lutz Pfannenstiel of Germany on the second day of the AIFF-organised goalkeeping course at the Cooperage ground.

Prior to the start of the theory session, 39-year-old course coordinator, Pfannenstiel referred to Pal as 'Spiderman' and praised his stint with Rasen Ballsport Leipzig, a club in the fourth division league of his country.

Pointing out that Pal's stint with the German outfit in Division Four was a very fruitful one as the standard of the fourth tier in Germany is as good as the Premier League in other parts of the world, Pfannenstiel said, "I got good reviews about him (Subrata)."

"The standard in the German fourth division League is very high, I can assure you that. So his stint with Rasen Ballsport Leipzig must have been very good. I've heard about his potential. The standard in Germany is very high and level of competition stays intense," said the German who represented 25 different clubs all over the world during his playing career. Pfannenstiel, who became a goalkeeping coach four years ago, said since Germany is the place for goalkeepers, Pal must have got a good training.

"Germany is the place for goalkeepers. The Netherlands also produce great goalkeepers. So Pal's training could only have gone in one direction...that is good," he said.

The two-hour long theory session also saw Pfannenstiel stress on the importance and transformation of equipment of a goalkeeper, training methods and so on.

Videos were shown to the participants to explain the drills they need to perform in their next practical session. "The equipment of a goalkeeper has changed over the years. From the ball which swings a lot now than probably ten years back, to their gloves, everything has changed. A goalkeeper of the 80s would find life difficult nowadays," said the former German player.

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