His around 14,000 followers should have been amazed when Kevin Pannewitz (29) presented his new job on Instagram on Thursday. In orange work clothes, the former football professional spoke about his job in Berlin. “I work as a street sweeper for the city cleaning service,” said Pannewitz: “I earn 1100 and crushed net, I have 1200 hours a year that I have to work.”
After several forays into reality TV shows and ongoing weight problems, Pannewitz has finally turned his back on professional football. “If I’m good, I can be taken over. If I’m shit, then I don’t,” he said. In the late morning only part of the Instagram story was available in which Pannewitz said goodbye in his work gear: “I have to go. See you later.”
The midfielder made his second division debut at Hansa Rostock at the age of 17. After escapades with excursions into the nightlife, he moved to VfL Wolfsburg. But even the then VfL coach Felix Magath did not get the great talent on the track. As a result, Pannewitz played underclass, worked on the side for a retail chain and dragged refrigerators and washing machines into apartments.
In 2018 he made the leap back to the 3rd division at Carl Zeiss Jena, where he was fired after a year due to being overweight. Most recently he played at FC Amed in his hometown of Berlin in the district league.