Jan Brandt was born in 1974 in a small town called Leer (which means "Empty" in German. And that's what it really is.) He started his football career in 1979, when SV Hamburg won the German championship for the first time. He wanted to be like Hamburg-striker Horst Hrubesch, who responded to the beautiful nick-name "Header-Beast". But Jan was not tall enough to get at the end of corner kicks with his head. Although he was one of the best midfield players of the region, he never signed a contract with one of the mighty East Frisian teams like Germania Leer, Teutonia Stapelmoor or Eiche Ostrhauderfehn.
His desire for independence was too strong.
Later on he studied history and literature in Cologne, London and Berlin and attended the "Deutsche Journalisten Schule" in Munich. Since then he is writing for German broadsheet newspapers like "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" and "Sueddeutsche Zeitung". In 2004 he redacted the highly acclaimed collection of short stories "Doppelpass" Geschichten aus dem geteilten Fußballdeutschland" ("One-Two Pass" Tales from the divided football Germany), about the politically prestigious match between East and West Germany during the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Jan published several novellas in magazines and anthologies and is currently working on his first novel.