Albert Ostermaier, poet and dramatist, born in 1967, knew what he was talking about when he gave his lately published football-book the title: "The goalkeeper is always where the pain is." They had just inserted seven steel-screws into his ankle, broken in the Writers League final 2005 against Sweden. Aged five he was given some goalkeeper's gloves by Germany legend Sepp Maier. He would never take them off, he promised himself, even though it does not make writing particular easy. Since goalkeepers love tunnel vision, he went into the theatre-business and is currently 'author in residence' with the Burgtheater, Vienna.
Artistic director of the annual festival "abc:AugsburgBrechtConnected" since 2006; numerous volumes of poetry and drama; prizes include the Kleist Prize. But the only title he truly longs and lunges for is that of the World champion; he would not mind winning it in a final against Sweden.