Prince Harry Takes on Defence Minister Boris Pistorius in Penalty Shootout on German TV

Prince Harry found himself in an unexpected showdown on German television during the Invictus Games opening ceremony. The Duke of Sussex, who was in Duesseldorf for the event, faced off against Defence Minister Boris Pistorius in a penalty shootout. However, Harry’s performance left much to be desired, as he failed to score a single goal.

The shootout took place on a late-night television show in Germany, where Prince Harry, Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, and two athletes, Angelo Anderson and Jens Niemeyer, participated in a long-running shootout game. The modified goal used for the contest included two openings for players to score in the absence of a goalkeeper.

In the competition, Prince Harry took six shots, but none of them found the back of the net. On the other hand, Pistorius, a former minister for sport in the German state of Lower Saxony, managed to convert two of his six attempts, securing victory in the shootout.

As part of the bet between Prince Harry and Pistorius, the Duke had to fulfill a unique promise. Since a Nationalmannschaft (German national team) kit was unavailable, Harry put on a scarf representing Bundesliga side Mainz. The crowd cheered as he sported the Mainz scarf, which holds significance as it is the former club of the current Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp.

The friendly banter continued after the shootout, with Prince Harry playfully suggesting to Pistorius, “You could manage the national team.” In response, the defence minister humorously quipped, “I have enough troubles.”

Prince Harry’s involvement in the Invictus Games holds deep personal significance. He founded the games in 2014 as an international sporting event for wounded, injured, and sick service members. His dedication to this cause has been widely recognized and appreciated.

This entertaining event took place following Germany’s unexpected 4-1 loss to Japan, providing a lighthearted moment amid the sporting festivities. It showcased Prince Harry’s willingness to embrace the spirit of competition and camaraderie, even when it means donning a scarf from a Bundesliga club.


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