The Bananenflankenliga was created by the great football fans and curative education nurses Stefan Plötz and Ben Rückerl. Team Bananenflanke is an innovative football project especially for children with mental disabilities. Manni Ballnane is now on the road all over Germany as the mascot of this project and kicks his way through the banana republic with great commitment … or something like that … Ballinga!

The “Stars of Sport” award from the Federal President was not long in coming, and rightly so!