While Manuel Neuer and Marc Ter-Stegen are busy preparing for Germany’s Euro 2016 assault, a former Germany goalkeeper and one-time Die Mannschaft rival is readying himself for an altogether different challenge.
Tim Wiese was capped 13 times by Germany and was part of the 2010 World Cup squad during his career as a top-flight footballer, which included spells with Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim.
However, the 34-year-old decided to hang up his gloves back in 2014 to pursue an altogether different career as a professional wrestler.
Now, Wiese has moved significantly closer to achieving that goal after the one and only Triple H – Paul Levesque – extended a personal invitation to the former shot-stopper to join the WWE performance centre in Orlando, Florida as part of a special training programme.
“Tim is tenacious,” Triple H, sorry Levesque, explained.
“He continues to be very vocal in his desire to prove that he has what it takes, and he has shown tremendous resilience and determination to create an opportunity for himself.
“This is his break to walk his talk. If all goes well in Florida, he will get his chance in the ring.”
Standing tall at 6ft 4in, Wiese has previously worked with the WWE as a guest timekeeper during an event held in Frankfurt back in September 2014.
A popular inclusion with the local fans, Wiese was subsequently invited to a one-day workout with the WWE, where he once again impressed trainers and several WWE executives.
Now Wiese will be looking to impress and become the first German to wrestle in WWE since the likes of Achim Albrecht and Karl Gotch.
Yep, we have no idea who those guys are either.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.