Former German international goalkeeper Tim Wiese is now considering a career in WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). The 32-year-old became a free agent in January.
Wiese spoke to Geman publication Bild and admitted that he is considering a dramatic career change.
“I have an official enquiry from the WWE. It’s about working for them as a wrestler. I will listen. I don’t s*** my pants. Why should I immediately say no? Wrestling is very popular, especially in the [United] States. I will go through the enquiry with my agent next week”
The former Werder Bremen goalkeeper has been capped six times by Germany and was included in their squad for the 2010 World Cup. Once linked with a move to Real Madrid, the German now weighs 115kg after developing an interest in bodybuilding.
It is thought that the German would have to spend a year training in Florida and such a move by the WWE would help increase its profile in Europe.
The German goalkeeper was released in January by Hoffenheim due to not being in an appropriate physical shape for professional football.
The 32-year-old spoke about the difficult time he endured with the Bundesliga club in July.
“I had to get all the Hoffenheim problems out of my head, and so I dealt with it this way,”
“I tried to break down all the negatives – I don’t want to join a bodybuilding championship, I was just enjoying myself, having fun.”
When I came to Hoffenheim, we thought we could challenge for European places. Then everything backfired.
“And every time we lost, it seemed it was my fault; I was being analysed and criticised, not the team. It was all about me.“Despite my experience and confidence, I had never faced this before. It culminated in a fan protest at the club’s office – a fan protest, just against me!
“There were only a few of these fans, but this made me feel deeply unwanted, and I would never wish this on another player.
“It was like being in a horror movie. The pressure was inhuman. I could not play freely.”
The German had been under contract until 2016 and now the once promising goalkeeper may not play professional football again.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.
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