As career paths go, the direction taken by former German intentional goalkeeper Tim Wiese is quite something.
The 34-year-old retired from professional football in 2014. While some former footballers decide to take up roles in coaching or punditry, Wiese decided to embark on a career as a wrestler.
However, it seems that this is a move that has worked out well for him, as he is set to make his debut for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in his home country next month.
— Tim Wiese (@Tim_Wiese) June 7, 2016
Wiese was released from his Hofenheim contract in early 2014 as they believed that his frame was no longer compatible with professional football – and the pictures released around this time confirmed that this was very much the case…
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) June 2, 2014
Wiese, who earned six caps with the German national team and was part of the squad that came third in the 2010 World Cup, joined the WWE in their NXT divsion in late 2014, and was introduced to the crowd in a live show that same year, but is finally set to make his in-ring bow.
Wiese, speaking to wwe.com, expressed how excited he was to be stepping into the ring as a competitor for the very first time and in his homeland:
“It’s awesome to make my first WWE appearance in such a great match,
“I worked hard for this moment and I can’t wait to step into the WWE ring together with Cesaro and Sheamus.”
The former Werder Bremen player has been training in a gym in Cologne, preparing himself for the beginning of his second career.
Of course, in terms of unique careers after football, Wiese does have company. Former Aston Villa and Coventry striker Dion Dublin, for example, invented his own musical instrument and now presents Homes under the Hammer on BBC television.
Liverpool’s Champions League-winning goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, meanwhile, became a racing driver.