Former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann sets his sights on Paralympic glory
Jens Lehmann is being lined up as a possible goalkeeper for Germany’s blind football team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
The mad keeper might have dropped a clanger or two in his time that called his sight to be called into question, but visually impaired football teams are allowed to name fully-sighted goalies in their team.
Lehmann, who will be aged 46 by the time the Games come around, is tempted by the prospect having never won a major international title in his career.
He told German newspaper Bild: “This is very interesting, as long as I am fit to go there.
“In any case, it’s okay to talk about it if you are interested.”
And the German authorities are keen to bolster their side for the next Games.
Friedhelm Julius Beucher, president of the Disabled Sports Association (DBS) in Germany, said: “A goalkeeper is not subject to the requirement that he must have some kind of disability.
“Thus, Jens Lehmann, Oliver Kahn or any other retired goalkeeper, in theory, is available. We will now discuss this privately.”
OTP will nou doubt join thousands of football fans around the world in hoping this comes into fruition.
Thanks to OTP reader Rick for the tip.