WWE wrestler Tim Wiese set for football comeback with SSV Dillingen
Germany goalkeeper turned WWE wrestler Tim Wiese has been granted a playing license at lower league club SSV Dillingen.
Wiese, 34, won his debut WWE fight in Munich last week, over three years after making his last Bundesliga appearance for Hoffenheim in January 2013 and said he "no longer cares" about the sport in which he once represented his country.
However, Wiese is now set to make an unlikely comeback in the lower regions of the German league system at Dillingen, a Bavaria-based side currently struggling in a district division.
"We've been friends for a long time," the club's chairman Christoph Nowak told Fupa, adding that he convinced Wiese of returning to goal following his fight in Munich last Thursday.
"He signed the playing license's form in the hotel bar after the fight. It's a friendly turn for me and it's good for amateur football."
Nowak, however, said that Wiese will not be in goal for major parts of the season, adding that he could appear in a home match in 2017. "He won't train here, that's clear. If he plays for us, then that's okay. But all of it is something between a PR coup and team motivation."
Wiese made 269 Bundesliga appearnces for Kaiserslautern, Bremen and Hoffenheim. He has won six caps for Germany and was part of the country's 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship squads.
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.