Former Arsenal Keeper Jens Lehmann Could Represent Germany At The Next Paralympics

Retired stopper could play in goal for the German disabled team.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann could represent Germany at the next Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The retired stopper is among several ex-professional goalkeepers being considered for the 2014 Games by the German Disabled Sports Association (GDSP).

Goalkeepers at the Paralympics are not required to have any disability for either the men’s 7-a-side football, played by atheltes with cerebral palsy, or the 5-a-side version of the game played by visually impaired athletes.

Germany failed to finish inside the top ten in either the men’s sevens or fives and the GDSP is keen for an improved performance in Brazil.

Lehmann, 42, told Bild the idea was “very interesting, if I’m still fit by that point”. The former Shalke 04 custodian made over 180 appearances for the Gunners between 2003 and 2008 and was a member of the unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ in 2003/4.

He returned to the club briefly in 2011, making one further league appearance.

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