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Jens Is Crazy, And Tim Wiese Is Captain Obvious


Tim Wiese was criticized by retired goalkeeper Jens Lehmann after his part in Werder Bremen’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Tuesday night. Lehmann was number one for Germany for many years, and was one of the top goalkeepers in Europe during his time. Lehmann has been decorated with countless honours, including a Serie A title with AC Milan, a UEFA Cup victory with Schalke, a Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund, and a Premier League title and FA Cup triumph with Arsenal. At international level, Lehmann never lifted the World Cup, but received a third-placed medal in 2006, and a runners-up medal in 2002.

Despite his achievements, Lehmann is also well known for his antics on and off the field. At Arsenal, for example, he was nicknamed ‘Mad Jens’ for his eccentric goalkeeping and odd personality. Tim Wiese is quoted as saying, in response to Lehmann’s criticism of him, that Lehmann “belongs in the Muppet Show, on the couch or in a mental institution.”

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  1. David

    September 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Lehmann & Kahn both had their moments of on-field spontaneous violence. But while Lehmann was/is crazy, his crazy was usually a thought-out crazy, not off the cuff crazy violence like Kahn. Kahn’s kicks & punches were a great sight to behold, so long as you weren’t on the end of them. Lehmann had those kinds of moments, but they tended to be little niggly things designed to get under your skin, rather than a violent, blind rage.

    That’s what I think of when their names come up. Football is the poorer w/o them to entertain us.

  2. Wil G

    September 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    And the #1 gutsy Lehman moment? At Arsenal, taking a bathroom break behind the net, with a full stadium watching, *during* a UEFA Cup game.

  3. vermaelen5

    September 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Yes, Jens is crazy, but I love him anyway.

  4. David

    September 16, 2010 at 1:07 am

    There are 3 ex-Kaiserslautern ‘keepers in the Bundesliga — Wiese, Weidenfeller & Fromlowitz. In fact, you could put together a pretty good team of ex-FCK players. If only we didn’t have those criminals running the team way back when, we wouldn’t be a tiny team fighting against relegation. Breaks my heart.

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