As the world cup kicked off in Moscow on June 14th, the German team failed to notice they were short one player, a world-class goalie. Neymar couldn’t beat him, Ronaldo failed, but the German keeper would not have conformed with the rules - it is a robot. Called ‘RoboKeeper’, the computer-controlled football machine is a development of the Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik (IML). Back in 2006, when Germany was in the thralls of its own home world cup, Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Albrecht and his team of scientists set about to develop RoboKeeper.