Hannover 96 goalkeeper RON-ROBERT ZIELER (1), the former Germany youth international who has been recently been called up to the senior side, punches the ball away from Borussia Dortmund’s attacking pair of Germany international defender MATS HUMMEL and Serbia international NEVEN SUBOTIC (right) during the Bundesliga match this past September at the AWD Arena in Lower Saxony.
SPORTVEREIN HANNOVER 96 are one of Germany’s older football clubs, having been originally founded one hundred and fifteen years ago in 1896. Although Hannover 96 have been national champions twice, in 1938 and 1954, the club from Lower Saxony have never lifted the Bundesliga Meisterschale. Last season’s fourth place finish in the top flight was the team’s best-ever showing since the national league was inaugurated; previously, Hannover 96 had come in fifth at the conclusion of the 1964-65 campaign.
Hannover 96, who have a place in Europe this season for only the second time in history, also hold the unique distinction of being the only club since the Bundesliga was first formed in 1963 to capture the D.F.B. Pokal (German Cup) while competing in the second division.
Under the tutelage of trainer MIRKO SLOMKA Hannover 96 have not lost at home in eight matches this season, including European competition, although four of those results have been ties.
Norway international striker MOHAMMED ABDELLAOUE, the 25-year-old who scored 10 goals in 26 Bundesliga games last term in his first season in Germany after arriving from IF Valerenga for a transfer fee of 1.2 million Euros, is off to a very good start having scored six goals in his first six league contests to open this campaign; overall, Abdellaoue has found the back of the net ten times for Hannover 96 in all competitions this season.
Ivory Coast international DIDIER YA KONAN (11) of German club Hannover 96, who has scored 24 goals in 61 Bundesliga matches since arriving from Norwegian outfit BK Rosenborg Trondheim in August of 2009, looks to dispossess Senegalese winger PAPA PATE DIOUF (13) of Danish side FC Copenhagen during the UEFA Europa League Group B match earlier this week at the AWD Arena in Lower Saxony.
Ivory Coast international DIDIER YA KONAN, who scored a career-high 14 goals in 28 Bundesliga starts to lead Hannover 96 last season, has struggled to get a place this season. The 27-year-old striker has accounted for just one goal this term, although it was the match-winner that struck down defending champion Borussia Dortmund. Ya Konan has appeared with the Startelf in three of the last four Bundesliga matches for Hannover 96.
Germany international striker JAN SCHLAUDRAFF, the 28-year-old veteran who failed to score while playing in just eight Bundesliga matches for Bayern Munich during the 2007-08 campaign, has been in good form and started eight of the first nine league games up front for Hannover 96.
The Lower Saxony club signed Poland international striker ARTUR SOBIECH from KS Polonia Warsaw this summer for the transfer fee of 1.1 million Euros but, thus far, the 21-year-old has managed just one substitute appearance in the Bundesliga and UEFA Europa League, respectively, for Hannover 96.
Germany international striker JAN SCHLAUDRAFF of Hannover 96, who left Bayern Munich after one season to sign with the Lower Saxon club for a transfer fee of 2.5 million Euros in July of 2008, peels off after firing the winner past FC Sevilla’s Spain international goalkeeper and 37-year-old club captain ANDRES PALOP during the first leg of the UEFA Europa League playoff tie this past August at the AWD Arena in Hannover.
23-year-old LARS STINDL, who scored two goals in the Lower Saxon club’s 6-0 lopsided D.F.B. Pokal win over FC Anker Wiesmar to begin the season, has been ever-present on the right side of midfield in all 15 matches for Hannover 96 this term; 21-year-old KONSTANTIN RAUSCH, a former youth international for Germany, has appeared in every game and scored one goal while starting eleven in all competitons on the left.
31-year-old Portuguese-born SERGIO PINTO, who put his name on the scoresheet against visiting Danish side FC Copenhagen in the UEFA Europa League earlier this week, and 22-year-old MANUEL SCHMIEDEBACH are the regulars in defensive midfield for Hannover 96.
Hannover 96 added Austria international midfielder DANIEL ROYER from Austrian Bundesliga club SV Ried for 1.0 million Euros this summer but the 21-year-old has made but a single substitute appearance thus far. 26-year-old Norway international midfielder HENNING HAUGER, bought from JK Staebek Baerum for 450,000 Euros in the off-season, has played a bit more but not much. 24-year-old midfielder MORITZ STOPPELKAMP also scored two goals in the D.F.B. Pokal opener but has mostly been deployed off the bench since.
35-year-old veteran ALTIN LALA, who has earned 78 caps and scored three goals for Albania in his career, has mostly been restricted to a reserve role for Hannover 96 while 29-year-old Carlos Alberto Alves Garcia (CARLITOS), the one-time Portugal U-21 international who has made just six appearances in the Bundesliga since signing on a free transfer from Swiss side FC Basel in the summer of 2010, has not played at all for the trainer Slomka this season.
Hannover 96 midfielder KONSTANTIN RAUSCH (34), the native of the former Soviet Union who started all 34 games and scored five goals in the Bundesliga last season for the Lower Saxon club, fends off the challenge of FC Sevilla’s Mali international striker FREDERIC KANOUTE during the second leg of the UEFA Europa League playoff tie this past August at the Stadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the Andalusian region of Spain.
RON-ROBERT ZIELER, who had a couple of seasons in the first team squad for English Premier League powerhouse Manchester United before returning to Germany to start last season, displaced the since-departed FLORIAN FROMLOWITZ as first choice for Hannover 96 last January. The 22-year-old has also worked his way into national team trainer Joachim Loew’s side, as well. 29-year-old MARKUS MILLER, who made 61 appearances in the Bundesliga and almost exactly twice as many in the second divison with SC Karlsruhe before arriving in the summer of 2010, is the understudy. 18-year-old Austrian SAMUEL RADLINGER has been signed from SV Ried for 250,000 Euros also.
28-year-old Austria international EMMANUEL PAGATETZ and 27-year-old Tunisia international KARIM HAGGUI have been fixtures in the center of defense for Hannover 96 this term. 28-year old veteran CHRISTIAN SCHULZ, who has been capped four times in his career by Germany, is the regular left back. 27-year-old CHRISTIAN PANDER, the free transfer from Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen who has two caps for Germany to his credit, has been appearing – usually as a substitute – at both left back and in midfield.
Two-time United States World Cup veteran and club captain STEVE CHERUNDOLO, who has played 262 games in the Bundesliga over the of his long career with Hannover 96, has been sharing the right back spot this season with 28-year-old Tunisia international SOFIAN CHAHED; the American has been in the Startelf for Slomka for three of the last four matches in all competitions.
30-year-old Switzerland international MARIO EGGIMANN has been the only other defender to see action at all for the Lower Saxony side this season whereas 28-year-old Denmark international LEON ANDREASEN has done nothing but collect splinters for Hannover 96.
United States World Cup defender and club captain STEVE CHERUNDOLO (6) of Hannover 96, who signed with the then-2.Bundesliga club in 1999 after just two years at the University of Portland, halts the progress of Cameroon international striker ERIC MAXIM CHOUPO-MOTING (10) of FSV 05 Mainz during the Bundesliga match this past August at the AWD Arena in Lower Saxony.
gk – Samuel RADLINGER – Austria ——————— fr SV Ried (Aut)
df — Christian PANDER – Germany int’l ————– fr Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen
mf – Henning HAUGER – Norway int’l —————- fr JF Staebek Baerum (Nor)
mf – Daniel ROYER – Austria int’l ———————– fr SV Ried (Aut)
fw — Artur SOBIECH – Poland int’l ———————- fr KS Polonia Warsaw (Pol)
gk – Florian FROMLOWITZ ———————————- to MSV Duisburg
df — Felix BURMEISTER ————————————– to Arminia Bielefeld
mf – DaMarcus BEASLEY – United States int’l —— to FC Puebla (Mex)
mf – Willi EVSEEV ———————————————— to SC Wiener Neustadt (Aut)
fw — Mikael FORSSELL – Finland int’l ——————- released
Evseev is out on loan for the season