Full name: Hannoverscher Sportverein von 1896
From: Hanover, Germany
Nickname: Die Roten (the Reds)
Club colours: Red shirt, black shorts
Home ground: AWD-Arena (49,000 approx)
Last season: 11th in Bundesliga
Manager: Dieter Hecking
Robert Enke, Morton Jensen
Vinicius, Bergantin Mario Eggimann, Steven Cherundolo, Constant Djakpa, Karim Haggul, Tim Hofmann, Konstantin Rausch, Leon Balogun
Leon Andreasen, Sergio Pinto, Altin Lala, Hanno Balitsch, Christian Schulz, Jacek Krzynowek, Valdet Rama, Jan Rosenthal, Sofien Chahed, Arnold Bruggink, Manuel Schmiedebach
Mike Hanke, Jan Schlaudraff, Jiri Stajner, Mikael Forssell
10 FACTS ON HANNOVER 96
- Hannover 96 was founded in 1896 initially as a rugby and athletic club – football was not their main interest until 1899.
- They won their first national championship in 1938 when they beat Schalke 04 – still one of the biggest upsets in German football history.
- Like many German organisations, the club was dissolved by Allied authorities after World War Two. They eventually reformed under their old name in April 1946.
- During their first season in the new Bundesliga, 1964, Hannover set an average attendance record of 46,000.
- Despite a string of money problems in the 80s and early 90s, Hannover captured their first German Cup in 1992, becoming the first side outside the top division to lift the trophy.
- In 2007/08, Die Roten amassed their record Bundesliga points haul, 49.
- Last season, they beat Bayern Munich for the first time in 20 years.
- Their stadium hosted four First Round matches and one Last 16 clash during World Cup 2006.
- Their Finnish international striker Mikael Forssel spent time at Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Birmingham City, who they signed him from in summer 2008.
- Hanover is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony and was once the family seat of the Hanoverian Kings of Great Britain.
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