Sunday, October 19, 2014
Hannover 96 - Club focus
Hannoverscher Sportverein von 1896 to give them their full name will be providing the opposition when we go to Dortmund next week. Dortmund have got off to a disappointing start in the Bundesliga and despite a bright start Hannover's form has also taken a dip for the worse. Their last 3 games have ended in defeat against Stuttgart, Bayern and Moenchengladbach. But as Sepp Herberger would have said 'Der Ball ist rund', so it's going to be tough to predict what will happen next week.
The Club started off in 1896 as a rugby club before changing over to football a couple of years later. They would have perhaps been more succesful in their early years if it wasn't for Eintracht Braunschweig, who regularly beat them. Their first major victory came when they were crowned champions in 1938 after causing a massive upset and beating the all conquering Shalke team in the final. The first game finished 3-3. but Hannover prevailed in the replay winning 4-3.
The next major victory for Die Roten came in 1954 when they reached the final against Kaiserslautern. This time their victory was a lot more comfortable though, as they ran out 5-1 winners.
The club weren't selected to be in the Bundesliga when it first started in 1963, but they won promotion to the top table a year later. They spent 10 years in the top division, before being relegated and in 1974-5, although they did bounce back at the first attempt.
From the late 70s to the early 90s Hannover didn't have the best of times. They spent most of the time outside of the top division, although in 1992, they became the first team out of the top division to win the DFB Pokal. Their most humiliating times were just around the corner though as they spent 1996-98 in the Regionalliga Nord (III). After promotion in 1998 though they again won promotion back to the Bundesliga 2002 where they have played ever since.
In 2012 they reached the quarter final of the Europa League before losing out to eventual tournament winners, Atletico Madrid in the Quarter Finals. In 2013 they went out in the Round of 32 to Anzhi Makhachkala.