Hannover 96 Sign Goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner from St. Pauli

Hannover 96 have announced the signing of 29-year-old goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner from FC St. Pauli. The 6’5″ keeper will join the club from Lower Saxony on a free transfer this summer and sign a two-year contract.

The move can be seen as a replacement for Robert Almer who has already signed a contract with Austria Wien as the Austrian national keeper didn’t get any minutes behind Ron-Robert Zieler. Tschauner himself may hope for more than just a place on the bench. If Hannover get relegated, Ron-Robert Zieler will look for a new club that plays in the top tier to keep his place in the German national team. In that case Tschauner, a very experienced keeper, could take his job.

Sporting director Dirk Dufner commented the signing as follows: “We are happy that Philipp opted for Hannover. We get a very reliable goalkeeper who showed his qualities with his former clubs over the last few years.”

Tschauner made the senior team in Nürnberg, before moving to 1860 Munich in 2006 and then on to St. Pauli in 2011. On May 1st 2013, he managed to score a late equalizer with a header against SC Paderborn.

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Ansgar Löcke is a diehard Hannover fan who has written previously for the Bundesliga Fanatic on his adventures following the 96ers in Pokal competition and in Denmark. You can follow Ansgar on twitter @Ansgarius_90