Surprise at HSV: Under 23 coach Josef Zinnbauer appointed head coach of the Red Shorts


After Mirko Slomka was sacked from his position at the club the media in Germany named several viable candidates to take over from the former Hannover and Schalke coach. Among the names were Bruno Labbadia, Huub Stevens, Thomas Doll, but mostly it was Thomas Tuchel’s name who was regarded to be HSV’s prime target for the job in the Hanseatic city. Several German media outlets reported that HSV CEO Dietmar Beiersdorfer had been in touch with Thomas Tuchel of late. During today’s press conference Beiersdorfer confirmed the fact that he […]

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HSV coach Slomka gets sacked after three match days


Mirko Slomka’s start to the season hasn’t been easy by any means. After an acceptable draw away to 1. FC Köln his team have lost the last two matches on the bounce by a goal difference of 0-5. The longest it has taken HSV to score a goal was 225 minutes before the season started, now the team haven’t been able to get the ball across the line for 270 minutes – a new record for the team. Out of the 56 teams playing in Germany’s top three divisions HSV […]

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Season Preview 2014-2015: Hamburger SV


Hamburger SV Nicknames: HSV (Initials of the Club), Die Rothosen (The Red Shorts), Der Dinosaurier (The Dinosaur) Founded: 29 September 1887 Club colours: Blue, White, Black Primary Rivals: St Pauli, Werder Bremen, FC Bayern München Fan Friendship: Rangers, Hannover 96, Arminia Bielefeld Trophies: ·  Bundesliga Champion (3): 1978-79, 1981-82, 1982-83 ·  DFB Cup Winner (3): 1962-63, 1975-76, 1986-87 Stadium: Imtech Arena (opened: 1999, capacity: 57,439) 2013-14 Finishes: ·  Bundesliga: 16th (27 pts) beat Spvgg Greuther Fürth in the play-off on away goals (1-1) ·  DFB Pokal: Quarter-final defeat to FC Bayern München 5-0 Top Goal Scorer: Pierre-Michel Lasogga (13) 2013-14 […]

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HSV – The story of a downfall


These days, the eternal Bundesliga clock in the northwestern corner of Imtech Arena is ticking slowly, second by second and minute by minute, toward the 51 year mark. HSV remain the only German club to have been a continual part of the Bundesliga since the league was founded in 1963. However, through the entire 2013/14 campaign, the top flight status of the Red Shorts has been in danger, and now the team needs a small miracle to escape the bottom three places given that 15th place VfB Stuttgart sit five […]

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Where have Hannover 96 gone wrong?


Hannover’s 3-0 loss against Eintracht Braunschweig was a bitter pill to swallow for Tayfun Korkut and Hannover 96. The 96’ers are now only 2 points above the drop zone and their form of late has left a lot to be desired. Five points from the last 10 games and a goal difference of -14 from those ten matches tell a story of their own. The Lions from Braunschweig showed everything that their Lower Saxony arch rivals Hannover 96 were missing. They played with passion, a desire to get forward and […]

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Checklist – Who is going down?

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It’s crunch time in the Bundesliga. Six match days are left and a number of heavy weights are still not out of the battle against relegation: Werder Bremen were in the Champions League as recently as the 09/10 season, HSV are the only team which has been in Germany’s top flight since it came into life back in 1963, and VfB Stuttgart were German champions back in 2007. For every match day it seems more and more likely that one or two of these giants might have to take the […]

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News: HSV sack Bert van Marwijk


Bert van Marwijk’s 100th match in the Bundesliga was his last one in charge of HSV. Two howlers by Rene Adler and a lacklustre defence which was incapable of defending set pieces saw the Red Shorts lose 4-2 against rock bottom Eintracht Braunschweig today. HSV have started into the Rückrunde loosing all of their 4 matches, only scoring 2 goals whilst conceding 13. The seventh defeat in a row in the Bundesliga saw the board putting an end to Bert van Marwijk’s 143 days lasting stint at Hamburg. Both the former Dortmund […]

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Tayfun Korkut – The big question mark


Hannover’s new coach is an unknown quantity for most followers of the Bundesliga. What can the 96’ers fans expect from their new coach? ”Taifun who?” was the headline Hannover’s local paper HAZ chose to to go with after Tayfun Korkut had been appointed as the reds new head coach. The tabloids chose to focus on the link between Mirko Slomka and Hannover’s new coach – the two of them share the same agent(Harun Arslan) – and Korkut’s connection with Germany coach Jogi Löw. The 39 year old was born in […]

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Slomka Sacked! Hannover 96 to Find New Direction in New Year

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Hannover 96 announced Friday their decision to part ways with coach Mirko Slomka after nearly four years. “We have not made this decision lightly,” said Hannover 96 sporting director Dirk Dufner. And, despite recent struggles, it’s easy to understand why it would have been difficult to terminate the employment of the man who oversaw the most-successful stretch in Bundesliga competition. Slomka’s tenure in Hannover started with a six-match losing streak and finished with an eight-(away)match losing streak, but between the bookend struggles were a pair of trips to Europa league, […]

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Hannover come up short with Franca and 5 Other Botched Bundesliga Transfers


The Brazilian midfielder was presented by Hannover and Jörg Schmadkte as being 1.9 m tall and weighing 88 kilos. The sporting director may have been bang on about the weight. He was, however, wrong about the Brazilian’s height. Hannover coach Mirko Slomka found out rather quickly that he had been short by a couple of inches the first time he met his new €1.3 million signing in Hannover’s locker room. The Reds coach Slomka stands rather tall at 1.87 m, but his supposed tall holding midfielder was a bit smaller than […]

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Schalke 5-4 Hannover: Bundesliga Returns with Instant Classic


The long winter break in Germany is finally over and the second half of the 2012/13 Bundesliga campaign kicked off in the most incredible way imaginable. After a relatively quiet and defensively sound first half, the game exploded into life after the break with 8 goals between Schalke and Hannover.  The exciting back and forth action between the two sides yielded the highest scoring half of Bundesliga football in 31 years, a fitting way to kick off the most exciting league in the world. The win lifts Schalke into fifth […]

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Hannover 96 – Mid Season Report


After their Europa League run last year, the hype surrounding Hannover 96 has done nothing but grow. Mirko Slomka has (finally) signed a new deal and the club are looking like another positive advert for the Bundesliga and its style of play. So far, this campaign has proved slightly more taxing but the Reds still look capable of fulfilling the task ahead of them, providing they bear a few things in mind. Not only did Hannover start the season before most teams, they did so in fantastic fashion too. Their […]

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