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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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

Slomka Abschied

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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