The 2014-2015 season did not end well for Hannover 96, having ranked in the bottom half of the league table by the end of the season. In the current term, the team is even more in danger as they currently occupy a seat in the relegation zone. Last season, it barely survived Bundesliga, thanks to Freiburg’s Pavel Krmas’ own-goal and two wins at the close of the tourney, they secured seeding in the next installment of the top-tier German league. The ouster of Michael Frontzeck and the subsequent hiring of current head honcho Thomas Schaaf should increase the franchise’s chance of rising above the dreaded spots.
Before Schaaf’s announcement, fans speculated on who would be taking over as the new coach. During the holidays, a lot of names had been tossed around before Die Roten officially hired the former Bremen and Frankfurt manager. With Hiroshi Kiyotake sidelined for fractural injury in his foot, the new coach was also thinking of signing four new players to boost the offensive strength of the team.
Despite the team’s setbacks in the past and current seasons, Hannover does not have a completely dark future. With a new sporting director and new players to add to the roster, the team should not lose hope of spending another season in Germany’s elite soccer league. Fans like myself are expecting the road will be rough throughout the season, but there are silver linings to every adversity. Die Roten may be struggling when it comes to defending against through-ball attacks and finishing scoring chances, but the team is excellent in aerial duels with the knack for playing with width and in its own half.