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Hanover ended 2006 in eleventh place. That's pretty much where they were last season, and the season before that, and the season before that…

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Hanover players have become accustomed to holding their heads in their hands

The club's fans can take comfort in the fact that Hanover has recovered from a horrible start, which saw Dieter Hecking replacing Peter Neururer as coach after only three games.

The bad news is that Hanover haven't made any progress over preceding years and remain one of the league's least inspiring teams. They didn't make any major moves during the winter break so there's little reason to think that they'll be anything more than average when the weather gets warmer.

They do have a chance to win a title and qualify for international competition, though, as they're still alive in the German Cup. Expect them to end up, as always, in the middle of the table.

The Roster

Goal: Robert Enke, Frank Juric, Morten Jensen

Defense: Gürman Agac, Christoffer Andersson, Tobias Willers, Vinicius, Dariusz Zuraw, Jonas Troest, Steven Cherundolo, Michael Tarnat, Per Mertesacker, Moritz Marheineke, Markus Schinner, Sören Halfar

Midfield: Arnold Bruggink, Szabolcs Huszti, Altin Lala, Hanno Balitsch, Chavdar Yankov, Jan Rosenthal, Silvio Schröter, Johannes Dietwald

Strikers: Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson, Thomas Brdaric, Vahid Hashemian, Jiri Stájner, Hendrik Hahne, Fabian Montabell

(as of January 2007)

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