I’ve broken new ground! I’ve got quite a few obscure club shirts in my wardrobe so thought they also deserved a place on the blog. The first club addition is one I’ve just recently bought and is the wonderful away shirt from last season of German Bundesliga side Hannover 96.
Hannover, nickname Die Roten (The Reds), have been my German side since Birmingham sold one of my favourite players to them. Mikael Forssell, a fantastic striker left us to join the Germans in 2008 and I’ve followed their progress ever since. The fact that I have recently been playing as them on Football Manager also helped!
Based in Lower Saxony and formed in 1896, Hannover have won two Bundesliga titles (1938 and 1954) and the DFB-Pokal once (1991/92). They became the first team outside the German top-flight to win the DFB-Pokal. They haven’t won anything for a while but have consolidated their place in the Bundesliga in the last ten or so years.
They were thrown into the limelight in somewhat unwanted circumstances in 2009 when goalkeeper Robert Enke took his own life. They play at the awesome HDI-Arena and competed in the Europa League in 2011-12 and 2012-13. They reached the quarters in 2012 before going out to Atletico Madrid before going to Anzhi in the first knockout round in 2013.
Last year Turk Tayfun Korkut replaced Mirko Slomka and ensured there was to be no relegation battle as they finished tenth in the Bundesliga. This is a lovely shirt made by Jako. I love the different shades of green and it seems to have a lot more detail than most shirts. I’m not sure if it is player issue or not but it is very nice regardless. This was ordered from Danish store Unisportstore who have a great selection at fantastic prices.