Second division Hannover 96 demoted world champions
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In 2019, Hannover brought back 96 Ron-Robert Zieler and gave the 2014 world champion a long-term contract. Now the goalkeeper should go again. Including hearty reasons from President Martin Kind.
EIt was a few days ago that Benedikt Höwedes announced his retirement as a professional footballer. Shortly before, André Schürrle, with whom he won the 2014 World Cup title in Brazil, had put an end to his professional career. So in a very short time two world champions abdicated.
Ron-Robert Zieler is also world champion, even if the goalkeeper was not involved in the tournament six years ago. In contrast to Höwedes and Schürrle, the 31-year-old would like to continue playing. At Hannover 96, his employer, Zieler also has a contract.
However, that did not prevent the second division club from demoted its prominent employees in clear terms. “If Zieler asks me, I recommend a change. With us he won’t have a chance anymore, ”said majority shareholder Martin Kind at an event of the“ Neue Presse ”in Hanover. “We shouldn’t have signed him back then.” Coach Kenan Kocak told him “right after the season that he would no longer be number one in goal. So everything went fairly. ”
The 31-year-old target was only brought back to Hanover by VfB Stuttgart’s sports director Jan Schlaudraff a year ago. Back then, the previous goalkeeper Michael Esser had to make way for the 2014 world champion. The 96-coach Kocak, who has been in office since November 2019, is apparently not convinced by Zieler and brought Esser back “last week as new number one”.
“A shabby process”
Raimunt Zieler, father of the Hanoverian goalkeeper and trained DFB football coach, had criticized the way he dealt with his son in the past week. “This shows the attempt to disgust a deserved, always loyal professional with questionable methods from the club. That disgusts me. It is a shabby process that Ron-Robert absolutely did not deserve, ”Father Zieler told the“ Cologne City Gazette ”.
How it goes with his son is questionable. The goalkeeper’s contract runs until June 30, 2023. According to media reports, he can leave Lower Saxony free of charge. The Bundesliga club 1. FC Union Berlin is considered to be interested. There, regular goalkeeper Rafael Giekewicz said goodbye to Augsburg after the end of last season.