Take over assistant coach: Hannover 96 trains without a sick carpenter like Borussia Dortmund

Trainers aren’t machines either. Jan Zimmermann had to cancel his training session on Sunday because of a gastrointestinal history. His assistant coaches took over. Jens Jansen, Lars Barlemann and Kai Hesse built living ball machines. Content: A pass can come from three directions, followed by a shot in a colored mini-goal. The coach announces a color, the player has to orientate himself where the pass is coming from, process it neatly and shoot into the trendy mini goal – and that at the highest possible speed. An exercise that trains technique and speed of action, based on the model of the “Futbonaut” training cage at Borussia Dortmund.


The “football UFO”, which is also used at TSG Hoffenheim, costs around one million euros. Today’s Stuttgart sports director Sven Mislintat introduced the pass robot as a chief scout at BVB. 96 trained yesterday like Dortmund – but with lively coaches. The advantage of the original: the robot offers countless repetitions and pass speeds of up to 120 km / h. But passes shouldn’t be that hard, 120 km / h roughly corresponds to the final tension force of Hendrik Weydandt.

Training from Hannover 96 (June 27th)

Pictures from the training of Hannover 96


The advantage of the lively 96 variant: The players get the feedback from a human and not from a robot. In addition, the robot does not make any mistakes, a player’s pass can always be a bit inaccurate, and Hanover’s professionals have to be able to react to that too.

Marcel Franke (gastrointestinal) and Tim Walbrecht (exercise break) were not there on Sunday. Florent Muslija only did light training last week because of the dental surgery. On Monday, 96 is off, Tuesday and Wednesday are training.

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