Hannover have ended the 2016/17 season as Bundesliga 2 runners-up, thereby securing an immediate return to Germany's top flight. - © © imago / Ewert
Hannover have ended the 2016/17 season as Bundesliga 2 runners-up, thereby securing an immediate return to Germany's top flight. - © © imago / Ewert
Bundesliga

Hannover: Welcome back to the Bundesliga!

Just like champions Stuttgart, Hannover have achieved promotion back to the Bundesliga at the first attempt.

Who are Hannover?

The Lower Saxony club will welcome the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig back to the HDI Arena next season after securing promotion with a 1-1 draw at mid-table Sandhausen on Sunday. Read more about the 2016/17 Bundesliga 2 runners-up below…

Founded in April 1896 as Hannoverscher Fußball-Club 1896, Hannoverscher SV 96 won the first of two German titles in 1938 when they beat Schalke in a two-legged final - a result that remains one of the biggest shocks in German football history. Known as the Reds despite their official club colours being green, black and white, Hannover won their second league title in 1954 but had to wait nearly 40 years for their next major piece of silverware - the 1991/92 DFB Cup. They play at the 49,200-capacity HDI Arena, a venue which hosted five games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

Watch: Hannover's top ten goals in 2016/17!

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Loyalty pays

Despite finishing bottom of the Bundesliga in 2015/16, Hannover managed to keep the majority of their first-team squad together in the close season. The likes of Miiko Albornoz, Salif Sane, Edgar Prib and Manuel Schmiedebach have all made over 25 appearances for the club this term after opting to remain at the HDI Arena following relegation, while summer signings Niclas Füllkrug, Marvin Bakalorz and Martin Harnik have also played a major role in helping the 96ers bounce back to the top flight at the first attempt.

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