A 2-1 defeat to Lower Saxony ‘rivals’ VfL Osnabrück was not the way that Hannover 96 wanted to prepare for their ‘real’ derby next week against Eintracht Braunschweig, with their promotion credentials far from view on Friday evening.
Tuesday was a busy day in the 2. Bundesliga with six teams bringing in new players as the countdown to the new season continues.
Eintracht Braunschweig and VfL Bochum have both announced returning players over the past few days, with VfL Osnabrück making a double swoop as well.
The 26-year-old left Der Club earlier in the summer after becoming surplus to requirements, and has now signed a two-year contract with the Lower Saxony club.
VfL Osnabrück began training on Monday and confirmed two new faces were involved, with Maurice Multhaup and Luc Ihorst signing for the club.
It was a day of departures in the 2. Bundesliga on Thursday, with the most high-profile seeing Tim Kleindienst leaving 1. FC Heidenheim to join KAA Gent for an unspecified fee.
VfL Osnabrück have found their replacement for Daniel Thioune, appointing former Werder Bremen U19 coach Marco Grote as their new boss.
VfL Osnabrück have confirmed that goalkeepers David Buchholz and Laurenz Beckemeyer have signed new one-year contracts with the club.
The club confirmed on Wednesday that Sebastian Griesbeck and Timo Beermann had left, with Niklas Dorsch set to follow.
Hamburger SV have unveiled Daniel Thioune as the successor to Dieter Hecking.