Hannover next Atlético opponent in Europa League

Atlético play first leg at home on 29th of March

Europa League draw

(Fifa.com)

After Atlético’s 6-1 triumph over Besiktas, we now face Hannover 96 in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

On Friday, the Rojiblancos were drawn against the Germans, who are currently seventh in the Bundesliga standings.

The confrontation on the 29th of March at the Vicente Calderón will be the first time the two teams meet in European competition. The return leg will be played one week later at the AWD-Arena.

Hannover, who won the national league in 1938 and 1954, have been a mid-table team in the last decade but surprisingly finished fourth last season.

On their way to the round of eight, Die Roten beat Sevilla over two legs and advanced as second team in Group B behind Standard Liège. They would later best the Belgium team on aggregate, after also having taken care of Club Brugge.

Mirko Slomka, coach of Hannover, considers Atlético the stronger team but also sees a chance for his own side.

“We play against the winner of 2010, so it’s clear who the favourite is,” he said.

“But we’ve seen against Sevilla what we can do in an underdog position. Those who’ve seen our last games know that we don’t need to be afraid [of anyone].

“The quarter final is a big challenge. The return leg will be in Hannover and with a sold out stadium we can make a difference.”

Whoever wins the tie will face one of Valencia and AZ Alkmaar. The Dutch side are currently leading the table in Holland, while Los Che are a well known rival. If we are to meet them, then the Valencians will surely want revenge for 2010, when we knocked them out in controversial fashion on our way to the title.

The semi-finals will be played on 19 and 26 April, with Atlético or Hannover playing at home first.

The other finalist will come from the ties between Sporting Portugal – Metalist and Schalke 04 – Athletic.

How do you feel about our tie with Hannover and do you think Atlético can go all the way to reclaim their Europa League title?


  • Martin Rosenow

    I’m really feeling the excitement again. My only concern is the physical toll on our players a run through to the final would have.

    We’d have no midweek rest until the end of the season, and I’m not sure, given all the injury problems we’ve had, that we will have everyone available by then.

    We had some pretty awful league games in 2010 on our way to winning the tournament, and our last match against Granada (at home mind you) was evidence of the consequences of little rest.

    At least Bilbao will be in the same position.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Yes!!!!!, I predicted this, Hannover is quite a good team with some really interesting players, Ron-Robert Zieler, I like this GK a lot, Mohammed Abdellaoue is one my favorite players too, etc…, Hannover has a great fighting spirit just like us, they defeated Bayern München this season and last season if I’m not mistaken, they never give up and that’s why I like them too. Mirko Slomka is a great coach and a great person too. So it’s gonna be tough to defeat them but I’m sure Simeone has something up his sleeve. It’s gonna be really nice to face Hannover. Let the best team advance to the next round.

  • I think we can still do it, hopefully. I mean it is a huge problem, and the last thing we need is to play some more awful games and get clubs like Valencia or Bilbao to get cheeky…but they’re in the same cup so fuck them. AUPA ATLÉTI!

  • Derek Maaijen

    At this point any team in the Europa League will fancy their chances, there are no favorites although I’d say we’re strong contenders. I’m very confident of our route to the final, but let’s hope we don’t underestimate Hannover. To be honest I don’t know too much about them, just that they have one fan who is absolutely crazy.

  • palc

    This Mohammed Abdellaoue. I have friends who know this guy. Have seen him a couple of times too when he was fairly unknown. Well, anyways. I think Hannover is only slightly better than Besiktas. This should be a walk in the park for us even if we only play 70-80% of our potensial.

    I predict a 3-1 win at home. And a draw away.

  • Jo Ilsinho Elorm

    This draw is a tricky one. Hannover like many German teams are hard to beat @home. So we got to win d Home tie by a wide margin. All d best to d team on their upcomin match against Mallorca.

  • Javi Lozoya

    I don’t think facing Hannover gonna be “a walk in the park”, they’re really a lot better than Besiktas. They are very similar to us. They rely on team effort rather than individualities. They defend well and attack in group just like us. That’s why I think is gonna be a great series of matches. I’m really looking forward to it.

  • I have confidence in Atletico we will surely kick hanover out of Europa. We have better team compare to them.
    A fair draw for us thank God we avoid spanish oposition but likely to play Valencia at semi final. I dream spanish final (ATLETIC BILBAO V ATLETICO MADRID)
    GO ATLETICO YOU CAN DO IT!!!

  • Hey guys we may end up playing Valencia in the finals because we have to play the winner of Valencia/Az Alkmaar.
    So we hope to beat Hannover. It should be a good tie..

  • Sorry I meant Semi Finals;)

  • Javi Lozoya

    Arena Națională prepare because here comes Atleti ready to lift the trophy once again!!!!!

  • 7th

    Hannover, interesting fixture, I’ say.

    I dont know why, but feel ATH.bilbao gonna win this UCL by defeating us in the finals. lol.

    I hope the opposite though.

    At bilbao vs atletico madrid.

  • Both Athletic and us got German Opposition. Thats Funny.
    But that is the reason why there could be an all German Final(Schalke vs Hannover) There can be an all Spanish Semi-Final(Atletico vs Valenica) and there could be an all Spanish Final (Atletico vs Athletic)

    PS: Look at The word ‘COULD’

  • Just remember that Hannover knocked out Sevilla out at the beginning of the campaign so they win be a test for us. They are a good team but we are a better team.
    Aupa Atleti!!

  • DJ_ZA

    I’ve been dreaming of a Atletico – Athletic final since round of 32, and now this draw makes it possible ….. both teams just have to the small task of getting through the quarters and semis – piece-a-cake (lol). I hope they can do it!
    AUPA ATLETI !!!

    …. but enough chit-chat, it’s Soweto derby (are version of el classico) in South Africa … 15 minutes to go and Kaizer Chiefs have come back from 3-0 down against Orlando Pirates to make it 3-2. 90 000 fans at Soccer City watching an awesome match – pity I don’t support either one.