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Cherundolo's Hannover avoids relegation

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 has endured as difficult a season as one could imagine, but the club's 3-0 victory over VfL Bochum saw it do something that seemed so unlikely just months ago. It avoided relegation.

On the final day of the Bundesliga season, three first half goals were enough to assure Hannover another year in Germany's top flight. The result also relegated Bochum, which will be joined by Hertha Berlin in Germany's second division next season. Nurnberg could be the third team to drop, but will play in a relegation play-off against second division side FC Augsburg to decide its fate.

Hannover's longest serving player, Cherundolo played all 90 minutes in the win, finishing off a season that will surely rank among his most difficult. Along with battling relegation for much of the campaign, Cherundolo and Hannover had to deal with the death of starting goalkeeper Robert Enke, who committed suicide in November.

While the win will keep Hannover in the Bundesliga, it doesn't mean Cherundolo will return. Cherundolo's contract with the club ends this summer, and the 31-year-old might be able to attract offers from elsewhere with a solid showing in next month's World Cup.

How happy are you that Cherundolo and Hannover avoided relegation? Surprised? Do you see Cherundolo re-signing with the club, or will he land elsewhere? Would you like to see him in MLS?

Share your thoughts below.

50 comments
  • Smirking Kitten

    He should resign with Hannover. He still has plenty to offer at the European level and would captain the team.

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  • Mr. Derp

    Once this season ends, and Oka Nikolov leaves Frankfurt, Cherundolo will become the longest-serving one-club man in the Bundesliga. He’s deputized as captain, I believe, ever since the tragic suicide of Enke. Cherundolo had the chance to leave for Bolton in 2005 and turned it down to stay at Hannover. On top of that, the club seem to be making off-season moves already, having signed Manchester United and Germany U-19 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. I would be surprised and disappointed if he did not stay.

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  • WK

    I think he re-signs too. Why not finish your career as one of the clubs most loved players?oh yeah, he’ll probably take a paycut…

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  • Josh D.

    Agreed. And who’s going to take a 31 year old right back no matter how good his world cup performances are???

    At 31 you’re lucky to not get a younger buck taking over and you’re resigned to more of a mentor position.

    Only place to go from here is MLS but he’ll stay.

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  • Josh D.

    What a team, St. Pauli! I look forward to seeing them next year in the top flight!

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  • Mark

    Ives, I just wanted to let you know my friends and I are done reading your blog after that Canadian stunt you pulled the other day. We’re going get our MLS and US info from a real journalist like Goff

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  • Vik

    I’m just waiting for them to erect a Cherundolo statue in the city. I think his family’s settled, he probably won’t move back after he’s retired either. Maybe he’ll be brought on as part of the Hannover staff…

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  • Josh

    Mark, don’t be a zit, the man is just trying to widen his reading base. Pretty sure 99% of the content on this site is American, with an American interest. If the Canadian game gets better, it provides more competition for our boys as well.

    While I do think ‘dolo stays, as he has meant much to the club, if he does not, I doubt he would return home to the US. He will get a fair offer from a good club in Germany/France possibly.

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  • DingDong

    Mark has to be joking. I’m not Canadian, but I’m up for an update on what your great neighbor to the North is doing. It would be nice to have some more competition around here. (Beating them at hockey is already so much fun, even if it doesn’t happen often enough).

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  • wilyboy

    The most important thing is that neither of our right back options have to deal with the mental hardship of being relegated right before the world cup.

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  • ETJ

    good riddance, if you were offended by him providing Canadian news then you clearly too stupid to contribute to this blog anyway

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  • Austin

    lol, wow…..you are acting as if he is 35

    31 is not old at all for a defender….he has plenty left

    this is surely his last WC but plenty of teams would take him

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  • patrick

    cherundolo has somehow been a starting/contributing player for a bundesliga team for a decade and somehow STILL flies under the radar when it comes to American fans. He’s not flashy, but he gets the job done well, and without concern. To me, he’s the least worrisome defender we have. ALong with howard donovan altidore and dempsey, he’s one of the only players that I do not question when given the start. Let’s hope he continues the good success this summer

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  • Fred

    Of course, Spector does have to deal with the mental hardship of sucking.

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  • Fred

    Dolo still has a few more years in Germany. If Hannover had been relegated, he would have been able to move to another Bundesliga team.

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  • Brooklyn Dave

    Is this a serious comment? SBI publishes a blog entry on the Canadian national team’s schedule and you throw a hissy fit because you don’t find it interesting? That’s just plain weird. Could you not simply scroll past it to MLS or USMNT info? You might want to let your friends speak for themselves, I’m guessing they might want to let you boycott SBI all by yourself.

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  • jachapin

    Spector is a very talented player (remember his crosses from the Confederations Cup?). He still makes some mistakes, but he needs a spot on the field. In the next few years I expect him to emerge as one of the better defenders in the world.

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  • Fred

    Right, he did look great at the Confeds Cup. But his form at the end of this season was the stuff of nightmares.

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  • Clint Mathis wants to play for MNT again, pretty please Bob

    This is great. Cherundolo should be able to get a short deal probably 2 years or so. 1 club man. That is a great thing in itself. He will be a LEGEND for them by the time he retires.

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  • Clint Mathis wants to play for MNT again, pretty please Bob

    remember that goal he prevented a few years ago? it shows on youtube. He basically ran like 30yards in 4 secs to keep a ball from going in despite his team giving up on defending it.

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  • Josh From GA

    I think there was some match fixing to get them out of the drop zone go look at the game vs M’Gladbac and check the goal difference and tell me im wrong =P

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  • Warren

    I agree Spector’s – been mediocre to bad the final third of the EPL season.

    Whether from exhaustion or from the crazy boardroom antics I can;t tell.

    But 1st thing new West ham owners said in Jan was everyone on the team was overpaid and for sale. Yeah that worked real well to motivate the team to fight relegation.

    Anyway, here’s hoping Jonathan’s back in form in South Africa.

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  • Warren

    I was wondering about that M’Gladbach game, certainly seemed like Hannover was being allowed to run up the score.

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  • patrick

    at least they’re not as obvious as it is in italy. The fixing and throwing in that country is sickening

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  • Tony in Quakeland

    In the every competitive “Stupidest Post Contest” we have a new leader…

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  • Tony in Quakeland

    I have decided that Steve Cherundolo is one of life’s litte Soccer Intelligence Tests. When someone dismisses him, says he shows nothing, etc., we can just smile, nod and move along….

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  • Dave

    He’s probably got another 2 years or so of prime football left …it would be nice to see him get a “money” contract before coming home to MLS.

    Great to read about his accomplishments and leadership helping to keep Hannover up…

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  • Chris in Belfast

    He’s also been playing on the opposite side that he’s best at.

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  • Warren

    Right; but I was hoping he’d show he could do that better than..he who will not be named, except by BB

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  • Warren

    Yeah Monchengladbach rolling over 7-1 for a relegation fodder squad was real subtle.

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  • war

    why not try cherundolo at left back? Putting him at right is alright, but moving spector to left is looking risky now. In case of an injury to Boca or Demerit(who are both out right now), i would like to see Cherundolo go left and keep spector right for his crossing and positional sense, both of which are negated when he’s on the left.

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  • Jennifer

    Altin Lala has been with Hannover 6 months longer than Dolo, all though he missed all but 4 games this year. He also was their captain for a long time. Dolo has been a vice-captain for about 4 seasons now.

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  • Jennifer

    *Lala did spend a few season with Dinamo Tirana in Albania (as a teenager) and Borussia Fulda in Germany before going to Hannover.

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  • Clint Mathis wants to play for MNT again, pretty please Bob

    So how much does Cherundolo get in wages with Hannover? I’d imagine he must be 1 of the most famous Americans in Germany right. what kinda guy is it? Quiet and hard working right?

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  • Austin

    Lol, like LA needs him with two up and coming right backs, Franklin and deLaGarza

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  • Austin

    In other US news….Gooch and Stu are named for their respected squads. Both have good chances of playing. This pretty much means Davies is the only question mark right now.

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  • Colin

    i agree with you tony, but you may want to re-read that comment or you were being ironic

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  • DaveW

    Hey, I’m still disgusted by all this coverage of UEFA champions league, EPL, Bundesliga, la Liga, Serie A, USL, Eurocopa, Mexico,Libertadores, Toronto F.C.,etc.

    I will give SBI props for joining everyone outside Mexico by barely mentioning the regional club championship after all the MLS sides were eliminated…

    Oh, wait, it’s “The >World< of Soccer with an American Voice."

    I need a blog that only covers MLS. Oops, no, foreign players.

    College? Doggone, same thing.

    I got it, high schools with no transfer students. Any y'all got any links?

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