Hannover 96 is a German football club in Hanover, Lower Saxony. Hannover 96 was founded on 12 April 1896 as Hannoverscher Fußball-Club 1896. Their initial enthusiasm was for athletics and rugby: football did not become their primary interest until 1899.
The 2008-2009 season started undesirably for Hannover 96 with loses to Schalke 04, Vfb Stuttgart and Bayern Leverkusen. However it has been rectified somewhat with a 5-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach and a shock 1-0 win over Bayern Munich at home, which hadn't occurred for 20 years.