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The towering ex-Arsenal and Germany defender couldn't hold back tears as friends and former teammates joined him in his hometown of Hannover.
Bobby Wood, 25, headed home twice to score his first goals for the club and lift them off the bottom of the table.
United States international Bobby Wood could miss Hannover's game against RB Leipzig on Sept. 15 as he returns from national team duty.
Borussia Dortmund twice hit the woodwork but could not score in their first ever goalless Bundesliga draw against Hannover 96 on Friday.
United States striker Bobby Wood no longer wants to look back on "the most difficult year" in his career following his move from relegated Hamburg.
United States striker Bobby Wood has moved to Bundesliga side Hannover on loan after asking to leave relegated Hamburg.
Hannover had some fun at the expense of Bundesliga title-winners Bayern Munich after they were beaten by Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Andrej Kramaric scored a brilliant hat trick as Hoffenheim moved into the Champions League places with a 3-1 victory.
Champions Bayern Munich made it four wins in a row with a comfortable 3-0 win at Hannover.
Schalke will sign Senegalese defender Salif Sane from Hannover on a four-year contract at the end of the season.
Hannover had a goal that would have made it 3-3 at home to RB Leipzig chalked off but a similar Bayern Munich goal was not reviewed.
Michy Batshuayi's brilliant first-half strike was enough for Borussia Dortmund to defeat visiting Hannover 1-0.
Left-back Gloster, 17, will join Hannover for next season and will play for the club's under-19s side.
Bech, 25, was given the penalty order by Hannover district court last month after biting Schalke supporter.
Hannover have been fined €20,000 after Mainz players Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah were racially abused during a Bundesliga match last month.
Martin Kind withdrew his application for full control of Hannover 96 but the move may help him crack the Bundesliga's vaunted 50+1 rule eventually.
Hannover president Martin Kind is trying to gain a majority stake in the club, sparking debate about the restrictions of the league's ownership rules.
Former United States national team defender Steve Cherundolo has left his role at Hannover to join the coaching staff at Stuttgart.
On Tuesday, the DFB told ESPN FC it had begun proceedings. Under its rules, the club could face a fine or even a stadium closure.
Hannover president Martin Kind has apologised for the racial abuse Mainz players Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah were subjected to on Saturday.
Bayer Leverkusen missed out on the chance to go second in the Bundesliga as they were held 4-4 by Hannover in an eight-goal thriller.
Bayern Munich battled to a home victory over Hannover to move six points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
Niclas Fullkrug's penalty ensured Hannover avoided suffering a third straight defeat as they clinched a 1-1 draw with Stuttgart.