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Hannover 96 bemused by Brazilian's missing 9 cm
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Hannover 96 bemused by Brazilian's missing 9 cm

Published: 22 Jan 2013 13:43 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Jan 2013 13:43 GMT+01:00

Having been told the 21-year-old defensive midfielder was an imposing presence at 1.90 metres, Slomka, who is 1.87 metres tall, only discovered he had a clear height advantage over the Brazilian when Franca arrived in Germany. A tape measure soon confirmed Franca's missing height.

"What can I say? I was surprised," Slomka told German daily Bild. "The one criterion had been to pay attention to the body size."

The error appears to have been the fault of Hannover 96's director of sport Jorg Schmadtke, who stated in the transfer announcement: "Franca, at 1.90 metres and 88 kilos, has a physical presence he brings with great passion into his game".

Franca, full name Welington Wildy Muniz dos Santos, signed from Brazilian side Criciuma for €1.3 million on January 13 and has yet to make his Bundesliga debut.

Beaten 5-4 by Schalke 04 on Friday in the Bundesliga to leave them 11th in the table, Hannover have had little luck with new signings this month.

Poland midfielder Pawel Wszolek had been due to arrive from Polonia Warschau last week having signed a contract, but the 20-year-old decided against the deal and Hannover 96 have referred the matter to their lawyers.

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Your comments about this article

14:14 January 22, 2013 by theladdie
That headline reads totally wrong
16:55 January 22, 2013 by Englishted
@ theladdie

Why?
14:49 January 23, 2013 by McM
Hey hey, keep it clean.
09:32 January 24, 2013 by Anny One again
A Brazilian minus 9cm must be a Hollywood i guess.
11:52 January 25, 2013 by Firmino
lol @ Anny. This is such stupid non-news.
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