They had everything planned. Each of them had a balaclava. They had a gas pistol. Their car even had fake licence plates. But in the end they couldn't see it through, reports Spiegel.
Sat in the parking place on front of the casino, the trio - all aged between 18 and 19 - decided to turn around and forget about the whole escapade.
That could have been that. But the luckless youths parked the car in a no-parking zone. When police noticed the vehicle their suspicions were further aroused by the two different stolen licence plates on the front and the back.
A search of the vehicle revealed the balaclavas and gun and the three young talents were taken into custody, where they admitted to their plan, Bild reports.
The club have suspended the players.
“At Hannover 96 we don't tolerate that kind of behaviour,” a spokesperson told Spiegel.
With the club currently rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga, this was the last piece of news they needed.
Police are currently investigating the incident.
“As well as the probable planning of a robbery the trio were responsible for licence plate theft and identity fraud,” a police spokesperson told Bild.
“The belief that the car was stolen was not confirmed by its owner. The Audi was used with permission by the 18-year-old son.”