Cherundolo named Hannover captain

Updated: July 27, 2010, 3:16 PM ET
Associated Press

HANOVER, Germany -- American defender Steve Cherundolo has been appointed captain of his German club, Hannover, for the upcoming season.

The club says on its website that coach Mirko Slomka gave Cherundolo the captain's armband during the Bundesliga team's training camp this week in Bad Radkersburg. Former captain Hanno Ballitsch left the team for Bayer Leverkusen in the offseason.

The 31-year-old from San Diego is Hannover's longest-serving player, having been with the club since 1999. He recently signed a three-year contract extension and previously served as a deputy captain.

The team barely avoided relegation from the Bundesliga last season after bringing in Slomka as coach in January.

The new season starts Aug. 21.

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