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Short Changed: Hannover Sign Brazilian Franca, Discover He’s 9cm Shorter Than They Were Told!

By Chris Wright

Hannover 96 have found themselves quite literally short-changed by new signing Franca after discovering that the Brazilian midfielder is a full 9cm (3.5 inches) shorter than they had been told.

Coach Mirko Slomka noticed the discrepancy when he, standing at 1.87m tall stood next to the man he’d been told was 1.90m and found that he could see the top of the Brazilian’s head.

Out came the tape measure and soon Slomka was left in no doubt, telling Bild: “What can I say? I was surprised. The one criterion had been to pay attention to [Franca’s] body size.”

Hannover signed Franca from Criciuma for €1.3 million a week or so ago, with director of sport, Jorg Schmadtke, announcing on the club’s official website that Franca was “1.90m and 88kgs” with a “physical presence he brings with great passion into his game,” so you can see how Slomka may have got the wrong end of the stick.

Let’s hope they kept the receipt!

(Via Caught Offside)

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By Chris on January 23rd, 2013 in Bundesliga, FAIL, Newsnow, South America, Transfers & Rumours. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

3 Responses to “Short Changed: Hannover Sign Brazilian Franca, Discover He’s 9cm Shorter Than They Were Told!”

  1. Scrum8 francais says:

    Love that 88kg is a physical presence in football, in rugby this guy would be waterboy. I agree it is a more skill based game before you start by the way haha!

  2. lukl says:

    But the 88kg`s were correct….

  3. […] not so long ago, when Hannover 96 found they had been quite literally short-changed over their new €1.3 million January signing, midfielder Franca, when the Brazilian was found to […]

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