U.S. international Steve Cherundolo started and played the whole 90 minutes in Hannover's first game of the 2001-2002 German Second Division season July 30. Cherundolo lined up as a right back
against newly promoted Union Berlin, which went ahead in the 76th minute but gave up a late own goal for a 1-1 tie before 9,072 fans in Berlin. Cherundolo received a C- rating from Kicker
magazine but only four teammates received a higher grade.