Hannover signs defender Pogatetz, keeper Miller

Hannover signs defender Pogatetz, keeper Miller

Published Jun. 2, 2010 3:59 p.m. ET

Bundesliga club Hannover is signing Austria defender Emanuel Pogatetz from Middlesbrough and goalkeeper Markus Miller from German second-division side Karlsruhe.

Hannover said Wednesday that Pogatetz, the 27-year old captain of Austria's national team, is joining on a free transfer for three seasons. Coach Mirko Slomka said he is an experienced player who will expand Hannover's options in defense.

The 28-year-old Miller has played for Karlsruhe for seven years, some of that time in the top division. He is getting a two-year contract.

Hannover had the Bundesliga's worst defense last season, conceding 67 goals in 34 games. It finished just above the relegation zone.