VfB Stuttgart snapped a five-game losing streak by beating lacklustre Hoffenheim 1-0 on Sunday.
Hanover have said that new signing Franca is several inches shorter than claimed while he was in Brazil.
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has joined Bundesliga side Hannover on loan until the end of the season.
Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Hanover 96 on Sunday, snapping their four-game winning streak.
Radamel Falcao struck with a superb late volley to send Atletico Madrid to a 2-1 win over Hannover.
Facts and figures ahead of Sunday's Bundesliga action.
Facts and stats ahead of Sunday's Bundesliga matches.
Hannover claimed a 1-0 Bundesliga win over Nurnberg at the AWD-Arena which keeps them in the hunt for a European place.
Bundesliga club Hanover 96 have signed Manchester United forward Mame Biram Diouf on a contract until 2014.
Facts and figures ahead of the weekend's Bundesliga action, with top topping Bayern Munich taking on Wolfsburg.
Facts and figures ahead of the weekend's action in the Bundesliga.
Facts and figures ahead of the weekend's Bundesliga action, with Mario Gomez looking to end something of a drought.
Schalke defender Christian Pander has joined Bundesliga rivals Hannover on a free transfer.
Hannover 96 cruised past hosts Freiburg 3-1 to jump back into third spot in the Bundesliga and give their Champions League hopes a boost.
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