"We want to help this amazing football club through these difficult times"

Moisander on financial support
Niklas Moisander wants to help Werder and its staff through the crisis (nordphoto).
First Team
Tuesday, 24.03.2020 / 13:44

In November, Niklas Moisander made an important decision regarding his future. As club captain, the 34-year-old extended his contract with Werder by another year after summer 2020. Just four months down the line, he, just like everyone else, is uncertain how or even whether the current season will be completed. "This situation is difficult for the whole world and has had an impact on football. I don’t know what will happen next. We need to brace ourselves for difficult times," said Moisander in an online press conference regarding the effects of the Corona pandemic.

As long-serving Werder player and current captain, the centre-back has been acting as a role model at Osterdeich for many years. In times like these, however, Moisander takes on even more responsibility: "For a lot of people, the current situation is very serious. As professional footballers we’re in a very lucky position. Now more than ever it is important for us to help and act as role models for others."

Niklas Moisander held an online press conference to answer questions from fans and journalists alike (nordphoto).

Moisander is not only thinking about the social aspects, namely: staying at home and avoiding social contact, but also about his club, which is having to battle the consequences of Coronavirus. Without regular games, many clubs, including Werder, are faced with mammoth tasks from a financial perspective and are searching for ways to cope with the extraordinary circumstances. One piece of the puzzle that is preserving normality is being provided by the team: On Monday evening, sporting director Frank Baumann revealed that the team was “committed” to providing financial support for the tackling of this crisis. "The players are in constant talks with one another. We want to help this amazing football club and all the people who work here through this difficult situation," said Moisander.    

The former Finland international did not wish to reveal any details, but assured listeners that talks were being held with the club directors, the team council and with every individual player. The collective aim is "to help everyone" and to be able to play football by the Weser again in the future.