Moisander retires from Finland international duty

Niklas Moisander wants to be fully concentrated on Werder in the future (photo: nordphoto).
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Monday, 20.11.2017 // 11:29 Uhr

Niklas Moisander has retired from international football. The 32-year-old released a statement on Monday morning on the matter. “I have decided to step down from the Finland national team. It was a difficult decision but I have thought long and hard about it and now is the right moment for me to take this step,” Moisander explained. He continued, “I am proud to have played for my country and to have captained my country. Finnish football will always be a part of me and I will continue to support the national team but now from the stands.”

A picture from the old days: Moisander in a Finland shirt against Germany (archive photo: nordphoto).

The centre-back came through all of the Finland youth teams, before celebrating his debut in the first team on 29th May 2008 as a 22-year-old in a friendly against Turkey (0-2). He made 59 further caps including 2 goals. “I have many fond memories from the last nine years and there are many games which I will never forget. But most of all I have enjoyed joining up with the national team and the daily routine with the side. It was always an honour and it was a lot of fun. It is a disappointment that we didn’t manage to reach a major tournament. That was always my dream.”

The decision wasn’t an easy one for the centre-back to make but the moment is right for him to retire. “I have had a few injuries in recent years and I have noticed that it has been tough for my body to make the trips with the team and play two games in a short space of time. I want to now concentrate on my club football and Werder and I want to be able to give 100% for the club and this decision helps me to stay fit and help the team in the best way possible. Another reason is my family. My girlfriend has been a constant by my side in the last few years and she has experienced all the highs and lows with me. I want to spend more time with her and my daughter.”