Make things more difficult for opponents

Ömer Toprak’s start at SV Werder

Greetings! Centre-back Ömer Toprak has begun his duties as a Werder player on Sunday (Photo: WERDER.DE).
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Sunday, 11.08.2019 // 12:04

Von Yannik Cischinsky

Ömer knows the Werder fans and the atmosphere of the stadium. The centre-back has played at the Weserstadion six times with Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and SC Freiburg. What were previously away games will now be home territory for the new signing and the Turkey international is now a Werder man. He is delighted to now be able to stand “on the Green-White side” at the WESERSTADION.

Ömer Toprak has only once left the WESERSTADION with all three points as the opposition. This is a record that the 30-year-old is very much aware of. “It was always extremely difficult to play here,” he revealed in an interview with WERDER.TV. That is why Toprak is also glad to now be “part of the Werder family” and “to be able to make it even more difficult for our opponents.”

Straight on the pitch: First training session on Sunday

Losing no time: Ömer Toprak has already begun training with his new teammates on Sunday (Photo: nordphoto).

However, his experiences taking on Werder in the Bundesliga were not the only reason why the 27-times capped Turkey international decided on his move to SVW. Nuri Sahin has been close friends with Toprak for many years and they met during the summer break to discuss life at Werder. “We spoke about it a lot and he was really enthusiastic about the club. He put in a great word for Werder but it did not take much to persuade me,” Toprak said. 

It was in fact his discussions with head coach Florian Kohfeldt and Werder’s Director of Football Frank Baumann which enticed him into their philosophy for defending at Werder. “We had some very positive conversations. I had a better feeling with each day and I decided that Werder was the club for me,” said Toprak, who completed his first training session on Sunday morning with the Green-Whites. “I’m raring to go,” he confirmed as he hopes for a successful season with SV Werder.