Niklas Moisander

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Niklas Moisander
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Personal information
Full name Niklas Moisander
Date of birth (1985-09-29) 29 September 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Turku, Finland
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number 4
Youth career
2001–2002 Turun palloseura
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Turun Palloseura 17 (0)
2003–2006 Ajax 0 (0)
2006–2008 PEC Zwolle 71 (5)
2008–2012 AZ 111 (3)
2012– Ajax 26 (4)
National team
1997–2001 Finland U-17 8 (0)
1999–2002 Finland U-19 17 (2)
2001–2003 Finland U-21 19 (1)
2008– Finland 33 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2013

Niklas Moisander, (born 29 September 1985 in Turku) is a Finnish footballer who plays as a central defender or left fullback for Dutch team Ajax and current captain of the national team of Finland, He is the twin brother of the Goalkeeper Henrik Moisander.

Club career

TPS

He started his career with TPS and played 17 times for them, from 2002 to June 2003, he was a regular with his home club.

Ajax

Moisander then moved to Ajax, but never actually played any matches for them and was playing for the reserves for the majority of his 3 year stay there.

Zwolle

In July 2006, he went to Zwolle and during his time there, he made 75 appearances, scoring 5 times, Moisander was an instrumental player for them.

AZ Alkmaar

On 1 July 2008, after having impressed AZ, he moved there the following summer. He was made the team captain for the 2011−2012 season.

Return to Ajax

On August 21 of 2012 he returned to AFC Ajax on a three year contract as a replacement for Jan Vertonghen who was sold to Tottenham Hotspur. On 3 October 2012, Moisander scored a header in the Champions League, in a 4−1 home defeat against Real Madrid. He scored the winner in the Champions League game against Manchester City on 24 October 2012 again with a header.

International career

Moisander made his debut for the Finnish national team on 29 May 2008 in a friendly match against Turkey. On 10 October 2009, he scored the winning goal in a World Cup qualifier win over Wales.[1] In 2011, under Mixu Paatelainen, Moisander gained the captains armband from Petri Pasanen.

Career statistics

Club performance

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 28 March 2013[2]

Club League Season League Cup Europe1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Turun Palloseura Ykkönen 2002 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2003 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Ajax Eredivisie 2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zwolle Eerste Divisie 2006–07 34 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 37 1
2007–08 37 4 4 0 0 0 5 0 46 4
AZ Eredivisie 2008–09 22 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 1
2009–10 28 1 3 0 5 0 1 0 37 1
2010–11 29 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 40 0
2011–12 30 1 5 1 14 1 0 0 49 3
2012–13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Ajax 22 4 4 0 8 2 0 0 34 6
Career total 218 12 22 1 35 3 8 0 283 16

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup / Europa League matches.

2 Includes Johan Cruijff Shield and Eerste Divisie playoffs matches.

International performance

Moisander with the national team.

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 26 March 2013[3]

Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 2 0
2009 6 1
2010 8 0
2011 9 0
2012 6 0
2013 2 0
Total 33 1

International goals

Finland's score given first. As of 19 August 2011.[4]

Honours

Club honours

Netherlands AZ

Personal awards

  • Finnish Football Association Player of the Year: 2012[5]
  • Finnish Sports’ Journalists Player of the Year: 2012[6]

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Petri Pasanen
Finland football captain
2011–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

References

  1. ^ "Finland 2–1 Wales". BBC. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 10 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Voetbal International: Niklas Moisander". Voetbal International.
  3. ^ http://www.national-football-teams.com/v2/player.php?id=27900
  4. ^ "Niklas Moisander" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto (Football Association of Finland). Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  5. ^ Vuoden parhaita palkittiin Captain’s Ball –gaalassa
  6. ^ Hyypiä ja Moisander palkittiin


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