War in Ukraine: Bundesliga players call for donations


The war in Ukraine has created a humanitarian emergency. There has been an outpouring of solidarity from around the world for the people of Ukraine, who now have to fear for their freedom and home, since the Russian invasion. As well as a number of campaigns around Bundesliga stadiums, the players themselves have also called for people to donate to help those suffering – and they’ve been setting the example.

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“The suffering in Ukraine touches us greatly,” said Robert Lewandowski. “The people of Ukraine are of concern to all of us and need our help,” added Mats Hummels. And Lothar Matthäus continued: “That’s why I’ve donated.”

Hate and war are not a solution. Football stands for peace and togetherness. All players are in agreement there. Jonas Hofmann, Niclas Füllkrug and many more are calling for all our solidarity. “Everyone can help in their own way,” stressed Jonathan Tah.

That’s because financial and material donations will become more important than ever for millions of people in the coming weeks. The people of Ukraine need to be provided with emergency accommodation, food, medication and clothing, as well as psychological care.

The DFL has already made €1 million available for humanitarian support as well. The Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 logos were also changed to the colours of the Ukrainian flag on international broadcasts and its own digital platforms on Matchday 25 as a sign of solidarity.

Clubs have been sending clear messages for peace since the start of the war with one-off shirts, special captain armbands, banners, minutes of silence and other actions. Engagement has now been expanded with targeted donation campaigns from several players.