“We do everything exactly as we are told,” says Fabian Holland. More than ever, professional footballers are in need of discipline these days, almost obedience. This Saturday, Captain Holland and the other “Lilien” second division professionals will move into the required quarantine hotel for seven days in the Darmstadt area.
Until the kick-off of the second division game at Karlsruher SC on Saturday (1:00 p.m. in the F.A.Z. live ticker for the 2nd Bundesliga and Sky), they will only leave for the units on the home training area at Böllenfalltor. In a column of private vehicles with one occupant each.
Holland, meanwhile, will hardly leave his cell phone out of earshot. The 29-year-old will soon be the father of a son. He will spend his first year in Darmstadt – where his father has been working as a left-back since summer 2014. On Thursday, the Darmstadt-based company announced that Holland’s expiring contract had been extended for another year until the end of June 2021. Of course, the new head coach Markus Anfang, who was determined for the new round, was also involved in the decision. “I’ve been feeling extremely comfortable here for years and I’m happy that we were able to come to an agreement even in difficult times,” said Holland.
The short term and the presumably lower endowment that Holland let through are influenced by the Corona crisis. Born in Berlin, he is a reliable constant in South Hesse with 166 competitive appearances, a value that makes him the longest-serving player in the line-up.