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FC Union Berlin is a professional football club based in the city of Berlin, Germany. The club was founded in 1966, but its roots can be traced back to several earlier clubs, including SC Olympia 06 Oberschöneweide and FC Olympia Oberschöneweide. They are sometimes known as Eisern Union or Iron Union and have developed a reputation for their strong fanbase. Their current stadium, Stadion An der Alten Försterei, has a capacity of 22,000 people, which is quite a small stadium compared to others in the league.

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Union Berlin History

Union Berlin played in the lower divisions of German football for much of its early history but achieved promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in 2001. The club remained in the second tier for several seasons before being relegated in 2004. After several seasons in the third division, Union Berlin returned to the 2. Bundesliga in 2009 and has been a consistent presence in the league ever since. In 2019, the club achieved promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in its history.

Union Berlin is known for its passionate and dedicated fan base, who have supported the club through thick and thin over the years. The club’s home ground, the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, is known for its unique atmosphere and has been called one of the best football stadiums in the world. Outside of football, Union Berlin has a strong reputation for its commitment to social and community issues and has been involved in several initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in football. The club is also known for its innovative approach to ticket pricing, which is designed to make matches affordable for all fans.

Who Owns Union Berlin

Union Berlin, just like every Bundesliga club, operates under the 50+1 rule, and there, the club is owned by the fans/members. The club has a company which owns a majority stake in the club and is not allowed to sell any more than 49% of its stake. In Union Berlin’s case, however, the club is 100% fan owned.

Union Berlin Manager

The current manager of Union Berlin is Urs Fischer. Urs Fischer has had an experienced career at clubs such as Zurich, Thun and Basel. In 2018 Urs Fischer was announced as manager of Union Berlin while they were still in 2. Bundesliga. In his first season, he was able to get the club promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history. He has had better and better finishes ever since getting promoted. He has led Union Berlin to an 11th place finish followed by a 7th, 5th and most recently, 4th place finish. 

Biggest Union Berlin Transfers

With Union Berlin playing in the lower division for the majority of their history, they haven’t made very expensive signings. Their biggest transfers have been:

  • Josip Juarnovic from Celtic for £8.55m
  • Taiwo Awoniyi from Liverpool for £8.55m
  • Diogo Leite from FC Porto for £7.50m
  • Jordan from BSC Young Boys for £6.00m
  • Jamie Leweling from Greuther Furth for £4.00m

Their biggest departures have been:

  • Taiwo Awoniyi to Nottingham Forest for £20.50m
  • Robert Andrich to Bayer Leverkusen for £6.50m
  • Sebastian Andersson to FC Koln for £6.50m
  • Marvin Friedrich to Borussia Monchengladbach for £5.50m
  • Julian Ryerson to Borussia Dortmund for £5.00m

Union Berlin Drama

Although not drama, a lot of attention has been coming to Union Berlin’s way after they qualified for the Champions League for the very first time in their history after only being in the Bundesliga for 4 years. On the final day of the season last season, Union Berlin beat Werder Bremen 1-0, securing their position as 4th in the league. Union Berlin will play against Europe’s elite next season, and they are being seen as a beacon of hope for other clubs who look to try and replicate Union Berlin’s trajectory. 

Who Plays For Union Berlin Now

Union Berlin has a decent squad with defenders such as Frederik Ronnow, Alexander Schwolow, Jakob Busk, Yannic Stein, Danilho Doekhi, Diogo Leite, Paul Jaeckel, Robin Koche, Dominique Heintz, Jerome Roussillon, Josip Juranovic and Christopher Trimmel. Their midfield consists of Rani Kehdira, Lucas Tousart, Alex Kral, Aljoscha Kemlien, Aissa Laidouni, Andras Schafer, Laurenz Dehl, Brenden Aaronson and Milos Pantovic. Their attack has good depth with players such as Tim Skarke, Sheraldo Becker, Jordan, Mikkel Kaufmann, Kevin Behrens, Benedict Hollerbach, Malick Sanogo and Chelsea loanee David Datro Fofana. 

What Have Union Berlin Won

As Union Berlin has only recently made their way to the Bundesliga, their trophy cabinet is rather small. They won 1 German 3. Liga Championship, 1 GDR Cup and 5 Landespokal Berlin trophies.

Union Berlin 2023/24 Season Predictions

We think they will finish with Europa League football or just outside. Although they have been getting better every season, we think this season they will come down from their recent highs and find a more consistent level. The champions league is a tough competition that could be difficult to manage alongside the Bundesliga and other cup competitions. Their squad is good but not great, and therefore, we think they might make European football once again.

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