1. FC Union Berlin never ceases to amaze everyone. The former underdog has long since arrived in the upper Bundesliga class.
Berlin – With all the euphoria after another sensational entry into the European Cup, they want to stay on the ground in Köpenick for another week. “It’s not up to us to dream, it’s up to us to deliver next Saturday. It will be a very difficult home game against Bochum,” said Union of Berlin Trainer Urs Fischer (56) on Sky on Saturday.
Because in the last game of the season against VfL Bochum (3.30 p.m. / Sky), the Irons still have to clarify the question of which European Cup they will compete in this time. The Champions League is still possible, but unrealistic and would have been over if RB Leipzig had won against FC Augsburg on Sunday evening.
With a win against Bochum, Cologne would be distanced as the last rival for a place in the Europa League. If things go badly, the playoffs for the Conference League will start again in August.
Despite all the focus on the game against VfL Bochum, Fischer was also enthusiastic about his team and the 4-1 win at competitor SC Freiburg. If things continue like this, “extraordinary” could soon replace “finally” as the most frequently used word in the statements made by the Swiss.
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“We qualified for Europe for the second time in the championship. From my point of view, that’s really something extraordinary,” he said.
The 56-year-old also used this word to describe the performance of his once again strong striker Sheraldo Becker (27). He was not alone in his astonishment at what he had achieved.
“If someone had asked me in the summer whether Union would be back in Europe, I would have said: I trust them a lot, but that? How are you supposed to do it? I don’t know how they did it, but they did it done. I can only take off all hats,” said Freiburg coach Christian Streich (56).
“It’s unbelievable what we’re doing here as a small club,” said Grischa Prömel (27), who is leaving the Irons in the summer for Hoffenheim, where no European Cup will be played next season. In Köpenick, on the other hand, they are already planning their trips across the football continent again.
“Who’s up for accompanying this band through Europe next year?” was the question on the official Twitter account of 1. FC Union Berlin, garnished with a photo of the team as a committed group of players. Andreas Luthe (35) had already packed what was difficult to understand in terms of sport in a digital abbreviation. “Europe 2.0” was the goalkeeper’s online message.
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Union has won five of their last six league games. But the one draw in this phase should serve as a warning for the coming weekend: only one thing 1:1 it was enough against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, who had already been relegated. For Bochum, too, it is no longer about much in terms of sport. This is one of the reasons why Fischer should have called for focus on Saturday – so that the Union season can be a little more extraordinary.