In Prague, too, the Union fans who have traveled along want to set off a fireworks display of the mood - like here in Helsinki.

Around 3,000 partying fans of 1. FC Union Berlin are expected for the first away game in the group stage of the UEFA Conference League in Prague.

Berlin – It’s set: Around 3,000 partying fans of the 1. FC Union Berlin expected in the Czech capital Prague.

In Prague, too, the Union fans who have traveled along want to set off a fireworks display of the mood – like here in Helsinki. © Matthias Koch / dpa

In the qualifying game in Helsinki, around 500 Union supporters were in the stadium and whipped their favorites forward in the undisputed 4-0 victory over Kuopion PS, even though no guest fans were actually allowed due to the corona.

In the second leg, more than 22,000 fans celebrated a red party with 90-minute long singing in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, which amazed the guests from Finland with building blocks.

But now the European adventure really starts with the group stage. To start off, the Berliners have to compete at Slavia Prague on Thursday (6.45 p.m. / Nitro) and so several thousand battle-strollers will probably make their way to the relatively nearby Prague to continue the iron euro party.

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1. FC Union Berlin
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As long as all fans are vaccinated, UEFA allows the full capacity of 19,370 spectators in the Sinobo Stadium – the approximately 2000 guest tickets were sold within a few hours.

The players of 1. FC Union Berlin celebrate their entry into the group stage of the UEFA Conference League with their fans in the Berlin Olympic Stadium.

The players of 1. FC Union Berlin celebrate their entry into the group stage of the UEFA Conference League with their fans in the Berlin Olympic Stadium. © Andreas Gora / dpa

However, Slavia allowed a free ticket sale on the club’s own website, so that resourceful Unioners also managed to get a ticket in this way. Therefore, the organizers are also counting on a good 3,000 Union fans, such as “Image” reported.

The Köpenickers can therefore rely on active support again in a foreign place. And so Urs Fischer (55) is looking forward to the first group game: “We are happy, this is an adventure for us.”

According to the Swiss, the tingling already started with the two games against Kuopio, because “those were the first international games for us in a long time”. Now is the first group game in club history.

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1. FC Union Berlin
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But the 55-year-old also knows that a difficult task awaits his troops. Given the potential of the opponent, he is amazed that Slavia Prague does not play in the group stage of the Champions League.

Financially, participation in the Conference League is also a blessing for 1. FC Union: Last Friday, the first transfer of almost 3.5 million euros from UEFA was received in the club’s account.

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