While Hertha Berlin’s rival continues to have disappointing times to fight for its continuation, Union Berlin represents the German capital for the best in some seasons. Under the leadership of the Swiss Urs Fischer, the Iron Men have continued to improve since the arrival of the technician in 2018. In his first season, he was able to raise the formation of Berlin for the first time in its history in the Bundesliga. Dam for a point in front of Hamburg, but after being behind Paderborn for 5 goals difference, Union Berlin lowered the VfB Stuttgart of Mario Gomez and Benjamin Pavard after an electric double confrontation (2-2 / 0-0). A fate played in the details therefore for the Berliners where only three elements (Jakob Busk, Christopher Trimmel and Julian Ryerson) are still part of the team. The men have changed, but not the philosophy of having a vertical group of likes and whose offensive part is in line with the Eisern Union anthem created by the famous East German punk singer Nina Hagen.
A family and popular club, Union Berlin is the working class team of the German capital and its values, passionately defended by its supporters, are reflected on the pitch. Without a real star and with a well-established squad, Urs Firscher found the perfect chemistry in his 3-4-1-2 and even important departures (Steven Skrzybski in 2018/ 2019, Sebastian Andersson and Rafal Gikiewicz in 2020/2021, Robert Andrich, Max Kruse and Marius Bülter in 2021/2022 or Taiwo Awoniyi this summer) are paid. Sometimes very difficult in his analysis, the consultant for Sky Sports and 1990 world champion Lotthar Matthaüs raved about him: “I hope that Urs Fischer will remain as Union coach for a long time because he is the perfect match for this team and this club.” A beautiful love story that wrote one of the most beautiful pages of this summer.
The duo Jordan Siebatcheu – Sheraldo Becker
Qualified in the Europa League Conference last season, Union Berlin discovered this time the Europa League after the fifth place obtained last season. A new tour de force for the Iron Men who solidified themselves as a result this summer. Recruiting Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys) to replace Taiwo Awoniyi, the Union also sniffed good moves Jamie Leweling (Greuther Fürth), Morten Thorsby (Sampdoria), Paul Seguin (Greuther Fürth) and Janik Haberer (Fribourg) ). But the big blow remains the loan with the option to buy Diogo Leite (23) from Porto. The Portuguese is the symbol of a terrible defense with only 4 goals conceded at the start of the season (best total in the championship). A true defensive boss, he brings more security to a team capable of moving around their backs. Union Berlin ran further (825.8 km or 8 km more than its runner-up Cologne), won more aerial duels (187) and still had the second-worst possession in the championship has 43% (Schalke 04 to 41 %). Effective football that is able to quickly release the opponent’s goal that damages and prevents its opponents.
Despite being dominated in possession against Wolfsburg on the final day, Union Berlin showed character to win 2-0 and cement their position as Bundesliga leaders a week after it was the first time in their season. After the meeting Urs Fischer was over the moon: “I was impressed with the way the team delivered. It was a mature show for me. We were very dominant in the second half. I don’t feel like I have to use outside influence.” Confident in his players, Urs Fischer can count on his shock duo. On one side Sheraldo Becker (6 goals and 3 assists in 7 games), the top scorer in the Bundesliga and on the other Jordan Siebatcheu (3 goals and 2 assists in 6 games) . Both men have now been on fire and have been involved in 11 of Union Berlin’s 15 league goals. In iron and fire, Union Berlin is slowly making a name for itself in the Bundesliga and owes it in large part to Urs Fischer.