You couldn’t believe it at Union Berlin, but it is still a step higher internationally. The Köpenicker in the Europa League will attack next season.
Urs Fischer still ranked for words, the coach of Union Berlin was already interrupted by a loud roar. Completely euphoric, his players stormed the press conference and missed their success coach a juicy beer shower. Driefing, but visibly happy, the 56-year-old found a few terms for the next international adventure: “Madness, incredible, fantastic, extraordinary.”
Fifth place in the table, the move into the Europa League – and all of this in the third season in the Bundesliga. “If someone had told me that when I signed in the 2nd division at the time, I would have declared that crazy,” said Grischa Prömel after the 3-2 (2-0) against VfL Bochum at “Sky”.
But the European Cup fairy tale of the Köpenickers continues and after the qualification for the Conference League last season they went one better this time.
Union Berlin celebrates red-white party
Even Oliver Ruhnert had to rub his eyes. “You have to pinch yourself to believe it,” said Union’s Berlins director: “No expert had it on the screen, and I have to honestly say that I didn’t have that either.”
The crowning glory of an already successful season was then celebrated. In the stadium, the team hopped up and down in front of the bulging forest side, and the law enforcement officers had quickly managed the previous storm of some fans.
The red and white party then continued on the stadium balcony, where the supporters accompanied their European heroes with “Eisern Union” speaking choirs.
The Berliners had already had participation in a European competition before the game, but they had to tremble long duel with 1. FC Köln in the remote duel. Because the Bochum Simon Zoller (55th) and Eduard Löwen (79.) once again caused a lot of tension with their goals.
Prömel leaves Union with melancholy
Previously, Prömel (5th), who played his last game in the Union jersey, and Taiwo Awoniyi (25th, trading) Union had given the lead. The latter scored the redeeming goal (88th) shortly before the end.
Ending the season in fifth place is “incredible for such an association as Union Berlin,” said Prömel, who “hurt an incredibly hurt”, to leave the club towards TSG Hoffenheim.
In Köpenick, meanwhile, even those responsible do not know how they are happening. “The whole club is currently gradually setting up with the fact that all of this is not a dream,” said Ruhnert.
And despite all the joy, Fischer was glad that he can now try to “understand what happened” on vacation.
Union still has a little time to process everything. It will be real at the latest from September 8th when the group phase of the Europa League starts.