Round 34: Big jubilation: Al-Ittihad moves to the European League – football

Union Berlin players celebrate with the fans. Photo: Andreas Jura / D


Crowned with short shivers. East Berlin irons will soon play in the European League. Coach Fisher also accepts a beer shower as usual.

BERLIN – Soon they took control of the ‘light’ square storm, after which the long and rushing Europa League night finally began with a beer and a shower for successful coach Urs Fischer on the field.

Chest of honor, sing and jump with the crowd, celebrate with the family – the pros 1. FC Union enjoyed every moment after the biggest success in the club’s history. “Now you’re standing there, you’re fifth after 34 days of games, I’m sorry I didn’t come up with a word to describe this situation,” Fisher said, saying Sunday would benefit you: “So I’ll have very little time to understand what happened.”

As soon as he said that, he stormed into the team and showered Fisher with beer again, then came up with a few words to classify it: “Mad, awesome, extraordinary.”

“You have to enjoy that too,” said goal scorer Grisha Brommel after his last game with the Berlin team: “Unleash the emotions, let the emotions run free, allow yourself to take over the fans and absorb all that is still possible. What the union represents is very rare.”

A decisive blow just before the end

Especially because they also had to shiver for a short while. The editorial goal to make it 3-2 (2-0) on the last day of the Bundesliga match against Bochum came in the 88th minute.



With the sixth victory in the last seven matches, the rookie team from 2019 has dramatically taken the fifth place in the German league table, and only Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and RB Leipzig are ahead of them. “They have achieved something wonderful,” said Bochum coach Thomas Reiss towards Fischer and Union.

The fact that capital city rivals Hertha will also have to be relegated after a thrilling final stage that ended the joyous day of many Iron fans. They sang “You see, Herta, that’s how it’s done.” Not to forget: With the two victories in the capital’s derby as well as success in the Cup Round of 16, Al Ittihad also has its share of the score for its West End rival.

Small space storm after the final whistle

Only the fans who did not follow the rules and ran onto the field after the final whistle lowered the cheer for a moment. “Please don’t do that, please don’t do that,” said stadium spokesman and head of communications Christian Arbitt, asking them to stay behind the barricades. When they got back to where they should be, the team cheered in front of a crowd of 22,012 spectators at An der Alten Försterei Stadium.

In his last match with Al-Ittihad, Brommel took the lead in the fifth minute. “Today is my day” was shot in the head. When Taiwo Awoniyi made it 2-0 with a hand-kick before the break (19th minute), it seemed like the decision had been made.

But Simon Zoller (55) scored the goal after the break and Edward Lewin (79) equalized. Big tremors began and the scene went permanently to Stuttgart, where Union 1. FC Köln eventually lost. But then again it was Awni (88) who recorded and explained everything.

The fans in the stands celebrated each player individually until the turn of the successful maker: “Urs Fischer, Urs Fischer,” echoed on the field. The 56-year-old Swiss, who came to Berlin in 2018 and was promoted with the team in 2020, finished 11th in the premiere year and led her to the Conference League last year, then enduring the forced beer shower in a notoriously quiet fashion.

Improving last season’s result is crazy, he already confirmed before the last round. But the real madness was yet to come, when thousands of fans were almost lying at the feet of the players on the “Balcony of Europe”.

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