Union Berlin

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2020/2021

Union Berlin

In


Marius Bulter(mid) (Magdeburg); Max Kruse(att) (Free); Robin Knoche(def) (Free); Andreas Luthe(gk) (Augsburg); Cedric Teuchert(att) (Schalke); Niko Gieselmann(def) (Fortuna Dusseldorf); Sebastian Griesbeck(mid) (Heidenheim); Nico Schlotterbeck(def) (Freiburg - Loan); Keita Endo(mid) (Yokohama Marinos - Loan)

Out


Michael Parensen(sp)(def) (Retired); Felix Kroos(sp)(mid) (Released); Sebastian Polter(sp)(att) (Released); Rafal Gikiewicz(r)(gk) (Augsburg); Ken Reichel(sp)(def) (Released); Manuel Schmiedebach(sp)(mid) (Released); Julius Kade(mid) (Dynamo Dresden); Maurice Opfermann(mid) (Released); Lennard Maloney(def) (Borussia Dortmund); Moritz Nicolas(gk) (Osnabruck - Loan); Laurenz Dehl(att) (Hallescher - Loan); Nicolai Rapp(def) (Darmstadt - Loan); Keven Schlotterbeck(r)(def) (Freiburg - End of Loan); Yunus Malli(sp)(mid) (Wolfsburg - End of Loan)

Union Berlin enjoyed a successful debut campaign in the Bundesliga, defying all expectations as they finished well clear of the relegation zone and, had they not suffered a mid-season slump, they would have finished even higher in the league table. Berlin and coach Urs Fischer will now need to ensure that they do not suffer from second season syndrome that has been the bane of a number of promoted teams. The club though have played it safe in the transfer window with Marius Bulter the only outlay so far as they converted his loan move into a permanent transfer. Their biggest acquisition though is that of Max Kruse on a free transfer with the attacker having enjoyed a successful stint with Werder Bremen before moving on to Fenerbache last season. Rafal Gikiewicz is the only biggest departure in the transfer window and Berlin have brought in Andreas Luthe to replace him in the lineup. The overall quality of the squad is still not up to the level of some of their nearest rivals and, with the surprise element gone, Berlin will find it difficult to repeat their comfortable finish from last season.

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Survival remains the key for Union Berlin though it may be difficult to replicate their comfortable campaign from last season

Season Review
2020/2021

№7: Union Berlin

Union Berlin built on their inaugural campaign in the Bundesliga with another historic milestone for the club as they booked a place in Europe for the first time in two decades. Despite a shaky performance in their first game, Berlin quickly hit stride as they lost just once more until January and found themselves in European qualification spots by the winter break. Teams were finding Berlin difficult to beat thanks to a solid backline with the club ending the campaign with the fourth best defensive record in the league. Their home form was key to the success this season with Berlin not losing a match since the opening day defeat to Augsburg and ending the campaign with a flourish, winning four of the final five home games including a final day victory over RB Leipzig that secured them a place in Europe. Max Kruse proved to be an excellent signing with the attacker ending the campaign as the top scorer with 11 goals and Berlin would likely have picked up more points had he been fit to play more than the 19 starts he did manage in the end. Christopher Trimmel though was their most consistent performer with the fullback proving to be defensively solid while also contributing nine assists. There will be departures ahead of the next season with loan signings Pohjanpalo, Musa, Awoniyi, Karius and Schlotterbeck all leaving while Lenz and Hubner will also depart following the end of their contracts. Berlin will also need to bring in a more reliable understudy for Kruse while also ensuring the striker remains fit for majority of the campaign if they are to stand any chance of repeating their heroics next season


Player of the Season: Christopher Trimmel

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