Team check | Union Berlin

    Consistently successful


    Thu 30.12.21 | 3:38 pm | from Johannes Mohren

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    1. FC Union starts the second half of the season with 27 points. The Champions League places are only one point away. The verbal reluctance in Köpenick is still great – and yet it is clear: the club is a candidate for Europe. By Johannes Mohren

    So went the first half of the season

    Who is coming, who is going?

    The first new addition is already fixed: Dominique Heintz comes from Freiburg. An opportunity was taken, “which we probably only got now in winter,” said Ruhnert. In six months the 28-year-old, who is currently only a substitute in Breisgau, “probably couldn’t have gotten more because other clubs were already trying to get him”. So it is an obligation that is also an anticipation. To the summer in which the need in defense could become great: Timo Baumgartl’s loan from Eindhoven ends, Robin Knoche and above all Marvin Friedrich have long since played on the notes of other clubs.

    Otherwise it should be a quiet transfer winter. “I don’t think there will be much on the access side,” said Ruhnert. It is more likely that Union will give up one or the other supplementary player. More than thirty players are currently in the squad – without the European appearances, it could now be slimmed down. Rick van Drongelen, who came to Köpenick from Hamburg only six months ago, is a candidate for farewell. One wants to see where he “can generate match practice for the second half of the season”, so Ruhnert.

    January will be a challenge for Union – due to a temporary departure: Taiwo Awoniyi is competing in the Africa Cup with Nigeria in Cameroon. “We miss him. That annoys us of course and is not good for us because we will miss him without any question,” said Ruhnert. With nine league goals, Awoniyi is currently the most accurate Union player. If the Nigerian national team makes it to the final of the continental championship, the 24-year-old would miss five competitive games in the Köpenicker – in addition to four Bundesliga duels, the cup derby at Hertha BSC.

    The trainer

    Expectations for the second half of the season

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