Duel with VfB Stuttgart: Pleiten series: Union Berlin can end relegation frustration
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Berlin (AP) - The 1st FC Union Berlin wants to ascend as 56th club in the Bundesliga. In addition, the Koepenickern in the relegation return match against VfB Stuttgart after the 2: 2 from the first leg already a 0-0 or 1: 1.
However, the former elevator team from the east of the capital has made hardly any good experiences with relegation in their 53-year club history. In a total of ten promotion rounds or playoffs for relegation, the cult club has only been able to reach a positive conclusion twice.
1973/74: Union goes as one of five season winners of the GDR league in the promotion round to the Oberliga. The premiere ends with frustration: As a third miss the Berlin because of the worse by a goal difference goal compared to the same team of forward Stralsund the leap to the House of Lords.
1974/75: A year later, the disillusionment is even greater. After the renewed season victory in the promotion round of the league promotion clearly missed: last with only one victory. Especially the 1: 5 against Energie Cottbus angered even loyal fans.
1975/76: Now there is a sense of achievement. After Hansa Rostock it is enough in the third promotion round successively to the longed for promotion to the highest GDR division. Attention is drawn to goalkeeper Wolfgang Matthies, who becomes a Union hero in the sensational wins over the hated local rivals BFC Dynamo this season.
1980/81: Because of acute outward weakness Union fails again in the promotion round. Although chemistry Buna Schkopau is handled at home with 4: 1, Union lands in the end only in third place behind the blatant outsider, who rises for the first time in the Oberliga.
1981/82: One year later there is the last anniversary of rejoicing at Union after a relegation: record goalscorer Uwe Borchardt shoots the Köpenicker with four goals in the promotion round back to the House of Lords. Four home victories form the basis for second place behind Chemie Böhlen.
1983/84: A novelty in the history of the GDR Oberliga: After the last matchday, Union and Chemie Leipzig have the same score and goal difference in places 12 and 13 respectively. It comes to the relegation to the class whereabouts. After a 1: 1 in front of crowded stadium At the Alte Försterei the Berliners are in the second leg after controversial referee decisions in Leipzig with 1: 2 and have to start again in tears the gang in league 2.
1990/91: At the fall of the wall, Union plays second-rate, but won as a relay winner the right to start the promotion round to the 2nd Bundesliga. In the games against the Oberligisten Brandenburg, Magdeburg and the now as FC Berlin antretenden DDR champion BFC, it is enough only to third place. Crash in the amateur league.
1991/92: As a sovereign squadron winner disappoint the Berlin again with only one victory in the ascent games and must be the last of the four-group Nordmeister VfL Wolfsburg left the transition to the second division.
1992/93: Huge is the jubilation among 15 000 fans after the 1-0 against Bischofswerda SV. In the promotion round of the three relay winners of the NOFV-Oberliga, the unpopular rivals Tennis Borussia are relegated to second place. But days later, the euphoria gives way to horror: Due to a fake bank guarantee, the team coached by Frank Pagelsdorf will be deprived of the future national player Marko Rehmer's license.
1999/2000: Heavy in the stomach is the fans the double bankruptcy in the Relegation 2000. After the Regionalliga Nordost is won with 17 points ahead, the Köpenicker are subject to two 1-1 in the decision games Nord-Meister VfL Osnabrück on penalties with 7 :8th. The mischievous slogan "Menze is guilty" among the fans will follow the Berlin Steffen Menze after a missed penalty for years later. But Union gets another chance: In the three-round with LR Ahlen and SC Pfullendorf the captains win 3-1 against the team of the season South. Thus, a point in Ahlen, but despite a 1-0 lead, the Union fail again shortly before the finish with 1: 2.