Berlin (AP) - The direct competition of Sebastian Andersson could hardly be more prominent. On four header hits in this Bundesliga season otherwise only Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, with a total of eight goals is the striker of the 1st FC Union Berlin on par with Dortmund Marco Reus.
And so earned Andersson for his brace in the 2-0 victory of Köpenicker on 1 FC Cologne an unusual special praise of his coach.
"He was very efficient," said Urs Fischer early Sunday evening over the Swede, who met first by the head (33 minutes) and then thoughtfully with brains (55). "Once again, however, he spent a lot of money - not just to score goals, but also to do some work that helps us as a team."
With the force of 1.90 meters height Andersson is predestined for the attacking game of the riser. Mostly he is wanted by his teammates with long, high balls. The rebounder - so-called second balls - receives the 28-year-old then back. "He is a huge factor in our country, regardless of his goals," praises Captain Christopher Trimmel. "That's very, very important. Otherwise, you knock on the balls and they are gone again. He does that brilliantly. »Andersson recorded seven of the ten shots from Union against Cologne.
These qualities remained hidden for a long time among scouts of European top leagues. "He is a bit of a phenomenon," Union manager Oliver Ruhnert recently characterized the striker in the specialist magazine "Kicker". "At a young age he was unremarkable, but has mostly made his goals - and has often flown under the radar."
Only at the age of 26 years changed Andersson after four professional football in Sweden from his home in the summer of 2017 to the then second division 1. FC Kaiserslautern. His twelve goals could not prevent the descent of the Palatine - a stroke of luck for Union. Since Andersson had not signed a contract for the 3rd league, the Berlin could sign him on a free transfer.
Also with twelve goals this season, the father of two daughters trumped as best shooter of the Berlin in the promotion season - and now even increases his quota in his first Bundesliga season. "I'm very happy, but also very tired," said the introverted Andersson before the TV cameras after his second Bundesliga double.
Overall, only five players met this season for Union - as little as in any other Bundesliga club. But despite this imbalance, the Berlin already celebrated their fourth home win in series and are currently in secure midfield. "We are not sure yet with 19 points," warned Andersson and provided a description of the situation, which is also symbolic for his time in Germany: "If we continue this way, everything will be fine."
Information about the game on bundesliga.de
Squad 1. FC Union Berlin
Squad 1. FC Cologne