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Union Berlin - RB Leipzig: The double boycott


Shown attitude, get pack. In the first Bundesliga game in its history, Union Berlin protests against RB Leipzig. And somehow against playing football.

By the time he walked to the press conference, Julian Nagelsmann had to realize that everything is a little different here. In any other Bundesliga stadium, coaches can sit comfortably after a game, grab a drink or sip a coffee while answering journalists' questions. In the old forestry is confessed. "I've never had a high desk," said the coach of TSG Hoffenheim and looked behind ebendiesem like the government spokesman for the White House. Just that he was wearing a Nike shirt and talking about lock passes.

It is a lot different at the 1st FC Union Berlin. In the stadium, where the fans once built, stands on three sides. It has so few seats that Union may play only with a special permission of the DFL in the Bundesliga. The fan shop is called "Zeughaus", a VIP area "locksmithery" and in a verklinkerten corner of the stadium people push after each gate big signs from a window in brackets, a scoreboard in manual mode.

You can find everything wonderfully romantic. Or cheesy, because there are also Union VIP boxes with pale white napkins on the plates and of course another, modern scoreboard, on the run before the game constantly advertising: for the Facebook, Twitter and Instagramaccount the club, for the new jersey and the Bundesliga touring shirt, for dog tags that were printed to match the match days and for all the other stuff that is in the arsenal as well as in any other Bundesliga fan shop.

tears in the eyes

The atmosphere, though, is real. And that is really fantastic. Before the game, the fans held hundreds of posters with the heads of deceased devotees printed that did not make it to this special game. The official number of viewers was therefore corrected upwards by about 500 people: 22,467. Some had tears in their eyes. This is only possible with Union.

And that too: After the game, the fans celebrated their team with the mantra of Köpenick: "FC Union, our love, our team, our pride, our club, Union Berlin, Union Berlin". Their pride had just lost 0: 4 against RB Leipzig and was still well served. "Impressive how loud the stadium can be," said Julian Nagelsmann afterwards. Now the man is no capacity for mood issues, he trained so far in Hoffenheim and now in Leipzig, but he was right.

Only the first 15 minutes it was quiet in the stadium. With a collective vow of silence, the Union fans wanted to set an example against their opponent: RB Leipzig, the football construct, the commercial product par excellence, for many Unioners it stands for just about everything that does not like modern football. There was a bit of a stir about this boycott of the joke before the match, because some Union players also indicated that it would not be particularly helpful to be able to do without fifteen minutes of support on Matchday one. Because if the fans are the 12th man, then you play without them but with one less. Many a nonsense already: The Unionfans, who see themselves so much as a community, could rip it off even before the first game in the Eliteliga. And the club would someday sacrifice its values ​​to the Erstligakommerz, because that's hardly possible: to criticize a system of which you are a part.

Locksmith boys against football UFO

But the club supported the concerns of his fans and as Unions press and stadium spokesman Christian work before the game called into the microphone that everyone is invited to 15 minutes to silence, in football values ​​such as Fannähe and participation are important, it became clear that the Unioners would go through the thing. No wonder, it is hardly different: Here Union, the former locksmiths from Oberschöneweide, already a cult club in GDR times, because counterpart to the Stasi-fed serial champion BFC Dynamo and therefore compatible with all who were somehow against the system and free-kicks grinning "The wall must go!" cried. There, the sugar-powered football UFO from Austria, which had landed in Leipzig, when it became clear that they did not want to have it in Hamburg, Munich and Dusseldorf.

Source: zeit

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