Matchday 3: 1. FC Union Berlin 3 -1 Borussia Dortmund

Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Trimmel, Friedrich, Subotic, Lenz; Becker, Schmiedebach (Gentner), Andrich, Bülter (Mees); Andersson, Ujah (Kroos) Borussia Dortmund: Bürki; Hakimi, Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji; Delaney (Dahoud), Weigl (Guerreiro); Sancho, Reus, Brandt (Bruun Larsen); Alcacer Goals: Union Berlin: Bülter (22, 50), Andersson (75)
Borussia Dortmund: Alcacer (25)  Apologies for the delay, but I needed a few days to come down from the adrenaline high that was Union Berlin’s first-ever win in the Bundesliga. My memories of the game are honestly a bit fuzzy, as my ability to focus at that time was clouded by extreme emotion (not to mention a few whiskey sodas). Yet even if the precise details of the match aren’t clear to me, one thing is for certain: it was a huge statement of intent by a team that many had already written off for relegation.

For me personally, the result was also oddly complex. As I was explaining to one of the QPR fans who invited us to watch the game with them (unif…

Preview: 1. FC Union Berlin v. Borussia Dortmund

Stadion An der Alten Försterei, Berlin Saturday, August 31 12:30 p.m. EDT, 18:30 CEST Match OfficialsReferee: Dr. Felix BrychAssistants: Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp4th Official: Martin PetersenVideo Assistant: Günter PerlAll-Time in All Competitions: 2 Dortmund winsUnion's League Position: 14th place, 1 point, -4 GDUnion's League Form: W-D // D-D // L-DDortmund's League Position: 1st place, 6 points, +6 GDDortmund's League Form: L-D-W-W // W-W Union Berlin had to come from behind, but Sebastian Andersson's 80th minute goal last week, the first in the club's Bundesliga history, earned the club their first top flight point. With those accomplishments out of the way, Union return home this weekend to face one of the title favorites.

So, what can Union expect to accomplish against a club with the attacking prowess of Borussia Dortmund, who have already racked up eight goals and a +6 goal difference in two matches? Dortmund are probably, on the whole, better than the R…

Matchday 2: FC Augsburg 1 - 1. FC Union Berlin

FC Augsburg: Koubek; Max, Jedvaj, Lichtsteiner, Khedira; Baier, Gruezo (Oxford), Vargas (Richter); Hahn, Gregoritsch, Niederlechner (Finnbogason)

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Trimmel, Subotic, Schlotterbeck (Sent off 84), Lenz; Prömel, Andrich, Ingvartsen (Andersson); Becker (Abdullahi), Ujah (Polter), Bülter Goals:

Augsburg - Vargas (Niederlechner), 59
Union - Andersson (Polter), 80 In preseason predictions of how the 2019-2020 Bundesliga table would look at the end of the season, Union Berlin and Augsburg both featured prominently in the relegation positions. While Augsburg have been in the top flight since 2011, and even featured in the Europa League in 2015-2016, recent seasons have shown a slow but steady decline. They finished in 15th place last season, just above Stuttgart in the relegation playoff position (and we all know how that turned out for Stuttgart). Like Hamburg before them, who spent several seasons just barely squeaking by before finally succumbing to the siren song…

Preview: FC Augsburg v. 1. FC Union Berlin

WWK Arena, Augsburg Saturday, August 23 9:30 a.m. EDT, 15:30 CEST Match OfficialsReferee: Robert SchröderAssistants: Jan Nietzel-Petersen and Guido Kleve4th Official: Patrick AltVideo Review: Bibiana SteinhausAll-Time in All Competitions: 1 Augsburg win, 3 drawsUnion Berlin's League Form: L-W-D // D-D // LAugsburg's League Form: W-L-D-L-L // L Well, Union Berlin come into this match following their worst Bundesliga loss in history... so, there's only one way to go from here, right? Right?!

To earn safety in the Bundesliga and avoid the relegation playoff for that matter, you need to finish no worse than 15th, which means finding three teams in the league that will finish below you. I'm probably not going to harp on that point every week, but it'll also take at least a month to really figure out who Union fans should be hoping loses week-in, week-out.

But there's a really good chance that Augsburg are one of those teams. This will be Augsburg's ninth consecutiv…

Matchday 1: 1. FC Union Berlin 0 - 4 RB Leipzig


Preview: 1. FC Union Berlin v. RB Leipzig

Stadion an der Alten Försterei, Berlin Sunday, August 18 12:00 p.m. EDT, 18:00 CEST Referee: Markus SchmidtAll-Time in All Competitions: 1 Union win, 2 Leipzig wins, 1 drawUnion Berlin Last Season: 2. Bundesliga 3rd, 57 points, +23 GD, promoted via play-offRB Leipzig Last Season: Bundesliga 3rd, 66 points, +34 GDUnion Team News
Out: Hübner (knee/match fitness,) Abdullahi (match fitness) Since it was hard to follow the pre-season in the US (and I haven't seen a live minute of action since the final whistle of the promotion play-off,) I'm not really in a great position to predict what the XI is going to look like.Pretty sure Rafał Gikiewicz will be in goal, though... also, Christopher Trimmel at right back.Florian Hübner is still a doubt because he hasn't had much time in training, having injured his knee earlier in summer training (I believe in a collision with Grischa Prömel. Classic.) Urs Fischer confirmed this morning that Hübner is not available.Marvin Friedrich is available…

Summer Business Recap and Season Preview

As Union Berlin prepare to embark on the club's first Bundesliga season in their history, we take a look at the glut of roster changes the side made to prepare for the top flight over the summer.

Goalkeepers: Well, there's no doubt that Rafał Gikiewicz is a huge part of why Union Berlin will be playing Bundesliga football for the first time this season. Purchased from Freiburg, Gikiewicz appeared in every fixture last season and backstopped the stingiest defense in the 2. Bundesliga, conceding 33 goals in 34 matches while keeping 14 clean sheets. No other club in the second division conceded fewer than Hamburg's 42. And he scored an injury time equalizer himself against Heidenheim last October to boot (well, maybe to boot is the wrong phrase since it was a header...)

Lennart Moser has gone out on loan to Energie Cottbus this season so the club brought in Moritz Nicolas from Borussia Mönchengladbach to make up the numbers between the sticks. Jakob Busk is still around, too, …