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1. FC Union Berlin vs FC Carl Zeiss Jena

Friendly, 1. Matchday

1. FC Union vs Jena

Friendly, 1. Matchday

Sun., 01. July 2018, 14:00 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
1 : 1
intermittent clouds, 18 degrees
SR: Alexander Sather (Grimma) | Assistenten: Justin Weigt (Zossen), Hannes Wilke (Trebbin)

Union Berlin and Carl Zeiss Jena play out 1-1 draw

Match report

Philipp Hosiner scored from the penalty spot as 1. FC Union Berlin were held to a 1-1 draw by Carl Zeiss Jena at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Sunday. A crowd of 11,085 toasted the start of a new campaign under new head coach Urs Fischer, with Hosiner equalising after Manfred Starke’s goal.

1. FC Union Berlin XI: Gikiewicz; Trimmel (Kurzweg 46), Schösswendter (Parensen 46), Friedrich (Dietz 46), Lenz (Reichel 46); Schmiedebach (Prömel 46), Kroos (Mees 46), Hartel (Zejnullahu 46); Gogia (Taz 46), Hedlund (Redondo 46), Hosiner (Andersson 46)

FC Carl Zeiss Jena: Coppens (Sedlak 73); Brugmann (Kühne 46), Slamar (Reitstetter 46), Schüler (Grösch 46), Schlegel (Cros 46); Wolfram, Eckhardt (Erlbeck 46), Schau (Pannewitz 46); Starke (Bock 46), Brügmann (Rogerson 46), Tchenkoua (Jäpel 46)

Match officials: Alexander Sather, Justin Weigt, Hannes Wilke

The festivities continued to mark the 50th anniversary of Union’s FDGB Pokal triumph against Jena in 1968. Union’s current stars — dressed in all three new kits for the 18/19 campaign — were presented to the Alte Försterei crowd alongside several of the legends of the cup-winning team including scoring hero Ralf Quest, keeper Rainer Ignaczak and captain Ulrich Prüfke.

Jena opened the scoring on 16 minutes when Fabian Tchenkoua’s right-foot shot trundled through to Manfred Starke, who slid in unmarked. The lead was short lived until Felix Kroos was clattered in the box just over a minute later with referee Alexander Sather having no hesitation to point to the spot. Austrian striker Philipp Hosiner stepped up and fired the ball past Jo Coppens.

A mixture of pre-season rustiness and some stoppages for injury kept the tempo quite low for the remainder of the half.

Fischer fielded a second-half setup, which featured new signings Ken Reichel, Joshua Mees and Sebastian Andersson. The remaining player from the first half, Rafal Gikiewicz, was forced into action in 47th minute, reacting to Denis Jäpel’s left-foot shot from distance. At the other end, a rasping drive from Kenny Prince Redondo landed in the back-end of the net rather than the inside.

Mees, who arrived on a permanent deal from Hoffenheim after an impressive loan stint at Jahn Regensburg, lit up the second half around the hour mark. The 22-year-old’s defence-splitting through ball played in Redondo, who rounded Coppens but couldn’t convert into the empty net. Three minutes later, Coppens pulled off a great intervention to prevent Andersson from heading in Zejnuhallu’s inch-perfect cross.

On Sunday August 19, Union Berlin make the trip to Jena in a return fixture in the first round of the DFB Pokal. 

Union open season against Jena

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin open the season on Sunday against Carl Zeiss Jena in an anniversary friendly to mark the 50th year since the FDGB Pokal win in 1968. Half a century ago, the Köpenick club fought against all odds to overturn an early deficit and beat one of the GDR’s pre-eminent clubs to claim the prize.

Something for everyone

Union’s supporters marked the biggest achievement in the club’s history with a choreography at the final home outing of the season against VfL Bochum. Another display has been crafted by our fans on the theme of “Cup Victory” ahead of the season opening on Sunday.

Events start at 12:00 when a statue will be unveiled in front of the Stadion An der Alten Försterei main stand — with the noted support and imitative of ‘Szene Köpenick’ one of our fan groups. Legends, dignatories and Union president Dirk Zingler will attend the formal opening of the memorial, which will stand on the ‘Union Promenade’ between the main stand at the forester’s lodge. All Union supporters are invited to attend.

Around 45 minutes before kick-off, the new management team and the first-team squad will be introduced to the supporters. Just prior to the kick-off, we will welcome the victorious finalists from 1968 to the pitch, while our new away and third kits will be presented for the first time.

The festivities will continue until late with a beer garden, barbecue, autograph session and live music stand at the corner of Hämmerlingstrasse.

Outline of Sunday’s events:

12:00 — Stadium opening and unveiling of cup winners monument

13:15 — Presentation of squad, coach and backroom staff in stadium

14:00 — Celebration of cup winners before Union-Jena match

16:00 — Start of fan party with live music in the beer garden

17:00 — Autograph session during fan party

Opposition Check: Dominance since GDR end

1. FC Union Berlin have scored 50 times against Jena, with the Köpenick club losing just one from the previous 11 meetings since German reunification. The last meeting was a pre-season friendly in 2011/12 when Union ran out 4-0 winners in the capital.

Jena finished 11th in the German 3.Liga after recovering from a sluggish start to the season. Mark Zimmer’s team were in relegation trouble before a superb run of six wins from seven allowed them to secure their status for another campaign.

Tickets are still available / parking info

Any fans wishing to attend on Sunday can still buy tickets from any of Union Berlin’s club stores or online.

Children under the age of 12 can get in for free, while standing tickets are available from 5EUR* and seated for 10EUR*. With the exception of Section 4, the entire stadium will be open.

A limited number of parking places are available at P1 for a price of 4EUR per vehicle.

*All prices include VAT and don’t include advance booking and system fee, if applicable.


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