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Chemnitzer FC vs 1. FC Union Berlin

Friendly, 2. Matchday

Chemnitz vs 1. FC Union

Friendly, 2. Matchday

Wed., 04. July 2018, 18:30 Uhr
1 : 3
sunny, 29 degrees
SR: Henry Müller (Cottbus) | Assistenten: Jonas Belke (Drebkau), Martin Hagemeister (Cottbus)

Union Berlin beat Chemnitz 3-1

Match report

Simon Hedlund, Kenny Price Redondo and Marvin Friedrich scored the goals as 1. FC Union Berlin won 3-1 at fourth-tier side Chemnitzer FC in Herzberg.

All three goals came in the second half as Urs Fischer's side recorded their first win of pre-season preparations following the 1-1 tie with Carl Zeiss Jena on Sunday.

1. FC Union Berlin XI: Busk; Trimmel (Lenz 62), Maloney (Friedrich 46), Hübner (Schoßwendter 62), Reichel (Kurzweg 62); Kroos (Kahraman 62), Prömel (Schmiedebach 62), Mees (Hartel 62); Hedlund (Gogia 62), Andersson (Hosiner 62), Redondo (Taz 62)

Chemnitzer FC XI: Sowade; Itter (Schubert 46), Velkov (Taag 46), Blum, Aloi (F. Müller 46); Gesien, Langer, Grote (Karsanidis 46), Garcia (Milde 46); T. Müller (Hovi 46), Bozic

Attendance: 939

Match officials: Henry Müller, Jonas Belke, Martin Hagemeister

Union Berlin dominated the early passages of play, with more ball possession than Chemnitz, but without finding a way past Florian Sowade. Given the heat was upwards of 30 degrees at pitch level, referee Henry Müller called for drink breaks every 15 minutes. Sowade made a superb save from Joshua Mees who struck from the edge of the box towards the last quarter of the half. But the Köpenick club couldn't get a breakthrough before the half-time interval.

If the first half ranked low on entertainment value, the second half was extremely high. Union returned from the half at a superb tempo, scoring two goals inside a minute through Simon Hedlund and Kenny Prince Redondo. At the other end, Dejan Bozic headed past Jakob Busk to cut the deficit to one goal. Union remained in pursuit of more goals and great assist play from Berkan Taz teed up one for Marvin Friedrich on 69 minutes. Good chances fell to Christopher Lenz, Cihan Kahraman and Marcel Hartel, but the match ended 3-1.

"I liked the first 10-15 minutes, it had everything in it. After that, I think we stopped working well and got stuck in challenges. You can't win games if you're not ready to fight battles. We mentioned this during the break and it worked out better again in the second half. Of course, there are still a few balls missing from the interplay. These small things do not have the highest priority at the moment, but they are on our list of course," analysed head coach Fischer.

Union are back in action tomorrow at the Bonava Arena (Hangelsberger Chaussee 6, 15517 Fürstenwalde/Spree) with an 18:30 kick-off lined up for a bounce game against Union Fürstenwalde. Tickets are available on location for 10EUR (seat), 8EUR (standing room) and 6EUR (standing room reduced*).

* Concessionary prices apply to children between 6 and 16 years, pupils, students, job seekers, pensioners and people with disabilities. Proof of identification is necessary.

Herzberg welcomes Union to face Chemnitz

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin will make the short trip to Herzberg (Brandenburg) on Wednesday for a bounce game against Chemnitzer FC.

Wednesday’s encounter comes after Union’s 1-1 draw with Carl Zeiss Jena, a match which was to celebrate 50 years since the club won the FDGB Pokal. The next friendly has similarly festive reasons — VfB Herzberg 68 are celebrating their 111th anniversary as a football club and 60 years of competing in bowling. Union are part of the club’s history: we celebrated VfB’s 100th anniversary in 2007 with a friendly against Energie Cottbus.

Chemnitzer FC: Between GDR titles, amateur football and insolvency

For the first time 2011, Chemnitzer FC will play in Germany’s fourth division. The Saxons were in the third division for seven consecutive seasons but were relegated last season. In 1966/67, Chemnitzer won their first-ever national league championship. However, fortunes have gone downhill since the 1990s with economic problems forcing the club to declare insolvency in April this year, making survival from the drop all-but impossible with a further nine-point deduction.

David Bergner, who took over as coach in January, is preparing his side for the Regionalliga. His team returned from a break on June 18 and have played three friendlies so far, winning two against FSV Limbach and SV Zehdernick. Bergner is a former professional at 1. FC Union Berlin and made over 200 appearances for the club.

Ticket and travel information:

Tickets are only available from the stadium in Herzberg and not from normal Union outlets.

Here is an overview of the price categories:


  1. 15EUR in the main stand (412 seats, no concessions)
  2. Children up to 7 have free admission


  1. 10EUR full price for a standing spot
  2. 5EUR reduced for children up to 14
  3. Children up to 7 have free admission

Wednesday’s match takes place at the Werner-Seelenbinder-Sportstätte (Badstrasse 13, 04916 Herzberg). Our mobile shop will also be on sale and you’ll be able to purchase any of our 2018/19 kits on site — or you can still purchase them online.


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