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Andersson departs for 1. FC Köln

Swede bows out after two years:

Tue, 15. September 2020
Andersson departs for 1. FC Köln

Sebastian Andersson's time at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei has come to an end with the 29-year-old completing his transfer to 1. FC Köln.

The Sweden international striker joined 1. FC Union Berlin in the summer of 2018 on a free transfer from relegated 1. FC Kaiserslautern. He arrived off the back of scoring 12 goals for the Red Devils and he made an immediate impression with the coaching staff. Another 12 in the 2.Bundesliga was this time rewarded with promotion to the Bundesliga. Andersson played a pivotal role in shooting Union Berlin to the club's first-ever jump into Germany's top division. The hard-working striker scored Union's first goal in the Bundesliga, away at FC Augsburg in the second week of the campaign. Overall, Andersson scored 26 goals in 74 games for Union, earning him a place in Janne Andersson's national team squad, where he will be challenging for a place at Euro 2021. 

"I had two very good years at Union, I have felt very comfortable at the club and in the city with my family and have experienced unbelievable moments with the team. My first game at the Alte Försterei, the promotion, the first goal in the Bundesliga in Augsburg — these things I will never forget. As a striker, though, I know that I need to take chances when they are presented. That’s why I’m thankful to everyone responsible that I can take this opportunity. I wish the team and the whole club all the best and I’m absolutely certain that the club will stay in the league without me,” said Andersson after bidding farewell for Cologne.

"To lose a player of Sebastian's quality is not easy for us as a club. He was a fundamental part of our team and we must now try to replace him. Thanks to his important contract extension in February, we succeeded in holding on to a player whose sole focus was Union. Now we had to accept that he attracted interest from other clubs and it was clear to us that in certain economic conditions we have to let players go. We would like to thank Seb for two excellent years and wish him all the best," said Oliver Ruhnert, Director for Professional Football at 1. FC Union Berlin.