Last game of 2017/18 season: Union on the road at Türkiyemspor
It was another eventful evening for 1. FC Union Berlin during their 6-0 win at SV Tasmania Berlin yesterday and it won’t be long until the next game: On Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 3:30 p.m., the players will visit Türkiyemspor Berlin at Willy-Kressmann-Stadium.
Türkiyemspor Berlin 1978: Between third and seventh division
Türkiyemspor is the final opponent in Union’s 2017/18 campaign and it will be a special day for the team from Berlin-Kreuzberg: Not only will the club get a shot to face a 2. Bundesliga side, they are also celebrating their 40th anniversary. Some of the biggest successes in club history include the win of the Berlin-Cup in 1988, 1990 and 1991, as well as being part of the third division “Regionalliga Nordost” (season 1994/95).
Between 2008 and 2011, Türkiyemspor was once again part of the now fourth division “Regionalliga Nord”. With zero wins, five ties and 29 losses in 34 games, the club had to overcome relegation to “Oberliga Nordost” (fifth division). To make matters worse, the club had to file for bankruptcy and terminated their first team in December 2011, consequently being relegated to “Berlin-Liga” (sixth division). And it didn’t stop there: At the end of the 2012/13 season, Türkiyemspor suffered the third consecutive relegation and competes in the “Landesliga” (seventh division) since the 2013/14 season.
Shared past: Hard-fought battles in the 1990s
Despite a five-league-difference between the two Union and Türkiyemspor, the teams have crossed paths in 16 games. Nine wins, three ties and four losses from Union’s perspective paint a deceiving picture, as the team from Köpenick had their fair share of problems with Kreuzberg-based club in Berlin-Cup matches. On February 2, 1992, a home game at Stadion An der Alten Försterei saw Türkiyemspor win 6:5 on penalties. In the following year, as well as during the 2000/01 season, Union also fell short to Türkiyemspor in the Berlin-Cup.
For road-trippers: Sunday’s program and ticket information
Those who plan to attend the game at Willy-Kressmann-Stadium (Dudenstr. 40, 10965 Berlin) can purchase tickets on-site for 10 EUR. The stadium opens at noon, hosting a German-Turkish fan-fest with activities for children, catering and a game between two Türkiyemspor all-star teams before the main event at 3:30 p.m.: the match between Türkiyemspor’s first team and 1. FC Union Berlin.