1. FC Union Berlin’s final pre-season friendly of the summer takes place on Saturday at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei against Spanish side Celta Vigo.
With the Bundesliga start three weeks away, Urs Fischer’s side are almost set to go ahead of a new adventure for the Köpenick club.
First, Union will play Germania Halberstadt in the DFB Pokal before the opening Bundesliga clash against RB Leipzig on August 18.
Review: Bundesliga club held, Celta Vigo in good form
Fischer strived to create the right conditions to test his players in an away setting last week. Union drew 1-1 with Wolfsburg over 120 minutes with a goal in the second minute from Sebastian Andersson. The fixture had an unusual format with four x 30 minute periods in order to give two groups of the squad almost an hour's game time. Joao Victor hit a late equaliser for Oliver Glasner's side as the Wolves were kept all square against one of the newly-promoted club. After a draw in Aue and a rewarding training camp in Windischgarsten, this was the much-needed examination of Union’s Bundesliga credentials before RB Leipzig come to Köpenick on August 18.
Fran Escriba’s Celta Vigo finished 17th in the Spanish top division last term and will be expecting to bounce back with a solid showing this time around. Wins over Lugo (3-0) and Lille (1-0) have given Celta good grounding in their pre-season preparations. The 54-year-old’s team have been in active in the transfer window with Denis Suarez signing from Barcelona, Joseph Aidoo joining from Genk and Santi Mina making the move from Valencia. Celta open their own league campaign on August 17 at home to Real Madrid.
Service: Day box offices available
Tickets are available from the Union-Zeughaus and online. There will be day box offices for supporters who wish to purchase a ticket on matchday.
A live stream will also be available on AFTV, our official club channel.