1. FC Union Berlin, German football's favourite underdogs
The story of rise of 1. FC Union Berlin to finally reach the Bundesliga, Germany's premier professional football division, is one of relentless struggle and a never-say-die attitude. They have some of the most loyal supporters in all of Germany, to whom they've endeared themselves through all the hardships of Soviet occupation of East Berlin. This is truly a people's team, whose tribe will welcome you when you buy or sell 1. FC Union Berlin tickets on StubHub.
A deadly rivalry with Dynamo Dresden
1. FC Union Berlin spent many years literally fighting for survival in the East German Oberliga during the Cold War years. They were a top football team, but were constantly up against corruption and bias in the league, particularly when it came to their fierce rivals who enjoyed the support and funds of the East German security network, Dynamo Dresden. Matches were fixed and league regulations constantly manipulated, which meant that 1. FC Union Berlin were constantly up against it and sometimes even subjected to intimidation before crucial matches with their rivals. As a result, they had to play second fiddle for nigh on a decade, until the fall of the Berlin Wall and German unification saw them get their first opportunity to measure themselves against their real Berlin city peers, Hertha BSC, albeit in a friendly exhibition match a couple of months after the wall had come down in a celebration of German football unity. You can be part of this amazing Cold War football heritage with 1. FC Union Berlin tickets.
A long tough road to the Bundesliga
1. FC Union Berlin took a long time to even break into unified German professional football, let alone make it into the ranks of the Bundesliga. For many years, they were denied a professional licence, simply due to financial constraints, and ended up languishing in the German Amateur League, where they cleaned up most other opposition. Yet they were still denied professional status until their fans stepped in with a blood donation for cash campaign that saw the team survive yet another year. However, they were narrowly outplayed by VFL Osnabruck and could not gain 2. Bundesliga status. Once admitted, they continued to struggle, however they showed a flair for knock-out cups: they did well in the German Cup and qualified for Europe, where they lost to Bulgaria's Litex Lovech. The club finally made the Bundesliga in 2019, the culmination of an epic trek, when they won the promotion-relegation series against VfB Stuttgart. This is a fiercely proud club as a result of their many decades of struggle for recognition, so make sure to pay your respects if you find yourself in the eastern parts of Berlin. You can get 1. FC Union Berlin tickets right here on StubHub, of course.
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