1. FC Union fans are considered a reliable indicator of the atmosphere in Berlin-Köpenick. After the 4-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen, the fans did what they hadn’t done for a long time: they refused to support the team.
The fans’ behavior sent an unmistakable message: something is wrong in Köpenick – and it is going badly. After their ninth consecutive defeat, the Iron Men fell to bottom of the Bundesliga table.
Apparently most of the 1,400 Union fans at the BayArena saw it that way too. Because after the final whistle, something remarkable happened in the guest block: absolutely nothing. Typically the team is supported even after defeats – more recently, even after the sixth, seventh or eighth defeat in a row. Also on Sunday, the players attended the fans’ corner as usual. Instead of the usual applause and clenched fists, this time he was met with icy silence. It was only when the players turned around again that there was isolated applause from some fans.
Captain Christopher Trimmel briefly addressed the fans – at least on this day there was no need for discussion from the fans. Trimmel showed understanding. “Honestly – I completely understand that. In the end there is not much to say. We are last and lost 4-0,” he explained.
The Ultras even stopped their vocal support at the end of the game. This doesn’t happen often at Union Berlin either. The collective silence in Leverkusen sounded like a strong warning to the team. Christopher Trimmel indirectly reminded his teammates that in many other stadiums in a similar situation there would probably have been a raucous concert of whistles. “Fans communicate very directly. We are doing well at this club because the support is incredible. Many players know this differently”, explained the captain.
Union Berlin has to fight for support
Now it seems that Union Berlin’s professionals will have to fight for the support they have received from the fans for years. The home game against FC Augsburg continues on November 25th at the An der Alten Försterei stadium. In the coming days, both sides will have time to process Leverkusen’s silence. The club announced that all training sessions this week will be closed to the public.
It’s clear, of course, that the fans want to continue supporting the team – even if it’s with a silent warning like in Leverkusen. Coach Urs Fischer knows that the team can better combine fans with victories. Thinking about previous support for the team and also for himself, Fischer explained: “If you can count on the support of the fans even if things are going wrong, that can be an important point in getting back on track.” However, the fan indicator signals a very tense atmosphere in Köpenick.
Bayer Leverkusen press conference against Union Berlin
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