BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin has signed American forward Jordan Pefok to spearhead its fourth season in the Bundesliga and second in European soccer.
The 26-year-old Pefok, whose full name is Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu, was joining from Swiss team Young Boys, Union said on Thursday.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Nottingham Forest has signed forward Taiwo Awoniyi after paying a club-record transfer fee to Union Berlin, making the Nigerian its first international signing since returning to the Premier League.
BERLIN (AP) — Patrik Schick scored twice to shoot Bayer Leverkusen into the Champions League with a 4-2 win at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Union Berlin stunned Freiburg 4-1 to dampen its Champions League hopes.
BERLIN (AP) — With little excitement at the top of the Bundesliga, it’s the clubs just below Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund that are providing the entertainment at the end of the season.
Bayer Leverkusen, Freiburg, Leipzig, Cologne and Union Berlin are all scrapping for European places with two matches to go, with two of those teams joining Bayern and Dortmund in the Champions League, while another two will qualify for the Europa League.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin substitute Sven Michel scored again to salvage a 1-1 draw against already relegated Greuther Fürth on Friday in his team’s 100th Bundesliga game since promotion.
Michel, who scored late and set up the other goal for Union to beat Leipzig 2-1 away last weekend, came on in the 70th minute and scored two minutes later when he forced Fürth defender Nick Viergever to lose the ball in his own penalty area.
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Sevilla can move into second place in the Spanish league when it hosts relegation-threatened Cádiz. It enters the weekend tied on points with Barcelona but is behind the Catalan club on the head-to-head tiebreaker.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Emil Forsberg scored in injury time to send Leipzig back into the German Cup final with a 2-1 win at home over Union Berlin on Wednesday.
Benjamin Henrichs crossed the ball back in after Union defender Timo Baumgartl had cleared off the line, and Forsberg got in front of Andras Schäfer to head the ball past goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow and set up a title decider against Freiburg in Berlin’s Olympiastadion on May 21.
BERLIN (AP) — It was the day they’d been waiting for.
Union Berlin and its supporters celebrated the end of coronavirus restrictions on Friday with a noisy 1-0 win over Cologne in a Bundesliga game played in front of a sell-out 22,012-capacity crowd.
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The Bundesliga resumes to a full house as Union Berlin is allowed a capacity crowd for the first time in months for Cologne’s visit.
BERLIN (AP) — The Bundesliga will have full stadiums for the first time in months this weekend as coronavirus restrictions are scrapped across Germany in time for the season finale.
Union Berlin has sold all 22,012 tickets for its home game against Cologne on Friday.
BERLIN (AP) — Neither Erling Haaland nor Gio Reyna could help Borussia Dortmund keep pace with Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich on Sunday as the team was held 1-1 at Cologne.
Sebastian Andersson’s first-half equalizer earned Cologne a point from an intensive game and left Bayern six points clear of Dortmund with seven games left to play.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-0 win against Union Berlin on Saturday, and Hertha Berlin won its first game of 2022.
Bayern star Robert Lewandowski scored twice to take his league tally to 31 goals in 27 games.
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Christopher Nkunku continued his free-scoring start to 2022 as Leipzig cruised into the semifinals of the German Cup with a 4-0 win over second-division club Hannover on Wednesday.
BERLIN (AP) — Two defensive slip-ups handed Union Berlin a spot in the semifinals of the German Cup for the first time in 21 years with a 2-1 win over second-division St. Pauli on Tuesday.
BERLIN (AP) — Marco Reus scored twice to lead Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 win at Union Berlin and cut Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga lead to six points on Sunday.
It also went some way to answering mounting criticism after Dortmund’s 5-2 loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen the previous Sunday, which had allowed Bayern to pull nine points clear.
BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin’s bid for a fresh start after the international break ended in disappointment as Bochum fought back to draw 1-1 in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Ishak Belfodil’s early goal for Hertha was canceled by former Union Berlin forward Sebastian Polter after the break, stretching the home team’s wait for its first win in 2022.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin’s star player Max Kruse stunned the high-flying club by asking for a transfer to his former team Wolfsburg at the other end of the Bundesliga, with the forward set to rejoin Wolfsburg on the last day of the winter transfer window.
BERLIN (AP) — The Bundesliga's international break has come at just the right time for beleaguered Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Adi Hütter.
Hütter’s team is going through a crisis of form when it should be pushing for European qualification.
BERLIN (AP) — Max Kruse scored twice for Union Berlin to leave Borussia Mönchengladbach in crisis on Saturday after a 2-1 defeat in the Bundesliga.
It was Gladbach’s fourth straight league loss at home, just days after its German Cup exit to second-division Hannover.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin delivered another demoralizing blow to city rival Hertha Berlin by dumping its neighbor out of the German Cup with a 3-2 away win in the round of 16 on Wednesday.
Union won their previous meeting 2-0 in the Bundesliga in November and the latest success consolidates the upstart club’s status of “Stadtmeister” (city champion) over its long-suffering rival.
BERLIN (AP) — After years of disappointment, Hertha Berlin fans are bracing themselves for yet more ahead of a daunting week against city rival Union Berlin and Bavarian powerhouse Bayern Munich.
Hertha hosts in-form Union in the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday, then league leader Bayern in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
BERLIN (AP) — Jan Thielmann scored in injury time to help Cologne move to sixth place in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
Thielmann, a substitute, sealed the win on a counterattack in injury time when he won the ball off Vladimir Darida and rounded the goalkeeper before scoring.
BERLIN (AP) — Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund beat last-place Greuther Fürth 3-0 on Wednesday, preventing Bayern Munich from stretching its Bundesliga lead any further.
Haaland took his tally to 13 goals in 10 league appearances and kept Dortmund six points behind Bayern with just over half of the season remaining.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — American Jesse Marsch is no longer coach of Bundesliga team Leipzig.
The club said Sunday that the two had “mutually agreed to end the cooperation. That is the result of an in-depth analysis and intensive discussions” after Friday’s 2-1 loss at Union Berlin.
BERLIN (AP) — Roared on by its biggest crowd for the foreseeable future, Union Berlin defeated Leipzig 2-1 to climb to fourth in the Bundesliga and deepen the visitor's crisis on Friday.
Goals from Taiwo Awoniyi and Timo Baumgartl lifted Union into a Champions League qualification place ahead of the rest of the 14th round and left Leipzig scrambling for answers after its third successive domestic defeat.
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Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch will miss the team's visit to Union Berlin in the Bundesliga as the American remains in isolation following a positive test for the coronavirus.
BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin fired coach Pál Dárdai 10 months into his second spell at the German Bundesliga club and replaced him with former Bayer Leverkusen coach Tayfun Korkut on Monday.
The Hungarian coach leaves with Hertha 14th in the 18-team table and on a four-game winless run after drawing 1-1 with Augsburg on Saturday.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Players' shouts echoed around an empty stadium for the first time this season in the Bundesliga as coronavirus-hit Leipzig lost 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
Moussa Diaby scored one goal and assisted another for Leverkusen in a game overshadowed by the virus.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bundesliga club Mainz has been fined 8,000 euros ($9,000) after its fans poured beer on Union Berlin forward Max Kruse.
The incident occurred last month when Kruse was substituted during Union's 2-1 win at Mainz.
BERLIN (AP) — Violence, fireworks, and the coronavirus.
The risks are clear ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga derby between Union Berlin and city rival Hertha.
Despite infection rates setting daily records in Germany this week, Berlin’s senate gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for Union to fill its stadium to capacity for the first time since the pandemic began.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen brought on two 16-year-olds and came from behind with a last-minute goal from Robert Andrich to snatch a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Spanish forward Iker Bravo became the second-youngest player to appear in the Bundesliga — after Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko — when he came on in the 79th minute, only to become the third-youngest when Danish midfielder Zidan Sertdemir came on in the 86th.
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police were on alert for fan violence Thursday after Union Berlin’s Europa Conference League game with Dutch team Feyenoord.
Police made at least 74 arrests in the run-up to the match, which Feyenoord won 2-1, and were maintaining a highly visible presence in and around the stadium to keep rival fans apart.
BERLIN (AP) — Though hardly to blame, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has conceded seven goals in his last two games.
While Bayern’s forwards are setting Bundesliga records, the team’s defense is offering rivals a route to success that few had attempted before.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin will play city rival Hertha Berlin in the third round of the German Cup, while defending champion Borussia Dortmund faces an enticing game at second-division cult club St.
BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich restored some lost pride with a 5-2 win at Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Bayern was smarting from Wednesday’s 5-0 loss at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the cup, and it rebounded by ending Union’s 21-game unbeaten run at home in the league.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich is smarting after its biggest loss in 43 years, and Union Berlin will be cautiously hoping to take advantage of the situation.
Bayern was routed 5-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the second round of the German Cup on Wednesday, its biggest defeat since a 7-1 loss to Fortuna Düsseldorf in the Bundesliga in December 1978.
BERLIN (AP) — UEFA sanctioned German soccer club Union Berlin on Friday with a partial stadium closure for the antisemitic behavior of some of its fans toward supporters of Israeli team Maccabi Haifa.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The president of German soccer club Union Berlin was among a group of team officials that was attacked in the Netherlands before a Europa Conference League game at Feyenoord, with one person needing hospital treatment.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin has identified a person it says was one of the perpetrators of antisemitic abuse against Maccabi Haifa fans and banned him from the club’s grounds and premises indefinitely.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA opened investigations Tuesday into allegations of racist abuse by Czech children and antisemitism by German fans at Europa League games.
Thousands of young fans booed Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara, who is Black, during the team's visit to Sparta Prague last Thursday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Defender John Brooks will miss the United States' three World Cup qualifiers this month because of a back injury.
Wolfsburg coach Mark van Bommel said Monday that the 28-year-old Brooks will not travel from Germany to Texas, where the Americans play Jamaica on Thursday night.
BERLIN (AP) — The first soccer game involving an Israeli team at the stadium built for the 1936 Olympics hosted by Nazi Germany was marred by antisemitic abuse aimed at the visiting team's fans.
Union Berlin said Friday it condemned the antisemitic attacks against Maccabi Haifa supporters during the teams' Europa Conference League game at Berlin’s Olympiastadion the night before.
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund’s defensive frailties are keeping expectations in check despite the team's fearsome attack.
Dortmund has already conceded 11 goals in five Bundesliga games — the fifth worst record in the league — to take the shine off outstanding play from Erling Haaland, Marco Reus and Jude Bellingham.
BERLIN (AP) — Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund emerged with a hard-fought 4-2 win over Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Norwegian grabbed Dortmund’s second goal in the 24th minute and secured the result in the 83rd just after Union scored for what looked like a nervy finale.
BERLIN (AP) — Striker Taiwo Awoniyi scored a brilliant goal to help Union Berlin upset Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 for its first Bundesliga win of the season on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Awoniyi, whose move on loan from Liverpool to Union was made permanent in the offseason, combined with Max Kruse to score what proved to be the winning goal in the 41st minute.
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin qualified for European football for the first time in 20 years on Thursday — and did so while playing in its city rival Hertha Berlin's home stadium.
Union earned a spot in UEFA’s new third-tier Europa Conference League competition on Thursday with a scoreless draw against Kuopion Palloseura in Berlin’s iconic Olympiastadion, securing a 4-0 aggregate win over the Finnish team in their playoff.
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus warned against over-praising teammate Erling Haaland after yet another outstanding performance from the Norway striker.
Haaland was involved in every goal Saturday as he led Dortmund to a 5-2 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt in their Bundesliga opener.
GENEVA (AP) — Tottenham and Roma are starting on the road to Tirana next season.
The two clubs that recently fired and hired Jose Mourinho are the highest-ranked entries in the list being finalized this week for the inaugural Europa Conference League — the third-tier UEFA competition that kicks off in July.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski left it to the last minute of the last game before breaking the Bundesliga record with his 41st goal of the season on Saturday.
Lewandowski missed a host of chances before he finally struck in the 90th minute of Bayern's 5-2 win over Augsburg in the final round of the German league.
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — It's a new start at the end of the German soccer season.
For the first time since October, fans will be back in the stands for a Bundesliga game on Saturday when up to 2,000 spectators will be able to watch Union Berlin play Leipzig.