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Clash with the newcomers

All the key facts ahead of the Wolves’ home match against Union Berlin.

VfL and Union Berlin are not complete strangers as they’ve played each other three times in friendlies in the last three years. After a 3-1 defeat at the Volkswagen Arena in November 2016, the Green-Whites exacted revenge a year and a half later with a 3-0 win at the Alten Försterei. Then in the summer just gone, the two clubs crossed paths at their training camps and shared a 1-1 draw. Time for a look at the facts and stats ahead of Sunday’s maiden Bundesliga encounter:

  • FC Berlin, FSV Zwickau the aforementioned 1. FC Union Berlin were the Wolves’ opponents in the play-offs for promotion to Bundesliga 2 in 1992. The second leg at the Alten Försterei, when Siggi Reich scored both goals in a 2-1 victory, remains the last of the two competitive meetings between the two sides. 
  • Reich had already netted a brace in a 4-0 win in the first leg at home. The prolific striker was then the leading scorer in the Wolves’ debut season in the second tier.
  • Union are the 37th different side who VfL have faced in the Bundesliga since promotion to the top flight in 1997.
  • After a surprising run to the final of the DFB Cup in 2001 – where they lost 2-0 to Schalke – Union started the 2001/02 campaign in the UEFA Cup before being knocked out by Bulgarian side Litex Lovech in the second round.
  • In Frank Lieberam (December 2004-December 2005) and Jens Keller (July 2016-December 2017), two former Wolfsburg players have held the position of head coach at the capital club.
  • Not forgetting, of course, the three ex-Wolves who are currently plying their trade for Union: Akaki Gogia, Sebastian Polter and Christian Gentner.



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