'Tradition beats every trend!' read the banner held up by Union fans half way through the second-half…

Normally I’m a very practical, dispassionate and rational guy, and that is also the case when I…

United States international Bobby Wood is set to move to the Bundesliga top flight with Hamburg, according to kicker.

Wood, 23, was in Hamburg on Friday to sort out final talks with the permission of his current club Union Berlin, the newspaper reported.

After German reunification in 1990, the team continued to perform well on the field, but almost collapsed financially. They managed to hang on through some tight times and find sponsorship, but only after winning their division in both 1993 and 1994 and each time being denied a license to play in the 2. Bundesliga due to their financial problems. The club had another close brush with financial failure in 1997.

This season will be the last one where Union have a reserves squad, also known as under…

Ritter Keule (Literally: Cudgel the Knight) is the mascot of Union Berlin.[27] He was first introduced in 2000.[28]

"We are devastated and incredibly sad," Union Berlin president Dirk Zingler said on the club's official website. "Our deepest sympathy belongs to the family and relatives of Sascha Lewandowski."

The new season schedule is there, and the first home game is a big one: Dynamo Dresden…

The standout performances for Union have not only won Wood a place in the 40-man preliminary squad for next...

In basketball, fans of the home team tend to chant 'Defence! Defence!' when under attack, stressing the…

1. FC Union Berlin is recognized as one of Europe's cult clubs, based on many unique fan and club initiatives over the last two decades.[16][17][18]

In 2014, the club came up with the idea of inviting fans to take their own sofas to the ground for the whole of the World Cup.[7] More than 800 sofas were placed on the pitch in rows in front of the big screen.[8] The event was later recognized with the Fan Experience Award at The Stadium Business Summit 2015 in Barcelona.[9]

After German reunification, when Union were assigned by the German Football Association to play in the 3rd league, the outdated stadium proved only one of a number of factors that hampered the club's push for promotion to higher leagues.

Bundesliga club Hamburg have announced they have completed the signing of U.S. international Bobby Wood from Union Berlin.

Union fürs Leben (Union for life) is a 2014 documentary film that showcases the supporters passion for 1. FC Union Berlin.[29] Union Berlin is also part o the popular FIFA 16, an association football simulation video game.[30]

In former GDR times Union was known for a rivalry with Dynamo Berlin who was affiliated with East Germany's Secret Service Stasi. Union was patronized by Eastern German Trade Union FDGB. The club played some identificatory role in the unofficial opposition against the authorities of the communist system.[20]

Union Berlin is also well known for its Christmas traditions celebrated in their home stadium.[25] In 2003 the yearly Union Weihnachtssingen started as an unofficial gathering to which just 89 fans showed up. In 2013, 27,500 people attended, including players and supporters of other teams from around Germany and Europe. Fans drink Glühwein (mulled wine), wave candles around, light flares and sing a combination of Christmas carols and football chants.[26]

When Union won promotion to the DDR-Oberliga (the top flight in East Germany) in 1966, the stadium soon needed to be expanded. The ground was first expanded in 1970 when the Gegengerade terrace was raised, whilst further extensions to the terracing at both ends in the late 1970s and early 1980s increased the capacity furthermore to 22,500. However, the somewhat spartan facilities at Alte Försterei had quickly begun to show their age and went into a serious decline.

The standout performances for Union have not only won the U.S. international a place in the 40-man preliminary squad for next month's Copa America, but also brought him to the attention of a wider audience in Germany.

The club is well known for its enthusiastic and creative fan base and for its chant "Eisern Union" (Iron Union).[3]

Wood, 23, will join Bundesliga club Hamburg from second-tier side Union Berlin after this summer's Copa America Centenario in the United States. Following a standout season in the second league, the forward at the weekend signed the four-year deal.

The home ground Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Stadium by the old forester's house) is the largest single-purpose football stadium in the German capital. It has been home to Union Berlin and its forerunners since it was opened in 1920.[1] The stadium became internationally famous for concerts and events like the annual Weihnachtssingen (Christmas Carols Event) and the WM-Wohnzimmer (World Cup Living Room) in 2014.[2]

The nicknames of the club are Eiserne (The Iron Ones) or Eisern Union (Iron Union), both of which are used to refer to the club from Berlin. Their nicknames evolved from the earlier sobriquet Schlosserjungs (metalworker boys), which was in reference to the blue kit the Union played in, as it was reminiscent of the overalls worn by local workers.[19]

Union Berlin will not stop Bobby Wood from leaving the second-tier Bundesliga club should he request a transfer to a club willing to make the United States forward "a decent offer."

The name 1. FC Union Berlin was used by two football clubs that shared a common origin as FC Olympia 06 Oberschöneweide, founded in 1906 in the Oberschöneweide district of Berlin. The side took on the name SC Union 06 Oberschöneweide in 1910. Union was one of Berlin's premier clubs in the interwar period, regularly winning local championships and competing at the national level, including an appearance in the 1923 German championship final which they lost 0–3 to Hamburger SV.

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The famous supporters chant ‘Eisern Union’ (Iron Union) bounces back and forth between the terraces named Waldseite and the Gegengerade and is followed by mutual acknowledging applause.[24]

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1. FC Union Berlin is a professional German association football club based in Berlin. The club emerged under the current name in 1966 but can be traced back to 1906, when predecessor FC Olympia Oberschöneweide was founded. They have competed in the 2. Bundesliga for seven consecutive seasons.

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Wood, 23, has signed a four-year contract with Hamburg, tying him to the side until 2020, after reportedly holding talks on Friday.

The official Union Berlin song is "Eisern Union" by the famous German Punk-Star Nina Hagen.[23] The composition was recorded in 1998. Four versions were issued on a CD single by G.I.B Music and Distribution GmbH.

Several Union matches rank among the best football games I've ever seen: 2 that ended 5:4, the…

In 2014 1. FC Union Berlin was sponsored by 301 private and corporate partners.

Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia is looking forward to working with U.S. international Bobby Wood.

The club finished the 1949–50 season in second place in Berlin and qualified to take part in the national final rounds. However, escalating Cold War tensions led Soviet authorities to refuse the team permission to travel to take part. Two Union teams then emerged as most players and coaches fled to the west to form Sport-Club Union 06 Berlin which took part in the scheduled playoff match in Kiel against Hamburger SV, losing 0:7.[4][5]

The 24-year-old attacker, who has scored 17 goals in 30 matches this season, has been linked with Hamburg.

The club's reserve team, 1. FC Union Berlin II, most recently played in the tier four Regionalliga Nordost, having won promotion to the league in 2012. Previous to this it spent two seasons in the NOFV-Oberliga Nord. At the end of the 2014–15 season the club withdrew the team from competition.[14][15]

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