The Club: With the 1st FC Union Berlin a veteran club is appearing at Altstätten. The football club from the urban district of Koepenick was officially founded in 1966; its predecessor however as far back as 1906. From 1920 to the present day, matches have been played at the legendary «An der Alten Förderei» stadium. With its 30,000 members Union is the second largest sports club in Berlin and one of the top twenty German sports clubs as far as size of membership is concerned. The club achieved their greatest sporting success in 2019. Thanks to victory against VFB Stuttgart in the relegation playoffs, Union was promoted to the 1st Bundesliga (German Football League). This success was achieved with Swiss manager Urs Fischer. Additional successes include winning of the FDGB (Free Federation of German Trades Unions) cup in 1968 as well as reaching the final of the DFB (German Football Association) cup in 2001 and with that the qualification for the UEFA cup 2001/02. The veteran club enjoys cult status far beyond footballing circles and the city limits. The battle cry of the fans is "Eisern Union" (Indefatigable Union) which is the same as the club hymn title sung by Nina Hagen. The club enjoys continuity at the top too: With Dirk Zingler the same person has held the office of president since 2004 and it was he who saved the club from bankruptcy. During this time Zingler lived through all 4 upper German league divisions i.e. from the fourth division to the 1st Bundesliga. The president was able to achieve a great deal with the sponsors too: the number of sponsors increasing from 30 in 2004 to 384 in 2016. From the 2020/2021 season sportswear supplier Adidas will fit out all the 1st FC Union Berlin teams for the next 5 seasons. This means that the first team will be one of three professional DFL (German Football League) teams to be officially sponsored by this German manufacturer of sporting goods.
The City:Berlin is the federal capital of the Federal Republic of Germany with around 3.7 million inhabitants. This makes it the most densely populated city in the whole of the country and forms the metropolitan region of Berlin / Brandenburg. The entire conurbation of Berlin has around 4.5 million inhabitants. The federal capital boasts numerous lakes and forests as well as both the Spree and Havel rivers. The origins of the city date back to the 13th century when it was mentioned for the first time and over the course of history has been the imperial residence and capital of Brandenburg, Prussia and the German Reich under various systems of government. From 1949 the eastern part of the city was the capital of the German Democratic Republic. With reunification in 1990 the city became the capital of the whole of Germany once more. Since that time the seat of government has been relocated to the largest city of the country.Berlin has a lot to offer. The most important sectors of the economy include tourism, cultural activity and biotechnology. In addition, the city is a European rail and air transportation hub. Not to remain unmentioned is also the fact that this metropolis holds the title of "UNESCO City of Design" and is one of the most visited centres on the Continent. Other attractions of the city include the many zoological gardens and nature reserves.Berlin is a city of sports: At the last count in 2016 there were 2400 registered sport sports clubs with around 640 000 activists participating in popular sports. The most prominent of these include the two football clubs "Hertha BSC" and the "1st FC Union Berlin", the basketball club "Alba Berlin", the ice hockey club "Eisbären Berlin" and the handball club "Füchse Berlin". Every year the world's biggest marathon event is run in Berlin as well as the final of the German Football Association cup and the ISTAF track and field athletics event.