Gone but not forgotten: Union Berlin remembers deceased fans in moving tribute

(CNN) — There’s a unique bond between German soccer club Union Berlin and its fans and the proximity of the relationship was respected in a philosophical manner over the weekend as the team made its Bundesliga debut.
Ahead of Saturday’s game against RB Leipzig, Union supporters held up placards of deceased family members with the inscription”Edlich dabei” (Eventually there).
The deceased were counted in the official attendance. The Stadion An der Alten F??rsterei’s official capacity will be recorded as 22,402, but Saturday’s presence was recorded as 22,467.
The scene, that’s the football floor in Berlin, has been formally opened in 1920, however, has experienced a series of changes over the years the refurbishment and roofing of the status areas between June 2008 and July 2009.
According to the club’s site, Union lovers”assembled their very own arena,” with over 2,300 volunteers supplying 140,000 hours of labor time, helping the Berlin team save countless dollars.
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Saturday’s tribute has been organized by an assortment of enthusiast groups, together with pictures of the fans since the club anthem rang out increased prior to kick-off. The costs of their tickets were paid for by fans.
However, Union’s introduction to the Bundesliga proved a tough one — that they were hammered 4-0 by Leipzig.
Season Union finished third in the second tier of German football to earn a playoff against VfB Stuttgart.
Union’s subsequent victory and promotion saw the club become the first from the former East Germany out of East Berlin and the fifth to get passage to the Bundesliga.

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