1. FC Union Berlin will host Bohemians from Dublin on Saturday afternoon at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei to open the 2022/23 season. The kick-off is 15:30 local time and the team will be presented an hour before.
Urs Fischer’s team suffered a first loss of the summer on Wednesday night against 2.Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig. Immanuel Pherai scored a goal against the run of play in the 55th minute for the home side to take the win, despite the Köpenick club creating a number of clear goalscoring chances. Striker Jordan Siebatcheu made his debut for Union following his switch from Young Boys Bern in the wake of Taiwo Awoniyi’s departure to Nottingham Forest. The American-born striker immediately showed his danger but was unlucky not to open his account in the first half. After wins at Viktoria Berlin and Magdeburg, there were opportunities for rotation and game time – goalkeeper Lennart Grill was the only player to complete the full 90.
The Irish club – 100% owned by their supporters – have played a significant amount of league fixtures this campaign – their 21st League of Ireland match was a 2-3 defeat at home to Derry City. Keith Long’s team are one point ahead of Shelbourne in sixth and four ahead of Drogheda United. Bohs successfully conquered the first two rounds of the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League in 2021, eventually coming up stuck against PAOK Salonika – despite beating the Greek heavyweights at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Long’s squad has talent in their ranks with Irish youngster Dawson Devoy, who plays in central midfield for Bohs. Devoy is capped by the Republic of Ireland at U21 level and has scored seven goals this season. In attack, Promise Omochere has five goals and is ably supported by Liam Burt and Ali Coote who have two and three goals each.
Tickets are still available for Saturday’s match.
Away supporters will be located in Section 5 (Sektor 5).
In anticipation of the introduction of mobile ticketing at the stadium An der Alten Försterei, turnstiles have been installed at all entrances. For the match on Saturday, all Union fans are asked to bring their Print@Home ticket in paper form as usual and have it verified at the scanners installed at the turnstiles.