Off to Europe! In August Union takes part in the playoffs of the Conference League – with a new squad. BZ says in which positions the iron will continue to step up.

Who comes?

So far, center-back Paul Jaeckel (22 / Fürth), left-back Tymoteusz Puchacz (23 / Posen) and midfielders Rani Khedira (27 / Augsburg) and Levin Öztunali (25 / Mainz). With midfielder Genki Haraguchi (30 / Hanover) everything is clear.

► Which position is still being searched for?

Union is already well occupied in midfield. We are looking for a goalkeeper. The iron must answer the question of whether they want to get a clear number 1, or can lure a keeper who faces the duel with Andreas Luthe (34). The case of Liverpool loan Loris Karius (27), who did not really get a chance, will certainly put off one or the other interested party.

Loris Karius during the game against Freiburg (Photo: City-Press GmbH)
Loris Karius was only number two behind Luthe at Union (Photo: City-Press GmbH)

The biggest gap is in the storm. Second division top scorer Serdar Dursun (29 / Darmstadt, 27 goals) is on the approach, but little comes behind. Anthony Ujah (30 / knee) was injured for a year, Cedric Teuchert (24) and Leon Dajaku (20) did not feel the total support of the coach.

That leaves top scorer Max Kruse (33 / eleven goals, five assists), who shot Union to Europe in the last second, but rarely shone in the second half of the season. Can he really repeat his statistics in 2021/22?

Unions Marvin Friedrich: Does he take off for Leverkusen?  (Photo: picture alliance)
Central defender Marvin Friedrich could leave Union in the summer with a good offer (Photo: picture alliance)

Who else is going?

Marvin Friedrich (25) and Robert Andrich (26) have so far been considered sales candidates, but Union fans can hope to stay with them. According to reports, there are no specific offers. As of now, the duo will appear again in Berlin at the end of June. Sporty good for Union. The advantage for both of them: They could leave Köpenick in 2022 for free.

Certainly not a disadvantage in Corona times …