Union Berlin, bottom of the German championship and which has not scored a single point in the Bundesliga since the end of August, has parted ways with its coach Urs Fischer, “a joint decision” the Berlin club clarified on Wednesday in a press release. The interim on the bench will be ensured until further notice by the coach of the under-19s of Union Berlin, Marco Grote.
With only six points in 11 Bundesliga days, Union Berlin shares last place in the standings with Cologne, with a general goal difference more unfavorable to the club from the German capital. “For me personally and probably for all Union Berlin fans, this is a very sad moment. It saddens me that we have not managed to break the negative trend of recent weeks,” explained Union Berlin President Dirk Zingler.
Arriving on the bench of Union Berlin on July 1, 2018, Urs Fischer (57 years old) was one of the strong men of an incredible rise in power of the Union. The Swiss thus participated in the first promotion to the Bundesliga in the spring of 2019 (in the play-offs against Stuttgart), ensured maintenance for the first season in the elite in 2020, and lifted the club into the Europa Conference League (C4) in the spring. 2021, and in the Europa League (C3) in spring 2022.
Surprise of the 2022/23 season, Union Berlin qualified for the Champions League thanks to a fourth place in the Bundesliga. After three victories during the first two days of the championship and in the round of 32 of the Cup, the start of the 2023/24 season has turned into a nightmare. Since August 28, Union Berlin has gone 14 matches without a victory in all competitions. In the Champions League, he took a point on the lawn of Naples (1-1) a week ago, which still allows him to hope to take third place in his group and be transferred to the Europa League .