6th matchday: Union tops the table for the first time – member Baumgart raves

6th matchday
Union leader for the first time – member Baumgart raves

Union players celebrate the goal for a 1-0 lead at 1. FC Köln.  Photo: Federico Gambarini/dpa

Union players celebrate the goal for a 1-0 lead at 1. FC Köln. photo

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Union Berlin remains the surprise team in the Bundesliga. The Irons also won at previously unbeaten 1. FC Köln. Steffen Baumgart complains about the referee’s performance.

The Berlin fans sang “leader, front runner” and “German champion is only the FCU” and also the previously passionately clamoring about the referees union-Sympathizer Steffen Baumgart went into raptures when he analyzed the new championship leader.

“I haven’t seen a team play here for a long time as well as they played in the first half hour,” said the coach 1. FC Cologne after the 0:1 (0:1) home defeat against the club in which he is a member and plays in the traditional team.

“They are much further than us. We were inferior in all respects,” said Baumgart, who has been closely associated with Union since his time as a professional and his Woman in the Berlin fan shop: “It’s surprising that they are leaders in the standings. But the fundamental development isn’t. It’s just a bit surprising how well the processes work, even though there was a major upheaval.”

Unions Trimmel: “We’re on a roll”

Now Union is top of the table in the Bundesliga for the first time, although FC Bayern Munich or RB Leipzig were already among the opponents on the first six match days. “We’re on the run,” said Berlin’s captain Christopher Trimmel: “If it works as a team, if the shifting works, then every opponent has a hard time against us. In the end, it almost always works. That’s why we’re where we are we’re standing.”

Coach Urs Fischer did not leave the path of objectivity on this remarkable September 11, 2022 either. “The fans can celebrate,” he said: “I see things a little differently. But what makes me happy when I look at the table is the 14 points we have.” First place is “a snapshot”.

For colleague Baumgart, the performance of the referees are meanwhile a permanent annoyance. And so he almost talked himself into a rage. He didn’t say goodbye to referee Benjamin Cortus with a handshake, “because I no longer want to accept these services,” he said: “Because it gets on my balls.”

Baumgart was annoyed about foul ratings and the hand penalty that Jordan Siebatcheu played against FC keeper Marvin Schwabe missed (10th). Luca Kilian, who was beheaded on his upper arm with his back to the ball, saw yellow for the action and even yellow-red nine minutes before the end. That was “ridiculous,” Baumgart scolded: “At some point I’ll be fed up. It pisses me off.” The referees would always talk about “respect and that kind of shit”: “It would be nice if people also had respect for our work.”

The Köpenickers, who lost 1-0 at home to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise on Thursday, won with an own goal by Timo Hübers (3rd). Also positive for the capital: Timo Baumgartl was in the squad for the first time since he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in April, but he was not substituted on.

Cologne coach Baumgart in his element

Baumgart found it difficult to concentrate on this game. In the run-up, he had said that after the riots before the Conference League game in Nice on Thursday (1-1), “you couldn’t go back to business as usual”. In contrast to his players, who were still in the cabin, the coach had followed the incidents at close range because he was locked in the stands. The emotional state was “okay again,” Baumgart said before the game at DAZN. It is still “pictures that you will not forget”.

In terms of sport, the FC coach on the sidelines was back to 180 in the hectic and eventful initial phase. When Hübers deflected a shot from Becker into his own net, which was untenable for Schwäbe, he was stunned at first. When Luca Kilian got a header against the upper arm with his back to the shooter Robin Knoche and referee Benjamin Cortus whistled for a penalty, he was really upset. And when the Swabian, who had been outstanding in the past few weeks, held against Siebatcheu, who had returned to the team after a muscle injury, Baumgart celebrated, gesticulating wildly in the direction of fourth official Thomas Gorniak. Then he explained why.


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