Nicknamed Eisern Union (Iron Union), FC Union is traditionally the working man's Berlin team, originating in East Berlin in 1966 and often a counterweight to the GDR's state-influenced (and very much unloved) Dynamo club. Union is still fiercely independent, based in a charming stadium, An der Alten Försterei. The club has resisted all commercialism, with a club anthem sung by punk legend Nina Hagen, and a stadium partly owned by passionate fans. Tours of the stadium are available and whole-heartedly encouraged, to see what German fan culture really is all about. The team’s form dipped a little over the winter but the Bundesliga newcomers remain handily placed in mid table, with an eight point buffer from the relegation zone. There is also the small matter of the Berlin derby towards the end of March.
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Tram stopS Köpenick