Dhe black suits were tailor-made, the sneakers gleaming white. In addition, everyone wore a red pocket square. The players, coaches and supervisors of 1. FC Union Berlin made a difference when they were out for a European Cup game for the first time in 20 years this week. The trip took them to Finland’s capital Helsinki, where the Bundesliga club won the first leg in qualifying for the Conference League against Kupion PS clearly 4-0.
The elegant uniform look, in which people will travel “quite gentlemanly” in the future, as the Berliners themselves put it, is just another example of how things are changing at that club that is careful not to lose its reputation, something to be a different club, one that does not follow the unrestrained commercialism of the industry at every turn.