You would expect Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, or even the likes of RB Leipzig and Frankfurt to be leading the top of the Bundesliga after nine games. However, it’s Union Berlin who have taken Germany by storm this season and sits at the summit after six wins and just one defeat so far.
Union earned promotion to the German top flight in 2019 and, although they have established themselves with improving top-half finishes since, have always maintained that their primary aim is staying in the division.
The Berlin outfit had a strong finish last season, winning four of their last five and ending the campaign in fifth spot – qualifying for the Europa League group stages. But after losing some key players, such as Taiwo Awoniyi to Nottingham Forest in the summer, no one could have predicted the incredible start to this season.
Die Eisernen have picked up some impressive victories this season over the likes of RB Leipzig and Wolfsburg, as well as a massive 6-1 annihilation of Schalke away from home.
Union even managed to claim a point at home to the champions, with Sheraldo Becker putting the Berlin side in front before Joshua Kimmich grabbed the equalizing goal for Bayern. Becker has certainly filled the void left by Awoniyi up front, with six goals and four assists in his nine league games so far. The 27-year-old has been instrumental to Union’s success as Dirk Zingler’s men sit two points clear at the top.