With the league fight pretty much over, we had time to focus on the Champions League. Winners of it for the first time last year, I still wanted to get another one in order to not be known as a one-hit wonder. The fans of Union deserve a solid job allowing them to keep dreaming without me. That’s my main goal as of now.
That is the reason we made plenty of signings this window, but no one above the 18-year-old mark, and no one for the main squad. Out of these players, my favourite ones are Chancel Mulenda, Michele Colangelo, and Babak Loveinian. Showing them at this crude stage, however, sounds pointless to me.
/ Transfers Out
Let’s get to the pitch, shall we?
Wow, we won all games in the league this month. How surprising.
Eager for revenge against Bayern after a defeat that harmed our pride, we got up the pitch against them for the Pokal. Maybe too eager, even. We had control of the match but didn’t cause them too much harm until Alphonso Davies, a Canadian legend by this point, solved the matter for us.
At the UCL, a not-really-tough encounter against Roma, pretty much stamping our ticket towards the quarter-finals in the first leg.
After a sequence of wins, a ridiculous tie against Nürnberg, only to remember what rage feels like.
The quarter-finals of the UCL saw us facing Real Madrid once again. They were our tormentors in 2025/26, but our victims in the 2026/27 Finale. And they were headed towards going back to being our tormentors in the first leg at Madrid when Bernardo Silva opened the scoreline at the 61st minute, and much more when Osimhen scored a penalty at the 91st. 2-0 down, tragedy, pretty much eliminated. Malik Kuru, our boy-wonder, however, found a miraculous goal at the 94th minute and kept us very alive.
It doesn’t help to suffer the first blood of the second leg, though. Osimhen scored at the 32nd minute and put them 3-1, making us need 3 goals in 45 minutes to get it over.
That’s when Deniz Naki gave the speech of his life.
He flopped his arms around, and witnesses can swear that he almost took flight. The man’s face turned red, then purple, then blue, then red again, always far from the habitual white. No one remembers exactly the words.
All they can remember is Gastón Pereyra receiving a nice through-ball from Özkan and gently slotting it into the cheek of the net at the 46th minute; Malik Kuru wrestling the defenders after a long ball from N’Guedi at the 53rd minute and getting face to face with the keeper only to tap it to the same spot where Gastón placed it earlier; Gvardiol profiting from a dubious attempt of the goal-keeper to punch the ball away after a long throw-in from Anggoro and heading it into the back of the net at the 63rd minute, making it 3-1 and putting Union ahead. Zárate still had time to push a counter at the 87th minute and make it 4, a very useful goal giving that Williamson got one back at the 94th. We are through to the semifinals.
At the semifinals, the first leg would be in front of our fans An der Alten Försterei. Malik Kuru, always Malik Kuru, got two goals after 75 minutes of a blank scoreline, granting Union a solid advantage for the second leg.
At the second leg, our winger Bruno Miranda got ourselves our third and pretty much a peaceful way towards the final. City were still playing for their pride and went berserk on us. We held them nicely until the 82nd minute when Jean-Claude Moreau tied the leg. Their second, with Lautaro Martínez at the 90th, was not enough to allow them something to dream. We are through again to another UEFA Champions League Finale, this time against Barcelona, the rivals of our last year’s adversary.
If you believe in superstition, once again we beat Köln at the Pokal Final one week before the game. Spirits were high and the squad was confident towards the game. This confidence went on for 19 minutes into the final, until a quick action from Barcelona saw Gavi getting face to face with Jungnickel. As our keeper tried to cover the inferior corners, the Spaniard got him with a naughty chip, making it Barça 1-0.
We suddenly saw ourselves in an uphill battle against one of the biggest clubs in the world. We advanced our lines and went full attack, as the clock ticked against us.
It took us another 55 minutes to find the equalizer: Zárate cut to the inside and found Devaux unmarked to kick it past the keeper slotting into the goalkeeper’s corner. Our philosophy suddenly changed, adopting way more caution after equalizing. But we were alive.
And so we went until the final whistle, and until the end of the first half of the extra-time. As the clock marked 115 minutes and the scoreline presented the number 1 twice, Peña gifted Mbappé with a pass the Frenchman had never received from a teammate for the whole game. As Peña rushed to Mbappé to try to fix his mistake, he left Dybala unmarked, and the Argentinian didn’t forgive us: 2-1 with a crossed low-driven finish.
We once again set our mood into attacking mode. This time, however, we didn’t have 70 minutes left; we had 4. Our aforementioned confident spirit was gone, and the willingness to score and to find glory at the back of the net gave room to frustration and disorganization. With our hopes torn apart, Ilaix Moriba received unmarked in between our defenders and hammered the last nail of our coffin. This time we didn’t make it. Barcelona 3-1.
Final Standings - Bundesliga 2027/28
Bayern got their s**t together in the second half of the season, not enough to reach us. We dominated the Bundesliga once again, and more than ever, and we had a brilliant UCL campaign once again. The gutting circumstances in which the UCL trophy was delivered on a plate to Barça, however, marks the end of a bittersweet season, in which we were 99% of what we could have been - and that made all the difference.
Malik Kuru topscorer of the Bundesliga
/ Season Review
For 2028/29, Deniz remains. The defeat at the Finale made him feel like it was not the right time to leave. However, his decision is announced: this one will be the last. After that, Deniz Naki will focus on his next project, focused on winning the World Cup with a national team whose contract is already signed. Stay tuned for further developments.
@Jack yeah, the league was pretty much in the bag by that point. Without Bayern and Dortmund to give us a challenge, no one else can really step up
@TheLFCFan well, I think it came to a point in which we cannot achieve anything other than something we already got, right?
@J_ames thanks, m8! And yeah, it’s getting repetitive and we are already a legend, so there is no much else to achieve
@Harleygator well, I went for a national team for a change. I think the World Cup is the last achievement missing, later we can think about having fun