25. It all comes down to this
Even though our possibilities of lifting the Bundesliga unbeatable are over because of the one game we didn’t win, there were still records on the table. Bayern still held the record for most points in the league achieved in 2012/13 (91 points) and Deniz decided he wants this record for himself.
Before that, the national team.
The UEFA Nations League predicted a bizarre tilt in the balance of power of the European football. The group winners were France, Spain, Serbia and… Scotland.
To make it even better, France would meet Spain at one semi-final and one among Serbia and Scotland would be at the very final.
Have I told you that Nigeria won the World Cup in 2026?
The match between France and Spain would be played in a neutral venue: Paris. In front of our fans, we had the opportunity to show strength for the upcoming years, and most importantly, the World Cup. But as the game we made didn’t deserve any elaborated comment, I’ll just say we tied 0-0 and got eliminated at the penalties. Spain advanced to beat Serbia at the final.
This competition is pointless anyway.
With his departure announced for the end of the season after 8 years of good services, the environment at Union was always heavily emotional. Everything felt like the possible last time. From the stars of the squad to the cleaning ladies, there was a pact to create the best atmosphere possible to allow Naki to leave on the top.
And he appreciated it.
Transfers In / Transfers Out
GK Marco Cummins-Sharland, age 25(newgen)
There wasn’t exactly a need to sign another keeper, as Jungnickel is himself a goal-keeper of world class. But when the best goal-keeper in football shows up available for €30M because he does not want to extend his contract with his club, there is no way one will resist such a bargain.
A promising sub
CB Morgan Molina, age 20 (newgen)
Another player that was not scouted by Union, but by the French national team. He was hanging there at Toulouse with potential to be much more than that, so I took him.
I mean, do I even have to?
The first leg against PSG pretty much solved the matter. They will have to find a willpower they don’t have in order to revert this result.
They almost did, to be honest. But then Gvardiol went on and showed his unexpected goal-scoring prowess, using his head to score a perfect hat-trick (all hat-tricks are perfect).
A busy month of April, as usual. We had a very exciting quarter-final against Bayern, marginally beating them at the first leg, and then almost screwing it up by letting them ahead 3-1 at the second leg. Özkan’s goal gave us our advantage back, and finally Gvardiol, our penalty-taker and unexpected goal-scorer, made it a comfortable 3-3. We still had time in the month of April to play City at the semifinals and open up the series with a tight 1-0 win away from home.
At home, we lost our advantage right away, conceding at the 18th minute to the newgen Federico de Zan. That didn’t bother us, as you may know the story by now. If you have Malik Kuru, you have no reason to be afraid. He scored twice before half-time and we still had time to get the third with Gvardiol. By the second-half we managed to extend our lead with Özkan at the 76th and an own-goal from Ndidi at the 77th. Joe Tompkins still found time to make it less uglt for the citizens. 5-2, final score.
After that, we went ahead and got three more wins, to finish the season with 94 points. Suck on that, arrogant Bayern.
Traditionally, one week before the traditional event of Union at the UCL final, we find time to beat someone at the Pokal final. This time our victim was Augsburg, with a 3-0 win.
Let’s go to the one that matters.
It all comes down to this: the UCL Finale against Liverpool.
The combination of our 4-2-3-1 formation with their 4-5-1 with defensive mid formation proved itself to be completely anti-football. Football only became possible after some players got tired. And it only happened after the 0-0 in 90 minutes.
The extra-time became a brand new game. At the 93rd minute, Blanco exchanged passes with Devaux and then crossed with his right foot towards the keeper. Malik Kuru sneaked his head in and managed to deflect the ball towards the net. 1-0 Union.
Our happiness didn’t last long. After a long anticipated cross from Esposito, Leon Bailey put the baby to sleep on his chest and rolled it to the back of our net at 101st minute. 1-1.
Their relief, however, didn’t last long either. At the 110th minute, almost planning to go to the pens, Anggoro graced us with one of his loooooooooooooong throws from some yards before the line that divides the pitch in half. Kuru, always him, anticipated the defenders and tapped it into the cheek of the net.
Once again, we lift the most important trophy in Europe. Naki leaves on top. But not now. We still have the 2029 Club World Cup to attend.
As previously mentioned, we got a record to our name. 94 points in 34 games, that is a lot. Just below the 102 mark, the maximum possible in the Bundesliga. I don’t know how long this moment in the history of Union will last after I leave, so it is really important to have our names stamped in history books.
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@ScottT England won the penalties against Colombia in 2018 and finally took a passion for the thing, it seems
@Jack I hate Bayern for several reasons, this just adds to the tally. And well, it worked wonders at the club, not so much at the national level, let’s see what a focused Deniz can do
@Harleygator well, if he is a coffee guy, bien sûr