• Publication date: 18/08/2022
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780715654439

Scheisse! We’re Going Up!

Kit Holden

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A CITY IN FLUX. A CLUB ON THE RISE. THIS IS UNION BERLIN

No football club in the world has fans like 1. FC Union Berlin. Perennial underdogs from the forests of East Berlin, they have stuck it to the Stasi, built their own stadium, and even given blood to save their club. But when they were promoted to the Germany’s top division in 2019, Union fans faced a new and terrifying prospect: success. Scheisse! tells the human stories behind the unexpected rise of this unique football club.

Yet Scheisse! is not just about football. It also shines a light on the issues of gentrification, East–West tensions and rapid social change which still define the German capital thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. As Union struggle to maintain their rebel spirit among the elite of modern football, their story mirrors that of modern Berlin, and its journey from divided Cold War battleground to European capital of cool.

Scheisse! will appeal to readers who are captivated by sports biographies such as Raphael Honigstein’s Das Reboot and social history like John Kampfner’s Why The Germans Do It Better.