Union Berlin: Bo Svensson is apparently the new coach

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Bo Svensson is apparently the new coach of Union Berlin

After his dismissal in Mainz, Bo Svensson was unemployed for half a year, now he is supposed to fix things at Union Berlin

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The search for a coach at 1. FC Union Berlin is apparently over. The big favorite takes over the position.

The Dane According to a media report, Bo Svensson will be the new head coach of 1. FC Union Berlin. The appointment of the 44-year-old is to be announced this week, reported the pay-TV broadcaster Sky on Thursday morning. Svensson would thus succeed Nenad Bjelica, who was released shortly before the end of the season, and interim coach Marco Grote.

Since the last-minute rescue from the Bundesliga, the former football professional was considered the preferred candidate of the Berlin club, who only announced Horst Heldt as the new managing director of professional football on Tuesday. As Sky reported, Svensson and Heldt are said to have met for final talks on Wednesday.

Bo Svensson is supposed to get Union Berlin on track

Svensson coached FSV Mainz 05 until 2023 and was already being considered as a potential successor after Urs Fischer’s departure. Oliver Ruhnert, who is becoming Union’s chief scout again at his own request, spoke extremely positively about Svensson at the weekend. “Why shouldn’t Bo Svensson be a good fit for Union? He has worked really successfully in Mainz and is an experienced and committed Bundesliga coach. I think it could be a good fit,” Ruhnert told Welt TV.

Svensson takes over the Köpenick team almost at their sporting low point. After a nerve-wracking season with a long series of defeats, two coaching changes and the Bundesliga rescue at the last minute, the unsettled team lacks self-confidence. The collective unity and will through which the Berliners have left significantly better teams behind them individually in recent years have only rarely been evident in recent times.

The Dane almost became a teacher

The Dane is considered smart, empathetic and someone who questions his own behavior rather than that of his players. After retiring as an active professional footballer in 2014, he actually wanted to study and “perhaps work as a teacher with young people,” as Svensson once reported. But his compatriot Kasper Hjulmand brought him into the Mainz 05 coaching staff. Ten years later, Svensson arrived in the capital.


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