Thu, 30 Mar 2023

BERLIN, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Oliver Ruhnert is one of the reasons for the success of Union Berlin aside from coach Urs Fischer.

Riding the wave in the German national league as runner-up behind table leaders Bayern Munich, the East-Berlin side gained the reputation of being more robust than most of its competitors, governed by the two unorthodox figures.

A strict concept made Union survive in stormy waters after its promotion to the first tier in 2019 coming along with the ability to handle all sorts of delicate cases of footballers.

Many of its squad members have failed at other clubs, or are far from a star-like status, but stand for a grounded attitude.

It might be more than a bold guess Union is to continue its way despite the latest turbulences caused by the failed signing of former Real star and five times Champions League winner Isco.

Who is to blame for the last-minute mishap might be disputed as both parties accuse each other of having violated concluded agreements.

The fact is, the 30-year-old old midfielder, available after terminating his contract in Sevilla due to unbridgeable disagreements, had passed the medical exams in Berlin and was expected to sign a contract until 2024.

The 38 times caped Isco left without his signature and went back to Spain while the case triggered widespread speculations.

No matter if the sad story is seen as a laughingstock performed only hours away from the transfer deadline or an example of a club's unbreakable pragmatism, it's more than a bold guess Union will escape the dilemma.

Only hours after the unpleasant transfer outcome, Union proceeded to the last eight of the German Cup beating Wolfsburg 2-1.

Despite the turbulence, the team proved strong nerves despite coach Fischer admitting: "Preparation under these circumstances hasn't been perfect." The Swiss suggested that no team must play on the transfer deadline day.

Isco had kept everyone's mind busy, in advance of the Cup duel and after.

"It's pity, he didn't come, but we remain a thrilling club as we proved this many times," midfielder Rani Khedira said.

Ruhnert incidentally announced, the club has its borders and won't take up the role of a pawn being pushed around. His statements always come in the same calm tone, no matter how tricky things might be.

The official seems a perfect match for Union as he is one of the most unusual sporting directors in professional football.

While the Union team's on-pitch trademark is unbreakable robustness, the club's calm policy seems to allow escaping football's inevitable excitements.

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