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How Taiwo Awoniyi became Union Berlin’s unicorn – DW (English)

Taiwo Awoniyi’s name rings out from the stands at every Union Berlin home game inside the Stadion an den Alten Försterei in Berlin’s Köpernicke district. The 22,000-capacity stadium has been the Nigerian striker’s home for the l…….

Taiwo Awoniyi’s name rings out from the stands at every Union Berlin home game inside the Stadion an den Alten Försterei in Berlin’s Köpernicke district. The 22,000-capacity stadium has been the Nigerian striker’s home for the last two seasons, first as a Liverpool loanee and now as a permanent employee. At the Försterei, Awoniyi has scored eight of his 12 Bundesliga goals this season backed by the ferocious support of the Irons who never stop singing his name from the stands.

With this success has come the realization that he could be on his way out this summer. He has confirmed that Premier League clubs have enquired about his services with Union ready to recoup their investment for a record fee that may not be as high as the oft reported €30 million. It will still be a decent profit for the club that took him on permanently from Liverpool for a club record €6.5 million last year.

“It is a nice sum, it has to be said. For us, this would be a sale of a whole different dimension,” Union’s managing director Oliver Ruhnert told DAZN. It is important to understand that Union will not stand in the way of a big sale. For a club like them, every opportunity to make money from the sale of players goes a long way in helping maintain their Bundesliga status.

The rise of Awoniyi

The 24-year-old started out playing under Garba Abdulrasaq Olojo at the Unicorn Soccer Academy in Ilorin, the capital of Nigeria’s Kwara State. His parents were not keen on him playing football at the beginning but eventually became convinced of his abilities. Awoniyi has referred to Olojo as the most important person in his decision to pursue football as a career, a choice that has taken him from humble beginnings.

Awoniyi is a fan favourite at the Stadion an der Alten Försterei

“When you have a kid with you, in a job you’re experienced in, you’ll understand how to recognize good talents. We worked hard on them because you know when you do that, they’ll go far in their careers,” coach Olojo told DW in a recent interview.

“He learned how to sew his boots by himself and got to the field very early with his colleagues. They bought mending tools. Those were the challenges he faced with me. His parents supported him greatly too,” he said.

It was while playing with the academy that Awoniyi was noticed by U-17 selectors and was chosen to play in the Nigeria U-17 team that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2013. Afterward, Awoniyi was signed by Liverpool but never made an appearance for the …….

Source: https://www.dw.com/en/how-taiwo-awoniyi-became-union-berlins-unicorn/a-61412814

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