Berlin's FC Union is selling shares to their supporters in order to survive.

This article titled “Berlin football club sells its soul – but only to fans” was written by Helen Pidd in Berlin, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 2nd January 2012 15.52 UTC

Standing in the mud outside FC Union’s woodland stadium, Frank Fritz reflected on the sacrifices he has made for his favourite football club. “I spent a hundred hours here pouring concrete,” he said, pointing to the steps on the western stand. “Two weeks’ holiday it took, including weekends.” But it was worth it, said the 45-year-old Berlin refuse collector. Fritz was one of more than 2,000 Union fans who gave their time to rebuild the club’s worse-for-wear ground when it became clear the team could not afford the renovations itself.

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