In recent years, Bayern Munich have been pretty much untouchable in the Bundesliga, but that soon might change after the promotion of RB Leipzig.
The club owned by Dietrich Mateschitz, who also owns Red Bull, is ready to spend big in order to gain Champions League football in less than three years and the title in under seven.
However, as exciting as this sounds, not everyone in Germany is happy with their promotion. They are known as the most hated club in the country, and the reason for that? Red Bull.
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When formed in 2009, the club was forbidden to be called “Red Bull” like the sister clubs New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Salzburg, but the devious Mateschitz decided to name them RasenBallsport Leipzig, which means ‘Lawn Ball Sport’. Therefore, RB.
Whilst climbing up the leagues, they haven’t made too many friends along the way either.
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After Ralph Hasenhüttl guided FC Ingolstadt 04 to an impressive 11th place following their promotion to the top tier, he left the Bavarian club to join Mateschitz at Leipzig.
Hasenhüttl, who replaced Ralf Rangnick, has been promised a war chest by the Red Bull owner and has already been linked with Basel’s Breel Embolo and German goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The cash has already been spent in east Germany as Rangnick was given roughly £77 million to get Leipzig into the top flight.
They have already broken records as Davie Selke became the most expensive Bundesliga 2 player, costing just over £6m from Werder Bremen.
It’s not just the name and the money which has angered fans of German football, but their policy of attracting some of Germany’s best crop of youth players.
Former head coach and now director, Rangnick has admitted to the club’s aggressive nature of pinching young players.
Leipzig boasts an average squad age of 22, which is full of players capped by Germany at youth level including Lukas Klostermann (19) and Selke (21).
It might not be the what the purists want, but it’s a sign of modern football grabbing hold of Germany.
For many years, Bayern have been the team pinching young players and spending millions on the world’s best, maybe it’s time for someone to take them on at their own game.
It won’t be nice and it won’t be pretty but who knows, we might get our first Bundesliga champions from east Germany.
Could RB Leipzig really mount a title challenge in the Bundesliga? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!
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