RB Leipzig could become major Bundesliga force

Published 2 Comments

Football News

Sitting in seventh place in the 2. Bundesliga, Germany's second division, isn't a particularly remarkable feat that would have Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund looking over their shoulders.

But the occupiers of the position, RB Leipzig, aren't your average German side. In fact they are bankrolled by energy-drink company Red Bull who have set their sights firmly on Germany's premier division. 

Humble beginnings 

After purchasing the license of fifth-division side SSV Markranstadt, Red Bull founded RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V in 2009, branding the club as RB Leipzig.

The initiative was similar to that seen at New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Salzburg, although both clubs were better established in terms of league position than RB Leipzig prior to Red Bull's sponsorship.

Within six seasons Die Bullen had moved from the fifth tier NOFV-Oberliga Süd to the 2. Bundesliga, only failing to gain promotion in their first season once, in the 2010/11 season when they finished fourth in the Regionalliga Nord. 

The rise of RB Leipzig was well in line with Red Bull's reported strategy of backing the club into the Bundesliga within ten years. 

Nein zu RB (No to Red Bull) 

Not everyone was pleased with Red Bull's involvement in German football and, upon Die Bullen's promotion to the 2. Bundesliga last year, a campaign called Nein zu RB was set up to criticise the club having been given a licence to play in the league. 

What irks critics of RB Leipzig is that they believe they are clearly flaunting Germany's 50+1 rule, designed to prevent investors from gaining majority rights in a club registered as a stock company.

Whilst it was possible to become a member at RB Leipzig, the high costs and the clubs ability to reject applications at will meant they were anything but a community club, as Germany like to promote.  

In order to meet 2. Bundesliga restrictions RB Leipzig lowered the cost of membership from 2015, although membership doesn't allow any voting rights.

Future Plans  

RB Leipzig were back in the news this week for off-field matters, when Werder Bremen confirmed the sale of 20-year-old striker Davie Selke to Die Bullen

Selke is by no means the finished article, but with six goals in the Bundesliga this season, not to mention finishing top scorer in Germany's victorious  UEFA European Under-19 championships last summer, the move is somewhat a coup for RB Leipzig. 

The five-year deal Selke signed shows RB Leipzig believe he will be crucial to pushing the club to the next level, and it has also got the rest of the Bundesliga wary of the purchasing power the club possess. 

RB Leipzig's sporting director Ralf Rangnick was a former manager at Selke's first club Hoffenheim so should know more than most the powerful striker's potential to be a top player in Germany.

From Bremen's perspective, although supporters might be baffled as to why they sold their prised possession to a second division side, the chance to make a reported £8 million from a player signed for around £50,000 in 2013 proved too tempting.

What next?

A busy summer transfer window awaits Rangnick and head coach Achim Beierlorzer, with Hoffenheim forward Kevin Volland a reportedly ambitious target. 

With promotion unlikely to be achieved in the current campaign next season is pivotal in RB Leipzig's continued development.

Whilst the rest of Germany might not be particularly happy about it, as long as Red Bull continue to plough investment into the club RB Leipzig should become a fixture in the Bundesliga within the next few seasons.

Whether they can push on and trouble the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg remains to be seen but for now everyone will be watching on with eager anticipation.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again