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RB Leipzig is a German professional football club based in the city of Leipzig, sometimes known as Die Roten Bullen or The Red Bulls. The club was founded in 2009 by Red Bull GmbH, the company that also owns several other football clubs around the world, including Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls. The club was initially called SSV Markranstädt and played in the lower divisions of German football. They play their home games in the Red Bull Arena, with a capacity of just shy of 43,000 spectators.

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RB Leipzig History

In 2010, Red Bull purchased the licence of fifth-division side SSV Markranstädt and renamed the club RB Leipzig. The club then began its rapid ascent through the German football league system.

In 2013, RB Leipzig was promoted to the 3. Liga, the third tier of German football, and in 2014, they were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga. In just their second season in the 2. Bundesliga, RB Leipzig finished runners-up and were promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history. RB Leipzig quickly established themselves as one of the top teams in the Bundesliga, finishing second in the 2016-17 season and reaching the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League in the 2019-20 season. The club has been controversial due to its ownership structure and the perceived lack of tradition and history. Nevertheless, RB Leipzig has quickly become a major force in German football and has attracted a large following both domestically and internationally.

Who Owns RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig is owned by Red Bull GmbH, which also owns Salzburg, Liefering, New York Red Bulls, Bragantino and Red Bull Brasil. 

RB Leipzig Manager

The current manager of RB Leipzig is Marco Rose. Marco Rose is a German football manager who started his career as an assistant coach at Mainz’s second team before moving to Lokomotive Leipzig. He then joined RB Salzburg U16 team as manager before moving up to the U18s. He was able to win the Austrian U18 Championships in his first season and the UEFA Youth League. In 2017 he became RB Salzburg’s first team manager and won the league in his first season, and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League. Rose never lost a game at home during his time at Salzburg and had a win percentage of 71.05%. He then joined Borussia Monchengladbach, followed by Dortmund, where he finished 2nd. Finally, he joined Leipzig in 2022, and in 2023, he won the DFB-Pokal with the club. Now in the Champions League, he will look to go far in every competition and even potentially challenge for the league. 

Biggest RB Leipzig Transfers

Leipzig is renowned for signing young players and selling them on for more later on. Some of their biggest signings have been:

  • Luis Openda from Lens for £43.00m
  • Josko Gvardiol from Dinamo Zagreb for £36.80m
  • Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Salzburg for £36.00m
  • Naby Keita from RB Salzburg for £29.75m
  • Dani Olmo from Dinamo Zagreb for £29.00m

As a result of their transfer policy, they have been able to sell some players for huge fees:

  • Josko Gvardiol to Manchester City for £90.00m
  • Dominik Szoboszlai to Liverpool for £70.00m
  • Christopher Nkunku to Chelsea for £60.00m
  • Naby Keita to Liverpool for £60.00m
  • Timo Werner to Chelsea for £53.00m

RB Leipzig Drama

Leipzig is often referred to as the most hated club in the Bundesliga. In 2009 Red Bull, the Austrian drinks company, bought and took control of SSV Markranstadt, which had been sitting in the German fifth division. They changed the club’s name to Red Bull Salzburg, as well as the logo, colours and kits. They already owned two football teams and an F1 racing team. They then, in 8 seasons, made their way to the Bundesliga and, by the tenth, made it to the Champions League. Many German football fans don’t like this club as they feel like they have bought their way to the top and do not share the same values that other German football clubs share. They are considered a plastic club. RB Salzburg has found a loophole around the 50+1 rule and is essentially the majority and not the club’s members. 

Who Plays For RB Leipzig Now

Leipzig has a very strong squad that is full of talent. They have a very young but talented squad. In defence, they have players such as Peter Gulasci, Janis Blaswich, Timo Schliek, Mohamed Simakan, Willi Orban, El Chadaille Bitshiabu, David Raum, Benjamin Henrichs and Lukas Klostermann. They have an amazing midfield that has players such as Xaver Schlager, Nicolas Seiwald, Amadou Haidara, Ilaix Moriba, Kevin Kampl, Dani Olmo, Xavi Simons, Christoph Baumgartner, Fabio Carvalho, Emil Forsberg and Caden Clark. Their attack has great depth with options such as Hugo Novoa, Lois Openda, Timo Werner, Benjamin Sesko and Yussuf Poulsen. 

What Have RB Leipzig Won

Leipzig being a very, very young club, has not won much. They have won 2 DFB-Pokals, 1 German Regionalliga North East Championship, 2 Landespokal Sachsens. 

RB Leipzig 2023/24 Season Predictions

Leipzig are a difficult team to predict because of their transfer strategy. Every season they sell some of their best players and replace them with new talents who are typically unproven. Although this season they have replaced them with some very talented players, it can still be difficult to predict how they will adapt to Leipzig. This season they have sold Sorloth, who scored 12 goals in La Liga last season, Angelino, Christopher Nkunku, who has been one of the best-performing players in the world for the past few seasons, Dominik Szoboszlai, who has gotten 14 G/A for the last two seasons from midfield and Josko Gvardiol who is a world-class defending prospect. However, they have been able to replace these players with defender Ell Chadaille Bitshiabu, midfielders Seiwald and Baumgartner and attackers Xavvi Simons, Fabio Carvalho, Benjamin Sesko and Lois Openda. Openda was able to score 21 goals last season, while Sesko got 16. Fabio Carvalho and Xavi Simons are two very promising young players. However, Xavi Simons was able to get 28 G/A last season for PSV in the league. They have made some great signings but also released some amazing players. As a result, we think they will qualify for the Champions League; however, we are unsure of whether they will be able to push for the league, as knowing how these players will settle can be impossible to predict. 

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