In its inaugural season in 2009–10, RB Leipzig dominated the NOFV-Oberliga Süd (V) and was promoted as champions to the Regionalliga Nord (IV). RB Leipzig won the 2012–13 Regionalliga Nordost season without conceding a single defeat and was promoted to the 3. Liga (III), then finished the 2013–14 3. Liga season as runner-up and was promoted to the 2. Bundesliga (II) as the first team since the introduction of the 3. Liga to win promotion after only one season.

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2015–16 season.

The club itself are just seven years old, having been founded in 2009. Red Bull owner, billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, bought out and re-branded SSV Markranstadt, a fifth-tier team, adding them to a stable that included Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls. By a quirk of fate, the year of his purchase was the last time a GDR side - Energie Cottbus - played in Germany’s top flight.

It is thought the bull reference relates to RB Leipzig’s founders, energy drink maker Red Bull, who established the club just seven years ago in 2009.

The first reserve team was formed out of the second team of SSV Markranstädt and played its inaugural season in the 2009-10 Bezirksliga Leipzig. The team finished the season on first place and won promotion to the 2010-11 Sachsenliga. However, as part of the deal with SSV Markranstädt, the team was returned to SSV Markranstädt after the 2009-10 season, and would then go on to play the 2010-11 Sachsenliga as the new first team of SSV Markranstädt.

Seven games and four goals later, Burke had drawn light comparisons to Gareth Bale, with his explosive pace, raw power and eye for goal.

Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz was not allowed to put the sponsorship name in his new team’s moniker so decided to call them RasenBallsport Leipzig, meaning “lawn ball sport”.

As of 2015, Red Bull GmbH is the main shareholder of RasenballSport Leipzig GmbH, holding 99 percent of the shares. The remaining one percent is held by the association. However, as required by the 50 + 1 rule, formal power lies with the association, holding the majority of votes.[211][212]

The second leg was played on 2 June 2013 and ended 2–2 after two goals to RB Leipzig during extra time. The result meant that RB Leipzig had finally won promotion to the 3. Liga, after three seasons in the Regionalliga.

By the looming bankruptcy of FC Sachsen Leipzig, which eventually ended with the club folding in June 2011, RB Leipzig considered purchasing its playing right for the Oberliga for its reserve team. RB Leipzig initially showed interest for the playing right, but later withdrew. A condition for the acquisition was that at least 51 percent of the players in the team must be integrated in the new club, but RB Leipzig instead chose to develop its own reserve team.[248][249]

Training and matches are conducted at several grounds in Leipzig. The main ground is the RB training center at Cottaweg, which is shared with the professional team. Other grounds include the Sportschule Egidius Braun of the Saxony Football Association (SFV) at Abtnaundorf. The RB training center with its sports complex is currently used by men's junior teams from U14 to the Reserve team, as the location of the youth academy.[152]

Unlike in other leagues in Europe, the statutes of the German Football Association deter big investors from taking over its clubs. According to the so-called “50+1” rule, clubs must hold a majority of their own voting rights. Only investors who have been involved with a club for more than 20 years can apply for an exception to the 50+1 rule.

The 2014-15 season included opponents such as SSV Markranstädt and 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig,[253] but the reserve team successfully adapted to the Oberliga and came to dominate its league. The team finished the 2014-15 NOFV-Oberliga Süd on first place, and immediately won promotion to the Regionalliga Nordost. Forward Tom Nattermann scored 26 goals during the season, only beaten by Jan Nezmar from FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf.[254]

When Borussia Dortmund play their first away game of the season against newly promoted RB Leipzig on Saturday, thousands of their most diehard fans will be following the team’s progress not in the stadium but over the radio.

Leipzig have achieved four promotions in their short seven-year existence after being established as a successor club to fifth division outfit SSV Markranstadt in 2009.

In the buildup to Saturday’s fixture, Dortmund have refused Leipzig the licence to use their logo and name on a joint “friendship scarf”.

The German Football Association (DFB) was founded in Leipzig in 1900. The city was the venue for the 2006 FIFA World Cup draw, and hosted four first-round matches and one match in the round of 16 in the central stadium.

RB Leipzig played its hundredth match at the Red Bull Arena on 4 October 2015, against 1. FC Nürnberg. At that point, the club reported a total attendance of 1,464,215 spectators, or an average of 14,643 spectators, for matches at the Red Bull Arena.[152]

The teenage Scot moved to Germany for an initial £13m last week but Forest will receive more cash from a series of add-ons

Montanier himself was looking forward to continuing to work with his young star, stating that the club was the best place for his development.

RB Leipzig was drawn against SC Paderborn in the first round of the 2014–15 DFB-Pokal. The team won the match with 2–1 on extra time at the Red Bull Arena on 16 August 2014. In the second round, the club faced FC Erzgebirge Aue. The team won the match with 3–1 on extra time at the Red Bull Arena on 29 October 2015, and was qualified for the round of 16 for first time in club history.[99]

The 2010–11 Regionalliga season started with a series of draws, the first one on 6 August 2010 against Türkiyemspor Berlin in front of 4,028 spectators at the Red Bull Arena. The first win came on the 4th match day, in an away match against Holstein Kiel, which ended 1–2 for RB Leipzig. The first home win came immediately after, on the 5th match day, in a match against 1. FC Magdeburg, which ended 2–1 for RB Leipzig.

The 17 RB Leipzig junior teams collected 9 league titles and 3 cup titles together during the 2014–15 season.[274] The following season was even more successful in terms of number of titles won. The 17 RB Leipzig junior teams collected 8 league titles and 6 cup titles during the 2015-16 season.[275]

RB Leipzig targeted a place in the 2010–11 DFB–Pokal, which would have been won by winning the 2009–10 Saxony Cup. The team reached the quarterfinals in the Saxony Cup, but was eliminated after a defeat against FSV Zwickau on 13 November 2013.

In addition, a supervisory board was added.[196] The honorary board had performed tasks that are normally performed by a separate controlling organizational body. These functions were now transferred to a newly created supervisory board that can perform these tasks independently. The club decided to transfer the former members of the honorary board to the newly created supervisory board.[197][198]

The club finished its first season in the Regionalliga in 4th place, thus missing out on promotion. However, under coach Tomas Oral, the club succeeded in winning the 2010–11 Saxony cup after defeating Chemnitzer FC 1–0 in the final on 1 June 2011 in front of 13,958 spectators at the Red Bull Arena. By winning the 2010–11 Saxony cup, the club won its first title in club history. It also qualified to participate in the 2011–12 DFB-Pokal.[61]

Until 2009, RB Leipzig was a fifth-division club called SSV Markranstädt that few had heard of even in its native Saxony. Then the Austrian energy drink manufacturer Red Bull bought the club’s licence, changed its name, crest and kit, and promised a transfer budget of a rumoured €100m (£85m).


As of 2015, the club has 14 men's junior teams, ranging from U8 to the Reserve team.[152] Two players from the A-junior team, Vitaly Janelt and Dominik Franke, were selected to play for the Germany national under-17 team in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[280]

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The 2014–15 season proved successful. The A-junior team won the Under 19 Bundesliga Nord/Nordost, and the B-junior team won the Under 17 Bundesliga Nord/Nordost for a second time in two consecutive years. With its A- and B-junior teams, RB Leipzig was the only club in Germany with two teams left in the final rounds of the German championship in 2015.[279]

As of 28 August 2016[update][234][235] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2016 and Transfers winter 2015–16.

Because the club missed out on promotion during the second half of the 2010–11 season, Peter Pacult from Rapid Wien was announced as the new head coach for the 2011–12 season on 4 May 2011. Almost simultaneously, the club announced that sporting director Thomas Linke had been released from his position, having been employed for only 10 weeks, from February 2011. Various media suspected a connection between the signing of Pacult and the departure of Linke.[62][63]

In Borussia Dortmund’s case, this means that 139,000 paying members have a veto over issues such as ticket prices.

Forest fans had another young hero to get behind and Burke was shining. Championship defences were struggling to contain him, with the early days of Montanier already suggesting Forest as the most attractive side in the division.

After defeating SV Sandhausen with 2–1 away at the 13th matchday on 1 November 2015, RB Leipzig stood at first place in the league.[135]

It’s been a whirlwind start to the season for Oliver Burke.

RB Leipzig released its own club magazine Klub on 6 October 2014.[100]

RB Leipzig was eliminated by FC Augsburg in the first round of the 2013-14 DFB-Pokal on 2 August 2013 after losing 0–2 at the Red Bull Arena. The defeat brought an end to a year-long series without defeat in competitive matches. The 2013–14 3. Liga had a more promising start. The team won its first match, against Hallescher FC away, by 1–0 on 19 July 2013 and kept an undefeated streak until 31 August 2013, when the team lost 1–2 to first placed team SV Wehen Wiesbaden away.

The B-junior team qualified for the Under 17 Bundesliga in 2011.[276] The team won the Under 17 Bundesliga Nord/Nordost and qualified for the German championship for the first time in 2014. The team reached the final, but was defeated by Borussia Dortmund.[277]