RB Leipzig

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RB Leipzig
Logo of RB Leipzig at the training center
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Surname LawnBallsport Leipzig e. V.
Seat Leipzig , Saxony
founding May 19, 2009
Colours Red White
Members 21 (March 2021)
Board Oliver Mintzlaff (Chairman)
Bärbel Milsch
Johann Plenge
Matthias Reichwald
Ulrich Wolter
Football company
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Surname RasenBallsport Leipzig GmbH
Shareholder 99%: Red Bull GmbH
0 1%: RB Leipzig e. V.
(majority of votes at the e.V.)
Managing directors Oliver Mintzlaff (Chairman)
Florian Hopp
Website dierotenbullen.com
First team
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann
Venue Red Bull Arena
Places 42,959
league Bundesliga
2020/21 2nd place

The RasenBallsport Leipzig e. V., RB Leipzig for short , is a soccer club from Leipzig . His first men's team has played in the Bundesliga since the 2016/17 season and plays its home games in the Red Bull Arena in the Leipzig Sportforum .

The club was founded in 2009 on the initiative of Red Bull GmbH and took over the starting right of SSV Markranstädt in the fifth-class Oberliga Nordost for the 2009/10 season . The professional squad and the youth team to the U15 have been the rise of the first team in the 2. Bundesliga 2014 in the RasenBallsport Leipzig GmbH spun whose shareholders are 99 percent, the Red Bull GmbH and one percent of the club. Since the club members are also closely related to Red Bull, the club is de facto controlled by Red Bull GmbH. Especially in the early days there were protests against the club by other football clubs and their fans - including game cancellations.


2009–2012: Founding of the association and slow start

Process of team takeovers
2008/09 season 2009/10 season 2010/11 season
SSV Markranstädt RB Leipzig RB Leipzig
ESV Delitzsch RB Leipzig II
SSV Markranstädt II RB Leipzig II SSV Markranstädt
ESV Delitzsch II ESV Delitzsch
SSV Markranstädt III RB Leipzig III SSV Markranstädt II
RB Leipzig IV SSV Markranstädt III
Season dates 2009–2012
season League (level) place Gates Points DFB Cup Audience Ø
2009/10 Oberliga Nordost (V) 1 74:17 80 -
2010/11 Regionalliga North (IV) 4th 57:29 64 - 04,206
2011/12 Regionalliga North (IV) 3 71:30 73 2nd round 07,401
highlighted in green: ascent

After taking over SV Austria Salzburg (now FC Red Bull Salzburg ), Red Bull tried to launch a similar project in German football in 2006 to better market its product. To this end, Red Bull contacted the football clubs FC St. Pauli , TSV 1860 Munich and Fortuna Düsseldorf . For investments in a club, Red Bull demanded a majority in the corporation , into which the team of licensed players would have to be hived off from the registered club through a membership decision (at this point in time only 1860 Munich had been hived off into a GmbH & Co. KGaA ), as well as a change the club name, the club emblem and the club colors. Since all three clubs did not accept Red Bull's demands, Red Bull tried to gain a foothold in Leipzig football . However, the entry into FC Sachsen Leipzig failed because of the German Football Association (DFB) , which refused to approve because of legal discrepancies, and because of fan protests. The DFB also feared that the investor would exert too much influence.

Since the clubs below the regional league are no longer subject to the DFB licensing procedure, the RasenBallsport Leipzig e. V. , or RB Leipzig for short , was founded, the first chairman of which was the Austrian Andreas Sadlo . The goal of this club was to take over the starting right of SSV Markranstädt for the fifth-class Oberliga Nordost and additionally the first three men's teams and the senior team. The first men's team, including the coaching staff, was completely transferred to the newly founded club. At the urging of the Saxon Football Association (SFV), RB Leipzig also took over the first team in each of the four oldest youth departments of the now insolvent FC Sachsen Leipzig.

Since naming for advertising purposes is not permitted according to the statutes of the DFB, the club name RasenBallsport was chosen in 2009 . Its abbreviation “RB” allows associations with both the Salzburg sister club and the “Red Bull” brand , but it is also permissible - as the subsequent approval process showed.

Under Tomas Oral, the 2011 Sachsenpokal was the first title in club history to be won, but promotion to the third division was missed.

After the Northeast German Football Association agreed to the transfer of the upper league playing rights in June 2009 and approved the club name, RB Leipzig started in the 2009/10 season instead of SSV Markranstädt in the southern season of the Oberliga Nordost and with other teams in two other lower class leagues . A fourth team was registered from scratch. The club started playing without an official club coat of arms, as the coat of arms proposed by the club had been rejected by the Saxon Football Association because of its similarity to the Red Bull company logo. The refused coat of arms was still on the player's jerseys as a so-called sponsor's logo in the form of jersey advertising and was sometimes used on fan articles, among other things. In May 2010, the SFV accepted a modified version as the club logo. Joachim Krug was signed as the first sporting director, and the head coach of the first team was Tino Vogel , who had previously coached SSV Markranstädt. Various players were hired who had experience in higher-class leagues. For example, goalkeeper Sven Neuhaus and defenders Ingo Hertzsch (including 227 Bundesliga games ) and Thomas Kläsener (32 Bundesliga games) from second division FC Augsburg and Nico Frommer (28 Bundesliga games) from second division VfL Osnabrück . In the winter, Timo Rost from the second division Energie Cottbus , who had played 145 games in the Bundesliga, followed. The home games were played in the Stadion am Bad in Markranstädt . The newly formed team had no problems in the league, so that promotion to the Regionalliga Nord was already five game days before the end of the season. The season ended with 80 points and 22 points ahead of Budissa Bautzen as champions. Only four times (two draws and two defeats) did the team not leave the field as winners. In the Sachsenpokal , through which RB Leipzig wanted to qualify for the DFB Cup , they were eliminated in the quarter-finals against league rivals FSV Zwickau . The chairman of the board, Andreas Sadlo, had already left the club in January 2010, whereupon Dietmar Beiersdorfer , most recently Head of Global Soccer at Red Bull, succeeded him.

For the 2010/11 season , RB Leipzig moved to the central stadium , which was renamed the Red Bull Arena . Promotion coach Vogel was replaced by Tomas Oral , who had previously made it through from the Oberliga to the 2nd Bundesliga with FSV Frankfurt . In addition, sports director Krug was released from his duties. This took place against the background of a strategy change previously announced by Red Bull managing director Dietrich Mateschitz , according to which RB Leipzig should represent the key project in the company's football commitment in the future instead of FC Red Bull Salzburg . The additions again included players with experience in higher leagues such as Alexander Laas (VfL Wolfsburg, Bundesliga), Tim Sebastian (Hansa Rostock, 2nd Bundesliga), Carsten Kammlott (FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, 3rd division) and Daniel Frahn (top scorer ) and Stefan Kutschke , who were promoted to the 3rd division with SV Babelsberg 03 in the previous year . In winter, Thiago Rockenbach from second division Fortuna Düsseldorf was also signed . In the Regionalliga Nord, the team struggled, drew 10 times and lost six more games, which was only enough for 4th place. However, RB Leipzig won its first title with the Saxony Cup and moved into the DFB Cup. Thomas Linke had already been signed up as the new sports director in February 2011 . He and the CEO Beiersdorfer left the club before the end of the season.

For the 2011/12 season , Peter Pacult took over the team who had previously coached the Austrian Bundesliga club Rapid Wien . Wolfgang Loos became the new sports director . Among the most prominent additions included Bastian Schulz (1. FC Kaiserslautern Bundesliga), Christian Müller (FSV Frankfurt 2. Bundesliga), the former Finnish international Pekka Lagerblom (VfB Stuttgart II, 3. Liga), former Austrian international Roman Wallner ( FC Red Bull Salzburg), Niklas Hoheneder (Karlsruher SC, 2nd Bundesliga), Timo Röttger (Dynamo Dresden, 2nd Bundesliga) and Sebastian Heidinger (Arminia Bielefeld, 3rd division). Despite these reinforcements, promotion to the 3rd division was again missed; only 3rd place was achieved with 73 points. In the first round of the DFB Cup , the first division club VfL Wolfsburg was defeated before they had to admit defeat to FC Augsburg (Bundesliga). In the Sachsenpokal, the team was eliminated in the quarter-finals against the upper division FSV Zwickau .

2012–2019: The Rangnick era - from the regional league to the Champions League

Season dates 2012–2019
season League (level) place Gates Points DFB Cup Audience Ø BL squad
2012/13 Regionalliga Nordost (IV) 1 65:22 72 - 07,563
2013/14 3rd division (III) 2 65:34 79 1 round 16,735
2014/15 2nd Bundesliga (II) 5 39:31 50 Round of 16 25,026
2015/16 2nd Bundesliga (II) 2 54:32 67 2nd round 29,441
2016/17 Bundesliga (I) 2 66:39 67 1 round 41,078 BL squad
2017/18 Bundesliga (I) 6th 57:53 53 2nd round 39,397 BL squad
2018/19 Bundesliga (I) 3 63:29 66 final 38,380 BL squad
highlighted in green: promotion
highlighted in yellow: qualification for the Champions League
highlighted in gray: qualification for the Europa League qualification
Ralf Rangnick led RB Leipzig from the Regionalliga to the Champions League during his seven-year tenure as sports director. He was also head coach in the 2015/16 and 2018/19 seasons, in which they reached the Bundesliga promotion (2016) and the DFB Cup final (2019).
Under the head coach Alexander Zorniger, the march from the regional league to the 2nd Bundesliga succeeded
Under head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl, RB Leipzig qualified for the Champions League for the first time

For the 2012/13 season were regional leagues restructured. From then on, RB Leipzig played in the Regionalliga Nordost , so that you no longer met Holstein Kiel , VfB Lübeck and the second team of VfL Wolfsburg , which were placed before the Leipzigers in previous years. The new sports director was Ralf Rangnick , who signed Alexander Zorniger as the new head coach. Rangnick signed Dominik Kaiser , whom he knew from common times at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Bundesliga), Clemens Fandrich (Energie Cottbus, 2nd Bundesliga), Juri Judt (1. FC Nürnberg, Bundesliga) and goalkeeper Fabio Coltorti ( FC Lausanne -Sport , Super League ). The season was much more successful. In the Regionalliga Nordost, the team was 72 points and 14 points ahead of FC Carl Zeiss Jena champions, with which the Leipzig team met the champions of the Regionalliga West , Sportfreunde Lotte , in the promotion games to the 3rd division . After a 2-0 first leg win in the home stadium, in which a record for the fourth-highest division was set with 30,104 spectators, RB Leipzig was 2-0 down in the second leg, but was able to equalize in extra time and in the third attempt the promotion to the 3. Make the league perfect. RB Leipzig also won the Saxony Cup for the second time after 2011 and moved into the DFB Cup .

For the 2013/14 season , the squad was made up of young players such as Yussuf Poulsen (19, Lyngby BK ), Joshua Kimmich (18, VfB Stuttgart U19), Anthony Jung (21, FSV Frankfurt) and Georg Teigl (22, FC Red Bull Salzburg ) reinforced. In winter, Diego Demme (22, SC Paderborn 07) was signed. In the first round of the DFB Cup, the young team was eliminated from the first division club FC Augsburg as in 2011 , which meant that the series, which had lasted more than a year, ended without a defeat in a competitive game. In the League RB Leipzig finished with 79 points behind the 1. FC Heidenheim the 2nd place with which the walkover in the second Bundesliga succeeded. In the Sachsenpokal, the Leipziger were eliminated in the semifinals against the league club FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf , but they qualified for the DFB-Pokal through the league.

With the promotion to the second division, the DFL was responsible for licensing from the 2014/15 season . The association only received the license under three conditions: a reduction in the membership fee (previously 800 euros per year) to open it up to new members, no majority of Red Bull officials in the association's committees and a change in the logo to differentiate it from the Red Bull company logo. A complaint against it was rejected. While the club itself officially neither commented on the conditions nor on any complaint, Red Bull managing director Dietrich Mateschitz categorically ruled out another season in the third division. Ultimately, RB Leipzig received the license. The company committed to changing its logo and filling management positions with people who were independent of the main sponsor. Oliver Mintzlaff then became the new CEO . In December 2014, the licensed players department and the youth teams up to C1 juniors (U15) were outsourced to RasenBallsport Leipzig GmbH , in which Red Bull GmbH holds 99 percent and e. V. are involved to one percent, whereby the majority of votes to maintain the 50 + 1 rule at e. V. remained. With Omer Damari from Austria Wien , the most expensive entry in the history of the 2nd Bundesliga was signed for 7 million euros. The squad was also strengthened with Lukas Klostermann (VfL Bochum), Ante Rebić and Marvin Compper (both AC Florence). The first half of the season ended the team with 27 points in 6th place, with the gap to a direct promotion place was only three points. During the winter break, Emil Forsberg from Malmö FF was signed . After the 20th match day, the club separated from head coach Alexander Zorniger after the deficit on the promotion relegation place had grown to five and on a direct promotion place to six points. His successor was the coach of the B1 juniors (U17), Achim Beierlorzer , until the end of the season . The season ended with RB in 5th place with 50 points.

For the 2015/16 season , sports director Ralf Rangnick also took over the post of head coach, for which he gave up the post of sports director at FC Red Bull Salzburg , which he also held. With the 20-year-old Davie Selke , who scored nine goals for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga in the previous season, Damari's transfer record from the previous year was surpassed for 8 million euros. In total, the club spent 18.6 million euros on new players, 2.1 million euros more than all other 17 second division clubs combined, which was accordingly viewed critically. On the income side from player sales, on the other hand, there are only 1.9 million euros and rank 11 in the league. In addition to Selke, Atınç Nukan (Besiktas Istanbul), Marcel Halstenberg (FC St. Pauli), Stefan Ilsanker , Péter Gulácsi , Marcel Sabitzer (all FC Red Bull Salzburg) and Willi Orban (1. FC Kaiserslautern) were among the most famous additions . In the first round of the cup, the game against third division VfL Osnabrück was abandoned because the referee Martin Petersen was thrown from the Osnabrück block with a lighter and suffered a slight concussion . The game was ultimately rated 2-0 for RB Leipzig; in the following round, however, the team was eliminated against SpVgg Unterhaching (Regionalliga Bayern). In the league, however, things went better and the team finished the first half of the season with 35 points in 2nd place. RB Leipzig closed the season with 67 points behind SC Freiburg , which promoted them to the Bundesliga .

For the season 2016/17 took Ralph Hasenhüttl the team, so Rangnick could concentrate on his sport director posts again. Before and at the beginning of the new season, the club spent significantly more money on individual new players than ever before. Were now required, among other things Timo Werner ( VfB Stuttgart ), Oliver Burke ( Nottingham Forest ), which was treated with a transfer fee of around 17 million euros for hitherto most expensive Scottish player Naby Keita ( FC Red Bull Salzburg ) and in the winter break dayot upamecano (FC Red Bull Salzburg). On the other hand, some players left the club who had not played a major role in the promotion year. After being eliminated in the first round of the DFB Cup on penalties at the second division Dynamo Dresden , the first Bundesliga game in the club's history ended 2-2 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on August 28, 2016 , with captain Dominik Kaiser scoring the first Bundesliga goal in the club's history scored. The first Bundesliga win came on the 2nd match day in the home game against Borussia Dortmund . With a 2-1 home win against FC Augsburg on September 30th, RB Leipzig was the first Bundesliga newcomer to still be unbeaten on matchday 6, and with a 3-2 win in Leverkusen on November 18th , RB Leipzig became “the best newcomer of all times ”: On the one hand, RB remained unbeaten on the 11th matchday and thus broke the previous record of MSV Duisburg from the 1993/94 season , on the other hand, no promoted team has been able to show 27 points on the 11th matchday, including 1. FC Kaiserslautern did not reach this mark in the 1997/98 championship season at this point in time. The Leipziger ended the season with 67 points and 15 points behind the champions FC Bayern Munich as runner-up, which qualified them for the Champions League . The performance of the newcomer Timo Werner, who was fourth-best goalscorer with 21 goals, should be emphasized.

For the 2017/18 season , the squad included Kevin Kampl ( Bayer 04 Leverkusen ), Jean-Kévin Augustin ( Paris Saint-Germain ), Bruma ( Galatasaray Istanbul ), Konrad Laimer (FC Red Bull Salzburg) and, in winter, the loaner Ademola Lookman (Everton FC) reinforced. Also this year some players left the club who were not part of the regular staff, including Oliver Burke ( West Bromwich Albion ) , the most expensive Scot so far . The Leipziger could not build on the performances of the previous season. The league was completed with 53 points in sixth place in the table, which qualified for qualification for the Europa League . In the cup, RB Leipzig was eliminated in the second round against FC Bayern Munich. In the Champions League , they met Beşiktaş Istanbul , FC Porto and AS Monaco in the group stage . The first international competitive game in the club's history took place on September 13, 2017 in the home stadium against the team from Monaco. In the 1-1 draw, Emil Forsberg was the first Leipzig goal scorer on the international stage. The first international competitive win came on October 17, 2017, the third day of the group, with a 3-2 home win against FC Porto. Ultimately, after another win and a total of three defeats behind Beşiktaş Istanbul and FC Porto as well as in front of AS Monaco, they were eliminated from the competition in third place, thus moving into the knockout phase of the Europa League. There, RB Leipzig failed in the quarter-finals at the eventual finalists Olympique Marseille , after having previously switched off SSC Napoli and Zenit St. Petersburg .

For the 2018/19 season , the club separated from Ralph Hasenhüttl . After Julian Nagelsmann, a new head coach, was signed for the following season, Ralf Rangnick also took over the post of head coach for the transition year, as in the 2015/16 promotion season. Were now required, among other Nordi Mukiele ( HSC Montpellier ), Matheus Cunha ( FC Sion ) and Marcelo Saracchi ( River Plate ). In contrast, Naby Keïta ( Liverpool FC ) and long-time captain Dominik Kaiser ( Brøndby IF ) left the club. With the Europa League qualification, the Leipzig season began in July. There they made it into the main competition against BK Häcken , CS Universitatea Craiova and Sorja Luhansk , in which they were eliminated in the group stage behind FC Red Bull Salzburg and Celtic Glasgow and in front of Rosenborg Trondheim . In the league they overwintered after the first half of the season with 31 points in 4th place. On the 7th matchday, a 6-0 win against 1. FC Nürnberg achieved the highest Bundesliga victory to date. After a strong second half of the season, in which they finished second in the second half of the table with champions FC Bayern Munich with 35 points, RB Leipzig finished the season in third place and qualified for the group stage of the Champions League . The cup season was just as successful : via FC Viktoria Köln (Regionalliga West), TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Bundesliga), FC Augsburg (Bundesliga) and Hamburger SV (2nd Bundesliga), RB Leipzig made it to the cup final , in which one Bayern Munich lost 3-0.

Since 2019: present

Season dates since 2019
season place Gates Points DFB Cup Audience Ø BL squad
2019/20 3 81:37 66 Round of 16 040,809 BL squad
2020/21 2 final 0 BL squad
highlighted in yellow: qualification for the Champions League

For the season 2019/20 left Ralf Rangnick the club. His successor as sports director was Markus Krösche , who was signed by SC Paderborn 07 . The new head coach was Julian Nagelsmann , who had already been signed in the previous year . With Stefan Ilsanker (Eintracht Frankfurt) one of the pillars of the past five years left the club. Christopher Nkunku , among others, was newly signed . On matchday 10, the team topped their highest win from the previous season with an 8-0 win against 1. FSV Mainz 05 . The first half of the season was finished with 37 points as autumn champions . During the winter break, Diego Demme (SSC Napoli) left the club after six years. The sporting management, however, strengthened the squad with Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb) and Angeliño (Manchester City). After just one win from the first four second round matches, RB Leipzig had to give up the championship lead again. In addition, RB was eliminated in the round of 16 of the DFB Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt . The season had to be interrupted from mid-March to mid-May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic . After the restart on the 26th matchday, the team lost only once against runner-up Borussia Dortmund by the end of the season and ended the season in third place with 66 points. In the Champions League , they had prevailed as group winners in a group with Olympique Lyon , Zenit St. Petersburg and Benfica Lisbon and reached the quarter-finals via Tottenham Hotspur . Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a final tournament took place in Lisbon in August 2020 , in which only one knockout game took place from the quarter-finals. The Leipzigers reached the semi-finals via Atlético Madrid , where they were eliminated by Paris Saint-Germain .

For the 2020/21 season , Timo Werner , who was the second top scorer in the Bundesliga with 28 goals in the previous season and the club's record scorer with 95 goals, left Leipzig for Chelsea . Alexander Sørloth (Crystal Palace) was signed as his replacement , and the squad was strengthened with the German national player Benjamin Henrichs and Justin Kluivert , among others . The first half of the season was calm and constant. A short stay at the top of the table from the 3rd to the 5th matchday was followed by the establishment in the top 3 of the table. The first half of the season ended with 35 points, four points behind FC Bayern Munich . Sports director Krösche left the club at the end of April 2021. In the Champions League, the team prevailed against Manchester United and Istanbul Başakşehir FK , which followed Paris Saint-Germain into the second round. There RB Leipzig failed at Liverpool FC , although both games had to be played in the Puskás Aréna in Budapest due to entry restrictions during the corona pandemic .

organization structure

As of July 31, 2019

Status: July 2019

Association and membership

The registered association is represented by the board of directors . This consists of the chairman Oliver Mintzlaff , Bärbel Milsch, Johann Plenge, Matthias Reichwald and Ulrich Wolter. The e. V. includes the youth teams from U8 to U14 as well as all girls' teams (U17, U15, U13).

In contrast to all other German football clubs, RB Leipzig does not give its supporters an official opportunity to become a member with voting rights . According to the then managing director Ulrich Wolter, RB Leipzig is not aiming for the high number of members of other clubs. According to Wolter, clubs in which fans have created structures from the ultra scene are not in the spirit of German football, and they absolutely want to avoid such conditions. According to consistent media reports, the association had fewer than ten full members in the first five years of its history. In accordance with Section 56 of the German Civil Code (BGB ) , at least seven members are required to found a registered association . As part of the licensing for the 2nd Bundesliga , the DFL imposed several conditions on the club, including the restructuring of the management level. In the course of this, RB Leipzig also opened up the possibility of becoming an official sponsoring member for the first time. The annual fee is between 70 and 1000 euros and is used to promote young talent. In return, the sponsoring members receive certain privileges such as the right to purchase tickets, a meeting with the team and fitness training in the stadium. However, the sponsoring members do not have a voting right, as they are not members in the sense of the BGB and consequently do not sit on the organ of the general meeting ( § 32 BGB). In the course of the discussion about the possible new construction of a larger stadium, the board of directors Oliver Mintzlaff stated in March 2016 that RB Leipzig had 17 members with voting rights and around 300 other supporting members.

At the end of March 2021, it was announced that RasenBallsport Leipzig e. V. now has 21 members.

RasenBallsport Leipzig GmbH

The licensed players' department and the youth teams up to U15 were spun off to RasenBallsport Leipzig GmbH on December 2, 2014, retroactively to the start of the 2014/15 season, following a decision by the general meeting of the then 14 club members who were entitled to vote . The women's teams also belong to the GmbH.

The RBL GmbH was established on December 8, 2014 by renaming founded already on 14 August 2014 shelf company First OHU Vermögensverwaltung GmbH . The share capital of the GmbH amounts to 2.5 million euros and, in accordance with Section 3 (1) No. 4 GmbHG, is divided into capital contributions with which the shareholders participate in the company. Currently, 99 percent of the share capital is held by Red Bull GmbH and one percent by the association. In order to comply with the 50 + 1 rule , the association must have the majority of votes in the shareholders' meeting . The GmbH is represented by the managing directors , currently Oliver Mintzlaff (chairman) and Florian Hopp , in accordance with Section 35 (1) sentence 1 GmbHG .

In the 2015 calendar year, when it was active in the second division, the GmbH had a turnover of 81.71 million euros. The annual turnover of the other second division clubs in the 2015/16 season averaged 33.8 million euros. The liabilities as of December 31, 2015 amounted to 58.92 million euros, of which 52.38 million euros were due to the sole investor Red Bull. In the 2015 annual financial statements, this money was not listed as a donation, as is usual for a sponsorship, but as a loan . As a result, there is a repayment obligation towards the lender. The investments made in player transfers are given as the reason for the liabilities. The total for this item, referred to as “player values” in the annual financial statements, amounted to a total of 48.77 million euros in 2015.


Leipzig's starting eleven in the 2-1 first leg win in the 2017/18 EL round of 16 against Zenit Saint Petersburg


  • Champion of the Oberliga Nordost (Season South): 2010
  • Champion of the Regionalliga Nordost: 2013
  • Saxony Cup winner: 2011 , 2013

More Achievements

European Cup balance sheet

see: RB Leipzig / European Cup Statistics

First team

Regular goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi
Offensive player Emil Forsberg
Yussuf Poulsen (r.), Part of the team since the
third division season 2013/14

Squad season 2020/21

The captain of the team is Marcel Sabitzer. His deputies are Péter Gulácsi and Yussuf Poulsen.

Status: May 12, 2021

No. Nat. Surname birthday in the team since Contract until
01 HungaryHungary Péter Gulácsi 0May 6, 1990 2015 2025
13th GermanyGermany Philipp Tschauner 0Nov 3, 1985 2019 2022
33 SpainSpain Josep Martínez May 27, 1998 2020 2025
03 SpainSpain Angeliño 0Jan. 4, 1997 2020 2025
04th HungaryHungary Willi Orban 0Nov 3, 1992 2015 2025
05 FranceFrance Dayot Upamecano Oct. 27, 1998 2017 2023
06th FranceFrance Ibrahima Konaté May 25, 1999 2017 2023
16 GermanyGermany Lukas Klostermann 0June 3, 1996 2014 2024
22nd FranceFrance Nordi Mukiele 0Nov 1, 1997 2018 2023
23 GermanyGermany Marcel Halstenberg 27 Sep 1991 2015 2022
39 GermanyGermany Benjamin Henrichs Feb 23, 1997 2020 2025
07th AustriaAustria Marcel Sabitzer (C)Captain of the crew March 17, 1994 2014 2022
08th MaliMali Amadou Haidara Jan. 31, 1998 2018 2025
14th United StatesUnited States Tyler Adams Feb. 14, 1999 2018 2025
17th HungaryHungary Dominik Szoboszlai Oct 25, 2000 2021 2025
18th FranceFrance Christopher Nkunku Nov 14, 1997 2019 2024
20th GermanyGermany Lazar Samardžić Feb. 24, 2002 2020 2025
25th SpainSpain Dani Olmo 0May 7, 1998 2020 2024
27 AustriaAustria Konrad Laimer May 27, 1997 2017 2023
44 SloveniaSlovenia Kevin Kampl 0Oct 9, 1990 2017 2023
47 GermanyGermany Joscha Wosz U19 July 20, 2002 2015 2024
09 DenmarkDenmark Yussuf Poulsen June 15, 1994 2013 2024
10 SwedenSweden Emil Forsberg Oct 23, 1991 2015 2025
11 Korea SouthSouth Korea Hee-chan Hwang Jan. 26, 1996 2020 2025
19th NorwayNorway Alexander Sørloth 0Dec 5, 1995 2020 2025
21 NetherlandsNetherlands Justin Kluivert 0May 5, 1999 2020 2021
35 GermanyGermany Fabrice Hartmann 0March 2, 2001 2012 2021
38 SpainSpain Hugo Novoa U19 Jan. 24, 2003 2019 2022

U19 also in the A-youth squad (U19; born in 2002 or younger)

Transfers of the 2020/21 season

As of January 29, 2021

Time * player Transferring club
Summer 2020 Jean-Kévin Augustin Leeds United (Loan)
Hee-chan Hwang FC Red Bull Salzburg
Benjamin Henrichs AS Monaco
Josep Martínez UD Las Palmas
Lazar Samardžić Hertha BSC
after the start of the season Justin Kluivert AS Roma (loan)
Alexander Sørloth Crystal Palace
January 2021 Dominik Szoboszlai FC Red Bull Salzburg
Time * player Receiving club
Summer 2020 Ethan Ampadu Chelsea FC (Loan)
Tom Krauss 1. FC Nürnberg (loan)
Yvon Mvogo PSV Eindhoven (loan)
Patrik Schick AS Roma (loanee)
Timo Werner Chelsea FC
Hannes Wolf Borussia Monchengladbach
after the start of the season Jean-Kévin Augustin FC Nantes
Ademola Lookman Fulham FC (loan)
January 2021 Dennis Borkowski 1. FC Nürnberg (loan)
Eric Martel FK Austria Wien (loan)
Tim Schreiber Hallescher FC (loan)
*Due to the postponement of the end of the 2019/20 season and the start of the 2020/21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DFB, together with the DFL and in consultation with FIFA, adjusted the summer transfer period (generally July 1 to August 31). The transfer window was open on July 1 (changeover period I.1) and from July 15 to October 5, 2020 (changeover period I.2). The first, one-day phase was intended in particular for the registration of contracts that had already been concluded from July 1st.

Transfers of the 2021/22 season

As of March 22, 2021

time player Transferring club
Summer 2021 Brian Brobbey Ajax Amsterdam
Joško Gvardiol Dinamo Zagreb
Mohamed Simakan Racing Strasbourg
time player Receiving club
Summer 2021 Dayot Upamecano FC Bayern Munich

Trainer and function team (selection)

As of April 26, 2021

Julian Nagelsmann has been the team's head coach since summer 2019
Nat. Surname function
Coaching staff
GermanGerman Julian Nagelsmann Head coach
GermanGerman Moritz Volz Assistant coach
GermanGerman Dino Toppmöller Assistant coach
GermanGerman Fabian Friedrich Video analyst
GermanGerman Daniel Ackermann Video analyst
GermanGerman Frederik Goessling Goalkeeping coach
GermanGerman Daniel Behlau Athletic trainer
GermanGerman Ruwen Faller Athletic trainer
GermanGerman Kai Kraft Athletic trainer
Medical department
GermanGerman Frank Rossner Rehab trainer
GermanGerman Maximilian Pelka Sports psychologist
GermanGerman Robert Percy Marshall Team doctor
GermanGerman Frank Striegler Team doctor
GermanGerman Ralf Zimmermann Team doctor
GermanGerman Niklas Albers Physiotherapist
GermanGerman Alexander Sekora Physiotherapist
GermanGerman Nikolaus Schmid Physiotherapist
GermanGerman Christopher Weichert Physiotherapist
Sporting management and organization
GermanGerman Christopher Vivell & Florian Scholz Sports director (interim)
GermanGerman Timmo Hardung Team manager
SenegaleseSenegalese Babacar N'Diaye Team supervisor
GermanGerman Jens Andrei Head of Integration & Education
English peopleEnglish people Paul Mitchell Head of Recruitment and Development
GermanGerman Benjamin Ehresmann Chief scout


Record player

The following tables show the players with the most competitive games and goals for the first team of RB Leipzig. In addition to the league games, all games in national and international cup competitions are taken into account.

Status: winter break 2020/21

01 DenmarkDenmark Yussuf Poulsen 2013 – today 270
02 GermanyGermany Diego Demme 2014-2020 214
03 AustriaAustria Marcel Sabitzer 2014 – today 203
04th HungaryHungary Péter Gulácsi 2015-present 198
05 SwedenSweden Emil Forsberg 2015 – today 193
06th GermanyGermany Lukas Klostermann 2015 – today 174
07th GermanyGermany Willi Orban 2015-present 173
08th GermanyGermany Dominik Kaiser 2012-2018 171
09 GermanyGermany Daniel Frahn 2010-2015 163
010 GermanyGermany Tim Sebastian 2010-2016 133
italic = still active with RBL
01 GermanyGermany Timo Werner 2016-2020 95
02 GermanyGermany Daniel Frahn 2010-2015 93
03 DenmarkDenmark Yussuf Poulsen 2013 – today 78
04th AustriaAustria Marcel Sabitzer 2015 – today 46
05 SwedenSweden Emil Forsberg 2015 – today 42
06th GermanyGermany Dominik Kaiser 2012-2018 36
07th GermanyGermany Stefan Kutschke 2010-2013 31
08th GermanyGermany Nico Frommer 2009-2011 21
09 FranceFrance Jean-Kévin Augustin 2017-2020 20th
10 Guinea-aGuinea Naby Keïta 2016-2018 17th
italic = still active with RBL

Head coach

The following table shows all previous head coaches of the first team of RB Leipzig. The statistics only include league games. National and international cup competitions as well as the games for promotion to the 3rd division are not taken into account.

Status: winter break 2020/21

No. Trainer name time League statistics league
of to Days Sp S. U N TD P P / Sp
01 GermanyGermany Tino Vogel June 13, 2009 May 31, 2010 364 30th 26th 2 2 +57 80 2.67 V
02 GermanyGermany Tomas Oral June 29, 2010 May 28, 2011 364 34 18th 10 6th +28 64 1.88 IV
03 AustriaAustria Peter Pacult June 27, 2011 03rd July 2012 368 34 22nd 7th 5 +41 73 2.15
04th GermanyGermany Alexander Zorniger 04th July 2012 Feb 11, 2015 953 88 52 24 12th +82 180 2.05 IVIIIII
05 GermanyGermany Achim Beierlorzer Int. Feb 11, 2015 May 24, 2015 139 14th 6th 3 5 ± 0 21 1.50 II
06th GermanyGermany Ralf Rangnick June 22, 2015 June 30, 2016 374 34 20th 7th 7th +22 67 1.97
07th AustriaAustria Ralph Hasenhüttl 0July 1, 2016 May 16, 2018 684 68 35 15th 18th +31 120 1.76 I.
08th GermanyGermany Ralf Rangnick 0July 9, 2018 June 30, 2019 356 34 19th 9 6th +34 66 1.94
09 GermanyGermany Julian Nagelsmann since July 1, 20190 686 47 26th 16 5 +59 94 2.00
Int. Interim trainer

CEO of RB Leipzig e. V.

Note: It is not known whether there were any other CEOs after the separation from Beiersdorfer.

No. Surname time
of to Days
01 AustriaAustria Andreas Sadlo May 19, 2009 Jan 15, 2010 241
02 GermanyGermany Dietmar Beiersdorfer Feb. 24, 2010 0Apr 8, 2011 408
03 GermanyGermany Oliver Mintzlaff since June 12, 2014 2531

Managing Director of RB Leipzig GmbH

On December 8, 2014, the licensed player department of RB Leipzig e. V. spun off into RB Leipzig GmbH.

No. Surname time
of to Days
0 1 GermanyGermany Ulrich Wolter 0Dec 8, 2014 Dec 31, 2015 388
GermanyGermany Frank Zimmermann 0Dec 8, 2014 Apr 26, 2016 505
03 GermanyGermany Oliver Mintzlaff since Jan. 1, 20160 1963
04th GermanyGermany Florian Hopp since July 6, 20200 315

Sports directors

The sports directors worked under the management board of RB Leipzig e. V. After the separation from Krug, the chairman of the board Dietmar Beiersdorfer was responsible for the sporting direction. Since the spin-off in December 2014, this item has been part of the GmbH and reports to the management.

No. Surname time league
of to Days
01 GermanyGermany Joachim Krug 0July 1, 2009 May 30, 2010 333 V
02 GermanyGermany Thomas Linke Feb. 24, 2011 0May 4, 2011 69 IV
03 GermanyGermany Wolfgang Loos 0July 1, 2011 June 30, 2012 365
04th GermanyGermany Ralf Rangnick 0July 1, 2012 June 30, 2019 2555 IVIIIIII
05 GermanyGermany Markus Krösche 01st July 2019 April 26, 2021 665 I.

Second team

season League (level) place Gates Points Head coach
2009/10 District League Leipzig (VII) 01 109: 27 74 Olaf Brosius
2010/11 District League Leipzig (VII) 01 65:32 60 Roman Müller
2011/12 Saxony League (VI) 04th 62:34 53 Tino Vogel
2012/13 Saxony League (VI) 03 69:25 67
2013/14 Saxony League (VI) 01 99:18 75
2014/15 Oberliga Nordost (V) 01 82:21 72
2015/16 Regionalliga Nordost (IV) 11 49:48 44
2016/17 Regionalliga Nordost (IV) 03 67:42 60 Robert Klauss
highlighted in green: ascents

The second team took over the starting right of the second team of SSV Markranstädt in the seventh-class district league Leipzig for the 2009/10 season and became champions with 74 points. The right to start the Sachsenliga was given back to SSV Markranstädt for the 2010/11 season and started with the game rights and most of the ESV Delitzsch team again in the seventh-class Leipzig district league . The season went very well, so that the championship was won on the penultimate matchday. In the meantime it was suspected that RB Leipzig could take over the upper league playing rights of the dissolved club FC Sachsen Leipzig , but this offer was not taken, so that the U23 rose through sporting success. In the 2011/12 season, the team immediately reached fourth place in the sixth class Sachsenliga . Also in the following season, the second team missed promotion and ended the season in third place. In the 2013/14 season she was in first place in the Sachsenliga from the first day of the game and was promoted to the fifth-class Oberliga Nordost . In the 2014/15 season , the team quickly integrated into that division and dominated it. The early conquered first place in the table could be defended until the end of the season, which resulted in the championship title and promotion to the fourth-highest league. Finally, the second team entered the seasons 2015/16 and 2016/17 in the Regional Northeast on. The U23 played their home games in the Stadion am Bad in Markranstädt .

In February 2017, sports director Rangnick announced that the U23s would be deregistering from the game at the end of the 2016/17 season. He justified this, among other things, with a disproportion between the personnel and logistical effort and the income achieved. The gap between a regional league and a top Bundesliga team is too big for players to make the leap into the first team straight away. Instead, they want to concentrate on the youth teams and in particular on the B1 (U17) and A juniors (U19). In the latter, such young players should be used, whom one later trusts a career in the Bundesliga. Upcoming youth players, for whom this is not the case, should be awarded to teams from the 2nd Bundesliga or 3rd league.

Youth teams

All of the club's youth teams play their home games in the training center on Cottaweg.


The A-Jugend from RB Leipzig has been playing in the U-19 Bundesliga since the 2014/15 season . Since the first team had qualified for the UEFA Champions League , they also entered the UEFA Youth League in the 2017/18 season . There they were eliminated with a record of a win from six games in the group stage.

Coaching staff

GermanGerman Alexander Blessin Trainer
AustralianAustralian David Zdrilic Assistant coach
GermanGerman Ronny Zeiss Goalkeeping coach
GermanGerman Matthias Grahé Athletic trainer



The B-Jugend has been taking part in the U-17 Bundesliga since 2011 .

Coaching staff

GermanGerman Marco Kurth Trainer
GermanGerman Tobias Nubbemeyer Assistant coach
GermanGerman Nico Hildebrandt Goalkeeping coach
GermanGerman Bjorn Rosemeier Athletic trainer


  • Champion of the Regionalliga Nordost 2010/11 and promotion to the Bundesliga
  • Champion of the Bundesliga North / Northeast 2013/14 , 2014/15 , 2017/18
  • NOFV cup winners 2013, 2016, 2018
  • State cup winners 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018

Women's teams

The club has had a women's football department since the 2016/17 season. After a few protests from fellow competitors, the team started directly in the fourth-class state league of Saxony, subject to certain conditions. There they became champions by a large margin and were promoted to the Regionalliga Nordost . In the next two seasons they ended up in 4th and 3rd place respectively. After the termination of the 2019/20 season due to the corona pandemic, the team was unbeaten with 10 points ahead of 1st place in the Regionalliga Nordost and moved up to 2nd place Bundesliga on. In 2019 and 2020, the RB women won the Saxony Cup. In 2019 the team reached the second round of the DFB Cup after a 4-2 win against second division club BV Cloppenburg.

eSports department

RB Leipzig has had an eSports department since August 2017 . Cihan Yasarlar , who had previously played for FC Schalke 04 , was the first player to be signed. After winning the ESL championship again in April 2018, his contract was extended until the end of 2019. In July 2018, managing director Oliver Mintzlaff announced the prospect of "investing in more staff and possibly signing another player." However, this will continue to be limited to the football simulation FIFA . Accordingly, Alex Czaplok was signed in November 2018.

In 2020, RB Leipzig repositioned itself in the area of ​​eSports. The contracts with Cihan Yasarlar and Alex Czaplok were not renewed. Richard Hormes, Umut Gültekin and the 14-year-old talent Anders Vejrgang were signed under the new name RBLZ Gaming . With the second division soccer player Lena Güldenpfennig as a substitute player, the first woman was signed for the Virtual Bundesliga .


Central Stadium
(Red Bull Arena)

RB Leipzig plays its home games in the 42,959-seat Red Bull Arena Leipzig , the former central stadium. The contract for the naming rights of the stadium will initially run until 2020, with an option to renew until 2040. In the first season 2009/10, the club-making wore its home games at 5,500 spectators Stadium on bath in Markranstädt out.

For the first leg of the relegation to the 3rd division against Sportfreunde Lotte , a total of 30,104 visitors came to the Red Bull Arena on May 29, 2013, which at that time was the attendance record for a fourth division game in Germany. The record attendance at a RB Leipzig home game is 43,348 spectators, reached on March 4, 2015 in the DFB Cup round of 16 against VfL Wolfsburg . A new record was also set in the Saxony Cup at the final on May 15, 2013 against Chemnitzer FC . With 16,864 spectators, the record of 13,958, which had been set two years earlier at the same location, was once again surpassed. In front of this record crowd, RB Leipzig won 4-2.

Training center

Entrance to the training center on Cottaweg

In 2010, Red Bull announced that it wanted to get involved in Leipzig on a long-term basis and, in this context, was looking for a location for a training ground with several natural and artificial turf pitches as well as for a youth boarding school. Towards the end of the year, the decision was made in favor of the small Leipzig trade fair on Cottaweg, where the club's premises are to be built on an area of ​​92,000 square meters for 30 million euros. After objections from several environmental protection associations and tough negotiations, the plans of RB Leipzig were approved by the city on December 15, 2010.

The expansion began in March 2011 and took place in two steps. During the first construction phase, three natural turf pitches and one artificial turf pitch were created directly on the site. Crew rooms and sanitary facilities are temporarily housed in containers. This completed section opened on August 12, 2011.

Since the city council approved the development plan west of Cottaweg at the end of November 2012, the plans were redesigned. The approval process was successfully completed, so the prerequisites for the start of construction could be created by the end of 2013. Then more soccer fields, a youth boarding school and a grandstand for 1,000 spectators were built, which are primarily to be used for public training units and test matches as well as for youth teams such as the U19s. The buildings next to the soccer fields were erected between spring 2014 and summer 2015 and cost 33 million euros. The center was opened to the public for the first time in October 2015.


Discussions about fan culture and club politics

Even before the first games, the club faced massive hostility. After SSV Markranstädt took over the playing rights , there were strong protests in the Leipzig suburb, as advertising boards were damaged and the pitch was destroyed with weed killers . Supporters of the soccer clubs FC Sachsen Leipzig and 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig feared that the founding of the new club would lead to a decline in traditional fan culture and the commercialization of soccer in the region. Nevertheless, in a non- representative survey by the local Leipziger Volkszeitung, around 70 percent of readers supported Red Bull's commitment.

Clubs like KSV Hessen Kassel and 1. FC Union Berlin canceled planned test matches after fan protests. As part of the preparation for the 2012/13 season, further test matches against FC Erzgebirge Aue , Kickers Offenbach and Chemnitzer FC were withdrawn. The background to this was, among other things, the club and personnel policy as well as the influence of the Red Bull group. For example, fans could apply for club membership, but the honorary council had to approve this request . In addition, only employees of the Austrian company are on the board of the football club.

In 2011, the economist Tobias Kollmann , then President of Viktoria Köln , saw Red Bull as a company that pursued “clear economic and marketing goals for its products” at RB Leipzig. This makes this club the first "marketing club" in German football. He described the activities of Red Bull as a "sport-political earthquake in German football".

Matthias Sammer , who comes from Dresden, sees the development of RB Leipzig as positive, as it also creates many jobs in the region. “A few traditionalists will scream and cry again, but that's not okay. If Lok and Chemie Leipzig have not managed to bundle their strengths in the interests of football on site after the fall of the Berlin Wall - then there is always a laughing third party, ”said the former sports director of FC Bayern Munich .

The President of the Northeast German Football Association (NOFV) Rainer Milkoreit rejected criticism of the club's financing concept in May 2014. Milkoreit welcomed Leipzig's athletic promotion to the 2nd league, which was "a great development for the East". The club cannot be accused of having different conditions than other clubs in the NOFV area.

The magazine 11 Freunde repeatedly reported critically about the association, for example in issue no. 148 (March 2014) with the title “The Great Red Bull Bluff”. However, the publisher of the magazine, Matthias Hörstmann, is also the managing director of the company, which has been responsible for catering at RB Leipzig since the 2014/15 season.

At the beginning of the 2014/15 season, the No to RB campaign was launched in connection with RB Leipzig's promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga . During this season, as part of the campaign, the members of various fan and ultra groups of the second division team carried out “creative and educational campaigns in and around the stadium”, “in order to draw attention to the problems with clubs like RB Leipzig and to create a critical public, to counteract acceptance of RB in the long term. "

New additions from FC Red Bull Salzburg

Dominik Szoboszlai (picture from 2019) is the last new signing from FC Red Bull Salzburg.
Naby Keïta (picture from 2016) came to Leipzig from Salzburg in the summer of 2016 and switched to Liverpool FC two years later , with whom he won the Champions League .

There are no longer any legal links between RB Leipzig and FC Red Bull Salzburg . While Red Bull GmbH is the majority shareholder of RasenBallsport Leipzig GmbH with 99 percent, the company does not hold any shares in FC Red Bull Salzburg GmbH, into which the professional game operations of FC Red Bull Salzburg has been outsourced since mid-2016, and acts as a sponsor - for example in Names or in the form of jersey advertising - on. Nevertheless, there are often transfers of - mostly young - players from FC Red Bull Salzburg to RB Leipzig. This is why FC Red Bull Salzburg is often referred to as the RB Leipzig farm team . It is less common for players in the professional squad who received little or no playing time ( Smail Prevljak , Philipp Köhn ) and youth players who are not included in the professional squad after their youth ( Felipe Pires , Lucas Venuto , Kilian Ludewig ) to do the opposite Salzburg or their farm team FC Liefering .

In winter 2019, Tyler Adams (19 years old at the time) was signed by the New York Red Bulls , whose shares are wholly owned by Red Bull GmbH.

The US-American Jesse Marsch was initially the head coach of the New York Red Bulls, in the 2018/19 season he was assistant coach in Leipzig and from 2019 to 2021 head coach of FC Red Bull Salzburg before he returned to Leipzig as head coach for the 2021/22 season .

Borussia Mönchengladbach's manager Max Eberl criticized the exchange of players between Salzburg and Leipzig. Even Martin Hinteregger , former central defender himself in Salzburg, was critical of the transfer behavior of the two sites.

New additions from FC Red Bull Salzburg
(as of winter 2020)
No. season Transfer period player Age *
1 2011/12 winter AustriaAustria Roman Wallner 29
2 2013/14 winter AustriaAustria Georg Teigl 22nd
3-4 2014/15 summer GermanyGermany Thomas Dähne 20th
AustriaAustria Stefan Hierländer 23
5 winter PeruPeru Yordy Reyna 21
6th BrazilBrazil Rodnei 29
7-11 2015/16 summer BelgiumBelgium Massimo Bruno (a) 21
HungaryHungary Péter Gulácsi 25th
AustriaAustria Stefan Ilsanker 26th
GermanyGermany Nils Quaschner 21
AustriaAustria Marcel Sabitzer (b) 21
12-13 2016/17 summer Guinea-aGuinea Naby Keïta 21
GermanyGermany Benno Schmitz 21
14th BrazilBrazil Bernardo 21
15th winter FranceFrance Dayot Upamecano 18th
16 2017/18 summer AustriaAustria Konrad Laimer 20th
17th 2018/19 winter MaliMali Amadou Haidara 20th
18th 2019/20 summer AustriaAustria Hannes Wolf 20th
19th 2020/21 summer Korea SouthSouth Korea Hee-chan Hwang 24
20th winter HungaryHungary Dominik Szoboszlai 20th
* Age of the player in years at the time of transfer.
(a) RB Leipzig acquired the transfer rights to Bruno from RSC Anderlecht in the summer of 2014 and loaned him to FC Red Bull Salzburg for one season.
(b)RB Leipzig acquired the transfer rights to Sabitzer from Rapid Vienna in the summer of 2014 and loaned him to FC Red Bull Salzburg for one season. In this way, an exit clause could be used that only applied to a move abroad.

Spectators and fan culture

At the beginning of the 2020/21 season, the RB Leipzig fan scene is organized into 145 fan clubs with around 24,000 members, 62 of which currently have the status of an official fan club (OFC) . The fan scene is regional in nature and extends north-south from Berlin and southern Brandenburg via the Leipzig / Halle agglomeration to southern Thuringia, northern Hesse and northern Franconia; there are also isolated fan gatherings in the Ruhr area, in the Stuttgart area, in northern Germany and outside of Germany in Upper Austria. The active supporters have found their home with the move to the Red Bull Arena in Sector B, especially in blocks 27, 28 and 29, with the adjacent blocks 12 and 13 in Sector A, 26 and 30 in Sector B and 31–33 have in the meantime formed several fan groups in sector C who intervene in active support. In addition, a fan area with less active support has gradually been established in Sector D opposite Sector B on the north side of the stadium since 2013. The fan scene has taken a position against right-wing extremism, violence and fascism several times in the past few years. Posters against the Legida demonstrations that have been taking place in Leipzig since 2015 were no longer carried into the stadium after several disputes with the club.

Due to the family-friendly orientation of the club, the number of spectators fluctuates significantly. The Bundesliga and European Cup home games usually take place in front of a sold-out home area, while the arena is often only half full during cup games during the week. When it comes to away games, too, the number of fans traveling with you often differs greatly. For example, while up to 9,000 fans travel to Berlin for away games at Hertha BSC and 2200 Leipzigers were also present at the Europa League group match at Celtic Glasgow in Celtic Park, just a few months earlier, just seven fans traveled to the Europa League qualification to Craiova in Romania .

The Leipzig fan scene responds self-ironically to insults from opposing fans and relies on non-violence in their own stadium. After riots at the first away appearance in Dortmund in February 2017, the RB Leipzig fan scene positioned itself in the following home game against Hamburger SV with more than 100 banners under the motto "Football for everyone instead of inhuman riots" against hatred and violence in German football stadiums. According to the police, around 350 to 400 supporters of all Dortmund ultra groups originally wanted to stop the Leipzig team bus in Dortmund. However, this was piloted via a different route to the stadium and the frustration discharged on the arriving guest fans. The desire for a non-violent fan scene in Leipzig also results from the importance of the city for football riots caused by the local derbies between Lokomotive / VfB and Chemie / Sachsen Leipzig.

There are no fan friendships with other clubs due to the short history of the club.

Since the promotion to the Bundesliga in 2016, a rivalry with FC Augsburg has developed, which is constantly fueled by mutual taunts of the two club management and incidents on the field. There is antipathy towards FC Bayern Munich, also due to Bayern's lucky victories in their first two away games in Leipzig. This aversion is only fueled by sporting results, there is no real rivalry between the two clubs. Due to the close, heated duels in the 3rd and 2nd Bundesliga, an aversion to SV Darmstadt 98 persisted until promotion to the Bundesliga . This became particularly clear in the last second division duel in April 2015. After both teams have been playing in different leagues again since 2017, this rejection has largely subsided.

The grass ballist fan group has criticized the external image of RB Leipzig on various occasions. For example, the club does not represent “RasenBallsport Leipzig e. V. ", but only Red Bull Leipzig and thus the" donor ", especially with regard to the logo.

At the away game in the Bundesliga against FC Schalke 04 on April 23, 2017, the Red Aces fan group showed a banner that read The patron of the most authoritarian club - what a joke - calls itself a pluralist and subsequently criticized an interview of the Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz, in which he had expressed himself critical of the refugee policy and assumed that he had a xenophobic ideology. The group also complained that a leaflet issued by the fan group could not be distributed in the stadium. The actions of the fan group aroused severe criticism in the active fan scene and a controversial discussion in the social networks, in which the group was sometimes severely insulted.


Web links

Commons : RB Leipzig  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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