Can RB Leipzig Become Football’s Next Leicester City?
December 4, 2016 (No Comments) by Geoff Dorrity

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This weekend marked the 9th consecutive win for newly promoted Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, a record which no team in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 or the Eredivisie has been able to match this season.

Die Roten Bullen, also known as the Red Bulls, beat Schalke in an exciting encounter at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening to go top of the table; they now stand 3 points clear of last year’s champions Bayern Munich.

So Who Are RB Leipzig?

The club was founded on the 19th of May 2009 following a partnership between global energy drinks company Red Bull GmbH and SSV Markranstädt, a small footballing club from a village outside of Leipzig. Negotiations only took 5 weeks and the agreement for SSV Markranstädt to sell its playing right for the Oberliga to Red Bull GmbH was said to have been remunerated by around €350,000 however no actual figures were disclosed by either of the involved parties.

The abbreviation RB, which is used in the team name, stands for “RasenBallsport”, which means “Lawn Ball Sports”. They were the fifth football team to be added into Reb Bulls sporting collection following FC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, the New York Red Bulls in the US, Red Bull Brasil in Brazil and Red Bull Ghana in Ghana. In the sides first season in 2009–10 they were allowed to play without a team crest as their original design wasn’t accepted by the Saxony Football Association due to its likeness to the corporate logo of Red Bull GmbH.

the-red-bull-arena

Rise To Prominence

Similarly to Leicester City, the Red Bulls worked hard to gain promotion from 4 different leagues since their formation in 2009. The team’s last loss came over 3 months ago to the second tier outfit Dynamo Dresden in the first round of the DFB-Pokal Cup which went all the way to extra time, finishing with a 4-3 penalty shootout in favour of the Saxon team. This isn’t their first season of footballing prominence; in 2012/13 they went completely undefeated in the Regionalliga Nordost, which is a fourth tier German League system covering states within East Germany and West-Berlin.

The club received some exposure back in July 2014 when they recorded a decisive 4-2 victory against Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in a pre-season friendly, although the match was marred by controversial scenes by two of its own players, which became more memorable than the score line itself. Following the substitution of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, an argument took place between Leipzig captain Daniel Frahn and new signing Terrence Boyd over who would have the honour of taking the big Swede’s jersey home. Zlatan opted for Boyd which caused some conflict between the players. Following the game, Zlatan joined the opposing team in there dressing room and offered up a second dry jersey to the club captain to ease tensions, a classy move from PSG’s most famous forward.

zlatan-ibrahimovic-shirt-dispute-with-leipzig-players

Key Players

First team centre forward Timo Werner has been doing much of the scoring for Leipzig after transferring from VfB Stuttgart in June for a club record fee of €10 million. The 20-year-old German striker is in fine form having scored his eighth goal in all competitions against Schalke on Saturday, already surpassing his total tally of 6 goals in 33 games, last season.

Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi has kept 7 clean sheets since early September and has become recognised as one of the best in the Bundesliga today. The Hungarian international spent some time in England having been signed on a one year loan by Liverpool in 2007 and then making further loan spells at Hereford United, Tranmere Rovers and Hull City. He joined Leipzig as a free agent in July 2015 and has established himself as number 1 choice for the league leaders.

timo-werner-scores

Challenges Ahead For RB Leipzig

The mighty Bayern Munich are undoubtedly the team to beat in Germany and doing so would put down a real marker for Leipzig’s hopes at challenging for the title. Bayern will look to win their 5th consecutive league title this season, a feat never before achieved in the Bundesliga. Both sides will square off in just over two weeks’ time at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday 21st of December which will be a pivotal game for Leipzig should their winning streak continue. Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern have only lost 2 out of their last 12 games in all competitions and will be fully aware of the threat Leipzig pose.

As it stands, Leipzig have 21 more games left in the league so there is a long way to go however the wheels are firmly in motion for what could be another shock for top flight football. Skeptics will say it is far too early to compare the side to last year’s surprise victors of the Premier League, Leicester City, however fans at the Red Bull Arena, and anyone who loves a good underdog, will likely have a different say on the matter. Whatever the outcome, things are shaping up for an exciting few months of German football!

leipzig-fans-promotion

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Can RB Leipzig Become Football’s Next Leicester City?
December 4, 2016 (No Comments) by Geoff Dorrity

rb-leipzig

This weekend marked the 9th consecutive win for newly promoted Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, a record which no team in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 or the Eredivisie has been able to match this season.

Die Roten Bullen, also known as the Red Bulls, beat Schalke in an exciting encounter at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening to go top of the table; they now stand 3 points clear of last year’s champions Bayern Munich.

So Who Are RB Leipzig?

The club was founded on the 19th of May 2009 following a partnership between global energy drinks company Red Bull GmbH and SSV Markranstädt, a small footballing club from a village outside of Leipzig. Negotiations only took 5 weeks and the agreement for SSV Markranstädt to sell its playing right for the Oberliga to Red Bull GmbH was said to have been remunerated by around €350,000 however no actual figures were disclosed by either of the involved parties.

The abbreviation RB, which is used in the team name, stands for “RasenBallsport”, which means “Lawn Ball Sports”. They were the fifth football team to be added into Reb Bulls sporting collection following FC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, the New York Red Bulls in the US, Red Bull Brasil in Brazil and Red Bull Ghana in Ghana. In the sides first season in 2009–10 they were allowed to play without a team crest as their original design wasn’t accepted by the Saxony Football Association due to its likeness to the corporate logo of Red Bull GmbH.

the-red-bull-arena

Rise To Prominence

Similarly to Leicester City, the Red Bulls worked hard to gain promotion from 4 different leagues since their formation in 2009. The team’s last loss came over 3 months ago to the second tier outfit Dynamo Dresden in the first round of the DFB-Pokal Cup which went all the way to extra time, finishing with a 4-3 penalty shootout in favour of the Saxon team. This isn’t their first season of footballing prominence; in 2012/13 they went completely undefeated in the Regionalliga Nordost, which is a fourth tier German League system covering states within East Germany and West-Berlin.

The club received some exposure back in July 2014 when they recorded a decisive 4-2 victory against Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in a pre-season friendly, although the match was marred by controversial scenes by two of its own players, which became more memorable than the score line itself. Following the substitution of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, an argument took place between Leipzig captain Daniel Frahn and new signing Terrence Boyd over who would have the honour of taking the big Swede’s jersey home. Zlatan opted for Boyd which caused some conflict between the players. Following the game, Zlatan joined the opposing team in there dressing room and offered up a second dry jersey to the club captain to ease tensions, a classy move from PSG’s most famous forward.

zlatan-ibrahimovic-shirt-dispute-with-leipzig-players

Key Players

First team centre forward Timo Werner has been doing much of the scoring for Leipzig after transferring from VfB Stuttgart in June for a club record fee of €10 million. The 20-year-old German striker is in fine form having scored his eighth goal in all competitions against Schalke on Saturday, already surpassing his total tally of 6 goals in 33 games, last season.

Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi has kept 7 clean sheets since early September and has become recognised as one of the best in the Bundesliga today. The Hungarian international spent some time in England having been signed on a one year loan by Liverpool in 2007 and then making further loan spells at Hereford United, Tranmere Rovers and Hull City. He joined Leipzig as a free agent in July 2015 and has established himself as number 1 choice for the league leaders.

timo-werner-scores

Challenges Ahead For RB Leipzig

The mighty Bayern Munich are undoubtedly the team to beat in Germany and doing so would put down a real marker for Leipzig’s hopes at challenging for the title. Bayern will look to win their 5th consecutive league title this season, a feat never before achieved in the Bundesliga. Both sides will square off in just over two weeks’ time at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday 21st of December which will be a pivotal game for Leipzig should their winning streak continue. Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern have only lost 2 out of their last 12 games in all competitions and will be fully aware of the threat Leipzig pose.

As it stands, Leipzig have 21 more games left in the league so there is a long way to go however the wheels are firmly in motion for what could be another shock for top flight football. Skeptics will say it is far too early to compare the side to last year’s surprise victors of the Premier League, Leicester City, however fans at the Red Bull Arena, and anyone who loves a good underdog, will likely have a different say on the matter. Whatever the outcome, things are shaping up for an exciting few months of German football!

leipzig-fans-promotion

Geoff Dorrity
Runs long distances and enjoys a good Digital chinwag. Loves well proportioned burritos and pretty much any sport (aside from cricket). Pub quiz speciality topic would be 90’s professional wrestling.

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