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RB Leipzig
Full name RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Bullen (The Bulls), also Die roten Bullen (the red bulls)
Founded 19 May 2009; 5 years ago (2009-05-19)
Ground Red Bull Arena
Ground Capacity 44,345
Chairman Markus Thurner
Rudolf Theierl
Manager Alexander Zorniger
League 2. Bundesliga
2013–14 2nd (promoted)
Website Club home page
Current season

RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V., commonly known and deliberately promoted as RB Leipzig, is a German association football club based in Leipzig, Saxony. The club is owned by energy drink-maker Red Bull who purchased the license of fifth division side SSV Markranstädt with the intention of advancing the re-modeled club to the top-flight Bundesliga within ten years. RB Leipzig's stadium is the Red Bull Arena.

In their inaugural season in 2009–10, RB Leipzig dominated the NOFV-Oberliga Süd (fifth division) and as a result were promoted as champions to the Regionalliga Nord (fourth division) for the 2010–11 season. In the 2012–13 campaign, RB won that league without conceding a defeat and was promoted to the 3. Liga (third division). RB Leipzig was runner-up in 2013–14 and was promoted to the 2. Bundesliga.


Founded in May 2009, RasenBallsport Leipzig is the fourth football club that Red Bull have invested in, following Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, the New York Red Bulls in the USA and Red Bull Brasil in Brazil. Two restrictions apply in Germany. First, the sponsor's name is not permitted in the team name according to the regulations of the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund).[1] To retain Red Bull's initials but comply with these regulations the club was renamed as RasenBallsport Leipzig ("Leipzig lawn ball sports"). And second, a majority control by a single entity (person, or company) is not permitted by the league,[2] and the German law for clubs. The law suggests a registered club should have minimum 7 members. The league requires that either a club, or a limited company which is controlled by a club with 50% + 1 vote can get a license to participate in the German first or second league. In lower leagues like the one of Saxony, it is required to be a club[3][4] RB Leipzig has 9 members, all employees of the sponsor.[5][6]

RB Leipzig aims to play first division Bundesliga football within the next eight to ten years. It began with the purchase of the playing licence of fifth division side SSV Markranstädt. The new club retained the Oberliga team as well as all other football teams of SSV and kept on coach Tino Vogel.[7] In 2010, the team moved from their old ground to play their home games in the Zentralstadion which was renamed Red Bull Arena.[8] It returned its 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams to SSV Markranstädt and adopted ESV Delitzsch as its second team. A year later the U23 team was promoted to the same Sachsenliga, ending that collaboration too.

In July 2011, RB Leipzig knocked Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg out of the first round of the DFB-Pokal, beating them with 3-2 after a hat-trick by Daniel Frahn. They were eliminated in the next round by FC Augsburg (0:1).

It has been predicted that Red Bull will invest 100 million Euros in the club over ten years.[9] Instrumental in the deal was Michael Kölmel, owner of the Zentralstadion (central stadium) in Leipzig.[10] Dietrich Mateschitz, owner of Red Bull, openly speaks of the possibility of the club winning a German championship.[11] The last team from Leipzig to win the German championship was VfB Leipzig in 1913.

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts DFB Cup
2009–10 NOFV-Oberliga Süd (V) 1 26 2 2 74 17 80 not qualified
2010–11 Regionalliga Nord (IV) 4 18 10 6 57 29 64 not qualified
2011–12 Regionalliga Nord (IV) 3 22 7 5 71 30 73 Round 2
2012–13 Regionalliga Nordost (IV) 1 21 9 0 65 22 72 not qualified
2013–14 3. Liga 2 24 7 7 65 34 79 Round 1
2014–15 2. Bundesliga 2 2 0 4 0 8
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.


The investment in SSV Markranstädt by Red Bull is not the company's first attempt to enter the Leipzig football scene. In 2006, it tried to purchase FC Sachsen Leipzig, a club with a rich tradition, but also plagued by constant financial trouble. After months of fan protests which deteriorated into violence, the company abandoned the plan.[12]

Protests also greeted plans to invest in SSV Markranstädt, but to a much lesser extent. Apart from the use of weed killer that damaged the pitch at Stadion am Bad and some destroyed advertising, opposition was non-violent.[9] In a survey carried out by the newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung, 70% of the questioned residents of Leipzig welcomed the initiative. Public support for action against the involvement was low as football in Leipzig had reached rock-bottom, according to the Alliance of Active Football Fans.[12] FC Sachsen Leipzig had its Regionalliga Nord (IV) licence revoked at the end of the 2008–09 season when the club became insolvent, while local rival Lokomotive Leipzig failed to earn promotion. Neither club has criticised Red Bull's investment,[12] despite all three clubs playing in the same league in 2009–10. Steffan Kubald, chairman of Lokomotive Leipzig, dubbed the club the Bayern Munich of the Oberliga, meaning RB Leipzig was the team to beat.[13]

Nein zu RB[edit]

After RB Leipzig's team gained promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga, the criticism mounted that the license was given to the team due to their fan-ownership status, and the "use of football as a marketing tool".[14] Supporters of other teams in the 2nd Bundesliga created a campaign called "Nein zu RB" criticising the DFB's decision. ("No to RB") [15][16] The initiators were supporters groups of 10 teams:

Since then numerous groups from 19 different cities and town across Germany have joined the campaign,[17] some non-football related.[18] The protest is currently growing, with fans demonstrating their support by putting up anti-Red Bull banners at matches.[19]



The club played most of its home games in its inaugural season in the Stadion am Bad, which holds 5,500 spectators and is the old homeground of the SSV Markranstädt.[20] Since 1 July 2010 home games have been played at the Red Bull Arena also known as Zentralstadion with 44,345 seats.


The club has sixteen official fanclubs as of August 2014. The first ones to become registered as official fanclubs were L.E Bulls and Bulls Club, registered in 2009. L.E Bulls is the oldest official fanclub,[21] but Bulls Club claims to be the biggest.[22] There are also several non official fanclubs, such as Rasenballisten and Fraktion Red Pride.[23] RB Leipzig also has an minor ultra scene with groups such as Red Aces.[24]


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK Fabio Coltorti
2 Germany DF Patrick Strauß
3 Germany DF Anthony Jung
5 Germany MF Henrik Ernst
6 Germany MF Rani Khedira
7 Germany FW Matthias Morys
8 Germany DF Tim Sebastian
9 Denmark FW Yussuf Poulsen
10 Croatia FW Ante Rebić (on loan from Fiorentina)
11 Germany FW Daniel Frahn (captain)
16 Germany DF Lukas Klostermann
17 Germany MF Joshua Kimmich
18 United States FW Terrence Boyd
19 Hungary MF Zsolt Kalmár
No. Position Player
21 Finland DF Mikko Sumusalo
22 Germany GK Benjamin Bellot
23 Austria DF Niklas Hoheneder
24 Germany MF Dominik Kaiser
25 Austria MF Stefan Hierländer
27 Germany GK Thomas Dähne
28 Germany DF Fabian Franke
29 Germany MF Sebastian Heidinger
31 Germany MF Diego Demme
32 Germany FW Federico Palacios Martínez
33 Germany DF Marvin Compper
34 Germany MF Clemens Fandrich
39 Austria MF Georg Teigl

Players out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Germany GK Fabian Bredlow (at Red Bull Salzburg until 30 June 2015)
Belgium MF Massimo Bruno (at Red Bull Salzburg until 30 June 2015)
Germany MF André Luge (at SV 07 Elversberg until 30 June 2015)
No. Position Player
Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Smail Prevljak (at FC Liefering until 31 May 2015)
Austria FW Marcel Sabitzer (at Red Bull Salzburg until 30 June 2015)
Germany FW Denis Thomalla (at SV Ried until 31 May 2015)
For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers winter 2013–14 and List of German football transfers summer 2014.

Coach history[edit]


Sport director Ralf Rangnick

Notable former players[edit]

Reserve team[edit]

RB Leipzig II play in the fifth-tier Oberliga Nordost-Süd and are coached by Tino Vogel.

As of 2 August 2013

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Germany GK Florian Groß
Germany GK Matthias Hamrol
Germany GK Marc Hübner
Germany GK Andreas Kerner
Germany DF Florian Felke
Germany DF Christian Hanne
Germany DF Kieran Runchman
Germany DF Ingo Hertzsch
Germany DF Marcus Hoffmann
Germany DF Patrick Koronkiewicz
Germany DF Felix Neuer
Germany DF Kevin Schiller
No. Position Player
Germany DF Alexander Sorge
Germany MF Eric Daubitz
Germany MF Daniel Heinze
Germany MF Alexander Laas
Germany MF René Legien
Germany MF Michael Schlicht
Germany DF Benjamin Schmidt
Germany MF Fabian Schößler
Germany MF Alexander Siebeck
Germany FW Daniel Barth
Germany FW Tom Nattermann

Affiliated clubs[edit]

The following clubs are affiliated with RB Leipzig:

The following clubs were formerly affiliated with the club:


  1. ^ [1] (German) Statutes of the DFB, see §15
  2. ^ Satzung der Bundesliga, §8.
  3. ^ BGB, Kapitel 2, Eingetragene Vereine (e.V.)
  4. ^ Satzung Fussballverband der Stadt Leipzig, Statute of the Leipzig Football Association.
  5. ^ Warum RB Leipzig nur neun Mitglieder hat, die Welt, 2013-04-12.
  6. ^ Red Bull’s Global Brand Expands: RB Leipzig Launched Pitchinvasion.net, accessed: 25 June 2009
  7. ^ RB Leipzig startet "Mission Bundesliga" (German) mdr.de, accessed: 25 June 2009
  8. ^ Red Bull In Leipzig – Wir würden selbst den Teufel mit offenen Armen empfangen. Spiegel online, 17 June 2009
  9. ^ a b East German football gets the kick it needs The Independent, published: 24 June 2009, accessed: 25 June 2009
  10. ^ Der RB Leipzig kommt (German) Der Tagesspiegel, accessed: 25 June 2009
  11. ^ Mateschitz: Titel mit RB Leipzig prinzipiell moeglich (German) sport1.de, accessed: 25 June 2009
  12. ^ a b c Red Bull Wants to Caffeinate Small Soccer Club Spiegel online, published: 19 June 2009, accessed: 25 June 2009
  13. ^ Lizenz fur RB Leipzig (German) Bild.de, accessed: 25 June 2009
  14. ^ http://www.der-betze-brennt.de/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18440
  15. ^ http://www.nein-zu-rb.de/
  16. ^ http://www.bild.de/sport/fussball/rb-leipzig/bundesweite-fan-proteste-gegen-rb-leipzig-37150368.bild.html
  17. ^ http://www.faszination-fankurve.de/index.php?head=Viele-Fanszenen-beteiligen-sich-an-Nein-zu-RB-Kampagne&folder=sites&site=news_detail&news_id=7525&gal_id=363&bild_nr=1
  18. ^ http://www.nein-zu-rb.de/?page_id=49
  19. ^ http://www.ultras-world.com/news/german-campaign-against-rb-leipzig
  20. ^ Stadion am Bad, Markranstädt (Deutschland) Weltfussball.de, accessed: 25 June 2009
  21. ^ http://www.dierotenbullen.com/fans.html
  22. ^ http://www.bulls-club.de/fanclub/rb-leipzig-fanclub-bulls-club/
  23. ^ http://www.rbl-wiki.de/index.php5?title=Fanbereich
  24. ^ http://www.l-iz.de/Sport/Fu%C3%9Fball/2012/11/Ultras-bei-RB-Leipzig-Red-Aces-Rasenballisten.html

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