RB Leipzig in European football

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RB Leipzig, is a German association football club based in Leipzig, Saxony. The club was founded in 2009 by initiative of the company Red Bull GmbH—which purchased the playing rights of a fifth-tier side, SSV Markranstädt, with the intent of advancing the new club to the top-flight Bundesliga within eight years. Men's professional football is run by the spin-off organization RasenballSport Leipzig GmbH. RB Leipzig plays its home matches at the Red Bull Arena.

Having finished as runners-up in their debut season in the German top flight, RB Leipzig gained entry to continental football for the first time, specifically the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League for which Red Bull Salzburg had also qualified as Austrian champions; this raised the issue of a possible conflict of interest between the clubs due to the level of influence exerted by Red Bull over both teams and the close sporting relationship between them in various aspects.[1][2][3] After examining the operational structures during June 2017, UEFA declared themselves satisfied under their regulations that the two clubs (particularly Salzburg) were suitably independent from the Red Bull corporation, and sufficiently distinct from one another, for both be admitted to their competitions.[4][5]

In the first season following that ruling, both reached the quarter-finals of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League but did not play each other, with RB Leipzig eliminated by Olympique de Marseille who then also knocked out Salzburg in the semi-finals. However, in the next edition of the same competition, RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg were drawn together in Group B to meet competitively for the first time.[6][7]

RB Leipzig is one of the first clubs in history to qualify for the Champions League so soon (eight years) after its creation.[8] Salzburg were the victors in both fixtures between the clubs (3–2 in Germany, 1–0 in Austria)[9][10] and also won all their other matches to top the group, while Leipzig failed to progress after dropping further points against Celtic and Rosenborg.[11]

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2017–18 UEFA Champions League Group G France Monaco 1–1 4–1 3rd Symbol delete vote.svg
Turkey Beşiktaş 1–2 0–2
Portugal Porto 3–2 1–3
UEFA Europa League R32 Italy Napoli 0–2 3–1 3–3 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
R16 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 2–1 1–1 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
QF France Marseille 1–0 2–5 3–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 2QR Sweden BK Häcken 4–0 1–1 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3QR Romania Universitatea Craiova 3–1 1–1 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 3–2 0–0 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group B Scotland Celtic 2–0 1–2 3rd Symbol delete vote.svg
Norway Rosenborg 1–1 3–1
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–3 0–1
2019–20 UEFA Champions League Group G Portugal Benfica 2–1
France Lyon 0–2
Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 2–1 2–0

Source: UEFA.com, Last updated on 5 November 2019

Notes
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • R16: Round of 16
  • QF: Quarter-finals

Overall record[edit]

By competition[edit]

As of 5 November 2019
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Champions League 10 5 1 4 16 15 +1 050.00
UEFA Europa League 18 8 5 5 30 23 +7 044.44
Total 28 13 6 9 46 38 +8 046.43

By club[edit]

As of 5 November 2019
Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
Portugal Benfica 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
Turkey Beşiktaş 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
Sweden BK Häcken 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4
Scotland Celtic 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
France Lyon 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
France Marseille 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2
France Monaco 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3
Italy Napoli 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
Portugal Porto 2 1 0 1 4 5 −2
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
Norway Rosenborg 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2
Romania Universitatea Craiova 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2
Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 4 3 1 0 7 3 +4
Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1

By country[edit]

As of 5 November 2019
Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
 Austria 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
 France 5 2 1 2 8 9 −1
 Italy 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
 Norway 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2
 Portugal 3 2 0 1 6 6 0
 Romania 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2
 Russia 4 3 1 0 7 3 +4
 Scotland 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
 Sweden 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4
 Turkey 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
 Ukraine 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UEFA rules threaten to disqualify RB Leipzig or Red Bull Salzburg from Champions League". Goal. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Red Bull and the fight for football's soul". Financial Times. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. ^ Richard Williams (12 May 2017). "Red Bull will need all its energy to overcome Uefa ownership rules". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  4. ^ "German clubs won't appeal after UEFA clear RB Leipzig and FC Salzburg for Champions League despite Red Bull link". The Independent. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Champions League: RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg both allowed to compete". BBC Sport. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Europa League Draw: Leipzig drawn with 'sister' club Salzburg, Frankfurt have it tough". Deutsche Welle. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Red-Bull-clubs: Leipzig encounters Salzburg". Allinfo. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  8. ^ "RB Leipzig looking forward to Champions League debut". Deutsche Welle. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  9. ^ "RB Leipzig 2–3 Red Bull Salzburg". BBC Sport. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Europa League: RB Leipzig hanging by a thread after Salzburg loss". Deutsche Welle. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Watch: The Unlikely Rosenborg Goal That Saved Celtic's Blushes". Balls. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.