Premier League: The revelation of Leipzig, the most hated team in Germany | Premier League 2019



The German team, a group without tradition, was born as a Red Bull business project. You beat Tottenham in the last 16

Marcel Sabitzer celebrates his goal against Tottenham.

RassenBallsport Leipzig is the most hated team in Germany. There is no fan who is happy about the historic move to the Champions League quarterfinals. In Beethoven and Bach's country there is nothing like what the Teutons call financial doping. The history of this club begins on May 19, 2009, when Red Bull decided to buy a team belonging to the city of Leipzig that was active in the fifth German division. The Austrian company had already started its football adventure by acquiring a franchise in New York and another in Salzburg, in addition to the Formula 1 squads. Its image had always been associated with risk sports in relation to the stimulating drink they provide , but with the foray into the king sport they wanted to distance themselves from that concept.

In 2006, the Red Bull manager, Dietrich Mateschitz, wanted to create a team in Germany as he had already done in other countries. It was Franz Beckenbauer himself, a friend of the Austrian millionaire, who advised him to buy a piece of equipment from Leipzig. He tried it with FC Sachsen Leipzig, but he ran into DFB regulations known as 50 + 1. This rule prevents clubs from being acquired in more than 51% by a company, so that the votes are in the hands of the clubs and their members.

I also tried, without success, in squads like him Fortuna Dsseldorf or FC St. Pauli. It was then that he wanted to escape the control of the DFB and bet at the regional level: he bought the seat of the German fifth division of the SSV Markranstdt for about 350,000 euros. With 5,000 spectators on the field, he climbed to fourth with 22 points over the second. It was in the Regionalliga where they got stuck for three years, until in 2012-13, they achieved the championship. In the 3. League, it was enough to be second to reach the second category of Teutonic soccer. The first did not go, but only the second, in 2016. Seven years cost him to reach the Bundesliga, in which the first year was runner-up. The influx of fans who go to the field also rose like foam, as it gathered, in the remodeled stadium for the 2006 Leipzig World Cup, more than 35,000 spectators. Zentralstadion went to Red Bull Arena for sponsorship, as did Allianz or Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion).

Julian Nagelsmann

RB Leipzig can become the revelation team of this course if it is able to continue fighting for the domestic title and advance to the Champions League semifinals. The trip of the Germans in eighths before the finalist of the last edition, Tottenham, was absolute.

The checkbook-based construction is evident, but the administrative and sports management has also been brilliant. It has opted for a coach of just 32 years: Julian Nagelsmann, whose approach super to Mourinho, both in the first leg and in the second leg, despite having a less renowned squad than that of Tottenham.

The criticism of the millions invested also squeaks a little if you consider that the average age of the team is 23.6 years, with the third goalkeeper as the only player over 30. The question will be to know if the red bulls will be able to face the most powerful strikers in Europe and stop the great names of the old continent … although, at this point, it is they who wait for the giants to pass.

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