RB Leipzig: from German fifth division in 2009 to Champions League semifinalist in 2020.

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RB Leipzig’s fairytale run in the Champions League came to an end after they were overpowered by a rampant PSG team 3-0, in Lisbon, Portugal. The German newcomer had shocked a lot of fans with their energy and fearless attitude, but was error-prone and lacked energy in their game against the French club.

The Birth. Die Rotten Bullen

RB Leipzig was found in 2009 after Red Bull GmBH bought the playing right of fifth-tier club SSV Markranstadt as they began their adventure to the Bundesliga controlled by RasenBallsport Leipzig GmbH. They play their home games in their stadium named after their sponsor, Red Bull Arena with a capacity of 42,959.

The Promotions

In 2010 the achieved promotion to the fourth tier league and won the Saxony Cup after defeating Chemnitzer 1-0 as the club’s first title. They, however, suffered some setback in the fourth division spending three straight seasons in the division led by Peter Pacult.

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In 2012/13 the arrival of Ralf Ragngnick saw the foundation of the success story, winning a second Saxony Cup and got promoted to the third division under the tutelage of Ralk Rangnick and director of sports Alexander Zoirniger.

The upward trajectory continued in 2013/14 with a young squad that had Joshua Kimmich and Youssuf Poulsen as they matched on the Bundesliga 2.

However, it took them until 2016 before they could get promoted to the Bundesliga after fresh investment with the introduction of more young talented players.

In 2016/17 Ralf Ragnick stepped aside to become the director of football and Ralph Hasenhuttl became the head coach, as they recruited the like of Timo Werner, Naby Keita for their first season in the Bundesliga, as they set a new record after a 13 match unbeaten as a newly promoted club a run which saw them move to the top of the table for three weeks but were overpowered by Bayern at the end but secured a second-place finish and a Champions League spot.

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They continued their fine form in 2017-2019 as they continued to sign fresh and young talent from all over with Bruma, Ademola Lookman, Jean Augustin some of the new names at the club. However, their second season in the league was a stormy one as they struggled to secure a place in Europa League with a sixth-place finish.

Julian Nagelsmann took over in the summer of 2019 from Hoffenheim and stirred the team to a third-place finish in the league plus debutant appearance in the DFB Pokal Cup final which they lost to league Champions Bayern Munich.

Leipzig got the attention of world fans after they finished top of their Champions’ League group and stunned Tottenham in the round of 16, more shocking was their result against Atletico in the quarterfinal to book a semifinal date with French giant PSG. Unfortunately, the French club weathered the storm created by the German club as they won comfortably 3-0 with goals from Marquinhos, Dimaria, and Bernat.

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RB Leipzig has achieved a lot in it first 11 years they look set to skip classes as they have taken on club above their age range and willing to take on more, only time will tell how much would be achieved in the coming years, but the German league is about to witness some shakeup with the Die Rotten Bullen.

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