RasenBallsport Leipzig also called RB Leipzig, is a German professional football club based in Leipzig, Saxony. The club was established in 2009 by Red Bull. The company purchased the playing rights of 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.
In its maiden season in 2009–10, RB Leipzig was the prime club in the NOFV-Oberliga Süd (V) and was held one step ahead as champions to the Regionalliga Nord (IV). RB Leipzig won the 2012–13 Regionalliga Nordost season with zero defeat and was again promoted to the 3. Liga (III), then finished the 2013–14 3. Liga season as runners-up and was promoted to the 2. Bundesliga (II) as the first team since the introduction of the 3. Liga to win promotion after only one season.
On 8 May 2016, RB Leipzig made sure of a promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2016–17 season with a 2–0 win over Karlsruher SC. Followed by, RB Leipzig holding a place in the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League by finishing as runners-up in the Bundesliga.
RasenBallsport Leipzig was incepted on 19 May 2009. The formation included all seven founding members including employees or agents of Red Bull GmbH. Andreas Sadlo was elected chairman, and Joachim Krug was hired as a sporting director. Andreas Sadlo was a very famous football player agent, working for the agency “Stars & Friends”. In order to avoid future objections from the German Football Association (DFB), he resigned as a player agent, before taking the position as chairman. The statutes of the DFB would not allow a player agent to be involved in the operating affairs of a club. Joachim Krug had earlier been employed as coach and manager by Rot Weiss Ahlen, which by that time was known as LR Ahlen and sponsored by cosmetics manufacturer LR International.
RB Leipzig was the fifth football club in the Red Bull portfolio others including FC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, the New York Red Bulls in the United States, Red Bull Brasil in Brazil and Red Bull Ghana in Ghana. Contrary to previous clubs, RB Leipzig did not have the company’s name. The official documents of the DFB didn’t permit the company name to be included in the club name. hence, the club adopted the unusual name “RasenBallsport”, which means “Lawn Ball Sports”.
On 2nd December 2014, the general meeting of the football club voted unanimously for a strong base for the club. There were 14 voting members and 40 supporting members. while Chairman Oliver Mintzlaff stated that the meeting and votings were made for the club to be able to emerge as a professional team and stay competitive. The RasenballSport Leipzig GmbH is the head for the professional team, the reserve team and men’s junior teams from U15 and above.
As of 2015, Red Bull GmbH is the main stakeholder of RasenballSport Leipzig GmbH, holding 99 per cent of the shares. The remaining one per cent is held by the association. However, as per the rules of 50 + 1 rule, formal power lies with the association, holding the majority of votes.
As of April 2016, the general manager of RasenballSport Leipzig GmbH is Oliver Mintzlaff.
|Head coach||Julian Nagelsmann|
|Assistant Coach||Moritz Volz|
|Assistant coach||Robert Klauss|
|Assistant coach video analysis||Lars Kornetka|
|Goalkeeping coach||Frederik Gößling|
|Athletic coach||Daniel Behlau|
|Athletic coach||Kai Kraft|
|Sporting director||Markus Krösche|
|Sports coordinator||René Grotus|
|Team manager||Tim Sebastian|
|Team supervisor||Babacar N’Diaye|
|Club doctor||Dr Robert P. Marshall|
|Club doctor||Dr. Frank Striegler|
|Club doctor||Dr. Ralf Zimmermann|
|Sports psychologist||Maximilian Pelka|
|3||DF||Angeliño (on loan from Manchester City)|
|4||DF||Willi Orban (Captain)|
|21||FW||Patrik Schick (on loan from Roma)|
|26||DF||Ethan Ampadu (on loan from Chelsea)|
- Regionalliga Nordost(IV)
- NOFV-Oberliga Süd(V)
- Champions:2009–10, 2014–15
- Bezirksliga Leipzig(VII)
- Champions:2009–10, 2010–11
- Saxony Cup
- Winners:2010–11, 2012–13
- Under 19 Bundesliga North/Northeast
- Under 17 Bundesliga
- Under 17 Bundesliga North/Northeast
- Champions:2013–14, 2014–15, 2017–18
- Runners-up:2015–16, 2016–17
- Under 19 Regionalliga Nordost(II)
- Under 17 Regionalliga Nordost(II)
- Under 19 Landespokal Sachsen
- Winners:2011–12, 2012–13, 2015–16
- Under 17 Landespokal Sachsen
- Winners:2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
- Under 17 NOFV-Pokal
- Winners:2012–13, 2015–16