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RB Leipzig: The Rise of Germany’s Most-Hated Club

The 2019-20 Bundesliga season has been one of the most exciting campaigns in recent memory. Four teams are fighting for supremacy in Germany’s top flight, and one of those is current leader RB Leipzig.

An Unprecedented Start

In 2009, energy drink giant Red Bull acquired the rights to fifth-tier side SSV Markranstädt and incorporated it into the Red Bull GmbH. However, due to German soccer stringent regulations on sponsorships and foreign investments, the club had to be rebranded as RasenBallsport Leipzig.

Thanks to Red Bull’s investment, RB Leipzig tore through the divisions, reaching the promised land of the Bundesliga ahead of the 2016-17 season. Wildly unpopular due to their unconventional route to success, RB Leipzig has been labeled “Germany’s most-hated club.”

In their maiden season of the first division soccer, the “Red Bulls” stunned everybody with their progressive style of play, culminating in an unprecedented second-place finish.

RB Leipzig Infusion Of Fresh Blood

Leipzig, which had stagnated in its two previous campaigns, is currently thriving under the stewardship of Julian Nagelsmann. The 32-year-old coach’s progressive, high-pressing system has breathed new life into the players—and one in particular, Timo Werner.

During RB Leipzig’s debut season in the Bundesliga, Werner burst onto the scene, but he struggled a bit in the past two years and averaged a goal every 250 minutes. Under Nagelsmann’s system, however, the 23-year-old is reinvigorated—he has scored 20 goals so far this season (averaging a goal every 80 minutes)! Only Robert Lewandowski has managed to keep up with Wener (Lewandowski has netted 21 goals).

Werner recently signed a new deal with RB Leipzig, but that hasn’t stopped the media from linking him to potentially making a big-money move to either Liverpool or Bayern. It’s safe to say his recent performances have made him one of the most sought-after prospects in Europe.

A Hotly Contested Title Race

RB Leipzig is currently at the top of the table, but a surprising 2-0 loss to Frankfurt has allowed Bayern to close the gap to just one point. Mönchengladbach and Dortmund are still firmly in the title race, with both taking care of business over the weekend.

Leipzig has been sensational, but it won’t mean much if they have nothing to show for it at the end of the season. They went on to finish third in the 2019/20 season and second in the 2020/21 season.

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