Why RB Leipzig is one of the most hated teams in Germany?
Many fans in Germany hate RB Leipzig as they believe that it is the new "PSG" of the country.
RasenBallsport Leipzig is a German team founded in 2009. Despite being a new club with a little history, it has become a team with important players and always participates in the main international competitions. Its most important achievements are reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and the DFB Pokal title 2021/22. However, this is one of the most hated teams in Germany for various reasons.
It is undeniable that the energy drink company Red Bull is one of the most important in the world, with exorbitant profits. For example, last year they sold a total of almost 10 billion cans. As a form of marketing, this company decided to venture into the world of soccer and bought several teams. Some examples are Red Bull Salzburg (Austria), New York Red Bulls (USA), Red Bull Bragantino (Brazil) and of course RB Leipzig. Unlike the previous cases, the German team is the only one that does not use "Red Bull" in the team name. Technically, RB stands for RasenBall (which could translate to grass ball sport), but everyone knows that it stands for RedBull. The reason for all this is that in Germany many regulations prevent a RedBull team from existing. Therefore, the directors of the energy drink company had to find a way and found some loopholes in German law.
This team started from scratch, from the German fifth division. For that, they bought the team the SSV Markranstädt and refounded it with the name RB Leipzig. Because Bundesliga regulations prevent a team from being directly controlled by a natural or legal person, RB Leipzig is constituted as a members' club. But the only voting partners are people who are linked to the RedBull company. And in order to play, they bought the Zentralstadion Leipzig stadium (45,000 capacity) from the German government and renamed it Red Bull Arena.
By July 2012, the team was playing in the German fourth division and was not getting the expected results. Therefore, they decided to hire Ralf Rangnick as sports director. From that moment on, the planning of the squad would be made with young promises who would not exceed 23 years of age, 35 million were invested in the construction of a new sports city, and the hitherto unknown Alexander Zorniger was hired as coach. The changes gave results: the squad was proclaimed champion of the 2012-13 season of the Regionalliga (fourth division) and achieved promotion to the Dritte Liga (third division).
In the following season, they brought in talented young players like Joshua Kimmich, Dominik Kaiser, and Yussuf Poulsen, and experienced players like Fabio Coltorti and Tim Sebastian. With those signings and good sports planning, they easily obtained promotion to the German Second Division.
The Deutsche Fußball Liga allowed RB Leipzig to play under three conditions: to modify the shield, very similar to the Red Bull logo; facilitate the entry of new partners, and change the composition of the board so that Red Bull employees do not add a majority. In the end, both parties reached an agreement and the team was able to play. But this sparked anger in many German fans, who said that this club would destroy German football and that it would be like PSG, with millionaire signings. The German philosophy flatly rejects this club as it represents the evil of modern football. However, unlike teams like PSG or Manchester City, RB Leipzig never signed star players, always young promises. After 2 seasons in the second division and more than 36 million euros in signings of promising youngsters, RB Leipzig was finally promoted to the Bundesliga. In many games, the fans of the opposing team always shout "Red bullshit", a way of showing their discontent with this "company club". In addition, many German fans from all the clubs staged protests, street closures, and banners, but none of that prevented RB Leipzig from continuing with its philosophy.
Since then on, the team has always been competing among the top places in the German league and always plays in international tournaments. Its best achievements were a German Cup title, second place in the Bundesliga, and semifinals in the Champions League and Europa League. In addition, the club constantly generates its profit, as it sells players at high costs. Some examples are Keita (60 million), Timo Werner (53 million), Upamecano (42 million), and Konaté (40 million). Its most expensive signing was Keita, who was later sold for double his price.
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