The company made contact with cult club FC St. Pauli , known for its left leaning supporters, and met representatives of the club to discuss a sponsor deal.
The supporters of FC St. Once it became clear to the Hamburg side that the company had plans far beyond conventional sponsoring, it immediately ended the contact, and the question never even made it to the club management.
Negotiations began behind closed doors, but the club was not interested in an investment and ended the contact.
The plans were immediately met with wild protests from club supporters. The statutes of the DFB did not allow a change of club name for advertising purposes or an external investor to obtain a majority of votes.
Leipzig was considered a most favorable place for an investment. The potential for establishing a new club in Leipzig seemed huge. The city had a rich history in football, being the meeting place for the founding of the DFB and the home of the first German national football champions, VfB Leipzig.
The current state of football was, however, poor. No team from the city had played in the Bundesliga since ,  and no team had played in a professional league since The city thus had a considerable economic strength and fan potential.
At the same time, there were no Bundesliga clubs within a wide area from the city, which further strengthened the possibility to attract sponsors and fans.
In Leipzig, exemplary infrastructure could also be found. The city had a large airport, motorway connections and most importantly: An investment in a club playing in one of the top divisions in Germany would have been a costly affair.
From previous experiences, the company knew that the existing traditions of such club would be a disadvantage. Such investment would thus be risky.
A new established club would need teams and a playing right. If it did not acquire a playing right from another club, it would have to start in the Kreisklasse.
All seven founding members were either employees or agents of Red Bull GmbH. The statutes of the DFB would not allow a player agent to be involved in the operating affairs of a club.
The statutes of the DFB would not permit the corporate name to be included in the club name. But through the use of the initials "RB", which corresponds to the initials of the company,  the corporate identity could still be recognized.
RB Leipzig would need at least four junior teams, including an A-junior team, to finally obtain the playing right. The club was again in financial difficulties and could no longer finance its youth department.
The plans were however that the first team would quickly move to the far larger Zentralstadion,  hopefully in , after an advance to the Regionalliga.
He was eager to find a strong tenant for the stadium, which last saw FC Sachsen Leipzig play in the Regionalliga behind closed doors.
Red Bull GmbH reserved the naming right to the stadium in June , meaning that the name could not be sold to anyone else. On its founding, RB Leipzig aimed to play first division Bundesliga football within eight years.
After some previously scheduled games had to be canceled due to safety concerns, RB Leipzig played its first match on 10 July , a friendly match against the Landesliga club SV Bannewitz.
After switching sides, RB Leipzig played as the home team and won the match 5—0. The match ended 1—1. During the further course of the season, RB Leipzig suffered its first defeat on 13 September , in a match against Budissa Bautzen.
Despite minor setbacks, the club still managed to be crowned as Herbstmeister , standing at first place after the first half of the —10 season.
The team came back even stronger for the second half of the season, having signed the experienced midfielder and 2.
The team finished the season with an impressive goal difference of 74—17, having suffered only two defeats. The incumbent chairman, Andreas Saldo, left the club in January  and the position was assumed by the former Hamburger SV sporting director and incumbent sporting director for the common Red Bull football commitment Dietmar Beiersdorfer.
According to the new strategy, RB Leipzig was going to represent the key project in the football commitment of the company, in place of FC Red Bull Salzburg.
Before entry to the Regionalliga, there were two significant changes in the club. In order to replace the reserve team, the club adopted the first team of ESV Delitzsch as its reserve team and purchased its playing right for the Bezirksliga Leipzig.
The match ended with a 1—2 loss for RB Leipzig. The first win came at the 4th matchday, in an away match against Holstein Kiel , which ended 1—2 for RB Leipzig.
The first home win came immediately after, at the 5th matchday, in a match against 1. After a moderate start to the season, the club found itself chasing Chemnitzer FC , which was considered a possible candidate for promotion.
At the end of the year, RB Leipzig confirmed its ambitions to gain promotion, by signing Brazilian midfielder Thiago Rockenbach.
The club finished its first season in the Regionalliga in 4th place, thus missing out on promotion. By winning the —11 Saxony Cup, the club won its first title in club history.
It also qualified to participate in the —12 DFB-Pokal. Because the club missed out on promotion during the second half of the —11 season, Peter Pacult from Rapid Wien was announced as the new head coach for the —12 season on 4 May Almost simultaneously, the club announced that sporting director Thomas Linke had been released from his position, having been employed for only 10 weeks, from February Various media suspected a connection between the signing of Pacult and the departure of Linke.
Hertzsch ended his professional career after the —11 season, but went on to join the reserve team, RB Leipzig II, and the RB Leipzig business operation.
The team managed to knock Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg out of the first round of the cup, beating them 3—2 after a hat-trick by Daniel Frahn.
The —13 season in the reformed Regionalliga Nordost began with major personnel changes. Former Schalke 04 head coach Ralf Rangnick was introduced as the new sporting director.
The club won the Herbstmeister title with two matchdays left of the first half of the season, after defeating FSV Zwickau with 1—0 away.
The team then went on to secure first place in the —13 Regionalliga Nordost at the 18th matchday, after the second placed club FC Carl Zeiss Jena lost a match against Berliner AK 07 on 7 May and, as a consequence, were no longer able to overtake RB.
The —13 Saxony Cup was another success. The club reached the final for the second time in club history and, as in , the opponent was Chemnitzer FC.
The team won the final on 15 May by 4—2 in front of 16, spectators at the Red Bull Arena. The crowd number set a new record for a Saxony Cup final, breaking the previous record from As the winner of the —13 Regionallig Nordost, RB Leipzig won a place in the qualification for the 3.
The club was drawn against Sportfreunde Lotte from the Regionalliga West. RB Leipzig won the first leg on 29 May by 2—0. The match was played at the Red Bull Arena in front of 30, spectators, a crowd number which set a new record for matches in the 4th division.
The second leg was played on 2 June and ended 2—2 after two goals to RB Leipzig during extra time. The result meant that RB Leipzig had finally won promotion to the 3.
Liga, after three seasons in the Regionalliga. In the —14 season , RB Leipzig made its first appearance in the 3. Liga in club history.
The defeat brought an end to a year-long series without defeat in competitive matches. Liga had a more promising start.
The team won its first match, against Hallescher FC away, by 1—0 on 19 July and kept an undefeated streak until 31 August , when the team lost 1—2 to first placed team SV Wehen Wiesbaden away.
On 5 October , RB Leipzig again met the first placed team. SV Wehen Wiesbaden had lost its first-place position to 1.
FC Heidenheim would defend it until the end of the season. RB Leipzig defeated 1. FC Heidenheim by 2—0 after a convincing performance at the Voith-Arena and climbed to third place.
After losing 1—2 away to MSV Duisburg on 1 February , the team would not concede a single defeat for the rest of the season. A thrilling duel with SV Darmstadt 98 appeared, with both teams fighting for the crucial second place.
The two teams met at the 35th matchday, on 19 April Bundesliga two weeks later, after defeating last placed team 1. The crowd of 42, spectators set a new club record.
By finishing the season in second place, RB Leipzig won promotion to the 2. Bundesliga and became the first team since the introduction of the 3.
Liga to win promotion to the 2. Bundesliga after only one season. Following promotion to the 2. The DFL announced its first decision in the licensing process on 22 April RB Leipzig was to be given a license for the —15 2.
Bundesliga season , but only under certain conditions. RB Leipzig filed an appeal on 30 April The appeal was rejected in a second decision by the DFL on 8 May He described the requirements as a " decapitation request" and categorically rejected another season in the 3.
Liga, ultimately threatening to end the project in Leipzig if the license was not given. RB Leipzig filed a second appeal on 12 May The compromise meant that the club had to redesign its crest and ensure that club management was independent from Red Bull GmbH.
Several players also left the team. The club spent an estimated sum of approximately 12 million euros on new players during the summer of The sum was large enough to put the club in 8th place of all clubs in the Bundesliga and 2.
Bundesliga, thus spending more than half of all clubs in the first division. RB Leipzig played a series of friendly matches during the —15 pre-season.
On 18 July , the team defeated Paris Saint-Germain 4—2 in front of 35, spectators and accredited journalists at the Red Bull Arena.
The first goal was scored by Terrence Boyd, scoring his second goal in his second match for his new club. Both goals were scored by Yussuf Poulsen.
Bundesliga season began with 0—0 draw against VfR Aalen on 2 August , followed up by a couple of wins and another draw.
The first defeat in the league came at the 6th matchday, losing 1—2 against 1. After the 7th matchday, the club stood at second place in the league.
The team won the match with 2—1 on extra time at the Red Bull Arena on 16 August In the second round, the club faced FC Erzgebirge Aue.
The team won the match with 3—1 on extra time at the Red Bull Arena on 29 October , and qualified for the round of 16 for first time in club history.
RB Leipzig released its own club magazine Klub on 6 October After a series of disappointing results, the club had dropped down to a 7th place by the 13th matchday.
Pauli with 4—1 in front of 38, spectators at the Red Bull Arena. Two goals were scored by Terrence Boyd and the club climbed to a 5th place.
The success, however, was followed by a draw against SV Sandhausen. On 7 December , the team met first placed team FC Ingolstadt. RB Leipzig lost 0—1, and the result meant that the club now stood at 8th place.
The club spent an estimated sum of 10,7 million euros on new players during the winter break, a sum which covered almost all transfer expenditures during the period for the whole of 2.
On 6 February , the club lost 2—0 to Erzgebirge Aue. As consequence, the club had now played four matches without a win and had lost contact with the top placed teams.
On the following Tuesday evening, the club summoned Alexander Zorninger to a meeting, and on Tuesday night, the club took the decision to walk separate ways with him after the season.
Already on the next morning, Alexander Zorniger announced his own decision to leave immediately. The club received criticism for its decision. Under Alexander Zorniger, the club had risen from the Regionalliga to the 2.
The decision was considered merciless by some media. The club was eliminated after being defeated with 2—0 at the Red Bull Arena.
The match was attended by 43, spectators. It was the first time in club history that the stadium had been completely sold out.
The preferred candidate of sporting director Ralf Ragnick as new head coach from the summer was former Mainz 05 coach Thomas Tuchel , but the negotiations with Thomas Tuchel failed.
Another candidate was Bayer Leverkusen junior coach Sascha Lewandowski , but he too declined the offer.
In May , sporting director Ralf Ragnick was himself announced as new head coach from the summer, with Achim Beierlorzer as his assistant.
Ralf Rangnick was planned to serve this double job for one season. RB Leipzig finished the —15 2. Bundesliga season in fifth place.
Pauli and Willi Orban from 1. As several times in the past, three players were signed on free transfer, among them the Austrian national Stefan Ilsanker.
The signing of Davie Selke was record breaking, being the most expensive player ever signed in the history of the 2.
In the 71st minute, referee Martin Petesen was badly hit in the head by a lighter, thrown from the home stand. The match was again interrupted, and later cancelled.
RB Leipzig also allowed the payment of the remaining 30, to be postponed until the next year. In the midst of the European migrant crisis in , both club, staff, players and fans of RB Leipzig showed support for refugees.
The club also sold 60 containers from its training center, including sanitary facilities, to the city, in order to serve as accommodation for asylum seekers.
Also sporting director and head coach Ralf Rangnick participated in the donation, with personal concern for the commitment, citing his own background as being a child to refugees.
RB Leipzig made only few transfers during the winter break. RB Leipzig held the leading position in the league until the 27th matchday, when it was again lost to SC Freiburg, after the team suffered a 3—1 defeat away against 1.
The team now stood at second place in the league, only three points ahead of 1. The team was received before the celebration by Leipzig Mayor Burkhard Jung.
At the end of the season, Ralf Rangnick was to resign as head coach, in order to be able to focus on his job as sporting director.
Bundesliga to the Bundesliga, and also managed to defend the spot in top tier during the —16 season. RB Leipzig remained undefeated in the first thirteen league matches of the —17 season, breaking a record for the longest undefeated streak of a promoted team to the Bundesliga.
RB Leipzig became the first Bundesliga debutant, since the German reunification , to qualify for a European tournament, following a 4—0 win against SC Freiburg on 15 April More than 30, fans were present to celebrate the success of the team.
RB Leipzig was directly set to play in the traditional red and white colours of Red Bull football teams. The team therefore played its inaugural season in —10 without a crest.
The two bulls had been altered in shape and added a few strokes. The yellow sun has been changed in favor of a football and the initials of "RasenBallsport" have been relocated to the bottom of the crest and are no longer highlighted in red.
The contract runs until Red Bull Arena had a capacity of 44, seats during the —15 season. In March , RB Leipzig announced that it was going to invest 5 million euros in a redevelopment of the stadium,  including an expansion of the VIP area, pressbox and wheelchair spaces.
It also included two new larger LED score boards and refurbished player facilities. The VIP area was expanded from seats to approximately seats.
The capacity of Red Bull Arena was reduced to 42, seats before the —16 season, due to redevelopment of various stadium areas. The Red Bull Arena is an all-seated stadium, without standing areas.
Home supporters are located in sector B. At the time, it was considered impossible to convert sector B into a standing area, for structural reasons.
RB Leipzig won the match 3—2. RB Leipzig was defeated 0—1, but the attendance set a new club record. The last home game of the —14 3.
Liga season against 1. The match was attended by 42, spectators. RB Leipzig won the match 5—1 and secured promotion. The Red Bull Arena was almost sold out and the attendance set a new club record.
The match was attended by 43, spectators, setting the current club record for a match at the Red Bull Arena as of RB Leipzig holds two attendance records.
The attendance set a new record for a Saxony Cup final. The qualifying match against Sportfreunde Lotte on 29 May at the Red Bull Arena was attended by 30, spectators.
The attendance set a new record for a match in the fourth tier of the German football league system. At that point, the club reported a total attendance of 1,, spectators, or an average of 14, spectators, for matches at the Red Bull Arena.
Their first Bundesliga home match was played on 10 September versus Borussia Dortmund in front of 42, spectators. In October , German media reported that the club wanted to expand the Red Bull Arena to 55, seats for future first division Bundesliga play.
An expansion to 55, seats would make the stadium one of the ten largest football venues in Germany. Who was to finance such an expansion remained unclear.
German media considered that a possible option was that Red Bull GmbH bought the stadium, to make the investments itself, but it was also considered unlikely that the current owner would be prepared to sell the stadium, which had just turned profitable.
It could also be used to put pressure on the current owner of the Red Bull Arena to agree to an expansion. In March , German media reported the club considered building a new stadium on the area north of Leipzig.
He pointed out how a new stadium on the outskirts of Leipzig could be detrimental to fan culture, and said that Red Bull Arena could be expanded to 55, seats, or even more.
In October , expansion of the Red Bull Arena was back on the agenda. New plans were made to expand the stadium to 57, seats, involving Viennese architect Albert Wimmer.
Reconstruction could start in the summer break of In February , German newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung reported that club management again considered the possibility of building a new stadium with a capacity of 80, seats north of Leipzig.
However, a prerequisite for such a project would be that ticket demand exceeds the supply of seats in the Red Bull Arena significantly and sustainably.
Due to the move of the arena into ownership of Red Bull, a new stadium was out of possibility. The Stadium will expand to a total of 53, Seats as of Summer , beginning from November , when construction works will start.
RB Leipzig has 41 official fanclubs as of May The first two to become registered as official fanclubs were L.
E Bulls and Bulls Club , both registered in E Bulls is the oldest official fanclub,  but Bulls Club claims to be the biggest.
The different fan clubs and supporter groups are organized in the supporter union Fanverband RB Leipzig Fans. The supporter union was founded in It is an umbrella organization for official fan clubs, unofficial fan clubs and other supporter groups.
Each supporter group in the supporter union is represented by two representatives. The representatives of the supporter groups meet every 4 to 6 weeks.
The supporter union also holds a general meeting once per year. Even fans that are not members of a supporter group are welcome at the general meeting.
The supporter union is represented by five to seven fan representatives, elected every second year. A maximum of five fan representatives are elected by the representatives of the supporter groups, two additional fan representatives are elected by the general assembly.
A core function of the fan representatives is to serve as a direct link to the club. The fan representatives can hold talks with club officials, for example, to communicate requests, suggestions and criticism from the supporter base.
In order to divide the work of the fan representatives, the supporter union has also created several working groups.
Present were also club officials, such as general manager Ulrich Wolter. Several German newspapers have noted the emergence of distinctly nonconformist supporter groups at the Red Bull Arena.
The group members were said to see themselves as "Rasenballisten" and determined not to leave the supporter base solely to Red Bull GmbH.
The group was said to highly value the name "RasenBallsport" and to be committed to give the club an identity beyond that offered by Red Bull GmbH.
In the forefront, the group put the city of Leipzig. Their central idea was described as "Rasenballismus", stressing the Leipzig identity and the importance of impassioned fans.
Lecrats was described as geared towards the anti-commercial values of the ultra culture and as critics of Red Bull GmbH. IG Rasenballisten and the ultra groups were said to consciously avoid the reductions that apply to official fanclubs and to reject official club merchandise and the commercial name of the stadium.
The group had previously functioned as an interest community for other groups and individuals in the Red Bull Arena. Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reported that the group describes itself as uniting fanatical and critical fans of RB Lepizig.
The statement can be found on scarves sold by the group, and on a banner inside the stadium. RB Leipzig had previously refused to allow supporter groups such as Rasenballisten to sell their own merchandise at the stadium, but after lengthy negotiations, the club has given permission.
The ultra group Red Aces took position against Legida , the local offshoot of Pegida , at the beginning of In an open letter to the club, the stadium operator, the Mayor of Leipzig and the citizens of Leipzig in January , the group asked for support against a planned demonstration by Legida.
The demonstration was set to begin near the Red Bull Arena, and the group specifically asked for the stadium lights to be switched off at the time of the demonstration.
The stadium operator decided to support the initiative and agreed to switch off the lighting. The club refused to approve the requested banners, according to Red Aces because the club did not want politics in the stadium.
Despite the ban, the group displayed a banner directed towards Legida proclaiming the city of Leipzig to be diverse, cosmopolitan and tolerant. The club refused to approve the requested banner.
During the home match against FC St. Pauli on 23 August , Red Aces defied the supposed ban on anti-racist banners in the stadium through displaying a banner with a clear anti-Nazi message.
Pauli on 12 February Nearly 2, RB Leipzig supporters made its way to the Millerntorstadion and displayed a red and white flag tifo at the match start.
The away match against 1. The number set a new club record for away travels, which was breaked in the first two bundesliga seasons.
One year later, more than fans travelled for the last away game of the season to the German capital. Fanprojekt Leipzig is an organization for young football fans of different clubs in Leipzig, and works as an independent institution towards the different clubs.
The main areas for the organization are promoting a positive supporter culture, violence prevention, help for young supporters in problem situations and establishing communication between all parties involved, such as supporters, clubs, police and law enforcement.
Fanprojekt Leipzig is part of a network of similar Fanprojekts in numerous German cities. The different Fanprojekts are supported by a national coordination office KOS.
Fanprojekt Leipzig runs a number of centers in Leipzig used for purposes such as recreational activities, content projects, painting and creation of minor choreographies, and as meeting places.
For each club, the organization offers a social worker or pedagogue who works exclusively with supporters of that club. The organization carries out a variety of recreational and educational activities, including sporting activities, creative projects, readings and discussions and educational programs.
The organization has presence during match days, where it is available for personal contact by supporters, police and law enforcement, with the aim to be able to mediate between the parties and have a de-escalating effect.
RB Leipzig entered a cooperation agreement with Fanprojekt Leipzig in The cooperation agreement involves collaboration in eight categories, involving both home and away matches, as well as anti-racism work.
The detailed cooperation agreement was by then a novelty in Germany. In addition, the RB Leipzig formed a stadium ban commission, in which Fanprojekt Leipzig provides advice to the club.
Fanprojekt Leipzig has also arranged a number of events, in which supporters can discuss the development of the supporter scene, and whose results are presented for the club.
V is a registered voluntary association. Its executive body is the Vorstand , the management board. The management board is appointed by the Ehrenrat , the honorary board.
It is also subordinated to the Aufsichtsrat , the supervisory board. The honorary board is elected directly by the club members at the general meeting.
Significant organizational changes were made in , following requirements set up by the German Football League DFL. One of the requirements was to change the composition of organizational bodies.
Both the management board and the honorary board had been composed by either employees or agents of Red Bull. In addition, a supervisory board was added.
These functions were now transferred to a newly created supervisory board that can perform these tasks independently. The club decided to transfer the former members of the honorary board to the newly created supervisory board.
Voting membership is severely restricted. According to Ulrich Wolter, the club does not aspire towards the high number of members of other clubs.
Wolter has also pointed at other clubs, where Ultras have succeeded in creating structures, and stated that the club absolutely wants to avoid such conditions.
For the establishment of a registered voluntary association, an association is required by German law  to have at least seven members.
Four years after its founding, the club had only 9 members, all employees of Red Bull. This restrictive membership policy met criticism, thus one of the original requirements set up by the DFL in order to obtain a license for the —15 2.
Bundesliga season was to lower the membership fees and open up the association for new members. The club responded to the pressure from the DFL and announced changes to the membership in June The annual fee for this type of membership is between 70 and euros and serves to promote junior football within the club.
In return, a supporting member receives certain privileges such as a meeting with the professional team and a fitness session at the Red Bull Arena.
Supporting members also have the right to attend general meetings, although without voting rights. On 2 December , the general meeting of the association voted unanimously for the founding of a spin-off organization in the form of a GmbH.
The decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting. Present were 14 voting members and 40 supporting members.
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