Who was to finance such an expansion remained unclear. Instead, the group wants to emphasize the name RasenBallsport and the Leipzig identity. The club nickname is Die Roten Bullen (English: The Red Bulls) due to the energy drink company Red Bull being the sole investor of the club. The company planned a takeover, with a change of team colours and of club name. It also showed that the reports had become more objective and complex. In August 2015, RB Leipzig donated €50,000 to the City of Leipzig for its work with helping asylum seekers. Four years after its founding, the club had only 9 members, all employees of Red Bull. [305][306] Hans-Joachim Watzke said in 2014 that he considered RB Leipzig as behaving "morally questionable", with reference to its transfer policy in close cooperation with FC Red Bull Salzburg, and pointed at its signing of Marcel Sabitzer. ", "Bundesliga? Significant organizational changes were made in 2014, following requirements set up by the German Football League (DFL). [261], On 2 December 2014, the general meeting of the association voted unanimously for the founding of a spin-off organization in the form of a GmbH. Leipsic’s deal with CSKA Moscow is expected to be a two-year contract. RB Leipzig was eliminated by FC Augsburg in the first round of the 2013–14 DFB-Pokal on 2 August 2013 after losing 0–2 at the Red Bull Arena. FC Heidenheim on 18 September 2015, the player bus was approached upon the arrival at the stadium by supporters of 1. [26][30][31][49] The company negotiated the acquisition of the naming right during the successful 2009–10 season and the proposed new name was approved by the City of Leipzig on 25 March 2010. [7] As with FC Sachsen Leipzig, the plans also ran into legal difficulties: the statutes of the DFB did not allow to change a club name for advertising purposes or an external investor to obtain a majority of votes. The club was founded in 2009 by the initiative of the company Red Bull GmbH, which 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. For the second phase, the training center was to be expanded with two pitches, an area for goalkeeping practices and a three-story 13,500 square meters sports complex, meant to offer amenities for all RB Leipzig teams, from the U8 team to the professional team. [202], In December 2016, RB Leipzig offered that the stadium would be sold by former owner Michael Kölmel to the club to continue the plans from the 2015 agenda. Hertzsch ended his professional career after the 2010–11 season, but went on to join the reserve team, RB Leipzig II, and the RB Leipzig business operation. FC Union Berlin, FC Erzgebirge Aue, Kickers Offenbach, Chemnitzer FC and KSV Hessen Kassel, have cancelled friendly matches against RB Leipzig, due to protests from their own supporters. RB Leipzig came out as the winner, defeating SV Darmstadt 98 by 1–0 in front of 39,147 spectators at the Red Bull Arena. ", "RB Leipzig: Antirassistische Spruchbänder im Stadion unerwünscht", "RB Leipzig verbietet erneut antirassistische Plakate", "Sind bei RB Leipzig Antirassismus-Banner verboten", "RB Leipzig verliert auf St. Pauli 0:1 Niederlage am Millerntor", "Auswärtsserie trotz Top-Chancen gerissen! By winning the 2010–11 Saxony Cup, the club won its first title in club history. 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. Red Bull GmbH therefore approached FC Sachsen Leipzig. 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. All rights reserved. [87] Red Bull GmbH owner Dietrich Mateschitz spoke out in media, openly criticizing the decision by the DFL. [332] At the first league match, away against FC Carl Zeiss Jena II on 8 August 2009, riots appeared when the police dissolved a blockade attempting to prevent the player bus from entering the stadium. FC Lokomotive Leipzig and BSG Chemie Leipzig ever since the Wende have failed to join forces for the sake of local football. SV Wehen Wiesbaden had lost its first-place position to 1. [194][195], The club had previously reserved an area near the A14 motorway north of Leipzig, close to the Leipzig/Halle Airport, which could be used to build a completely new stadium. [25][26] Leipzig had a population of around 500,000 inhabitants. [347] He has further explained in 2007 that where the company is committed, it is integrated and takes responsibility for the sports performance, with a wish to build the identity of the brand and the sport. [140][141], 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.FC Nürnberg on 20 March 2016. [183] The artificial hill for physical exercises, humorously called the "Felix Magath Memorial Hill",[219] was also reconstructed. They have protested against commercialization of football, the apparent involvement of Red Bull GmbH and the allegedly undemocratic structures at RB Leipzig. Eventually, the plans were soundly rejected by club members. Both goals were scored by Yussuf Poulsen. [31] Its chairman Holger Nussbaum wanted to secure the club's long term finances and designed a plan to engage Red Bull GmbH. The number set a new club record for away supporters, which was broken in the first two Bundesliga seasons. In order to divide the work of the fan representatives, the supporter union has also created several working groups. Bundesliga teams that were struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.[270]. [74], RB Leipzig played its hundredth match at the Red Bull Arena on 4 October 2015, against 1. However, a prerequisite for such a project would be that ticket demand exceed the supply of seats in the Red Bull Arena significantly and sustainably. Liga, after three seasons in the Regionalliga. Bundesliga, the organization responsible for licensing was no longer the DFB, but instead the German Football League (DFL). The club entered a cooperation agreement with the supporter organization Fanprojekt Leipzig in 2013, and the club also has a dialogue with the fan representatives of the supporter union Fanverband RB Leipzig Fans. The 2011 Saxony Cup final against Chemnitzer FC on 1 June 2011 at the Red Bull Arena was attended by 13,958 spectators. The company made contact with Hamburg-based cult club FC St. Pauli, known for its left leaning supporters, and met representatives of the club to discuss a sponsorship deal. During the winter break, players Christos Papadimitriou, Juri Judt, Carsten Kammlott and Bastian Schulz left the team. [16][18] RB Leipzig acquired the playing right for the Oberliga, the top three men's teams and a senior men's team from SSV Markranstädt. Another candidate was Bayer Leverkusen junior coach Sascha Lewandowski, but he too declined the offer. Liga (III), then finished the 2013–14 3. Liga to win promotion to the 2. [329] Other supporter groups in Germany have entirely refused to travel to away matches at the Red Bull Arena. The annual fee for this type of membership is between 70 and 1000 euros and serves to promote junior football within the club. According to Ulrich Wolter, the club does not aspire towards the high number of members of other clubs. [259] It is now possible for a person to become an official supporting member. [59] Leipzig Mayor Burkhard Jung said in 2011 that the investment of Red Bull GmbH in Leipzig was an "incredible gift to the city". [235][236] In response to the demonstrations by Legida, the anti-racist action group Rasenball gegen Rassismus was founded by initiative of supporter groups Red Aces, Lecrats, Rabauken – Block 31 and IG Rasenballisten in January 2015. [36] The NOFV approved the transfer of the playing right on 13 June 2009 and RB Leipzig was given one year to complete its number of junior teams. The team was insulted, spat at and pelted with beer cups during the warm-up, and had to leave the stadium with police escort after the match. [153][152] On 6 May 2016, Ralph Hasenhüttl was announced as new head coach. In its inaugural season in 2009–10, RB Leipzig dominated the NOFV-Oberliga Süd (V) and was promoted as champions to the Regionalliga Nord (IV). Coinciding with his arrival, he replaced head coach Peter Pacult with former SG Sonnenhof Großaspach coach Alexander Zorniger. At the end of the year, RB Leipzig confirmed its ambitions to gain promotion, by signing Brazilian midfielder Thiago Rockenbach.