RB Leipzig make their Champions League debut tonight, when they host Monaco at the Red Bull Arena, but it won’t be a dream for many.
While their rise through the leagues may be a dream for those involved with the club, for many fans and even other clubs, it’s a nightmare.
It has seen them given the tag of the most hated club in Germany.
Our friends at Football Whispers look at their story, and identify three players to look out for.
RB Leipzig were only founded in 2009, when Red Bull bought a fifth-division club called SSV Markranstadt’s licence.
They changed their name, crest and kit, paying the club, based in a village 13 miles away from Leipzig an estimated £250,000.
Unlike Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls, RB Leipzig can’t have Red Bull in their name as German football doesn’t allow teams to be called after their sponsors.
So their full name is Rasenballsport Leipzig, which means “lawn ball sports”.
Despite Leipzig not taking their name, Red Bull promised a massive budget and that helped the club rise up through the leagues, finding itself in the Bundesliga for the first time in 2016-17.
The involvement of the energy drinks company has caused a lot of controversy.
Traditionally German football clubs are run without a single, rich investor and the members control a majority of the shares.
In Borussia Dortmund’s case, this means that 139,000 members have a veto over issues such as ticket prices.
But RB Leipzig has only 17 members, most of which are connected with Red Bull and the drinks company’s links to the club has caused criticism.
Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive, has spoken out against the club, telling the BBC: “It’s a club built to push up the revenues for Red Bull and nothing else.”
There have been fans protests against RB Leipzig. Last season, many Dortmund fans did not travel to Leipzig to support their teams when the two sides met.
“The construct of the newly promoted side from Leipzig stands against everything that is football for us,” a statement by many fan groups said.
Despite the criticism, RB Leipzig have been hugely successful, with the team finishing second in the Bundesliga last season, earning them a Champions League spot.
Even that was controversial though, with Uefa having to rule whether RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg could both play in the competition, as they would be two clubs competing in European competition and sharing the same owner.
In cases where that happens, priority is given to a team who are champions of their country, meaning that Leipzig would have missed out.
But Uefa agreed the two clubs could compete as Red Bull merely sponsors the Salzburg club following a restructuring.
On the pitch, they have been a breath of fresh air in the Bundesliga and were involved in some thrilling matches, including a 5-4 defeat to Bayern Munich last season.
Their 4-2-2-2 formation has been interesting to watch and the team is set up perfectly for a counter attack.
We’ve looked at three key players for Die Roten Bullen, who are likely to catch the eye this season.
THE Guinean midfielder impressed so much in his first season at Leipzig after arriving from sister club Red Bull Salzburg that Liverpool have agreed a club-record fee to sign him in July 2018.
He is a complete midfielder who can play in a number of roles, either as a defensive midfielder, an attacking midfielder or a box-to-box powerhouse.
22-year-old Keita was arguably RB Leipzig’s standout performer last season and it was no surprise Liverpool snapped him up while they could.
THE German forward was the youngest-ever player to feature for Stuttgart when he made his debut in August 2013 aged 17 years, four months and 25 days.
He left his hometown club for Die Roten Bullen last season, scoring 21 goals in 31 Bundesliga games in his debut campaign, making him the highest German scorer in the division.
The 21-year-old already has three league goals so far this season and could follow Keita to Anfield – he’s thought to be a Liverpool transfer target.
ONCE a Manchester United transfer target, Bruma joined RB Leipzig in June from Galatasaray.
His speed is already causing defences in Germany all sorts of problems, and he has one league goal to his name this season.
The Portuguese winger is only 22 and has been tipped for big things for a while, he may have found the perfect club for him in RB Leipzig.
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