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    RB Leipzig: Bundesliga's Leicester City or Bundesliga's Donald Trump?


    Leicester City - An incredible 5000/1 underdog who conquered all to win their first ever league title in a fairytale season just a year after narrowly avoiding relegation. Many thought it couldn't be beaten, but over in the German Bundesliga something arguably more special is happening.

    Red Bull Leipzig, a newly promoted side who were formed just seven years ago sit top of the league, three points clear of champions Bayern Munich with a spectacular unbeaten record. Their story is an epic and also controversial one, but their phenomenal start to the season is creating headlines all over Europe. The question is, could they eclipse Claudio Ranieri's side?


    The club was officially formed in May 2009, starting out in the bottom tier of German football, the fifth division. They dominated that season and were promoted as champions. Their stunning rise went on, despite waiting three years for their next promotion as they went the entire season unbeaten in the fourth division to again get comfortably promoted. The very next season, 2013-14, they finished as runners-up in the 3.Liga and went up to the second tier, one short of the Bundesliga, where they would remain until this year.

    Finishing second in the 2. Bundesliga in 2015-16, history was made as they joined the elite in Germany, but despite their meteoric rise up the German football ladder,  they've still left a bad taste in  some people's mouths, but Why?

    Formed in the Eastern region of the country (formally East Germany of course) there is still outstanding friction between the West and East of Germany dating back to the early twentieth century, but the thing that has heavily rubbed people up the wrong way is the huge investment into the club by Red Bull. Despite being a 'small club', they have had millions invested into the club by the energy drink company, such as a 43,000 capacity stadium which they bought the rights to, but also that the club's members all work for the same company; Red Bull.

    It's certainly not a club where the fans have a say, but they probably aren't complaining that much. Four promotions in seven years is quite a feat but many in the Bundesliga see the club more as an apprentice style investment rather than a traditional football club, considering that Red Bull have a huge stake in the club, despite the fact Bundesliga rules state that public ownership must be 51% at top flight clubs. So have they brought their success?

    Well, upon joining the top flight, they were the third biggest spenders in the Bundesliga this season, only behind Borussia Dortmund (around £100m) and Bayern Munich (around £63m) with around £45m of players brought in. It's an understatement to say its been a success however, as after 12 league games they sit top with 9 wins and 3 draws, no losses.

    Couple with that with impressive wins over heavyweights such as Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, they have gained a mass following within the opening months of the season and many now want to them to repeat the feat set by Leicester in the Premier League and go all the way. But, would it really be that special with all the investment they've had from Red Bull?

    Leicester are not poor, but certainly are not on a Chelsea or Manchester City financial level. Their only major signings last summer were N'Golo Kante (£5.6m), Christian Fuchs (Free) Robert Huth (£3m) and Shinji Okazaki (£7m) and all those players were instrumental in the Foxes' success. Their overall spending barely reached £20m which was added more of a shock when they lifted the league trophy in May.

    However, for many years Bayern and Dortmund have dominated the Bundesliga, no other side has won the league since 2009, when Wolfsburg upset the balance of play. But if RB Leipzig can do it, and lift the Bundesliga trophy in May, will people look at their great performances over the course of the season, or the millions and millions of investment put in by the top men of Red Bull over the years. It's probably fair to say that Leipzig are a bit like marmite, you either like them or hate them, and sadly for them, most people swing towards hating them.

    So if they do go all the way, will it be a another underdog fairytale story, or a payoff from a huge investement that will increase the club's profits?
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