Leipzig's journey from German fifth tier to Champions League semi-finals

Leipzig's journey from German fifth tier to Champions League semi-finals
Leipzig's journey from German fifth tier to Champions League semi-finals

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - RB Leipzig's shock quarter-final win over Atletico Madrid saw the German club set up a Champions League semi-finals matchup against Paris Saint-Germain.

Under Julian Nagelsmann, 33, Leipzig are also challenging Bayern Munich's domination of the Bundesliga. Here are a few things you must know about the German club:

• Leipzig were founded in 2009 when Red Bull took over the licence of fifth-tier side SSV Markranstaedt, near Leipzig. The city of Leipzig was chosen after advice from Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer, a friend of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

• The team moved up Germany's league system with four promotions in seven seasons. As recently as 2013/14, they were still in the third division.

• They reached the Bundesliga in 2016/17, making a flying start by briefly keeping Bayern Munich from first place in the league table before finishing second.

• However, their Bundesliga arrival was met with hostility by Germany's big clubs, unhappy about their commercialism. Under the league's '50+1' rule, clubs must hold a majority of their own voting rights but all Leipzig members are Red Bull employees.

• Leipzig beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in only their second Bundesliga match.

• Things got out of hand in February 2017 when a group of Dortmund supporters attacked visiting Leipzig fans, resulting in injuries.

• Leipzig have always resisted the urge to use Red Bull's huge finances to buy established stars.

• After becoming one of the Bundesliga's best central midfielders, Naby Keita was 23 when Liverpool signed him in 2018 for around €60 million (Dh260m).

• Timo Werner, 24, joined Chelsea in June after scoring 34 goals for Leipzig last season. Captain Yussuf Poulsen, a veteran at 26, was signed in 2013-14 when Leipzig were in the third division.

• In Nagelsmann, signed last season from Hoffenheim, Leipzig secured arguably Germany's brightest coaching talent, nicknamed 'Mini Mourinho'.

Updated: August 15, 2020 09:09 AM

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