The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League groups were drawn. The balls rolled calmly by the ciborium 3. RB Leipzig had four possible destinations left. Fortune was not with him and he fell into Group A, with none other than Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Then the Bruges of Belgium would join.
In any case, the two powerful ones were also not amused to see the name of the German team. RB Leipzig is in its fourth Champions League. And in the third consecutive. Everything is an ascending vertigo in the short history of the East German club. Since its inception in 2009, the growth has been remarkable: it climbed from the fifth category to the Bundesliga in just 7 years.
The runner-up in their first season in the elite division led RB Leipzig to the 2017/18 Champions League. Their limit was the group stage. Anyway, nothing would stop the vance of the bulls. In 2019/20 they gave the big surprise when they reached the semifinals. The road in 2020/21 stopped in the round of 16.
The main architect of this construction was Ralf Rangnick. “I am the master of my destiny. I am the captain of my soul”, closes William Ernest Henley his famous poem Invictus. Rangnick presents those phrases of the English poet to open his website. And it was he who led RB Leipzig to a successful destination.
Rangnick came to the club in 2012 and stayed until 2021. As sports director He promoted the construction of a modern training center, which made it possible to attract many young people to the training divisions. As a coach, he earned promotions and molded a winning team already in the elite.
During his tenure, RB Leipzig grew and later sold young footballers for staggering numbers. The most notable sales were the following: Naby Keïta (€ 60 million to Liverpool) in the 2018/19 season; Timo Werner (53 million euros to Chelsea) in 2020/21; Dayot Upamecano (€ 42.5 million to Bayern Munich), Ibrahima Konaté (€ 41.8 million to Liverpool) and Captain Marcel Sabitzer (€ 15 million to Bayern Munich) for 2021/2022.
Before his departure to Moscow’s Lokomotiv, Rangnick appointed the American as technical director. Jesse Marsch to replace Julian Nagelsmann, who went to mighty Bayern.
The club’s policy is clear: have a good quarry to feed the main team and thus be able to hold the level when it comes off its figures. To this he adds the reinvestment of income to complete a campus that does not lose competitiveness. His full payroll has an average age of 24.6 years.
The financial contribution of Red Bull, the mainstay of the structure of this and other clubs around the world, gave wings to a project that is flying higher and higher.