Leipzig - OL : A two-story formation
When the rankings of the best training centers in the world come out, observers are accustomed to finding OL in its upper echelons. Having made training one of his most identifiable weapons, the club president Jean-Michel Aulas has always been able to count on homegrown Gones to compose its squad and define its history. A few years ago, it wasn't rare to find eight or even nine players trained by the club in the eleven. This method of operation has often earned the praise of observers, impressed by the regularity and quality of training in Lyon.
Leipzig : The beautiful riseIn Leipzig, or rather, at Red Bull, it is different. In 2005, the Austrian company purchased Austrian side Salzburg, which later became Red Bull Salzburg. Four years later, by wanting to incorporate itself in a major championship, Red Bull purchased RB Leipzig. The club climbed the ladder at full speed: D4 in 2011, D3 in 2014, D2 in 2015 and the elite in 2016. Since then, this young entity has shown competitive regularity in finishing 2nd , 6th and 3rd in its first three seasons in the Bundesliga. This success in Leipzig is attributable to Salzburg, which has become its regular supplier of talent.
The springboard system
The method is simple: Salzburg recruits young talents from around the world to keep for a few years before sending them to Germany once their post-training is over. In a pressure-free environment where the European Cup (Champions League or Europa League) is played almost every year, progress can be made in the best possible way. In the current squad of Leipzig, eight players come from Austria including some of the best players of the team (Upamecano, Sabitzer, Laimer, Kampl ...). Also counting New York in its catalog, Red Bull has an eye on the American continent to take advantage of its talents, like Tyler Adams (20 years), who arrived this summer from the country of Uncle Sam.
Considered unfair by some, this method is still popular in the world of football. Several groups have a satellite club where they can send their young people on loan to get tough, like Manchester City and Girona (Spain) or Monaco and Cercle Brugge (Belgium). Also having an eye on France (Mukiele, Konaté, Nkunku), Leipzig reinforces each year its image of springboard club that can also perform in the league. It's a winning formula for a club that wants, ultimately, to also offer a coherent competition on the European scene.