January in Eastern Germany can be a grim time with bleak, cold weather, serving as a reminder of why the Bundesliga has historically favoured a lengthy winter break extending from before Christmas and well into the new calendar year. RB Leipzig has overtaken Dortmund as Germany’s premier talent provider for Bayern Munich.
RB Leipzig has overtaken Dortmund | Bundesliga League
Despite the bitter Sachsen chill and a forecast hinting at a liberal helping of snow showers, there is optimism among those who have latched on to the newest of new clubs in the East, that RB Leipzig can, at a minimum, finish second in the Oberhaus as they’ve done twice before in their brief, polarizing history. That they are not to everyone’s taste is important for those who don’t closely follow German football to know. A few years ago, a UK-based colleague asked me about RBL and suggested that their rapid rise up the divisions must be viewed as a wonderfully romantic story. Maybe if they were an English club, that might be true – not many in the German fan scene see it as remotely wonderful or romantic.