RB Leipzig defies German ethos

Dons Trust communications volunteer Rob Crane looks at the rise of a club in Germany that challenges that country’s tradition of fan ownership of football clubs.

German football has often been praised for its approach to supporter involvement, insisting that top-level clubs remain controlled by their members – but that approach has been challenged by the recent rise of RB Leipzig.

Until nearly 20 years ago, German football clubs were owned exclusively by their members on a not-for-profit basis, with..