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RB Leipzig out to mark tenth anniversary with first trophy

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RB Leipzig out to mark tenth anniversary with first trophy

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For RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick, winning Saturday's German Cup final against Bayern Munich would mean more than just silverware. 

Rangnick, who took over as sporting director at Leipzig in 2012 and has since had two spells doubling up as head coach, is the brains behind the club's rapid rise from the lower leagues to the very top of German football since the club's founding in 2009.

He has described his seven-year association with controversial outfit Leipzig, who hope to win a first major title in their short history at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Saturday, as "a sort of life's work".

"When I look back at the seven years I have been here, it seems much longer," he told Kicker magazine earlier this month.

Leipzig's success has challenged the recent duopoly of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but has also been bitterly divisive, with fans across the country protesting against the club's controversial business model.

Love them or loathe them, though, they are now an established power at the top of the German game, and hope to confirm that status by winning the cup on Saturday.

"To win our first title on our 10-year anniversary against Bayern Munich would crown on an extraordinary season" Rangnick told AFP subsidiary SID on Tuesday.

Leipzig were founded by energy drinks company Red Bull in 2009, and immediately soared up the league pyramid, rising from the fifth tier to the top flight by 2016.

For their critics, the club are a commercial blight on the traditions and fan-focused principles of German football.

Their open affiliation with the global beverage brand and the lack of voting rights for their fans continue to outrage supporters across Germany, who consider them an inauthentic club.

When Leipzig hosted Bayern in the league earlier this month, the visiting fans held up foul-mouthed banners expressing their distaste for what critics sneeringly call "the RB Leipzig construct".

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