RB Leipzig aren’t exactly the most-loved football club in the world, but they certainly know how to play ball.
With top-class players such as Timo Werner, Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer all donning the Red Bull-clad jersey in recent years, RB Leipzig are safely established as one of Germany’s top teams.
However, while they might be used to the cushy and glitzy surroundings of the Champions League these days, the controversial club still had to climb their way up Germany’s footballing ladder.
Nevertheless, despite having been founded as recently as 2009, Leipzig found themselves in the German third division by 2013 and managed to make international headlines during their time in the league.
While the invention of the club might be a topic of controversy amongst some football fans, you’ve got to take your hat off for the invention that the team showed during their time in 3. Liga.
Ok, corny jokes aside, Leipzig managed to produce one of the strangest goals that we’ve ever seen against Stuttgart II in September 2013 by pulling off a set-piece routine that will never be forgotten.
But oh no, we’re not talking about corners, free-kicks or even penalties because Leipzig thought outside of the box with their approach to kick-offs in what proved to be a deadly tactic.
RB Leipzig’s unreal kick-off routine
That’s because the German side lined up for the first kick of the game in what can only be described as a 2-0-8 formation with only the goalkeeper and two defenders standing back from the halfway line.
Leipzig proceeded to knock the ball back to one of the deep-lying players upon the first whistle and then flooded the Stuttgart back-line in a move that evidently, and understandably, baffled them.
That’s because a subsequent long ball towards the onrush of Leipzig players eventually led to Daniel Frahn heading home in a club-record time of just 8.6 seconds.
Seeing the kick-off routine is mad enough without it leading to a historically-quick goal, so there’s plenty to enjoy in a clip, which you can watch down below, that continues to amaze us.
RB Leipzig started in a 2-0-8 formation and scored after just 8.6 seconds! 😱 pic.twitter.com/PnZ2MbkxLy
— Plan It Coach (@PlanItCoach) April 10, 2017
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— TacticalPad (@TacticalPad) February 17, 2017
Absolute scenes. The manager must have been doing backflips.
Bring it back, RB Leipzig
While the eventual goal was hardly a Puskas Award contender, there’s something about such an outrageous and seemingly implausible set-piece routine coming to pass that makes it so amazing.
Besides, it’s the type of mad-hat idea that you would line up when making custom set-pieces on FIFA games, not what you’d actually tell your players to do in a professional European league game.
Nevertheless, that’s exactly what RB Leipzig did and the only disappointment is that they haven’t whipped it out since. Imagine seeing that in the Champions League…