The partnership meant that SSV Markranstädt would provide the initial core of RB Leipzig, as the basis for its leap into German football.
The transfer of the playing right for the Oberliga had to be approved by the North East German Football Association (NOFV).
An investment in a club playing in one of the top divisions in Germany would have been a costly affair.
The club was founded in 2009 by initiative of energy drink-maker Red Bull Gmb H who purchased the playing rights of the fifth division side SSV Markranstädt with the intention of advancing the new club to the top-flight Bundesliga within eight years.The company planned a takeover, with a change of team colours and of club name.Involved in the arrangements was film entrepreneur Michael Kölmel, sponsor of FC Sachsen Leipzig and owner of the Zentralstadion.In its inaugural season in 2009–10, RB Leipzig dominated the NOFV-Oberliga Süd (V) and was promoted as champions to the Regionalliga Nord (IV).RB Leipzig won the 2012–13 Regionalliga Nordost season without conceding a single defeat and was promoted to the 3. Liga season as runner-up and was promoted to the 2.
In order to avoid future objections from the German Football Association (DFB), he resigned as player agent, before taking position as chairman.The statutes of the DFB would not allow a player agent to be involved in the operating affairs of a club.RB Leipzig would play its inaugural season in the Oberliga at the Stadion am Bad in Markranstädt.The stadium held 5,000 seats and was the traditional home ground of SSV Markranstädt.RB Leipzig became the fifth football commitment in the Red Bull sporting portfolio, following FC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, the New York Red Bulls in the United States, Red Bull Brasil in Brazil and Red Bull Ghana in Ghana.