There has been little Bundesliga football in the former East Germany since unification in 1990. "Football is a business that needs an enormous amount of money," says Martin Machowecz from weekly newspaper Die Zeit. "And here's someone who's come along, got involved and made sure that we've now reached the same standard as in West Germany in an area of society that's important." Leipzig's football tradition What RB as a club lacks in sporting history, its home city and its stadium provide. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lokomotive Leipzig beat Bordeaux on penalties in the 1987 Uefa Cup semi-final but lost to Ajax in the final The German Football Association, the DFB, was founded there In 1903 VfB Leipzig became the first German champions The stadium was built in the 1950s partly from World had me going War Two rubble With seating for 100,000 the Zentralstadion was the largest in the whole of Germany East Germany played many international matches, there as did Lokomotive Leipzig Lokomotive Leipzig became a household name when they beat Bordeaux in a penalty shoot-out to ชุด ไป งาน แต่งงาน pantip qualify for the final of the Uefa Cup in 1987. The goalkeeper saved two penalties before stepping up to score the winner. Image caption Gerlinde Rohr looks back fondly on Lokomotive Leipzig's biggest moment in 1987 Gerlinde Rohr, now director of the Leipzig Sports Museum, was among the reported 110,000 in the stadium that night. "I was there with a school mate and after Rene Mueller scored his goal I jumped on the seat and we embraced each other," she remembers. The Zentralstadion fell into disuse after unification but was given a new lease of life by the 2006 World Cup. The oval embankment of the old stadium was retained and a new stadium built inside it.
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