RB Leipzig Boss Has A Very Showbiz Way Of Handing Out Punishment

RB Leipzig Boss Has A Very Showbiz Way Of Handing Out Punishment

Ralf Rangnick has made a few changes at Bundesliga side RB Leipzig since taking over in the summer. The German, who served as the club's sporting director before taking the reins from Julian Nagelsmann has reintroduced fixed meal times, announced a cell phone ban in all function rooms as well as allowing only German and English to be spoken in the dressing room.

The 60-year-old argues that these changes should bring the success that the club needs, but perhaps the most intriguing addition by Rangnick is a 'wheel of fortune', which metes out various punishments to players if they break the rules.

Speaking to German news outlet BILD, Rangnick argues that 'fines rarely do anything' and that the players 'hurt more' if they have less free time.

Some of the options on the wheel include working in the club shop, serving food in the team cafeteria and training in a tutu.


Here are all 12 options:

  • 1. Pump up the balls, get them on the pitch, clean them – 30 minutes per day for one week
  • 2. Train one of the academy teams on an otherwise free day – four hours
  • 3. Stadium tour guide – one hour
  • 4. Get lucky: No punishment
  • 5. Mow and take care of the training pitch – four to six hours within a training week
  • 6. Wear a pink ‘princess’ jersey or ballerina tutu for training – 90 minutes
  • 7. Mix drinks ahead of training, fill bottles with water – 20 minutes per day for one week
  • 8. Work as an assistant in the club shop for three hours
  • 9. Serve food in the team cafeteria, clean the tables – 30 minutes per day
  • 10. Work as kit assistant, take care of dirty shirts, help with cleaning boots – 30 minutes per day
  • 11. Help load the team bus with crates and bags on day of away matches – around 1.5 hours
  • 12. Purchase small gifts for all of Leipzig’s 60 members of staff

Leipzig have had a slow start to the Bundesliga season, losing 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund on the opening day before drawing with Fortuna Dusseldorf

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Eoin Lyons

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