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An eventful 2017 - Year review, part 1

Bundesliga runners-up, Champions League qualification and the Confed Cup - here's part 1 of our review of the highlights and memorable moments from the past year.

January

2017 began with a training camp in Lagos for Die Roten Bullen. Ten training session under top conditions, plus friendly matches against Ajax (5-1 loss) and SC Farense (6-0 win), helped RBL get ready for the second half of their maiden Bundesliga campaign.

The dress rehearsal for the league restart came against Scottish giants Rangers at the Red Bull Arena. Ralph Hasenhüttl's boys were 4-0 winners, and followed that good result up with a 3-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt to kick off 2017 in style.

February

There was some great news on a personell front, as Sweden international Emil Forsberg put pen to paper on a new contract running until 2022. The midfielder played 32 games in 2017, scoring a total of seven goals.

Matchday 21 saw Forsberg celebrate his contract extension in style, as both he and Timo Werner got on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, securing the sixth away win of the campaign.

March

The trip to Augsburg saw Diego Demme make his 100th competitive appearance for Die Roten Bullen. The 25-year-old midfielder joined Leipzig in January 2014, and has featured in a total of 131 competitive matches on his way to becoming a Champions League player!

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Second half of the season preparations took place in Lagos
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The Bundesliga returned in 2017 with a 3-0 win over Frankfurt

April

"We want to turn a great season into an amazing one" - that was what head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl said ahead of RBL's meeting with Darmstadt as the 2016/17 season entered the home straight. 39,400 fans were in attendance at the Red Bull Arena as Leipzig claimed a 4-0 victory, which was part of three wins and two draws in April that helped Die Roten Bullen take a huge step towards Europe.

May

On 7th May, RB Leipzig confirmed their place in the following UEFA Champions League campaign - Timo Werner and Davie Selke were both at the double in a 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin

One week later, FC Bayern came to town for the final home game of the season. Those in attendance witnessed a footballing spectacle as FCB claimed a dramatic 5-4 victory. After the match, 18,000 fans joined the team for the end-of-season party. An incredible 2016/17 campaign ended with second place in the Bundesliga, as well as Champions League qualification in the club's debut season in the top flight - you can't ask for much more than that!

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June

There was no quiet summer break for Timo Werner, as he was named in Joachim Löw's Germany squad for the Confederations Cup in Russia. Diego Demme was also called up initially, but sadly had to withdraw due to problems. However, he did make his Germany debut in a World Cup qualifier against San Marino. Die Mannschaft went on to win the Confed Cup, not least thanks to Golden Boot winner Werner, who also assisted Lars Stindl's winner in the final against Chile.

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Werner set up Lars Stindl in the Confed Cup final
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Diego Demme missed out on the Confed Cup with a back injury

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