Bundesliga

Germany divided again as Leipzig gets emotions running high

Love or hate, it seems there's nothing in between.

Leipzig's rapid ascent through the ranks of German soccer is stoking heated debate on the roles of tradition, pride and commercialism in the nation's favorite sport.

Founded in 2009, Leipzig leads the Bundesliga by three points from powerhouse Bayern Munich after a record 13-game unbeaten start including eight wins from its last eight games.

Success is bringing increased attention - and wrath. Leipzig's team bus has been pelted with stones, had paint thrown at it by masked assailants, its players have been mocked and taunted, and a severed bull's head was thrown during a cup match against Saxony rival Dynamo Dresden...