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Mainz 05
FSV Mainz 05.svg
Full name 1. Fußball- und Sport-Verein Mainz 05 e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Nullfünfer (the O-Fives),
Karnevalsverein (Carnival club)
Founded 16 March 1905; 112 years ago (1905-03-16)[1]
Ground Opel Arena
Ground Capacity 34,034
President Harald Strutz
Manager Rouven Schröder
Coach Sandro Schwarz
League Bundesliga
2016–17 15th
Website Club home page
Current season

1. Fußball- und Sportverein Mainz 05 e. V., usually shortened to 1. FSV Mainz 05, Mainz 05 [ˌmaɪnts nʊlˈfʏnf] or simply Mainz, is a German association football club, founded in 1905 and based in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate. 1. FSV Mainz 05 have played in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system, for eight consecutive years, starting with the 2009–10 season. The club's main local rivals are Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. In addition to the football division, 1. FSV Mainz 05 have handball and table tennis departments.[2]


Early years[edit]

A failed attempt to start a soccer team in the city in 1903 was followed up two years later by the successful creation of 1. Mainzer Fussballclub Hassia 1905. After a number of years of play in the Süddeutschen Fußballverband (South German Football League), the club merged with FC Hermannia 07 – the former football side of Mainzer TV 1817 – to form 1. Mainzer Fussballverein Hassia 05, which dropped "Hassia" from its name in August 1912. Another merger after World War I, in 1919, with Sportverein 1908 Mainz, resulted in the formation of 1. Mainzer Fußball- und Sportverein 05. Die Nullfünfer were a solid club that earned several regional league championships in the period between the wars and qualified for the opening round of the national championships in 1921, after winning the Kreisliga Hessen.[1]

Play during the Nazi era[edit]

In the late 1920s and early 1930s the club earned decent results in the Bezirksliga Main-Hessen – Gruppe Hessen, including first-place finishes in 1932 and 1933. This merited the team a place in the Gauliga Südwest, one of sixteen new first division leagues formed in the re-organization of German football under the Third Reich. Unfortunately, they only managed a single season at that level before being relegated, due to the high intensity play that they were unable to keep up with. Karl Scherm scored in 23 out of 44 games with Mainz during his last season. In 1938, they were forced into a merger with Reichsbahn SV Mainz and played as Reichsbahn SV Mainz 05 until the end of World War II.[1]

Long march to the Bundesliga[edit]

After the war the team again joined the upper ranks of league play in Germany's Oberliga Südwest, but were never better than a mid-table side. They played in the top flight until the founding of the new professional league, the Bundesliga, in 1963 and would go on to play as a second division side for most of the next four decades. They withdrew for a time – from the late 1970s into the late 1980s – to the Amateur Oberliga Südwest (III), as the result of a series of financial problems.[3] Mainz earned honours as the German amateur champions in 1982.[4]

The club returned to professional play with promotion to the 2.Bundesliga for a single season in 1988–89 with Bodo Hertlein as president, before finally returning for an extended run in 1990–91. Initially, they were perennial relegation candidates, struggling hard each season to avoid being sent down. However, under unorthodox trainer Wolfgang Frank, Mainz became one of the first clubs in German soccer to adopt a flat four zone defense, as opposed to the then-popular man-to-man defense using a libero.[4]

Mainz failed in three attempts to make it to the top flight in 1996–97, 2001–02, and 2002–03, with close fourth-place finishes just out of the promotion zone. The last failed attempt stung as they were denied promotion in the 93rd minute of the last game. A year earlier, they became the best non-promoted team of all time in the Second Bundesliga with 64 points. But their persistence paid dividends with an ascent into the Bundesliga in 2003–04 under the leadership of coach Jürgen Klopp. The team played three seasons in the top flight, but were relegated at the end of the 2006–07 season. Mainz then secured promotion back to the top flight just two years later, after the 2008–09 season.[4]

Mainz also earned a spot in the 2005–06 UEFA Cup in their debut Bundesliga season as Germany's nominee in the "Fair Play" draw which acknowledges positive play, respect for one's opponent, respect for the referee, the behaviour of the crowd and of team officials, as well as cautions and dismissals.[5] Due to the Bruchweg stadium's limited capacity, the home games in UEFA cup were played in Frankfurt's Commerzbank-Arena.[6] After defeating Mika FC and Keflavík ÍF in the qualifying rounds, Mainz lost to eventual champions Sevilla 2–0 on aggregate in the first round.[7]

In the 2010–11 season Mainz equalled the Bundesliga starting record by winning their first seven games that season.[8] They ended the season with their best finish to date in 5th place, which was good enough to secure them their second entry to the UEFA Europa League,[9] where they went out in the third qualifying round to Romanian side Gaz Metan Mediaș.[4]

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[10][11]

Season Division Tier Position
1999–00 2. Bundesliga II 9th
2000–01 2. Bundesliga 14th
2001–02 2. Bundesliga 4th
2002–03 2. Bundesliga 4th
2003–04 2. Bundesliga 3rd ↑
2004–05 Bundesliga I 11th
2005–06 Bundesliga 11th
2006–07 Bundesliga 16th ↓
2007–08 2. Bundesliga II 4th
2008–09 2. Bundesliga 2nd ↑
2009–10 Bundesliga I 9th
2010–11 Bundesliga 5th
2011–12 Bundesliga 13th
2012–13 Bundesliga 13th
2013–14 Bundesliga 7th
2014–15 Bundesliga 11th
2015–16 Bundesliga 6th
2016–17 Bundesliga 15th
2017–18 Bundesliga
Promoted Relegated


The club currently plays at Opel Arena, a new stadium opened in 2011, which holds 34,034 spectators. The first event held at the new arena was the LIGA total! Cup 2011, which took place from 19 July through to 20 July 2011, with the other participants being FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Hamburger SV.[12]

Die Nullfünfer previously played in Stadion am Bruchweg, built in 1928, and modified several times over the years to hold a crowd of over 20,300 spectators.[4] Averaging crowds of about 15,000 while in the 2.Bundesliga, the team's hard won recent success had them regularly filling their venue. The average home league attendance during the 2015–16 season was 30,324 spectators.[13]

A panorama view of the Coface Arena

Club culture[edit]

Mainz is known for being one of the three foremost carnival cities in Germany, the others being Düsseldorf and Cologne. After every Mainzer goal scored at a home game, the Narrhallamarsch, a famous German carnival tune, is played.[14]

Reserve team[edit]

The clubs reserve team, 1. FSV Mainz 05 II, has, with the rise of the senior side to Bundesliga level, risen through the ranks, too. The team first reached Oberliga level in 1999, followed by promotion to the Regionalliga in 2003. After playing there for two seasons the team dropped to the Oberliga once more. In 2008 it won promotion to the Regionalliga West again and when this league was reduced in size in 2012 it entered the new Regionalliga Südwest. A third place in this league in 2014 allowed the team to enter the promotion round to the 3. Liga where it was successful against the Regionalliga Nordost champions and will play at this level in 2014–15.

European Cups[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Armenia Mika Ashtarak 4–0 0–0 4–0
2Q Iceland Keflavík 2–0 2–0 4–0
1R Spain Sevilla 0–2 0–0 0–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 3Q Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș 1–1 1–1 2–2[a]
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 3Q Greece Asteras Tripoli 1–0 1–3 2–3
2016–17 UEFA Europa League Group C Belgium Anderlecht 1–1 1–6 3rd
France Saint-Étienne 1–1 0–0
Azerbaijan Gabala 2–0 3–2
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • 1R: First round
  1. ^ Gaz Metan Mediaș progressed to play-off round after winning Penalty shoot-out 4–3.


Regional Cup
  • South West Cup winners: 1980, 1982, 1986, 2001+, 2002+, 2003+, 2004+, 2005+
Individual Club Awards
  • DFB-Pokal semifinalists: 2009
  • UEFA Fair Play selection: 2005

  • + Reserve team


Current squad[edit]

As of 29 January 2017 [15]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Jonas Lössl
2 Italy DF Giulio Donati
3 Nigeria DF Leon Balogun
6 Germany MF Danny Latza
7 Sweden MF Robin Quaison
8 Germany MF Levin Öztunalı
9 Japan FW Yoshinori Muto
11 Denmark FW Emil Berggreen
15 Colombia FW Jhon Córdoba
16 Germany DF Stefan Bell
17 Spain MF Jairo Samperio
18 Germany DF Daniel Brosinski
19 Croatia DF Marin Šverko
20 Switzerland MF Fabian Frei
21 Austria FW Karim Onisiwo
No. Position Player
22 Brazil DF André Ramalho (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen)
24 France DF Gaëtan Bussmann
25 Ivory Coast MF Jean-Philippe Gbamin
26 Germany DF Niko Bungert (Captain)
29 Germany MF Devante Parker
30 Kosovo MF Besar Halimi
32 Argentina FW Pablo de Blasis
33 Germany GK Jannik Huth
36 Germany FW Aaron Seydel
38 Germany MF Gerrit Holtmann
42 Germany DF Alexander Hack
45 Germany MF Suat Serdar
46 Germany GK Florian Müller
47 Germany MF Philipp Klement
Germany MF Maximilian Beister

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
5 Spain MF José Rodríguez (at Málaga until 30 June 2017)
28 Bulgaria MF Todor Nedelev (at Botev Plovdiv until 30 June 2017)
31 Germany FW Florian Niederlechner (at SC Freiburg until 30 June 2017)
No. Position Player
Germany GK Robin Zentner (at Holstein Kiel until 30 June 2017)
Sweden DF Pierre Bengtsson (at Bastia until 30 June 2017)

Current coaching staff[edit]

As of 1 July 2017.[16]
Head coach Germany Sandro Schwarz
Assistant coach Germany Jan-Moritz Lichte
Assistant coach Germany Michael Falkenmayer
Fitness coach Germany Alex Busenkell
Fitness coach Germany Jonas Grünewald
Goalkeeping coach Germany Stephan Kuhnert
Analyst Germany Daniel Fischer

Managerial history[edit]


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  2. ^ "Vereinsparten" (in German). Mainz 05. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chronik – Nachkriegsjahre" (in German). Mainz 05. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Chronik – Bis Heute" (in German). Mainz 05. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mainz set for European debut". UEFA. 2 June 2005. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mainz 05 weicht nach Frankfurt aus" (in German). netzeitung.de. 11 June 2005. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Keine Sensation in Mainz, Sevilla siegt 2:0" (in German). n-tv.de. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hamburg end Mainz's record bid". UEFA. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Season review: Germany". UEFA. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Willkommen beim Deutschen Fußball-Archiv" [Welcome to the German Football Archives]. Das deutche Fußball-Archiv (in German). Archived from the original on 24 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.  quote=Historical German domestic league tables
  11. ^ "News > Ergebnisse & Tabellen" [News > Results and Tables] (in German). Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2016.  Tables and results of all German football leagues
  12. ^ LIGA total! Cup 2011 in der Mainzer Coface Arena Press release
  13. ^ "1. Bundesliga Zuschauer 2015/16". Kicker Online (in German). Nuremberg: Olympia-Verlag GmbH. n.d. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Der Narrhallamarsch" [The Narrhalla March] (in German). Archived from the original on 24 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "Mainz 05". 
  16. ^ "1. FSV Mainz 05 Die Offizielle Website > Staff" [1. FSV Mainz 05 The Official Website > Staff]. Mainz05.de (in English and German). Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 

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