After years of relative obscurity in the regional southwest leagues, Mainz seems ready to replace Fortuna Köln as a "perennial" 2.Liga club. Given the limited resources, this is a fairly respectable accomplishment.
In 96-97, Mainz had a chance to make history. They played at Wolfsburg in the final game of the 2.Liga season for the last promotion spot. They lost 5-4, but the future looked bright.
The 1998-99 season was more in line with what we've seen in past years. Overall, the club played decently, but never really threatened for one of the top spots. A solid mid-table finish was the reward again to start the new milenium. After a disappointing 14th finish, the next season once again would end in bitter disapointment. An excellent campaign had Mainz with one foot in the Bundesliga, but once again the last round conspired against the club, and they again finished 4th. The next season was even worse, as despite winning 4-1 away at Braunschweig on the final day, the Mainzers had to hear that Frankfurt scored 3 times in the final 5 minutes (including injury time) to edge out by a single goal. In 2004, it was finally time for Mainz. Trailing Aachen by a point into the last match, the Mainzers made short work of Trier 3-0. Meanwhile, Aachen lost at relegation threatened Karlsruhe, and Mainz was in the Bundesliga!
Mainz was number 1 on every pre-season "relegation candidate" list, but managed to surprise everyone and survive. They also managed to garner a spot in the UI-Cup. It was quite a surprise that they managed to stay up for 3 seasons, given the limited resources.
1.Fußball- und Sport-Verein Mainz 05 e.V.
Mainz (Rheinland-Pfalz). Pop: 185,000
Dr.-Martin-Luther-King-Weg, 55122 Mainz. |
Phone: (06131) 375500 Fax: (06131) 3727033
Red and white. Now like Ajax Amsterdam, with big red block on white shirt.
Used to have checkered red-white.
Stadion Am Bruchweg. Capacity: 19,500, (4,500 seats). |
Originally built in 1929, it wasn't used by FSV until after WWII. The stadium was expanded in 1997 to around 15,500 allow promotion to the Bundesliga, which seemed a possibility given the previous year's performance. Floodlights were put in the 95-96 season. In 2002, the stadium was apparently increased again.
Priced at 9-26 euros (2004), fairly reasonable.
Recent success has improved things. Averaged almost 15,000 in 2004
(2.Liga) and 20,000 in Bundesliga.
At least four fan clubs have web pages, which is fairly strong.
Nevertheless, traditionally Mainz has not been a big draw. There is an
active "Fan-Projekt", which also publishes a fanzine. (Circulation in 2002
was about 1,100 copies.)
The only non-Mainz links on the official page are to Borussia
Eintracht Frankfurt seems to be the leader here. Regional rivalries of
course with 1.FC Kaiserslautern and Waldhof Mannheim.
Coach Jürgen Klopp brought infectious enthusiasm that led
to the stunning Bundesliga rise.
Kirner. A regional brewer in
Kirn, about 60 km west of Mainz. They
brew a Pils, a "Pur" unfiltered, a malty "1798" and a couple of light
||Grub and Pub || The Net
There is a strong presence in the net.
Official site at www.mainz05.de .
1963-64 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 4th
1964-65 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 11th
1965-66 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 3rd
1966-67 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 4th
1967-68 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 4th
1968-69 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 13th
1969-70 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 12th
1970-71 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 7th
1971-72 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 4th
1972-73 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 1st
1973-74 (II) Regionalliga Südwest 5th
1974-75 (II) 2.Bundesliga Süd 11th
1975-76 (II) 2.Bundesliga Süd 12th
1976-77 (III) Amateurliga Südwest 6th
1977-78 (III) Amateurliga Südwest 1st
1978-79 (III) Am.Oberliga Südwest 3rd
1979-80 (III) Am.Oberliga Südwest 5th
1980-81 (III) Am.Oberliga Südwest 1st
1981-82 (III) Am.Oberliga Südwest 2nd
1982-83 (III) Am.Oberliga Südwest 8th
1983-84 (III) Am.Oberliga Südwest 8th
1984-85 (III) Am.Oberliga Südwest 2nd
1985-86 (III) Am.Oberliga Südwest 5th
1986-87 (III) Am.Oberliga Südwest 5th
1987-88 (III) Am.Oberliga Sdwest 1st
1988-89 (II) 2.Bundesliga 19th
1989-90 (III) Am.Oberliga Südwest 1st
1990-91 (II) 2.Bundesliga 8th
1991-92 (II) 2.Bundesliga Süd 9th
1992-93 (II) 2.Bundesliga 12th
1993-94 (II) 2.Bundesliga 13th
1994-95 (II) 2.Bundesliga 14th
1995-96 (II) 2.Bundesliga 11th
1996-97 (II) 2.Bundesliga 4th
1997-98 (II) 2.Bundesliga 10th
1998-99 (II) 2.Bundesliga 7th
1999-00 (II) 2.Bundesliga 9th
2000-01 (II) 2.Bundesliga 14th
2001-02 (II) 2.Bundesliga 4th
2002-03 (II) 2.Bundesliga 4th
2003-04 (II) 2.Bundesliga 3rd
2004-05 (I) Bundesliga 11th
2005-06 (I) Bundesliga 11th
2006-07 (I) Bundesliga 16th
2007-08 (II) 2.Bundesliga 4th
2008-09 (II) 2.Bundesliga 2nd
2009-10 (I) Bundesliga 9th
2010-11 (I) Bundesliga 5th
2010-12 (I) Bundesliga
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