FSV Mainz 05

Mainz has risen from relative obscurity to respectability in the 1990s. Founded in 1905.

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.

Fullname 1.Fußball- und Sport-Verein Mainz 05 e.V.
City Mainz (Rheinland-Pfalz). Pop: 185,000 (2002).
Address Dr.-Martin-Luther-King-Weg, 55122 Mainz.
Phone: (06131) 375500 Fax: (06131) 3727033
e-mail: info@mainz05.de
Colors Red and white. Now like Ajax Amsterdam, with big red block on white shirt. Used to have checkered red-white.
Stadium 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.
Tickets Priced at 9-26 euros (2004), fairly reasonable.
Supporters 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.)
Friends The only non-Mainz links on the official page are to Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Foes Eintracht Frankfurt seems to be the leader here. Regional rivalries of course with 1.FC Kaiserslautern and Waldhof Mannheim.
Heroes Coach Jürgen Klopp brought infectious enthusiasm that led to the stunning Bundesliga rise.
Beer 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 beers.
Grub and Pub
The Net There is a strong presence in the net. Official site at www.mainz05.de .

Recent History:

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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