FSV Mainz 05

Mainz has risen from relative obscurity to respectability in the 1990s, and then stunned everybody by even moving into the top flight

Founded in 1905.

After years of relative obscurity in the regional southwest leagues, Mainz seemed ready to replace Fortuna Köln as a "perennial" 2.Liga club. Given the limited resources, this was 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. Instead, it would take several more 2.Liga seasons to really break through.

The 1998-99 season was typical with what the 1990s were. 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.

However having tasted the good life, the Mainzers quickly returned, and despite Klopp having moved on to greater things at Dortmund, they established themselves as a solid Bundesliga club.

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:
2012-13 (I)     Bundesliga              7th
2012-13 (I)     Bundesliga              13th 
2011-12 (I)     Bundesliga		13th
2010-11 (I)     Bundesliga              5th

2009-10 (I)     Bundesliga              9th
2008-09 (II)    2.Liga            	2nd
2007-08 (II)    2.Liga        		4th
2006-07 (I)     Bundesliga              16th
2005-06 (I)     Bundesliga              11th
2004-05 (I)     Bundesliga              11th
2003-04 (II)    2.Liga            	3rd
2002-03 (II)    2.Liga            	4th 
2001-02 (II)    2.Liga            	4th
2000-01 (II)    2.Liga            	14th

1999-00 (II)    2.Liga            	9th
1998-99 (II)    2.Liga            	7th
1997-98 (II)    2.Liga            	10th
1996-97 (II)    2.Liga            	4th
1995-96 (II)    2.Liga            	11th
1994-95 (II)    2.Liga            	14th
1993-94 (II)    2.Liga            	13th
1992-93 (II)    2.Liga            	12th 
1991-92 (II)    2.Liga Süd        	9th
1990-91 (II)    2.Liga            	8th

1989-90 (III)   Am.Oberliga Südwest     1st 
1988-89 (II)    2.Liga            	19th
1987-88 (III)   Am.Oberliga Sdwest      1st
1986-87 (III)   Am.Oberliga Südwest     5th
1985-86 (III)   Am.Oberliga Südwest     5th
1984-85 (III)   Am.Oberliga Südwest     2nd
1983-84 (III)   Am.Oberliga Südwest     8th
1982-83 (III)   Am.Oberliga Südwest     8th  
1981-82 (III)   Am.Oberliga Südwest     2nd
1980-81 (III)   Am.Oberliga Südwest     1st

1979-80 (III)   Am.Oberliga Südwest     5th 
1978-79 (III)   Am.Oberliga Südwest     3rd
1977-78 (III)   Amateurliga Südwest     1st
1976-77 (III)   Amateurliga Südwest     6th
1975-76 (II)    2.Liga Süd        	12th
1974-75 (II)    2.Liga Süd        	11th
1973-74 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    5th
1972-73 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    1st  
1971-72 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    4th
1970-71 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    7th

1969-70 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    12th
1968-69 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    13th
1967-68 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    4th 
1966-67 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    4th 
1965-66 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    3rd 
1964-65 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    11th
1964-65 (II)    Regionalliga Südwest    11th
1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Südwest	4th

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