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Mainz 05 is a German professional football club that was founded in 1905. The club is based in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany and is commonly known by the nickname Die Nullfünfer (The O-Fives). Mainz 05 plays its home games at the Opel Arena, also known as the MEWA Arena, which has a seating capacity of over 34,000 spectators.

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Mainz History

Mainz 05 was founded on March 16, 1905, as the football department of a gymnastics club. The club spent most of its early history playing in the lower leagues of German football. It wasn’t until the 2003-04 season that Mainz 05 was promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time. However, the club was relegated back to the second division after just one season. Mainz 05 returned to the Bundesliga in 2009 and has been a mainstay in the top flight ever since.

Who Owns Mainz

As with most Bundesliga clubs, the club is owned by its members, fans who pay for exclusive benefits and can vote on important decisions within the club. There are other investors; however, the club itself is owned by the members. The current president of Mainz is Harald Strutz.

Mainz Manager

Mainz’s current manager is Bo Svensson. Svensson started his career as an assistant coach for Mainz, working as a youth coach and the under-19 coach. In 2019, he became the manager of FC Liefering in the 2.Liga in Austria. Under his management, they finished 3rd in the 2019-20 season. He then had a positive start to the next season before becoming manager of Mainz in January 2021. He has so far helped finish in 8th and 9th place respectively, helping Mainz establish themself as a consistent mid-table club in Germany. 

Biggest Mainz Transfers

With Mainz not being the biggest club, they haven’t spent big on transfer fees in their history. Their biggest transfers have been:

  • Aaron Martin from Espanyol for £8.00m
  • Jerry St.Juste from Feyenoord for £8.00m
  • Jean-Philippe Mateta from Olympique Lyon for £8.00m
  • Edimilson Fernandes from West Ham for £7.50m
  • Pierre Kunde from Atletico Madrid B for £7.50m

Their biggest departures have been:

  • Abdou Diallo to Borussia Dortmund for £28.00m
  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin to Everton for £25.00m
  • Jhon Cordoba to FC Koln for £17.00m
  • Andre Schurrle to Bayer Leverkusen for £14.00m
  • Yunus Malli to VFL Wolfsburg for £12.50m

Mainz Drama

In 2018 Mainz picked up a significant home win against Freiburg as both teams attempted to avoid the drop. Mainz’s victory came from one of the most unusual penalty decisions in the Bundesliga. Just before half-time, Marc-Oliver Kempf handled a shot from Daniel Brosinski in the six-yard box. Referee Guido Winkmann initially allowed the game to play on and even blew for half-time. However, after this, the assistant referee asked for him to look at VAR. After reviewing the footage, he whistled for a penalty. At this point, however, both teams were already in their respective changing rooms. A very controversial decision that left opposing fans very disgruntled. 

Who Plays For Mainz Now

Mainz has a very promising squad with decent squad depth. Their defence features players such as Robin Zenter, Daniel Batz, Lasse Rieb, Andreas Hanche-Olsen, Edimilson Fernandes, Sepp Van Den Berg, Alexander Hack, Maxim Leitsch, Stefan Bell, Philipp Schulz, Anthony Caci, Silvan Widmer and Danny Da Costa. Their midfield is quite young and features Dominik Kohr, Anton Stach, Leandro Barrreiro, Tom Kraub, Aymen Barkok, Marveille Papela, Eniss Shabani and Jae-Sung Lee. Their attack features players such as Delano Burgzorg, Brajan Gruda, Jonathan Burkardt, Ludovic Ajorque, Nelson Weiper and Karim Onisiwo. 

What Have Mainz Won

Mainz was quite successful in the 70s and 80s but has been a relatively uneventful club ever since. They have won trophies such as the German Amateur Championship, the German Regionalliga Southwest Championship and 3 Landespokal Sudwest Trophies. 

Mainz 2023/24 Season Predictions

Next season we believe Mainz will push for the Europa Conference league, but no higher. Despite their solid squad depth and exciting squad, their team still doesn’t have the quality of other top German teams such as Leverkusen, Dortmund, Bayern, Leipzig and Frankfurt. As a result, we can see them having another upper-mid table finish. However, they have an exciting manager who has had good seasons so far, so if they can strengthen some more, then maybe they can push on and challenge for more. 

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