Mainz 05

Founded In
Mainz, Germany

About Mainz 05

Fußball und Sportverein Mainz 05, commonly known as Mainz 05, was founded in 1905 as Mainzer Fußballclub Hassia 1905. Soon after its formation, the club merged with another team from the city, FC Hermannia 07. In 1919, the team merged with yet another side, Sportverein 1908 Mainz, to create the current club.

During the 1930s, Mainz achieved success in the Bezirksliga Main-Hessen, winning the championship in 1932 and 1933. Off the back of these successes, Mainz were allocated a spot in the Gauliga Südwest, one of the sixteen leagues which made up the highest tier of the German league system during the period of Nazi rule. However, the club's stay in the top flight was short-lived and Mainz were relegated at the end of their first season at that level. After the Second World War, Mainz were placed in the Oberliga Südwest, south west Germany's highest tier, until the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963.

When the Bundesliga was founded, Mainz failed to make the grade as one of its founding clubs. The team spent several years in the second tier before encountering financial problems in the late 1970s, which forced Mainz to withdraw to the amateur ranks. Mainz re-established themselves as a professional club during the 1990s. Eventually, under the management of Jürgen Klopp, Mainz gained promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in 2004. After their first season back in the top flight, the club gained qualification for the UEFA Cup as Germany's 'Fair Play' representative. Their local rivals are Eintracht Frankfurt who play just 26 miles away at the Commerzbank Arena.

Notable players to play for Mainz 05 throughout the club's history include names like: Jürgen Klopp, Manuel Friedrich, Andriy Voronin and André Schürrle.

The team currently plays its home matches at the Coface Arena, which opened in 2011. The ground can hold a total of 34,034 supporters for Bundesliga matches. 

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