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FSV Mainz 05 is a German Association Football Club that was founded in 1905 and is based in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate. FSV Mainz 05 are more commonly referred to as Mainz 05, or more simply as Mainz and go by the nickname ‘The 05ers’ which originated from the ‘05’ found in their club name.
They currently compete in the Bundesliga, which is the top division in German football. Mainz 05 currently plays their home games at the Mewa Arena, which has a capacity of 34,034, making it the 19th-largest football stadium in Germany. It was previously known as the Coface Arena and Opel Arena.
As well as their football club, Mainz offers sports teams in both Handball and Table Tennis leagues. Mainz 05 shares a local rivalry with Eintracht Frankfurt and also FC Kaiserslautern. Before being founded in 1905, the founding members had failed to successfully start their football club two years before.
Mainz 05 Honours
Mainz 05 do not boast as lengthy a list of honours as Bayern Munich, but have won a number of trophies throughout their history. All of them have come in the lower leagues, one of which being crowned German Amateur Champions in 1982. They also won the Regionalliga Südwest in 1973 and are three-time winners of Oberliga Südwest, doing so in 1981, 1988 and 1990. Mainz 05 won the Amateurliga Südwest in 1978.
They also have multiple regional championships to their name, including three South West Cups won in 1980, 1982 and 1986. In addition, they have won two Bezirksliga Main-Hessens, as well as one Kreisliga Hessen and Bezirksliga Rheinhessen apiece.
Mainz 05 History
Mainz 05 began their professional career playing in the Süddeutschen Fußballverband (South German Football League) and were very successful in their early stages, winning multiple regional league championships and qualified for the National Championships in 1921. Mainz 05 qualified for the National Championships after emerging as the victors of the Kreisliga Hessen, which was the top tier of German football between 1919-1923. Following this success, the 05ers went onto secure more league titles in the Bezirksliga Main-Hessen winning in 1932 and 1933. Thanks to their success, Mainz 05 earned themselves a spot in the Gauliga Südwest which was one of the 16 new first division leagues, however, they only managed to last one season in this league before being relegated. During the 1980s, Mainz 05 won the South West Cup three times in 1980, 1982 and 1986.
Once the Bundesliga was formed, Mainz 05 spent many years as a Second Division side and came close to gaining promotion on three occasions in 1996/97, 2001/02 and 2002/03. The German side finally gained their desired promotion in 2003/04 under the management of Jurgen Klopp, who later departed for Borussia Dortmund. The 05ers made an appearance in the UEFA Cup during their debut season in the Bundesliga thanks to the Fair Play draw, however, they failed to pass the First Round. Mainz spent three seasons in the Bundesliga before facing relegation in 2006/07. However, they bounced back to the top tier of German football just two years later in 2008/09. Mainz 05 got off to a great start in the 2010/11 season, winning their first seven matches, and went onto to achieve their best finish to date in fifth place.