All you need to know about the Bundesliga's carnival club, 1. FSV Mainz 05.

Fun facts

  • Jürgen Klopp is one of Mainz's most successful exports: the former Borussia Dortmund coach made 337 appearances for the 05ers, before managing them between 2001 and 2008.
  • Mainz are nicknamed the 'Karnevalsverein', or 'Carnival club', due to the city itself being home to one of Germany’s most famous carnivals. Unsurprisingly, another famous export from the city is the 'Humba' chant, now commonplace in Bundesliga grounds after matches.
  • Klopp's successor, Thomas Tuchel, guided Mainz to a sensational fifth place in 2010/11. The attacking trio of Lewis Holtby, Andre Schürrle and Adam Szalai were nicknamed ‘the Bruchweg boys’, due to their propensity to celebrate goals as if they were members of a band.

Mainz's rise to become a Bundesliga force is synonymous with their former player and coach Jürgen Klopp.


A mid-table second-division side at the turn of the millennium, Mainz have enjoyed an astonishing rise under the guidance of Klopp, Tuchel and now Martin Schmidt. Promoted under Klopp in 2004, they were competing in the UEFA Europa League by the 2005/06 season, while Tuchel ensured that ascent continued, leading the side to fifth in 2010/11, two seasons after bouncing back up into the top flight.

Tuchel celebrates with fans after guiding Mainz into the UEFA Europa League in 2011. © imago / Huebner

Having qualified directly for the UEFA Europa League in 2015/16 under Schmidt, Mainz are now an established Bundesliga force, complete with a wonderful modern stadium, the OPEL ARENA, and international star names such as Yunus Malli and Pablo de Blasis.


Capacity: 34,034

*Renamed from Coface Arena in summer 2016.