Mainz coach Martin Schmidt shows his emotion after his team stunned leaders FC Bayern München to win at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 24. - © imago / Jan Huebner
Mainz coach Martin Schmidt shows his emotion after his team stunned leaders FC Bayern München to win at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 24. - © imago / Jan Huebner
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Understated Mainz plotting path to success

They may have ascended to the Bundesliga in 2004 and list their only major honour as the 1982 German Amateur Championship, but in recent years 1. FSV Mainz 05 have repeatedly outshone many of Germany's more illustrious clubs.

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This term, the 05ers are on course not only to better their highest-ever Bundesliga finish, but they are also in with a shout of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. bundesliga.com breaks down the reasons for this season's success...

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