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Mainz 05 is a German club that is yet to live up to its potential. Their best achievement is a 5th spot league finish in the Bundesliga under current PSG coach Thomas Tuchel. Unfortunately, since then, the club has somewhat been struggling and is regarded as frequent bottom half of the table finisher.
The club is often referred to as nicknames the 05ers or the Carnival club and plays its home matches at the Opel Arena. Rouven Schröder is the current coach, and he has a challenging task on his hands – keeping Mainz 05 safe from the relegation zone. The club's most fierce local rivals are Eintracht Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern.
Mainz 05 Transfers
Jürgen Klopp from Rot-Weiss Frankfurt on a free transfer in 1990 – Klopp is currently one of the best football managers in the whole world. However, not everyone knows that he started his managerial career with Mainz 05 after spending the majority of his career as a player with the same team. He joined the Carnival club in 1990 as a striker, but later, in 1995, he changed positions and started playing as a defender. Klopp played out his career and hanged the boots while wearing Mainz kit. At the time of his retirement, he was the top scorer in the club's history.
Dimo Wache from Borussia M’gladbach for €50,000 in 1995 – The German goalkeeper began his career with Borussia Mönchengladbach and ended it with Mainz 05. Wache spent 15 years with the 05ers, during which he made over 400 league appearances and became the most capped player in the history of the club. He still holds the record up to this day. Considering that he was bought for the shy sum of €50,000, Mainz 05 paid only €125 per each of his record braking league games.
Shinji Okazaki from VfB Stuttgart for €1.5 Million in 2013 – The Japanese forward was introduced to Europe by Stuttgart but rose to prominence with Mainz. He spent two seasons with the 05ers making 65 appearances, during which he scored 27 goals and assisted seven more. This was enough to attract the attention of Leicester City in 2015. Okazaki joined the foxes for €11 Million just in time to be a part of the squad that defied all odds and triumphed as English champions.
Abdou Diallo from Monaco for €5 Million in 2017 – Being brought up by Monaco's youth academy, Diallo never managed to secure his spot in the Ligue 1 side's senior squad. He was only allowed ten appearances in the two seasons he spent with the Monegasques. However, Diallo impressed while being loaned out to Belgian team Zulte Waregem, starting in 33 league games. Mainz 05 saw the potential in the Frenchman and hurried to sign him. Monaco agreed on a €5 Million fee despite Diallo having never played regularly for them. This turned out to be an excellent deal as Borussia Dortmund knocked on the door a year after Mainz signed him. Borussia agreed to part ways with €28 Million for the signature of the 22-year-old.