Mainz 05

  1. Looking Ahead to the Bundesliga 2018/19

    Established in 1963, the Bundesliga league is the top-flight soccer tournament which takes place in Germany. The founding members of this were Werder Bremen, Schalke 04, FC Koln, Hertha BSC, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt and VfB Stuttgart. Also, they have most recently welcomed RB Leipzig back in 2016. With such a fantastic mix of teams, this league is most definitely one to look out for this season.

    With the beginning of the 2018/19 fixtures just around the corner, we wanted to put together this article to explore the scheduling of the games. From who has the best stakes at getting to the final, to how the overall tournament could turn out, this post covers it.

    Fixtures and Notable Dates

    The beginning of this year’s tournament kicks off on the 24th August 2018 and is expected to end on the 18th May 2019. Starting off the fixtures, current Champions Bayern Munich play in their home grounds at Allianz Stadium against Hoffenheim. And the last match scheduled is Eintracht Frankfurt against Bayern Munich.

    From the results seen in 17/18, the top 5 teams were Bayern Munich, Schalke 04, Hoffenheim, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. Below is a breakdown of all of the matches featuring these top teams battling it out against one another. So, make sure you make a note of these dates as they are most definitely key games to look out for this season.

    • Bayern Munich – 24/08/18, 1/09/18, 15/09/18, 22/09/18, 10/11/18, 19/01/19, 2/02/19, 09/02/19, 06/04/19
    • Schalke 04 – 22/09/18, 1/12/18, 08/12/18, 19/12/18, 09/02/19, 20/4/19, 27/04/19, 11/05/19
    • Hoffenheim – 24/08/18, 15/09/18, 22/09/18, 1/12/18, 08/12/18, 19/01/19, 09/02/19, 30/03/19, 20/04/19
    • Borussia Dortmund – 22/09/18, 29/09/18, 3/11/18, 10/11/18, 09/02/19, 23/02/19, 06/04/19, 27/04/19
    • Bayer Leverkusen – 15/09/18, 29/09/18, 3/11/18, 19
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  2. Levin Oztunali Primed for a Great 2017/18 Campaign with Mainz 05

    15th September 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    Going into their third Bundesliga match of the season at the weekend, Mainz 05 were in dire need of some points.

    Having suffered consecutive 1-0 losses in their opening two fixtures against newly promoted Hannover 96 and VfB Stuttgart, games that would've been earmarked as excellent opportunities to gain points, facing Bayer Leverkusen meant there was a distinct possibility Mainz could suffer three consecutive losses to start the campaign.

    Being unable to score in their two early defeats only compounded their issues, but in truth they'd still played some encouraging football, with bad luck in regards to the VAR system not helping their cause either. Ahead of the Leverkusen clash, sporting director Rouven Schroder willed his side to improve and lift the mini malaise. "We want more grit and we have to go for it a bit more. We really have to improve in these areas in the next few weeks, but we can't allow a doomsday mood to seep in," he asserted.

    Mainz accordingly responded by emphatically defeating a talent laden Die Werkself 3-1 at the Opel Arena. The fact the 05ers went a goal down early and managed to comeback with such character was another huge positive to be drawn from the win.

    Undoubtedly one of the most significant catalysts for the stirring victory was the exhibits of Levin Oztunali, who had an exceptional day out vs. one of his former clubs whom actually discarded him only a couple of years ago.

    Operating as his team's right sided central attacking midfielder within Sandro Schwarz's 3-4-2-1 formation (or 5-2-2-1 depending on perceptions), the imposing attacker offered a brilliant outlet from which to animate so many of his team's attacks. Although his two assists highlighted his exemplary set piece taking ability and capacity to use his strength to hold

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  3. Mainz's inspirational captain, Julian Baumgartlinger

    20th May 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    Mainz's inspirational captain, Julian Baumgartlinger, has unquestionably been one of their most influential driving forces behind their remarkable season.

    Martin Schmidt's high octane outfit obtained an amazing sixth place league finish, just five points outside the Champions League qualification places, and Baumgartlinger's energy, intensity and aggression in midfield were absolutely crucial to this. He is indeed the man whose unwavering commitment and dedication to the cause sets the tone perfectly for his teammates to follow, and who best embodies his manager's all-action philosophy.

    Within Schmidt's side, who run and sprint more than any team in the Bundesliga, the ultra fit Austrian, who himself runs over 12km per game on average, along with using his obvious footballing qualities, has ensured that he's been an undisputed starter for Mainz.

    Unsurprisingly, he's started every single match he's been available for except one, when he was on the bench due to suffering a bout of flu. Moreover, Mainz's durable midfield warrior racked up 2716 league minutes, which puts him third for most minutes played for his team, behind only talented goalkeeper Loris Karius and exciting attacking dynamo Yunus Malli.

    When asked about his supreme fitness, Baumgartlinger noted the key reason why he's so strong in this regard comes down to good old fashioned hard work, saying: "Behind this is a lot of very hard work. I pay attention to this not only since I am a professional, but ever since I've trained as a young lad.

    "This goes back to my childhood, because I have always been driven a lot with sports. For five or six years I was in athletics, and then I started to play football.

    "Since those foundations have been formed, later I realized: Whoever is fitter than the others, has a big advantage."

    Baumgartlinger's formed an outstanding relationship with his fellow central midfield colleague in

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  4. Can Mainz 05 Edge into the Bundesliga Top 10 During the 2015 - 2016 Season?

    It's been a tumultuous few seasons for Mainz 05, we take a look at the clubs recent history and ask can Mainz 05 edge into the Bundesliga top 10 again this season? When Borussia Dortmund hired Thomas Tuchel to take over as their head coach following the resignation of beloved former manager Jurgen Klopp, virtually no one was surprised. Klopp had decided, after a devastatingly poor 2014 2015 season, that he was no longer the right man to coach Dortmund. And Tuchel, on a brief sabbatical from coaching football, following a successful stint at FSV Mainz, seemed like precisely the right man for the job.

    The Thomas Tuchel X-Factor

    What Tuchel did at Mainz was impressive, to say the least. When he came to the soccer club in 2009, the O-Fives had just been promoted up from the 2. Bundesliga. In his first season at Mainz, Tuchel took a recently-promoted soccer squad and turned them into top-10, top-flight German football contenders. With Tuchel at the helm, the O-Fives won 12 games and kept their "goals against" tally low (at 42) to finish in ninth place.

    The 2010 2011 campaign was even better. Mainz scored more goals (52, up from 36), played better defense (they cut their "goals against" number to 39, the second best in the league), and won more games (18). From the beginning of that season, it was clear that the O-Fives were on their way to something good. They won their first seven games, including 2-1 away match win over reigning league champs Bayern Munich. Their fifth-place finish at the end of the season was the best in football club history and remains their high-water mark today.

    Getting Back into the Top 10

    When Thomas Tuchel asked to be released from his contract with Mainz at the end of the 2013 2014 season, the team took a hit. They'd finished a solid seventh place in 2014 but tumbled to 11th during the

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