Mainz had one of the longest roads to the Bundesliga, slowly climbing their way up the divisions in Germany before breaking through under coach Jürgen Klopp. They have remained a mid-table team ever since.
Founded in 1905, Mainz slowly grew during the early 1900s as it absorbed FC Hermannia 07 and Sportverein 1908 Mainz. They failed to get to the Bundesliga on three attempts between 1996 and 2003, but finally reached the top flight in 2004. They have yet to lift a major trophy in Germany, though they reached the German Cup semifinals in 2009 and played in European competition for the first time in 2013. For all the news on Mainz, go through DW's collated content below.
Roman Weidenfeller said goodbye to Borussia Dortmund's fans after 16 years on Saturday. But their 2-1 home loss to Mainz is further proof that he shouldn't be the only long-serving player to exit, says DW's Matt Pearson.
Bruno Labbadia arrived in Wolfsburg with relegation-survival pedigree. But against fellow strugglers Mainz on Friday his new players were once again unable to break down their opponents as they surrendered a 1-0 lead.
With just two games remaining, six teams are still fighting for their right to be in the Bundesliga again next season. Who are the key players for each of the sides battling to beat the drop? DW takes a look.