FSV 05 Mainz (Germany)


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Midfielder LEWIS HOLTBY, who went out on loan to Vfl Bochum for the latter half of last season and talliled two goals in 14 Bundesliga games, has, once again, been loaned out by Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen — this time for the entire 2010-11 campaign to FSV 05 MAINZ, for whom Holtby has already scored two goals in nine league games to open the new year. (Frank Augstein/AP)
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Traditionally a modest club with a mostly a second divison resume since the advent of the Bundesliga in the early 1960s, the Rhineland club FUSSBALL-und-SPORT VEREIN MAINZ 05 has certainly captured the attention, if not imagination, of the country with their ascension to the top of the table this season in the German first division.

FSV Mainz, who spent roughly a decade in the third division from the late 1970s thru the late 1980s, had a run of three consecutive years in the Bundesliga but were relegated again at the end of the 2006-07 campaign; die Nullfuenfer again won promotion to the first division last season and ended up a respectable ninth in the standings under the direction of youthful first-year coach THOMAS TUCHEL.

FSV Mainz made several moves to strengthen the attack in the off-season that have worked out rather well so far.

The loan of Hungary international striker ADAM SZALAI from Spanish giant Real Madrid was made permanent in exchange for a fee of a reported 500,000 English pounds in July. The 22-year-old, who started his career with the Vfb Stuttgart reserves before playing two and a half years with Castilla in the Segunda Division, returned to Germany last January and scored one goal in 15 games with FSV Mainz to finish out the term. This season, Szalai has already struck for three goals in nine Bundesliga games for die Nullfuenfer.

Tunisia international striker SAMI ALLAGUI has shown himself to be a wise addition with three goals in his first six games in the Bundesliga; the 24-year-old Dusseldorf-born attacker, who started his career in Belgium with RSC Anderlecht in Brussels, had scored 27 goals in 66 games for 2.Bundesliga club SpVgg Greuther Fuerth before his transfer to FSV Mainz this summer.

And, Denmark international MORTEN RASMUSSEN has arrived on loan from Scottish club Glasgow Celtic; the 25-year-old striker has contributed two goals in four games (three starts) to begin his tenure in the Bundesliga.

All three players have teamed up well with returning Germany U-21 international attack ANDRE SCHUERRLE, who has made five of his eight Bundesliga appearances this season as a substitute of the bench; nevertheless, the 19-year-old, who scored five goals in 33 league games for FSV Mainz a year ago, already has four goals in the Bundesliga to lead die Nullfuenfer this term.

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Hungary international ADAM SZALAI, the former Real Madrid farmhand who arrived at FSV Mainz last January initially on loan, shows his boots to the home supporters after 4-2 defeat of TSV Hoffenheim, a match in which the 22-year-old striker scored a goal, on October 2 at the Stadion am Bruchweg. (Frank Augstein/AP)
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FSV MAINZ off-season transactions
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Players In
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28 – fw – Haruna BABANGIDA ——— Nigeria int’l — fr Kuban Krasnodar (Rus)
25 – fw – Morten RASMUSSEN ——– Denmark int’l — fr Glasgow Celtic (Sct)
24 – fw – Sami ALLAGUI —————— Tunisia int’l — fr SpVgg Greuther Fuerth
22 – fw – Adam SZALAI ——————– Hungary int’l — fr CF Real Madrid (Spa)
26 – mf – Marco CALIGUIURI ——— Germany — fr SpVgg Greuther Fuerth
20 – mf – Marcel RISSE ——————– Germany — fr Bayer Leverkusen
20 – mf – Lewis HOLTBY —————— Germany — fr Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen
26 – df — Malik FATHI ———————- Germany — fr Spartak Moscow (Rus)
24 – df – Christian FUCHS —————- Austria int’l — fr Vfl Bochum
38 – gk – Martin PIECKENHAGEN — Germany — fr Heracles Almelo (Hol)

(Fathi, Fuchs, Holtby, Rasmussen, Risse are all on loan at FSV 05 Mainz for the 2010-11 season; Szalai had been on loan at FSV 05 Mainz from Spanish giant Real Madrid’s nursery club Castilla since January; Fathi has been on loan at FSV 05 Mainz from Russian club Spartak Moscow since February; Ivanschitz has been on loan at FSV 05 Mainz from Greek club Panathinaikos Athens since the start of the 2009-10 season)

Players Out
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30 – fw – Dragan BOGAVAC —– Montenegro int’l — released
26 – fw – Aristide BANCE ——— Burkina Faso int’l — to Al-Ahli Dubai (UAE)
25 – fw – Chadli AMRI ————- Algeria int’l — to 1.FC Kaiserslautern
27 – mf – Filip TROJAN ———– Czech Rep — to MSV Duisburg
22 – mf – Jahmir HYKA ———– Albania int’l — to GSS Panionios (Gre)
25 – df – Tim HOOGLAND ——- Germany — to Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen
36 – gk – Dimo WACHE ———– Germany — retired

(Trojan is out on loan for the 2010-11 season)

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FSV MAINZ squad
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38 – GK – Martin PIECKENHAGEN
32 – GK – Heinz MUELLER
30 – GK – Christian WETKLO

31 – DF – Nikolce NOVESKI ————— (MACEDONIA – 41 caps, 2 goals)
31 – DF – Zsolt LOEW ————————- (HUNGARY – 25 caps, 1 goal)
31 – DF – Bo SVENSSON ——————– (DENMARK – 1 cap, 0 goals)
30 – DF – Radoslav ZABAVNIK ———- (SLOVAKIA – 50 caps, 1 goal)
24 – DF – Christian FUCHS —————– (AUSTRIA – 30 caps, 0 goals)
26 – DF – Malik FATHI
23 – DF – Niko BUNGERT
20 – DF – Jan KIRCHHOFF
19 – DF – Eugen GOPKO

34 – MF – Miroslav KARHAN ————– (SLOVAKIA – 99 caps, 13 goals)
31 – MF – Jan SIMAK ————————— (CZECH REPUBLIC, 1 cap, 0 goals)
30 – MF – Elkin SOTO ————————– (COLOMBIA – 16 caps, 6 goals)
28 – MF – Florian HELLER
26 – MF – Andreas IVANSCHITZ ——— (AUSTRIA – 49 caps, 7 goals)
26 – MF – Marco CALIGIURI
24 – MF – Eugen POLANSKI
20 – MF – Lewis HOLTBY
20 – MF – Marcel RISSE
20 – MF – Jared JEFFREY ——————– (United States)

28 – FW – Haruna BABANGIDA ———– (NIGERIA – 1 cap, 0 goals)
27 – FW – Felix BORJA ————————- (ECUADOR – 21 caps, 3 goals)
25 – FW – Morten RASMUSSEN ———– (DENMARK – 3 caps, 0 goals)
24 – FW – Sami ALLAGUI ——————— (TUNISIA – 5 caps, 1 goal)
22 – FW – Adam SZALAI ———————– (HUNGARY – 4 caps, 3 goals)
20 – FW – Andre SCHUERRLE
19 – FW – Petar SLISKOVIC

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