All the facts you need ahead of the Wolves’ visit to Mainz.
It’s over seven months since VfL Wolfsburg’s last encounter with 1. FSV Mainz 05, when a 3-0 home win at the Volkswagen Arena ended a run of six successive draws between the two sides. The Green-and-Whites have their noses in front in the overall head-to-head record, with 13wins and only eight defeats from 36 games. Here are some more interesting facts and figures on this fixture:
The first competitive meeting between the two clubs took place on 22 August 1992 in one of the Wolves’ earliest away outings in professional football after their promotion to Bundesliga 2. VfL went down to a 2-1 defeat at Mainz’s former home, the Bruchwegstadion.
As well as the landmark 5-4 victory which clinched the Wolves’ promotion to the top flight in 1997, the other standout edition of this fixture is the game at the Volkswagen Arena in August 2010. After taking a 3-0 lead thanks to a brace from Edin Dzeko and a debut goal from Diego, VfL proceeded to lose 4-3.
The Wolves’ 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture of that same season, secured by Simon Kjaer’s goal, remains their only away win at Mainz.
Mainz’s all-time top scorer against the Green-and-Whites is none other than Jürgen Klopp. The newly crowned Best FIFA Men’s Coach registered four goals in 10 games for the Zerofivers against VfL.
Martin Petrov also scored four goals in this fixture but in contrast to Klopp, the Bulgarian – who went on to play for Atletico Madrid and Manchester City – needed just one game to do it. Petrov wrote himself into VfL folklore in 2004/05 when he scored all four goals in a 4-3 win at home to Mainz.
Several internationals have represented both clubs, including Andre Schürrle, Philipp Wollscheid, Bruno Akrapovic, Isaac Boakye, Peter Van der Heyden, Miroslav Karhan, Koo Ja-cheol and of course Yunus Malli.
There are also two head coaches who have both VfL Wolfsburg and Mainz 05 on their CV, namely Eckhard Krautzun and Martin Schmidt.