Love for Mainz has remained

CHe last met hristian Heidel on Mallorca, he says Sandro Black. "It was a different atmosphere." A cautious paraphrase for Heidel's birthday party and of course completely different circumstances than on Friday evening (8:30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and at DAZN) will be specified if the coach of Hertha BSC and the sports director of FSV Mainz 05 do not forget their friendship, but face each other as opponents in the Bundesliga for 90 minutes.

Depending on how the game goes, Schwarz might use the opportunity afterwards to ask his former mentor whether he would have fired him in November 2019 if he had been in office at the time. After that 2:3 home defeat against Union Berlinafter which some fans and members of the supervisory board felt compelled to propagate the head coach’s sacking behind the goal.

The sports director at the time kept up with the developing dynamics Rouven Schroeder did not stand and Schwarz resigned the following day, contrary to his own conviction. A knee-jerk reaction due to an unsatisfactory table situation, which culminated in one of the most absurd phases in the club's history a week later with the signing of Achim Beierlorzer.

“Reflect and gain distance”

For Mainz, things took off after a grueling time, two more coaching changes and Heidel's return as sports director with the former coach Martin Schmidt as sports director in tow, a happy ending within a hair's breadth. Under coach Bo Svensson, the team found their way back to Mainz 05 football and the fans found the team fun again.

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