“Getting off the hamster wheel.”

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By Peter Vice

FSV Mainz 05 only played one test match during the September and October international breaks. 

This time, after a brief scrimmage with the U23s, trainer Bo Svensson has declared an extended break for his players. 

Bo Svensson.
Bo Svensson. Photo: GEPA Pictures/Wolfgang Jannach

With just a few training assignments as part of their “homework assignment”, the FSV Mainz 05 professionals will not have to report to the club for five full days after Wednesday’s training session wraps. Satisfied with three emphatic wins on the trot and a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach last Friday night, Nullfünfter trainer Bo Svensson decided to give his players a well-deserved break.


“We’re in a different phase of the season,” Svensson said when explaining the decision on Tuesday, “A lot of injuries happen in November. These occur not only because of physical stress, but also mental.”

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“When you’ve been on the hamster wheel of playing and training for a few months, the body automatically checks out,” he continued, “The days off should serve to get the guys back here with full enthusiasm.”

Mainz will resume prep training for 1. FC Köln next Tuesday. With six fixtures left in the “Hin-runde”, a favorable schedule could see Mainz even higher than their current position of Seventh in the table. Top-five is certainly not out of the question. Matches against Stuttgart, Hertha, and Frankfurt could easily translate to nine more points.

Svensson noted that he wanted everyone’s “head-clear” for the conclusion of the season’s first half.

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