OPEL ARENA Opening Match



The game will see Jürgen Klopp returning to the city that launched his soccer career.



Host team 1. FSV Mainz 05 and the Rüsselsheim-based car manufacturer are planning to put on fun and entertaining performances throughout the first official game in the OPEL ARENA.


The ‘normal one’ is coming to Willy’s wilde Wurst Arena. If you understood what those words mean, congratulations! You are a true soccer fan and proficient user of social media, as well. For everyone else, we’ll break it down for you: The ‘normal one’ refers to Opel brand ambassador and Liverpool F.C. manager Jürgen Klopp. Willy’s wilde Wurst Arena refers to a glorious video that has been circulating on various social media channels. The rumor goes that a sausage vendor has secured the rights to name the soccer stadium in Mainz, Germany. It has since been announced that the stadium, where Bundesliga team 1. FSV Mainz 05 plays its home games, will be named the Opel Arena. The team will play an exhibition game against Klopp’s Liverpool F.C. on Sunday, 7 August, to prepare for the upcoming Bundesliga season that will begin three weeks later and to inaugurate the new OPEL ARENA. Tickets are available now on the 1. FSV Mainz 05 online ticket shop and from the usual ticket offices.



↑  Welcome to Willy’s wilde Wurst Arena.


The game will see Jürgen Klopp, now 49 years old, returning to the city that launched his soccer career. He was a passionate player and manager for 1. FSV Mainz 05 for 18 years. At the end of the 2007/2008 season, he became the manager of Borussia Dortmund soccer club. The team won two championships and a DFD-Pokal Final during the seven years under his management. Klopp also led the team to the finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2013. In the fall of last year, he moved once again to legendary Anfield Road in Liverpool, UK, to become the manager of Liverpool F.C. He has already become a popular figure: “I’m the normal one,” he said during his first press conference as manager, winning the hearts of Reds fans.