AN AWARD FOR THE WORK OF YOUNG TALENT IN MAINZ
Three active and two former Zerofivers have become European champions with Germany's U21s
Jubilation in Ljubljana and Mainz: The victory of the German U21 national team at the 2021 European Championship is also an award for the excellent youth work at Mainz 05. Finn Dahmen and Jonny Burkardt from the current Bundesliga squad as well as the ex-Zerofivers Ridle Baku and Lennart Grill, who were all fully or partially trained at Bruchweg, won the cup with a victory in the final against Portugal. Axel Busenkell, head of rehabilitation at Rheinhessen and fitness coach of the DFB team, is also part of the successful German squad. Together they caused great joy at Mainz: "Every Mainzer can be proud of the performance of our current and former Zerofivers at the U21 European Championship and of our talent pool at Bruchweg," said Christian Heidel, Board Member for Sport, Strategy and Communication.
"We congratulate our boys on achieving this great result. Mainz 05 has been represented in almost all of the national youth teams for years, including this year's European champions squad, and that is a strong testament to the continuously good work in our youth development centre. Our academy enjoys an outstanding reputation beyond the borders of the country, people know that top talent is trained here at the top level and that the path from the youth to the first team is short due to the high level of permeability," Heidel continued.
Every Mainz resident can be proud of the performance of our current and former Zerofivers at the U21 European Championship and of our talent pool at Bruchweg.
Confirmation and incentive
Goalkeeper Dahmen, who trained at Bruchweg from the U11s onwards, made his first three Bundesliga appearances in a Mainz shirt this season and was trusted by U21 coach Stefan Kuntz throughout the tournament. The 23-year-old paid back with strong performances, as did teammate Burkardt, a Zerofiver since the U15s and finally established in the Bundesliga this season, who scored an important goal in the quarter-final against Denmark. Together with Ridle Baku, a native of Mainz who played for the club from the U10s to the pros, Lennart Grill, who enjoyed goalkeeper training at Bruchweg from the U14s to the U17s, and Busenkell, they provided feelings of happiness in the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate.
They have earned this success with hard and consistent work
For Mainz director Volker Kersting and all the other staff members in the Zerofivers youth team, the success also gives them a further boost of motivation in their daily work: "Congratulations to the boys, all of us at the academy are really happy for them. They have earned this success with hard and consistent work. It is also a great confirmation for all coaches, staff and employees that four players who were fully or partially trained at Mainz 05 have become U21 European champions. At the same time, it is also an incentive for us to continue to step on the gas in youth training," said Kersting.