Mainz talents Weiper and Schulz secure professional contracts
Heidel: “They both have every chance of breaking through” / Together since Mainz U8s
Two rising stars from the Mainz youth academy have taken another step towards fulfilling their Bundesliga Dream. Nelson Weiper and Philipp Schulz, who have played together at Mainz since the u8s, have signed their first professional contracts with the club. Both players were born in 2005 and progressed through the ranks of the DFB youth with each other. They are both currently part of the u17 national team and the Mainz u19s.
Striker Nelson Weiper has scored an impressive 19 goals (two assists) in 17 games so far this season. The 6ft3 centre forward started the current season in the u17s and transferred to u19s in January. The Mainz native scored four goals on his debut against FC Augsburg. Ten days later, he scored five goals for the u17 national team in a 9-0 thrashing against Slovakia. Schulz on the other hand is a versatile defender who also switched from the u17s to the u19s at the beginning of the year.
Long-term futures committed to boyhood club
Due to their strong performances for Mainz and for the national team, Weiper and Schulz have garnered international attention. Both of the players have committed their long-term futures to the the club where they learned it all.
It makes me extremely proud to see how well they have developed over the years.
“I have mentored both Nelson and Philipp for a decade now and it makes me extremely proud to see how well they have developed over the years. They learned how to play football at this club and now they have a huge chance to break into the first team. It makes me really happy that they have both decided to carry on their journeys here at Mainz and to focus on developing their careers. Their professional contracts are proof that the path to professional football is open for the young talents within our ranks,” said Volker Kersting, director of the academy.
Heidel: “They both have every chance of breaking through”
Sporting director Christian Heidel echoed this sentiment and stated: “Nelson and Philipp are huge talents and they both have every chance of breaking through. We will continue our support, to create the best possible environment for them, to take the next steps in their development. I am sure that we will see them in our first team in the future.”