Lazio Roma is invariably a serious contender for championship honours in the Italian Serie A football league.
Mainz 05’s ambition – declared annually – is just to stay in the German First Division.
Population of Rome? 2.7 million
Population of Mainz? Oh, around 200,000….
Says it all.
But in a pre-season test game last night in the old Bruchweg stadium (best tickets – €15), Mainz played them against the wall, despite Lazio having Miroslav Klose (local lad from Kaiserslautern and the top goal scorer ever in World Cup games) as captain.
Ended up 3:0
Who woulda thunk…..