FC Mainz 05 are the surprise package of the Bundesliga this season but did little to suggest something was in the air as they won only one and lost three of their opening matches.
But something has stirred in the Rhineland-Palatinate capital with a sequence of five wins from seven games before the weekend defeat by Bayern Munich propelling the club into the top five and into the German Cup quarterfinals.
When Jorn Andersen was surprisingly sacked in 2009 after just one year in charge, Under-19 coach Thomas Tuchel took over and Mainz finished a comfortable ninth in the table after promotion.
Mainz then won their opening seven matches of the following season, including a memorable victory over Bayern Munich, as reported by CNN.
Tuchel has continued that form into the current campaign and the 2-1 German Cup last-16 win at Schalke has been a highlight for supporters, who were watching second-tier football just four years ago.
The star man for Mainz is Hungarian striker Adam Szalai, who has scored 11 goals in 19 Bundesliga appearances this season.