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The players and coaches of Borussia Mönchengladbach will travel to their home an away matches in a luxurious MAN Lion's Coach.
Borussia Mönchengladbach’s new signing is dynamic, powerful and 100 per cent reliable. In future, the players and coaches will travel to their home and away matches in a luxurious MAN Lion's Coach – their new team bus.
New to the team and already at the heart of the action! Only a few days after the official handover, Borussia Mönchengladbach's new team bus made an impressive début: The MAN Lion's Coach brought footballers, coaches and support staff safely and comfortably to the club’s training camp in Harsewinkel, around 200 kilometres away. There, coach Adi Hütter's team is preparing for the new Bundesliga season.
“The team was extremely relaxed when we arrived and that’s exactly what we wanted. We need a team bus that enables the athletes to switch off and relax so that they can put in top performances on the pitch,” says Max Eberl, Sports Director of VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 1900 GmbH, adding: “We have put our faith in MAN team buses for many years now and we only have positive things to say about them.”
Alongside Max Eberl, Stephan A.C. Schippers, Managing Director of VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 1900 GmbH, and head coach Adi Hütter, some of the players themselves were also in attendance to meet the new signing, who was presented by Holger Mandel, Member of the Executive Board for Procurement at MAN Truck & Bus SE, at the official handover at Borussia Park.
“We are delighted that this partnership is still going strong and that a reliable MAN bus will continue to take the Foals to their matches in the future. With this contract extension, we will continue to have success together, at the very least until 2023,” says Mandel.
The partnership between MAN and Borussia Mönchengladbach began back in 2012. At the heart of this partnership is the MAN Lion's Coach as the club's team bus, which, with its 510 hp (375 KW) engine, is in no way inferior to the elite athletes in terms of strength and dynamism – and is a real eye-catcher at the same time. With its eye-catching paintwork in the club colours of black, white and green and the club logo, the bus will leave you in no doubt that the Foals are on board.
The interior of the almost 14-metre-long MAN Lion's Coach is also impressive. “The extensive array of interior equipment ensures that the footballers travel in great comfort to their away matches – something that is vital to the club. After all, this is where the final preparations for the match take place, but also where the team recovers afterwards,” says Rudi Kuchta, Head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus, before adding: “So the team bus is a great deal more than simply a means of transport.”
The 30 luxurious passenger seats are equipped with adjustable footrests and backrests – 24 of which also have electrically adjustable table/leg rests. And to ensure that the team is properly catered for at all times, the bus also has a kitchen with fully automatic coffee machine, a stainless steel sink and a refrigerator. Ambient lighting makes for a pleasant atmosphere throughout the journey and the extensive range of multimedia equipment including sound system, two 19-inch screens and USB ports provides entertainment. “It's always a special feeling getting on a brand new team bus. And this one is really well kitted-out. I'm looking forward to the trips to the away games, where you can sit back and focus on the upcoming game,” says Lars Stindl, captain of the Foals.
The luxurious coach is powered by the 6-cylinder, Euro 6 D2676 LOH diesel engine. It is exceptionally quiet and smooth-running thanks to its automated 12-gear MAN TipMatic manually operated gearbox with integrated retarder. But the MAN Lion's Coach is not only impressive in terms of performance and smoothness of operation, but also in terms of safety. It is equipped with numerous assistance systems such as the Electronic Stability Program ESP, the Lane Guard System LGS with haptic warning function, the Emergency Brake Assist EBA, a rain sensor and the MAN AttentionGuard attention assistant.
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