MAN, the choice of football teamsPOSTED BY admin ON 28 August 2015
Here’s a question, what do mega football teams travel in when they come to visit our humble local teams? A MAN bus of course, and that was exactly the case when eight-time German Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund (BVB) visited Malaysia. Due for a friendly game with 2014 Malaysian Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim, BVB was exclusively moved around by a MAN bus, sponsored by MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd (MTBM).
The bus was mainly used to transport the football team and its entourage from their training ground in Singapore to Johor Bahru’s Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium in Larkin and back, with the team bus proudly sporting the BVB Asia Tour 2015 decal.
Hartmut Mueller, Managing Director of MTBM said, “The BVB versus JDT match is a very significant event for us as it accords us the opportunity to be the proud coach sponsor for BVB in this part of the world. Both the BVB and MAN brands have a rich tradition that stands for a long history of success, and we wanted to ensure that the former UEFA Champion League finalists could enjoy great comfort on board the team bus during their Asian tour, as they are used to in Europe”.
Team buses have come to be an important part of pro soccer as they provide the soccer teams with space for the last quiet moments of concentration. MAN has sponsored BVB in Germany for many years, supplying the BVB team bus and a mobile fan shop. The BVB team bus comes exclusively equipped and fulfills all demands on modern travel. As the official bus sponsor for the team’s first Asian tour, MAN was responsible for the land transportation of the team during the entire duration of the tour.
“Since the MAN Group formed the partnership with Borussia Dortmund some years ago, the team has only had the best of experiences with MAN’s coach. It is our hope that the MAN team buses would be able to continue accompanying the BVB champions to many successful games”, said Mueller.
Among Borussia Dortmund’s stars in Johor Bahru are Japan’s Shinji Kagawa, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and goalkeeper, Roman Weidenfeller. BVB’s international ambassador, Karl Heinz Riedle and youth coordinator, Lars Ricken are also part of the contingent in the tour.