HSV receives MAN anniversary coach

Spectacular coach christening on the river Elbe

Sports club HSV has received a new MAN coach at a spectacular coach christening. The MAN Lion’s Coach L was formally christened with the name “Rauten-Express” today on a barge in the middle of the river Elbe by a fireboat. HSV fans spent the past few weeks choosing the name as well as the photo images emblazoned on the sides of the vehicle. The images stretching across 12.5 meters show the most important moments and people from a fan perspective in the 125-year history of the long-established North German club. Many HSV fans and tourists watched the display from the landing stage.

Goods from all over the world reach the Hanseatic city by sea everyday. However, a soccer club having its team coach delivered by ship virtually free of charge is not just unique in Hamburg, but worldwide too. “Even for a club with a long tradition like HSV, the 125th anniversary is a special one. That is why we wanted to make the gift a little unusual,” said Frank H. Lutz, Chief Financial Officer of MAN SE.

HSV staff, trainers, and players alike were all visibly delighted with the display: “You can only do that kind of thing on the river Elbe. I am glad to be here again,” said Rafael van der Vaart. Uwe Seeler was also pleased that the fans had chosen him as one of the images for the anniversary coach: “Obviously, I consider it an honor to be chosen by the fans. I hope that HSV will bring many points home in its new coach.”

The MAN Lion’s Coach L has ample engine power, boasting 480 hp. The vehicle is 13.8 meters long and tips the scales at 24.9 tons. Luxuriously equipped and supplied with all security systems, the MAN anniversary coach ensures that players arrive safely and relaxed at their matches. “We can rightly say that we probably have the most unusual team coach in the world. The fans have shown that they have a great knack for choosing photos with their selection of anniversary images,” said Coach Thorsten Fink.

MAN has been an HSV partner for two years. The club already has another coach that comes from MAN which is also called the Rauten-Express. Yet MAN has had close links with Hamburg outside of this for years: every second seagoing ship worldwide is powered by an MAN diesel engine. That is why Hamburg is a key service site for marine diesel engines. Turbomachinery is also produced there. MAN has a total of around 1,000 employees in Hamburg.

Images of the bus production at MAN are available at the MAN picture database. Latest images of the coach christening will also be published there.

TV footage of the construction of the bus is available at the TV footage area on the MAN website.

TV footage of the coach christening is available on request after the event.