Full speed ahead for Vancouver.
Eyes on the prize.
“It would be a dream come true for us to win the world championship,” says national women’s coach Silvia Neid. The woman who has a firm grip on the tiller in the national squad, and her eyes firmly on the prize. After all, the 2015 season has started superbly well with two individual world player awards – for the upcoming Women’s World Cup the two-times world champions have two players of world-class stature in the form of Nadine Keßler and goalkeeper Almut Schult. Nonetheless, the team around World Cup coach Silvia Neid has a long way to go before the tournament in Canada begins on 6 June. Which is why Nadine Keßler and the team are already laying the foundations for success in early February, with a training camp in Marbella, Spain.
A real gem.
But one thing is already certain: the women’s football team is definitely among the favourites, and “we certainly worked hard to achieve that,” says a self-assured Silvia Neid. Hard work and long journeys – factors that are very important when it comes to the team bus. As Nadine Keßler can confirm: “We do a great deal of travelling. So we are very grateful indeed for this gem.” And the 13-metre Tourismo ceremoniously handed over to the team during the marketing days by Rüdiger Kappel, Head of Sales at Mercedes-Benz Buses Germany, is certainly a visual and technical highlight. Yet the Tourismo is not only a real eye-catcher because it wears the livery of the national team. After a sales history spanning 20 years, this bestseller still sets standards for its class in terms of safety and design.
Almost like home.
The interior of the Tourismo is also highly impressive. “The bus is almost like a home to us. We all have our own seats,” says national player Celia Šašić. The team bus is a meeting point and place of retreat for the team – for conversation before and after matches, and to discuss the current state of training. The design of the seats also gives rise to expectations, and not only for goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who laughingly admits: “It looks like a party bus. Hopefully we will achieve a good result, so that we can actually use the bus as a party bus!” The Tourismo is ready for that too. It even has mobile internet access via an LTE-capable router – to stream suitable music for the party.
Comfort and safety.
But for Silvia Neid, the decisive criteria for the Tourismo lie elsewhere: “Safety and reliability are important preconditions for good performance on the football pitch. We are very pleased that we can depend upon a partner like Mercedes-Benz at all times, and on the new bus which will take us to all of this year’s matches in safety.” Equipped with ESP® including acceleration skid control ASR, Brake Assist BAS and tyre pressure monitoring, the Tourismo is ideally qualified as a serene travelling companion for the women’s national football team. What’s more, it has plenty of performance to match the high performers in the top echelon of German women’s football – the three-axle Tourismo is powered by the highly successful Mercedes-Benz OM 470 10.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engine developing 428 hp. Together with the efficient PowerShift automatic transmission this ensures the perfect symbiosis of performance and comfort.
As perfect as the longstanding links between Mercedes-Benz and the German Football Association (DFB). The company has worked in cooperation with the DFB for more than 40 years – and since 1990 even as a general sponsor. As the crowning glory of this cooperation in top-level sport, two teams have meanwhile notched up world championship titles:
the men's national team, which recently fought its way to World Cup victory in Brazil in 2014, and the women's national team which last won the title in China in 2007. The goal for Vancouver is therefore very clear: the third World Cup victory for Germany.