The football stars of Benfica travel in a Setra

The football stars of Benfica travel in a Setra
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June 2009
Stuttgart/Neu-Ulm
  • The first double-decker to be equipped with 1+1 seating
  • The very latest in audio technology installed for analysing games while on the move
Stuttgart/Neu-Ulm – Sport Lisboa e Benfica (SL Benfica), the sports club with the largest number of members in the world, relies on Setra, the leading bus and coach manufacturer based in Ulm. The club with a long-standing tradition, founded in 1904, sends its top footballers to away games in the Portuguese premier league in an S 431 DT double-decker from the TopClass 400 range of coaches.
In order to make these journeys as comfortable as possible for the players and the people attending them, those in charge decided upon the very best when it came to equipping the interior of the luxury bus. The new team bus from Setra in Ulm is the first to be delivered with 1+1 seating. This means, for example, that every player on the top deck has a single seat to himself with extended leg support, as well as his own cupboard for stowing his possessions. The gaps between the leather seats – which are in the red and silver club colours and are embossed with the club logo – are set individually, allowing each player sufficient legroom.
Two club tables with two PlayStations allow for group conversation and computer gaming. At the back of the bus there are two beds for treatment, massage etc. and there is also a small kitchen. The lower deck, for the club officials, trainers and attendants, is also equipped with leather seats and a further club table. An audio system with a microphone connection and 19" monitors on the lower deck make it possible for the manager to do some in-depth post-match analysis. This is aided by the special audio-video cabling, which directly connects the bus to the television companies’ outside broadcasting vans during the game.
The very latest in technology can also be found at the rear of the vehicle, which houses a special lift to hoist the boxes containing the players’ kit smoothly and safely into the vehicle. Aside from the high levels of comfort, there are also many safety features, such as the ART proximity-controlled cruise control or the SPA Lane Assistant, which ensure that the stars of Benfica travel safely from game to game.

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