Chattanooga, TN (January 10, 2017)– Chattanooga FC is pleased to announce a partnership with German Bundesliga’s VfL Wolfsburg. Over the weekend, General Manager Sean McDaniel visited the club in Sarasota Florida, where VfL Wolfsburg played in the Florida Cup, a tournament of international friendlies.
Sean and VfL Manager Thomas Röttgermann signed a letter of intent, which signals the start of a trans-Atlantic partnership between the two clubs, not limited to youth development, women’s soccer, and local social responsibility. There is also hopes of an international friendly between the two clubs, but no dates have yet been set.
“Having a partner like VfL Wolfsburg strengthens the Chattanooga FC brand. They are a great partner and share many of the same important values that we do. We are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship” said Tim Kelly, Chairman of the Chattanooga CF board.
Much of the groundwork for this partnership was built by Volkswagen, who has a major manufacturing plant and an engineering and product planning facility in Chattanooga. Specifically, Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer and Head of the Volkswagen Engineering and Planning Center, has been instrumental in crafting the blossoming relationship.
“The American market is very important for us as a club, and also for Volkswagen. For that reason, we are really delighted to have found a wonderful partner in Chattanooga FC, who we can hold open exchanges with as a football club,” explained VfL manager Thomas Röttgermann. “We can thus benefit from one another in all areas - be that in sponsoring or social media activities, etc.”
“Since being founded in 2009, Volkswagen have always given us great support and we are very grateful that, thanks to our strong partnership, we now have the opportunity to cooperate closely with a big club like VfL Wolfsburg, who boast the same values that we do and we can mutually support one another” Added Sean McDaniel, General Manager for Chattanooga FC.
About Vfl Wolfsburg
Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e.V., commonly known as VfL Wolfsburg or Wolfsburg, is a German sports club based in Wolfsburg, Germany. The club grew out of a multi-sports club for Volkswagen workers in the city of Wolfsburg.
The men’s professional soccer team play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German league system. Wolfsburg have won the Bundesliga once in their history, in the 2008–09 season, the DFB-Pokal in 2015 and the DFL-Supercup in 2015.
Wolfsburg plays at the Volkswagen Arena, a multi-purpose stadium which seats a total capacity of 30,000 spectators. The stadium is currently used mostly for the home games of Wolfsburg, and is the site where they won their first Bundesliga title in the 2008–09 season. There is also a new VfL-Center with offices and training areas.
About Chattanooga Football Club
Worldwide, soccer builds community, shapes culture, develops talent and unites diverse peoples. Chattanooga Football Club is helping the same happen in Chattanooga, creating true opportunity for all players and great experience for all fans. Chattanooga FC is a member team of the National Premier Soccer League, South Region. The NPSL is sanctioned by the USASA as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and FIFA, the world’s governing body for soccer.