Borussia Mönchengladbach head coach Marco Rose signed up to the Common Goal team alongside friend and sporting director at the club, Max Eberl.
The former footballer turned coach enjoyed successful playing spells at clubs like now defunct VfB Leipzig, Hannover 96 and 1. FSV Mainz 05 before hanging up the boots in 2011.
Despite his retirement from direct involvement on the pitch, Rose’s passion for the beautiful game burned brightly, and he has quickly rose to prominence as a manager - leading RB Salzburg to two Austrian championships and an Austrian cup during his two-year stint as the senior team’s head coach.
It was that passion for the game that led to Marco wondering what else he could achieve through football stating “We are very privileged - and most of us have started reflecting on that. How and where can you actually offer effective support?”
Following a blistering first season in charge of Borussia Mönchengladbach that culminated with Champions League qualification, Marco believed the timing was right to give back to those in need and it was then he decided to make the 1% pledge.
“Right from the start, when I spoke to Common Goal, I had thefeeling that the support I want to give is actually going where it's supposed to go” he said.
“It was important to me that above all projects that have something to do with my work, that have something to do with young people, that primarily concern cities, in those to which I relate.”