Air conditioning systems are essential in buses of soccer teams. A comfortable bus climate ensures that players and trainers get to the important matches concentrated and without disturbances. The team has to arrive at the stadium feeling relaxed and rested. As important as the way to the game is the return trip. A team that has given everything on the field for 90 minutes needs to relieve stress and regenerate. Air conditioning systems ensure that the external circumstances are perfect. However, on the field, the teams have to take home the win by themselves.
Reliable bus air conditioning - German soccer teams count on GEA compressors in their team bus
The refrigeration unit is a closed system, which consists of four main components: compressor, condenser, expansion valve and evaporator. The refrigerant, which flows through this circuit, is the working medium. The compressor forms the "heart" of this refrigeration unit. Whether in city buses, coaches or soccer team buses - every bus air conditioning system has to be equipped with a compressor, in order to guarantee pleasant temperatures in that vehicle.
In the field of bus air conditioning, most of the professional German football teams, such as FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Hamburger SV and VfL Wolfsburg, use a vehicle compressor from GEA in their team bus.
With eight German Championships and three German Football Cups, Borussia Dortmund is one of the most successful clubs in Germany. In 2013, the team from Western Germany entered the final of the European Champions League. On the road to Wembley, Dortmund achieved some impressive victories against European top teams: In the local stadium of Dortmund, the biggest soccer stadium in Germany that holds 80.000 people, even the Spanish record Champion Real Madrid was sent home defeated twice. Always on the side of Dortmund: The team bus MAN Lion's Coach L equipped with a GEA FK40 compressor.
Staying concentrated before playing against international top teams
GEA compressors also form the core of the air conditioning system of the Setra 416 HDH, the team bus of Bayer 04 Leverkusen. „The kicker of the Rhine“ are permanent members of the German Bundesliga since 1979 and they often represent German football in European Soccer Cups. Leverkusen is one of eight German soccer teams that was able to win a European Cup Competition.
The year 2002 remains unforgotten: Playing a refreshing and offensive brand of soccer, Bayer Leverkusen achieved three second places within a season: Besides the vice-championship in the Bundesliga, the team reached the finals of the European Champions League (close defeat against Real Madrid) and the German Cup. The best-known players of the club are Rudi Völler (current sports director of Bayer 04), Ulf Kirsten, Michael Ballack, Bernd Schneider and Rüdiger Vollborn. The latter played 401 times for Bayer in the Bundesliga – this is club record.
Not only Leverkusen and Dortmund rely on a GEA compressor in their team bus
In addition to the soccer teams of Dortmund and Leverkusen, there are several other German clubs having a vehicle FK40 compressor in their team bus. Here you can find some examples:
- Hamburger SV: MAN Lion's Coach L
- VfL Wolfsburg: MAN Lion's Coach L
- Hanover 96: MAN Lion's Coach L
- Eintracht Frankfurt: IVECO "Magelys"
- Fortuna Düsseldorf: Mercedes-Benz Travego
- 1. FC Köln: Neoplan Cityliner C
- Hertha BSC: Mercedes-Benz Travego