2022-07-05

What can the driver hear and see when he drives a bus for the Chinese Super League team?

By yqqlm yqqlm

“It’s OK to drive from Shenzhen to Meizhou. It’s only about 300 kilometers. It takes four hours to drive.” Said Lao Shifu, the bus driver of Shenzhen team.

This is his third year of Chinese Super League games. Drive 2000 kilometers to Dalian and 3000 kilometers to Changchun

What can the driver hear and see when he drives a bus for the Chinese Super League team?

Shenzhen team bus. Photographed by reporter Bian Liqun

There are many bus drivers like Lao Shifu in the Chinese Super League under the competition system in recent years.

They drove team buses full of unique local elements such as Guangzhou, Tianjin and Shandong, shuttling through the competition area cities such as Haikou, Dalian and Meizhou, which became a unique scene under the Chinese Super League.

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Cangzhou lions bus. Photographed by reporter Bian Liqun

After entering the competition area, master Zhou, the bus driver of the host Meizhou Hakka team, built a driver group to facilitate everyone to communicate or help each other in the competition area.

The closed competition system made the bus drivers of teams who were originally in different cities familiar with each other.

Before the start of the season, the bus drivers of each team also test run the route of the competition day with the personnel of the event organizers – whether it is convenient to turn, whether the height is allowed to pass, the location of the parking lot, the journey time

In order to ensure smooth traffic during the race, every detail should be considered carefully. Gas stations and repair shops also have clear epidemic prevention requirements and route guidelines.

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Tianjin Jinmen tiger Football Club bus. Photographed by reporter Bian Liqun

Among the six teams in Meizhou division, the longest distance is Tianjin Jinmen tiger, with a total of 2000 kilometers. Master Wang said that it took him and another master nearly three days to arrive at the competition area, which was the farthest journey they had experienced since the competition system.

Also refreshing the farthest journey is the Cangzhou lions team. The two drivers took turns to drive. After running more than 1900 kilometers in more than 2 days, they finally arrived at the competition area.

The bus of the upgraded Chengdu Rongcheng team spans 1800 kilometers. The Shenzhen team is relatively close to the Meizhou competition area, only nearly 300 kilometers. The host Meizhou Hakka team sits at the home, eliminating the long-distance rush.

The bus of Beijing Guoan team did not come to the competition area for the time being because of the epidemic. If there is no accident, their bus will come to the match area to meet the team in the second stage.

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Shenzhen football club first team players bus. Photographed by reporter Bian Liqun

The match system competition under the epidemic lacks the extremely important home element in football.

For this reason, the Chinese Super League clubs in the competition area decorate their apartments, restaurants and stadium dressing rooms with home elements as much as possible to create an atmosphere of becoming a monk.

The team bus is also an essential part.

Zhao Bo, a staff member of Tianjin Jinmen tiger team, said, “the bus is not only a means of transportation for the team, but also the sustenance of the team spirit and the symbol of culture, which will bring a sense of belonging. When you sit in the team’s own bus for a long time, you also have a feeling of ‘going home’.”

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Master Gao, the bus driver of Cangzhou lions, helped at the training ground. Photographed by reporter Bian Liqun

As a member of the club, the coach driver of the team usually helps with the work of team affairs, pulling equipment, picking up balls, sorting clothes

Master Gao, the bus driver of Cangzhou lion team, said, “our team is to help each other and do what we can at ordinary times.”

Before 2019, master Gao was engaged in tour bus work. After coming to the club, he returned to the Chinese Super League with the team, and also went to Dalian, Suzhou and other competition areas with the team in the past two years of the epidemic.

Talking about becoming the bus driver of the team, his biggest emotion is the atmosphere of having a home, and he feels very happy.

“I used to drive for strangers, but now I drive for my family.”

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Master Gao, bus driver of Cangzhou lion team. Photographed by reporter Bian Liqun

Devotion to work is inseparable from love.

Lao Deng, who became the bus driver of Shenzhen team in April this year, is also very happy. He is responsible for the pick-up and delivery of the coaching team and staff on the match day, as well as the transportation of the team’s training equipment.

When he is not in the competition area, Deng will be responsible for the pick-up and drop off of the club’s echelon players. “In fact, I also love watching children play football, and I am willing to be with them. Looking at their vigorous, I feel young.” He said with a smile.

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Lao Deng, bus driver of Shenzhen team. Photographed by reporter Bian Liqun

Lao Deng is a veteran fan and has been watching football since the 1990s. “I used to watch it on TV. Now I can actually contact it and become a member of the club. I’m really happy.” Old Deng said.

In addition to football, Lao Deng also likes mountaineering, hiking and cycling, and clocked in around Qinghai Lake and Hainan Island. In the competition area, he would get up and run at 6 o’clock every morning. For him, he really combines his hobbies with his work.

Talking about his experience as a team bus, Deng said: “players are very tired after training and competition. Drive steadily. The air conditioning temperature should be a little higher, usually 25 degrees or 26 degrees. If it is rainy, it should be a little higher to avoid players catching cold.”

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Photographed by reporter Bian Liqun, Master Lao in charge of the first-team players’ bus (photographed when parked)

Lao Shifu, another bus driver of Shenzhen team, is usually responsible for driving the players’ bus. At the age of 51, he is a veritable old driver with more than 30 years of driving experience.

He revealed that players usually sit in fixed seats by car. For example, Gao Lin is willing to sit in the last row, achimppen is willing to sit in the middle by the door, and head coach Li Zhangzhu sits in the first row.

“The interior of the bus has been designed to a certain extent, and there are many team elements. Given that the players are generally high, the distance between the seats has been widened, and the overhead luggage rack has also been removed.” Master Lao introduced.

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