Riedel Communications has announced that the 1. FSV Mainz 05 — one of the teams in Germany’s top-tier football league, the Bundesliga — is using its Bolero S wireless intercom system for coach communications, with six Bolero S beltpacks spread across the team’s analysts, assistant coach, athletic coach, and physiotherapists.
“As an analyst, you not only get a bird’s-eye view of the area but also special camera scouting feeds that allow you to see everything on repeat. All this data would be wasted if we couldn’t reach the rest of our team to advise the coaches on strategy or to clarify something for the athletic trainer,” says Tijan Nije, video analysis specialist for Mainz 05. “Fortunately, Riedel has provided us with more communication capabilities than we thought were possible, whether its during technical setup, throughout the game, or in our post-match wrap-up analysis. We’re greatful for their help in ensuring that our team performs at its best in all capacities, both on and off the field.”
Prior to Bolero S, Mainz 05 used a third-party system that frequently faced connection and handling issues. These technical challenges became more prominent in stadiums where communication between analysts in the stands and coaches on the benches would cover extremely long distances. However, since using Bolero S, the team states that it has not faced any issues regarding ease of use and connectivity.
Bolero S also allows Mainz 05’s physiotherapists to communicate with each other on a separate channel from the analysts, coaches, and trainer, facilitating the ability of physiotherapists from inside the player cabin to be informed directly about everything that occurs out on the field, such as if there’s an injury on the pitch, so they can respond immediately and with the appropriate gear. Moreover, the coach can tell the athletic trainer that a certain player will be needed in the game in the next few minutes, giving the trainer enough time to warm up the player before they go out.
“Everything happening off the field can be just as critical as everything on the field, in which the coaches, analysts, trainers, and physiotherapists are constantly watching and preparing,” concludes Torben Hermann, sales manager at Riedel. “With its strong wireless connection, ease of use, and sharp audio quality, Bolero S allows all members of any team to remain in-the-know and respond accordingly. We’re honored to work with one of Germany’s finest football teams and help maintain its competitive edge in all senses.”