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2015 IFAF SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS

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IFAF Americas is proud to announce the countries that will represent our continent in next IFAF Senior World Championship 2015.

USA will be the first representative of the continent as the reigning champion by winning the 4th IFAF Senior World Championship held in Austria in 2011.

In addition to the Champion spot, IFAF Americas have three more spots; the first two will be represented by Canada and Mexico respectively, these countries qualified directly by finishing second and fourth at the last World Championship.

Panama and Brazil are the last two countries in the continent hoping to reach the 2015 IFAF Senior World Championship to be held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Both countries will play a game that will decide IFAF Americas last spot for the next Senior World Championship. The game between Panama and Brazil will be played on Panama during last weekend of January 2015. Venue and Media coverage will be announced soon.

PANAMA vs BRAZIL (game full schedule)

Jan 29th 2015 – Brazil will arrived in Panama

Jan 30th 2015 – Brazil will have practice and a Media/Welcome Event in the evening.

Jan 31st 2015 – The game will be played in late afternoon or early evening (6 to 7pm) starting time.

Feb 1st 2015 – Brazil will leave Panama

Overtime Win for the Vikings !!!

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This football weekend was a wild one,with the first ever overtime in Austrian Bowl history, the Vienna Vikings lasted in a shoot outwith a 24-17 victory over arch rival the Swarco Raiders. With a large an enthusiastic crowd looking on in St. Pölten. This is the 13th time the Vikings have hoisted the cup, and the third time in a row against the Raiders.

The Vikings opened the game tentatively though, failing to convert a fourth and one on the Raider 44 yardline. Raiders quarterback John Van den Raadt and national team star running back Andreas Hofbauer time and again found the soft spots in the Vikings defensive line until Van den Raadt found Clemens Erslbacher wide open in the end zone for a 12 yard touchdown. Erslbacher also added the extra point giving Swarco a 7-0 lead.

The Vikings again struggled on offense as quarterback Chris Gross was having trouble finding any of his receivers. Vikings kicker Christopher Kappel missed a 48 yard field goal handing Swarco decent field position again. This time the Vikings’ defense stiffened though and three plays later picked off Van den Raadt at the Raider 43 giving Vienna great field position.

With only four plays Gross hit Laurinho Walch from 14 yards out to even the score at seven 7-7 with just over two minutes left in the first quarter. Then on the ensuing Raiders drive, Van den Raadt fumbled the ball at midfield and again Vienna had a short field to work with. However, they didn’t need it as Gross threw to Stefan Postel for a 51 yard major and Vienna took the lead 14-7.

The Raiders, starting from their own 17 yard line, mounted a nine-play 83 yard drive culminating in a three-yard touchdown run by Clemens Erslbacher evening the score at 14-14. Neither team could move the ballwell for the remainder of the first half and the score remained tied at the break.

Swarco’s first play from scrimmage in the 3rd quarter, Van den Raadt threw his third interception of the night and the Vikings capitalized driving the ball to the Raider 16 and Christopher Kappel kicked a 33 yard field goal to give Vienna the lead 17-14.

Taking the ball from their own 32, Swarco then methodically began marching the ball down the field with Van den Raadt and Hofbauer doing most of the damage. Finally stopped at the Viking 19, the Raiders looked to Clemens Erlsbacher again and he made no mistake kicking a 36 yard field goal and the game was tied again. By this time, Erlsbacher had accounted for all of Swarco’s points.

As the fourth quarter progressed, this became a stinging, physical defensive battle. Neither team could penetrate the red zone until the Raiders drove down to the Vikings seven yard line only to see Erlsbacher cough the ball up. Vienna could not capitalize and the half ended 17-17.

But not before the referees had to make themselves visible tossing Viking defensive lineman H. Zipfelmayer for accidentally bumping into one of the officials. This happened with seven seconds left in the national championship game and it could have been decisive had the Raiders been able to convert.

In overtime, the Vikings struck first as Gross finally found a rhythm hitting three of four passes until Islaam Amadu took the ball in from four yards out for the score. The Raiders could not respond and the Vikings earned their third title in a row winning 24-17.

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Vikings dominate in Silver Bowl win!!!

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In front of 1,150 spectators at the NV arena the easy favorite Vikings was no match as the won clear with 49:20 against the Carinthian Lions. It’s the sixth overall Silver Bowl victory for the Vikings, who also won in the years 2004 to 2008, five titles in a row . Add to that in the second division in 1984 the Silver Bowl of the second division. Also is a “Perfect Season” at ten games of the season and ten wins for the Vikings2.

Already at halftime led the Vikings lead with 28:14 and built the lead after the half. The Lions had primarily no offense and had to endure the superiority of the Vikings team that consists in large part of junior players.

The most outstanding player for the Vikings was Running Back Alexander Hertel (178 rushing yards, two touchdowns), quarterback Alexander Thury . The junior, who this year even was allowed to sniff Bundesliga air, fit for 358 yards and three touchdowns addition there were 37 running yards and a fourth touchdown of the game maker.

Europe’s Top 5

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Raffeisen Vienna Vikings (7-3) Austria

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Braunschweig New Yorker Lions (6-2) Germany

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Kiel Baltic Hurricanes (8-3) Germany

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Swarco Raiders (8-3) Austria

This year marks the 30th Austrian Bowl

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The Vikings have been on a roll and are finishing strong,after a tough period at mid-season (three losses in four games).Check out this full preview of Austrian Bowl XXX which will be played at NV Arena in St Pölten. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. CET, 1 p.m. EST.

Vienna Vikings Offense v. Swarco Raiders Defense

Not at all surprisingly, it starts with #8 QB Christoph Gross being his old self again. Not that he was playing bad but maybe a little tentative since coming back from an early season injury you can tell he wasnt himself. In the last four games, he has been on fire: passing at 67.2%, with 1,108 yards, 17 TDs,and just 2 INTs.

Im sure it has to be alot of fun to play quarterback with such a great cast of wide receivers. Speedy #6 Laurinho Walch who’s killed DB’s this year with (751 yards, 20 yards per catch) and physical #88 Stefan Postel are on the outside. #7 Dominik Bubik is quick and explosive in the slot. TE #11 Manuel Thaller is a matchup nightmare at over 2 meters tall. Good luck defending those playmakers!

The Raiders pass defense has been exposed for most of the year, allowing a mind blowing 315 passing yards per game in the regular season, the worst in the league (573 yards in one game against Prague). It is a young backfield even if safety #21 Markus Krause brings experience.

Head coach and defensive coordinator Shuan Fatah is a zone defense guy, he doesn’t play much straight man to man and anyway, he doesn’t have the personnel to do so against those Vikings receivers. He changed his defense to a 3-4 front this season. You can expect him to drop eight defenders in pass coverage most the time to counter the Vikings passing game. But can the Raiders put enough pressure on Gross with only a three man rush? Nobody wants to give Gross too much time to throw the ball. Plus, since the Vikings parted away with their American RB, his Austrian former backup, #20 Islaam Amadu, has been a pleasant surprise (163 yards versus Prague) behind a banged-up but very good offensive line. Also, don’t think the Vikings offense is one dimensional. Head coach and offensive coordinator Chris Calaycay loves play-action pass plays and he needs to set up the running game for that to work.

Innsbruck has really struggled defensively at times (457 total yards and +30 points allowed per game in the regular season). They gave up 51 points to Graz and 62 to Prague earlier this season, but they have improved in the last few games, shutting down the Dragons in semifinal and giving up only 18 points to Berlin in their Big 6 matchup. The Raiders’ veteran linebackers, #2 Florian Hueter and #36 Philipp Margreiter will have to step up big time. The defensive line will have to put pressure on Gross. Watch for Margreiter to be the extra guy blitzing on a regular basis.

Swarco Raiders Offense vs Vienna Vikings Defense

The Swarco Raiders offense is a true spread option offense. They run the fly sweep, zone read, speed option, triple option, lots of screens, … All American QB #7 John Van Den Raadt can be an amazing playmaker at times. He does most of his damage with his legs as a runner or scrambling forever before finding someone wide open. He has struggled in the passing game in the big games, especially against the Vikings. His wide receiver unit is solid, but not as explosive as their counterparts. #84 Clemens Erlsbacher is the go-to target.

League Offensive MVP, RB #29 Andreas Hofbauer (793 rushing yards and 16 total TDs), has not been used a lot since he came back from European Championship where he carried the load for Team Austria. Was it planned by the coaching staff to rest him? Anyhow, he’s gained only 145 yards in the last 4 games! A former track and field athlete, he might be the fastest player in Europe and burned the Vikings for a a 63 yards TD run and a 74 yards TD reception in their last game.

The Vienna defense is the best in the business. Only 15 points and less than 100 yards allowed on the ground per game. Their front 7 is dominant and lead by League Defensive MVP, LB #41 Dustin Illetschko. Yes, it is true, some teams had some success with the pass against the Vikes. The best example was Dresden in Big 6 competition (404 yards 4 TDs). But they have the cornerbacks, #4 Benji Bubik and #29 Andreas Lunzer, to play man-to-man all day and they match up really well against the Raiders receiving core.

It would make sense for the Vikings to play man and focus on stopping the run. Look for American S #26 Craig Sedunov to be the extra guy in run support and keying on the Raiders quarterback.

Raiders are the underdogs, no doubt about it, but it is good at times to be in that position. The Vikings are the two-time defending champions, and the pressure is on the them, not the Raiders. The Raiders will need a fast start. You have to make the Vikings doubt themselves if you want to have a chance. You cannot play catch up with them.

The AFL is the best league in Europe behind the German Football League. For a very small country, they do a great job to promote the game, their league and their championship game. Almost 4,000 fans came to St. Pölten last year for the same game. It will be actually the 9th matchup in the Austrian Bowl between these two traditional rivals (Vikings lead 5-3). After the great success of the European Championship in Austria last month, and if the weather is not too disagreeable (remember Austrian Bowl 2011?), it should be another great football game on the field and a great even off it.

Polish Final set for August 2

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The Polish SuperFinal is a fantastic celebration of American football, and an opportunity for the whole family to have a great time. The SuperFinal is an event in the true American style, mirroring the festivities of the Super Bowl. There are cheerleading performances, light shows, competitions with great prizes and many other attractions. Commentators, DJs and cheerleaders help to keep up the excitement in the stands. Like always with football events in Poland, the SuperFinal will be played in a friendly and safe atmosphere. It is a great time to get together with fans not only from across Poland, but from all over Europe as well.

At noon, the area surrounding the Municipal Stadium will be transformed in an American football town, with free admission for anyone holding a ticket for the game. Fans who get to the stadium early will be able to become, for a moment, real football players—they will be able to put on the uniform, see how fast they can throw a ball and try to hit targets with it, all with players from the Polish National Team. Moreover, there will be many competitions and prizes in store for everyone, and the atmosphere will be permeated by the rhythms of concerts and the scents of American culinary specialties.

Kickoff, scheduled for 4:00 PM, will be preceded by a spectacular opening ceremony.

“With each passing year, there is a growing number of passionate fans who actively follow the struggles of the athletes from their favorite teams. It is with great pride that we learned that Gdynia would be the host city for PLFA SuperFinal IX. This prestigious event fits perfectly into the sporting character of our city. It is great that this spectacular game will be played at the Municipal Stadium, a modern facility which will have its first chance to host the best teams of the Polish League of American Football. The selection of Gdynia as the home of the SuperFinal is an opportunity for us not only to organize our next sporting event at the highest level, but also to showcase our city as a place full of open and active citizens. I am sure that this unique event will be met with great interest by anyone who appreciates the beauty of sporting competitions.

“With each passing year, there is a growing number of passionate fans who actively follow the struggles of the athletes from their favorite teams. It is with great pride that we learned that Gdynia would be the host city for PLFA SuperFinal IX. This prestigious event fits perfectly into the sporting character of our city. It is great that this spectacular game will be played at the Municipal Stadium, a modern facility which will have its first chance to host the best teams of the Polish League of American Football. The selection of Gdynia as the home of the SuperFinal is an opportunity for us not only to organize our next sporting event at the highest level, but also to showcase our city as a place full of open and active citizens. I am sure that this unique event will be met with great interest by anyone who appreciates the beauty of sporting competitions.

The Berlin Adler takes the first ever Big6 Crown!!

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With an enthusiastic home-town crowd at Berlin’s Jahn-Stadium, the Berlin Adler won Eurobowl XXVIII in a hard-fought 20-17 victory over the top team in Europe, the Braunschweig Lions, and were crowned the first ever BIG6 champion. This was new Adler head coach Kim Kuci’s first title and the team’s second Eurobowl championship since 2010. Playing in scorching (86 F) degree heat.

Adler receiver D. Gonzalez opened the scoring, hauling in an 8 yard pass from University of Mizzou quarterback Darius Outlaw, the game’s MVP. But on the following drive Braunschweig countered with a 27 yard touchdown pass from quarterback James Peterson to Anthony Dablé. In the second quarter, Berlin controlled the clock hanging on to the ball for more than 8 minutes., not allowing the Lions’ offense to get on the field. Nevertheless, after a field goal each, the two teams ended in a 10-10 tie at the half.

In the second half the Adler defense asserted itself. After a fumbled snap from Peterson, Berlin’s Talib Wise recovered the ball and six plays later ran into the end zone for a 2 yard touchdown. Adler star receiver Conrad Meadows was a key to the drive picking up 40 yards to bring the ball deep into Lions’ territory.

On the very next Lions’ possession they turned the ball over again as Peterson was picked off by Adler defensive back Sebastian Karl in the end zone.

In the last quarter the Adler extended the lead to two scores with a 43 yard field goal from Phillip Andersen. With four minutes to play, momentum seemed to shift once more when Dablé scored his second touchdown of the day on a 32 yard pass from Peterson. Then, Darius Outlaw made one of his very few mistakes as he was picked off by Braunschweig defensive back Christian Petersen. But this was when the Adler defense stepped up, not allowing another first down in the game .

Strangely, Braunschweig generated more total yards (291 yards v. 224 yards from Berlin), but they were unable to beat the Berlin red zone defense. Turnovers and penalties truly were a difference in the game.

This was the inaugural EFAF Big6 championship. And Berlin proved that in big games they are very tough to beat.

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1st Championship in 21 years of existence!!!

With eight seconds left on the clock, the Kristiansand Gladiators spoiled the chances of the Eidsvoll 1814s back-to-back title hopes in the Norwegian championship game, beating them 24-21 on a last-second fourth-down touchdown toss into the corner of the end zone to Marcial Williamson.
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The Gladiators took the lead first scoring an early touchdown to make it 6-0. Eidsvoll wasted no time after that, scoring a touchdown on the very next drive and making the PAT. Another touchdown in the first half though gave the Gladiators a 12-7 lead at the break.

Then the 1814s picked up the pace as import running back Kristin James took a hand-off from the six yard line, scampering in to the end zone on the first drive of the second half. A few minutes later, he scored again, this time from the eight, giving Eidsvoll a 21-12 lead with only with eight minutes left in the game. Kristiansand reduced the lead to 21-18 and also recovered the short kickoff giving them the ball with very little time remaining. With a mere eight seconds to go, quarterback Dimitar Sevdin , on fourth and 10, tossed a 20 yard Hail Mary into the corner of the end zone and Marcial Williamson somehow managed to hang on to the ball and take the game !!!!

2014 EFAF Crown will belong to who??

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Two teams remain in the BIG6 Leauge. On Saturday, July 19th, the reigning GFL Champions Braunschweig Lions will take on the Berlin Adler in Braunschweig Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Stadium for the 2014 EFAF European Football crown.

For the third time in the past five years, the Adler will play in the European Finale. Their one and only success came in 2010. The Lions already count two Eurobowl titles under their belt (1999, 2003). Whoever wins the BIG6 final, one German team will end the Austrian reign as European Football championship. Over the past 11 years at least one Austrian team has played in the Eurobowl, winning it 8 times. During the European Football Championships in June, Team Germany grabbed the gold medal by defeating their southern neighbor on their home soil in Vienna. Seven players on the German national team came from Braunschweig. The Adler were represented by team captain Mario Nowak (linebacker), wide receiver Danilo Naranjo Gonzalez and defensive back Mario Schmitt.

When both teams collide on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Jahn-Stadium, tensions will be high. Even though the Big6final is staged in Berlin, the Adler cannot necessarily count on home-field advantage. The German Football Association, AFVD, is hosting the event, which means the home team was decided with a coin toss, making the New Yorker Lions the home team, which means they will play in their home uniforms. The Adler sideline will be opposite to the main bleachers, far away from their fans. They won’t even be allowed to dress in their usual locker room. And the Match up’s are something to take notice of. The Lions are very deep with depth.
Maybe a small advantage for Berlin will be that the Lions starting quarterback, Casey Therriault, won’t be allowed to play. The 25-year-old playmaker, who dominated the GFL last year, joined the team in mid-June, which makes him too late for the BIG6 registration deadline. With James Peterson and Mike Friese, Braunschweig’s Head Coach Troy Tomlin can count on two other experienced QBs on his roster.
Berlin’s offense will be led by quarterback Darius Outlaw a former Mizzou standout, who’s playing outstanding and hardly makes any mistakes on the field. In eight games (six GFL, two BIG6) the veteran playmaker threw for 19 touchdowns and only two interceptions, and also rushed for four touchdowns. One major concern for the Adler will be their ever-growing injury list. Starting running back Björn Dreier was hurt badly in the BIG6 semifinal against Swarco and is out for the season. On the defensive side, injury problems are even worse. Six Adler starters are questionable for Sunday’s BIG6 final. Coming back after missing two games due to a foot injury is energy bunny Conrad Meadows who everyone is looking at to have a great game. The American is one of the most important factors in Berlin’s explosive style of play. But lets not for get Lions running back Dave McCants makes a return to the Big Bad City and his former team.

Mexico’s Javi Soto

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Had a chance to chat with Javi Soto of team Mexico befor todays game against Austria. Javi has started in the previous games for Mexico and looks to be in the line up today as well. Javi stated todays game will be a very hard one but him and his team are ready for battle. In Javi’s words we are ready and im ready to win!!!! I plan on giving my all today. Javi also stated that that they have seen film and he think Austria has some very great players that can play the game but like stated before Mexico will be the better team in todays match. Stay tuned in the next few weeks to hear more about the WC and Javi’s take on it.

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