Raiders mashed the ponies!!


The SWARCO Raiders of Austria, the sister-team of The NFL Oakland Raiders, have begun play in the BIG6 European Football League with big a win. The Raiders celebrated a 40-17 victory over the Calanda Broncos this past weekend.

This was the Raiders second win against this team from Switzerland on the European stage. It also marked their first road win in a European competition in 7 years. They will host the Berlin Adler in their second group game on June 14.

Raiders head coach Shuan Fatah was pumped about the outcome: “It was a very good game. For the most part we were able to execute our game plan. We also forced four turnovers. It was a very accomplished afternoon. I think we can make some noise in the BIG6”.

QB John van den Raadt threw 4 touchdown passes and completed 16 of 37 passes for 273 yards. In his first game as a receiver for the Raiders WR Kyle Callahan caught 8 passes for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns. WR/K Clemens Erlsbacher scored 20 points. He caught 3 passes for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The defense also had a very nice outing, forcing four turnovers. DB Arno Andreas intercepted two passes. DB/RB DJ Wolfe also picked off a pass in his debut!

The Journey 2014!


The anticipation of the 2014 season has really set in, as the days of the offseason fly by one can only dream of the up coming season! Friday my guys set out to head south for a weekend mini camp with the munchen rangers. As coach set me pics it really started to sink in that it was time. I set out on my journey first stop Chi town….plane left late which now had ya boi sittin on cotton!! We land now we got to sit on the damn tarmac for I’d say a good 15mins!! Now for those who know me know now im pissed im late to this flight to Frankfurt now and on top of that the damn flight attendant said let all connecting flight passengers off fast this !!!! Guy stop right in front of me i be polite say excuse me he replies oh im rushing to …lmao OMG he made me feel sum type of way at that point!!! But i kept calm pissed as hell tho but finally made it to the gate to find out i missed it. So now im pissed nervous all type ways !! Lol but this cool lil chick fixed me up got me on the next flight.. But thing was instead of me being in NBG at 10am ill get there bout 7pm lol smh. So bet she said ehurr thang was good ! In todays world yea right after a pretty nice flight with my own row :) i make it to Dusseldorf and find out ion got no ticket to NBG so im now back super pissed after being happy to be in D land. So this lady really told me she couldn’t help me ..mind u now this the main desk! She say wait at the gate ….ok…..wait 2 hours plus 1 hour outside cause a fire alarm!!! The find out after gettin back in the ppl at the gate couldn’t help me. Im feeling helpless so i go back to the main desk ok new lady let me try her!!! Hallo … Dis dat & 3rd … Boom she gettin things poppin she found all my info the f up and ehurr thang !! S/O A.Kotzan Lufthansa Dusseldorf!! It took her some time but she got me squared away and on my way. I made it to NBG and headed right to practice to meet up with the guys! It was a great feeling to be back. So next practice was time to gear up it started out great till the end of indys then the cramp monster started lerkin !!! Lol yea it was man down!! But things have progress since then with not only me but the team as well. Stay tuned in tho ill be gettin at cha’s !!! ;)

2013 GFL Awards


Dating back a few months ago we opened up the voting polls and now the votes are in!!! Listed below are the the winners of their respected award categories.

Deutschland player of the year:
Johannes Thiel-RB

Coach of the year:
Troy Tomlin-New Yorker Lions

Team of the year:
New Yorker Lions

Young Gun of the year:
Jan Abrahamsen-Keil Canes

GFL player of the year:
Trevor Deed- RB Dresden M

GFL2 player of the year:
Shane Jackson- QB Kempten C

We would like to congratulate the above candidates for their achievements, as well give a big thank you!!! to everyone that participated in the voting!!!

GFL (International) set to be the New Face of EU football


The German Federation (AFVD) has launched a Top new International organisation – GFL International (GFLI) – this league is set to change the face of EU American football the next few years.GFLI is taking over the running of Europe’s two elite club competitions the EuroBowl and European Football League (EFL), both of which are run by the European Federation of American Football (EFAF).The start of GFLI is consequential to the “Frankfurt Declaration” between AFVD and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) which allows the German Federation to operate on a wider European level. This Declaration resolves a long standing dispute over the running of European American football.In accordance with this agreement, a decision has been made to disband the European Federation of American Football (EFAF) with effect from 30th June 2014 and amendments are to be made to IFAF structures to ensure that European countries have more control over European matters and that funds raised in Europe must remain in Europe.Five countries – Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain – have already signed up to GFLI with others expected to come on board in the near future. GFLI will now have total control over the EuroBowl, which will now become the Championship game of the new GFLI BIG6 league. The old EFAF Cup competition will now become the European Football League, also run by GFLI. Both of these competitions will include the majority of the big name clubs in European American Football, with games being broadcast on Eurosport. GFLI will also set up projects to help grow the sport in less developed European countries.EFAF Vice-President and French Federation Board Member, Mr. Michel Daum, has been appointed as the new head of GFLI. It is expected that the majority of EFAF staff, particularly those with experience will be running competitions, and that will transition to GFLI thus providing continuity.The Atlantic Cup competition, which was formerly run by EFAF, will continue as an officially sanctioned Int’ Club Championship tournament, though it will now be run directly by the participating countries.


Mustangs score first points of the PLFA season !


Spencer Wood#3 & @danielbaldyga WR out with ACL injury

The Plock Mustangs beat the Krakow Kings 24-14 to kick off the regular season in the PLFA. Last season, they lost to Krakow in both games 44-0 and 38-15 so it was an awesome start to the season for them, to say the least. Spencer stated that it was an awesome feeling and an honor that he was fortunate enough to score the first TD in all of Poland this year, scoring on a 20-yard TD run early in the first quarter. Thr Mustangs were very balanced offensively, having 3 offensive TDs by 3 different players was huge, showing that they have multiple guys that can put points on the broad. And the fourth TD for Plock came from an 80-yard interception return by one of the linebackers. Spencer said “Our defense played phenomenal and really held the Kings to an offensive minimal. All in all, it was a great start to the season and we are looking forward to playing Tytani Lublin on the road this Sunday.” Spencer and the Mustangs of Plock has gotten off to a good start and are fired up!!!


Raiders Overpower Dragons 44-20 !!


The SWARCO Raiders, sister-team of The Oakland Raiders, have won their first home game of the 2014 Austrian Football League (AFL) season this past weekend. “I’m very happy with the way we played today vs last week against the Vikings”,SWARCO Raiders coach Shuan Fatah stated. We had some nice plays on offense and defense. It was definitely an exciting game for our fans”. The game’s best player was RB Andreas Hofbauer. Hofbauer gained 109 yards on 15 carries and scored 3 touchdowns as he shreaded the D, giving him 5 on the season. He also caught a 23-yard pass. QB John van den Raadt completed 22 of 36 passes for 322 yards with a touchdown this marks the second straight game with 300+. He also ran 10 times for 50 yards and a score. WR Julian Ebner caught 5 passes for 101 yards. WR Adrian Platzgummer caught 4 balls for 89 yards and a touchdown. LB Simon Hoser recovered a fumble and DB Markus Krause and DB Simon Muigg each intercepted a pass. As they done a great job guarding the back in. The Raiders next game will be more so like week one where they will face a very strong Swiss team. But this week for the SWARCO Raiders will be much needed as its bye week. They regain play on Saturday, April 12 in their first game in the new BIG6 European Football League. They will travel to Switzerland to face the Calanda Broncos.

High School Spot Light Player!!!


Dan Marinko QB E-Ville

If you haven’t heard of Edwardsville (IL) Tigers 6’3 185 pound QB Dan Marinko, you will in do time. Dan is one of the top QB’s in the Midwest. Currently recruiting has taken off, Marinko has been in contact with Iowa State, New Mexico, Wyoming, Indiana, Western and Eastern Michigan, Harvard, Cornell, Illinois State, SIU Carbondale, and Virginia. To name a few of his favorite options. He will be taking a visit to Iowa State this coming weekend and plan to take a trip to Indiana soon as well. We asked Dan about a main offseason focus and he replied: So far this off season I have been focusing on building my frame. I’m currently at 185 now which is already up 8 pounds from last year. That along with fine tuning my mechanics has been my main  thing. Dan not like many has taken extra steps to better his game. He’s been working with private coach Matt Biermann from Elite Football Academy in Chesterfield, MO. along with his high school coaching staff a few times a week. His favorite thing about the Tigers is the fact that they all work so hard towards a common goal. Nobody is out there just trying to get scholarships, but rather trying to bring a state championship back to Edwardsville and the rest will come for its self Dan stated. Dan will attend some camps this summer but has not really decided on which ones he will go to yet outside of being very committed to going to the Rivals camp and the NFTC camps!!!


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