American Football Champions Crowned in Hungary, Norway, Czech and France

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Clockwise from top left:  Budapest wins Hungarian title, Oslo wins third straight Norwegian title, La Courneuve wins 11th overall French title and Prague wins sixth straight Czech Bowl.

Budapest Wolves 34, Miskolc Steelers 30

The top-seed Budapest Wolves scored with less than five minutes left when Wolves’ QB Mark Benciscs found Adam Elek who broke the plane of the goal line as he stretched the ball across for the game winning score.  The Steelers drove down the field with a chance to score but Budapest defender Gergely Homoki snagged a deflected ball and held on to give the Wolves the Hungarian Football League title.

Oslo Vikings 65, Asane Seahawks 0

The Oslo Vikings captured their third consecutive Norwegian title and 12th overall in trouncing the Åsane Seahawks 65-0 at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway and in front of a national TV audience in Norway. The Vikings finished the year with a 7-1 record and with the lopsided win exacted terrible revenge on the only team to have beaten them this year. The Seahawks had defeated Oslo 31-28 in the second regular season game of 2018. Quarterback Robert Mehmet Sezer was named game MVP after throwing three touchdown passes and rushing for another in the lopsided win. Wide receivers Pål Wulff, Martin Ofoghi and Andre Wang all caught touchdown passes while Vegard Tysse, Lorenzo Proctor and Jesper Jørgensen added rushing touchdowns. Bror Jahr scored on a 15 yard fumble return while Magnus Meyer kicked two field goals. Defensively, Oslo was superb allowing the Seahawks only three first downs all game. With the win, Oslo qualifies for play in the Northern European Football League in 2019.

Prague Black Panthers 30, Ostrava Steelers 7

The Prague Black Panthers soundly defeated the Ostrava Steelers 30-7 to capture Czech Bowl XXV, to win their sixth straight Czech league title and eighth overall. Behind a two-touchdown performance by game MVP, running back William Young, the Black Panthers took a 16-7 halftime lead and then added two fourth quarter scores to win going away. Quarterback Jan Dundáček also scored two touchdowns while Marek Hruboň kicked four extra points and the defense forced a safety. This was the second year in a row that Prague has beaten the Steelers in the Czech title game. They downed Ostrava 28-0 to win the 2017 championship game. For Black Panthers head coach Daniel levy, this marks his second national title in the space of a year. He won the Brazilian championship in 2017 guiding the Belo Horizonte Sada Cruzeiro to the title.

La Courneuve Flash 20, Thonon Black Panthers 14

The La Courneuve Flash defended their FFFA – Fédération Française de Football Américain title – Casque de Diamant – a week ago and won their 11th overall by defeating the Thonon Black Panthers 20-14 in a hard fought battle. The Flash took a 13-0 halftime lead and held on for the win. Game MVP Flash quarterback Paul Durand threw a touchdown pass to Sofiane Mahmoudi while running backs  Nicolas Khandar and Jason Aguemon each scored touchdowns on the ground.

(Thanks to American Football International for their awesome reports of American football being played around the world.)

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Swarco Raiders Capture First Superfinal Title

swarcpAustria’s Swarco Raiders had already placed their championship trophy from winning the Central European Football League title and now they have added another with a convincing 45-20 win over Denmark’s Copenhagen Towers in the first Superfinal championship game which was played in front of a sellout crowd in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The Superfinal was the culmination of a tournament which included the national champions from nine different countries: Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Turkey and Russia as well as the Austrian runners up.

Raiders’ quarterback Sean Shelton threw three touchdown passes and ran two in himself while Patrick Donahue caught two touchdown passes and scored a third on a spectacular 90 yard interception return. Sandro Patzgummer also scored on a touchdown reception while Thomas Pichlmann kicked six PATs and a field goal.

The Raiders asserted their dominance in the first quarter as Shelton wasted no time on the very first drive marching his team to the Copenhagen 29 yard line before finishing by scampering in himself to open the scoring, 7-0.

superfinalWith the Towers offense unable to move past midfield, Shelton again engineered a field-long drive which he also capped, this time with a nine yard touchdown run. Swarco’s defense continued to keep the Copenhagen offense in check but a third touchdown was nullified by a holding call so the Raiders settled for a 27 yard field goal from Pichlmann midway through the second quarter.

With the Raiders leading 17-0, Schroeder was finally able to get the Towers offense untracked, leading them into Raiders territory. He then connected with Thue on a 10 yard touchdown pass to narrow the lead to 17-7 at the break.

Swarco wide receiver Patrick Donahue displayed his full talents in the third quarter, first hauling in a 24 yard touchdown pass from Shelton. And then he picked off a Schroeder pass on his own 10 yard line and raced 90 yards for a game-changing touchdown. With the score now 31-13 for the Raiders, the Towers made a change at quarterback with Skyum replacing Schroeder. They were rewarded with a Skyum to Hansen 20 yard touchdown pass closing the gap to 31-13.

Thanks to American Football International for their incredible coverage of American football stories from around the world.

 

Cairo Hell Hounds Win First Egyptian Bowl title

Yes, believe it or not they do play American-style football in Egypt.  That’s right.  The country with the Pyramids.  They actually played Egypt’s version of the Super Bowl this weekend:

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Cairo Hell Hounds Claim First Egyptian Bowl Title

 

Cairo Hell Hounds 12, Cairo Wolves 0

The Hell Hounds capped an undefeated season by shutting out the Wolves 12-0 to capture Egyptian Bowl IV, earning their first Egyptian National Football League title.

With the win, the Hounds broke the three-year title stranglehold of the GUC Eagles. The Hell Hounds beat the Eagles once during the regular season and again in the playoffs to reach the final.

The Hell Hounds entered the game riding a season-long unbeaten streak but faced a much tougher Wolves team than expected. The Hell Hounds were led by quarterback Matthew Kershey who threw two touchdown passes to Abdelraouf Hassan while the defense kept the Wolves off the scoreboard.

Kershey is a veteran of International American Football finishing his sixth season overseas.  His first season was with the Kraljevo Royal Crowns in Serbia’s first division in 2013.  He has also played in Russia, Germany, France and Poland.  He played in 2017 for the Moscow Bruins.  Kershey is originally from Pennsylvania and a graduate of Lackawanna Junior College and Westmoreland College.

Final Standings:

  • East
    • MSA Tigers (3-2-0)
    • Cairo Wolves (3-2-0)
    • Cairo Warriors (1-4-0)
    • Gezira Thunder (0-5-0)
  • West
    • Cairo Hell Hounds (5-0-0)
    • GUC Eagles (4-1-0)
    • Cairo Bears (3-2-0)
    • AUC Titans (1-4-0)
  • Playoffs:
    • Cairo Hell Hounds 14, GUC Eagles 10
    • Cairo Wolves 27, MSA Tigers 6

The Egyptian Federation of American Football (EFAF) is the governing body of the sport of American Football in Egypt, sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Egyptian Federation of American football (EFAF) owns and operates American Football Leagues in Egypt; tackle and flag, including players, coaches, officials and administrators.

Since being founded in 2014, EFAF has firmly planted itself on solid ground. It started the Egyptian National Football League (ENFL): an organized men’s league with three successfully concluded seasons. EFAF also collaborated with American Football without Barriers (AFWB), the non-profit spearheaded by Gary Barnidge of the Cleveland Browns and Breno Giacomini of the New York Jets – at the time – to organize a four-day camp with professional football players in Egypt that included a coaching clinic as well as players’ camps for juniors as well as more advanced players.

EFAF also organized the first ever international club-level match between the Cairo Wolves and the Amman Barracudas (Jordan) in early 2016 at the Olympic Stadium in Maadi, which the Cairo Wolves won 40-20. And to continue its series of achievements, EFAF successfully organized the first ever flag football league for women in Africa and the Middle East, the Egyptian Flag Football League (EFFL) which had about 100 participating athletes in three teams.

EFAF has also succeeded in drawing several professional American coaches, leading to 4 out of the league’s 6 men’s teams having American coaches in the 2016 season. The 2016/2017 ENFL season also saw the appearance of import players on the American football scene: Foreign players who come to Egypt to play football under contract. Three teams had import players in the 2017 season. EFAF has been organizing officiating courses to increase the pool of local talent that is able to understand and apply the rules of the sport.

EFAF is currently composed of 8 affiliated teams, with more than 800 registered members. EFAF is a socially responsible organization seeking the expansion, popularization, and development of American Football in Egypt.