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American Football League of Europe 1993-1995

ELAF 1993

PWLTPFPAPct
Continental Conference
Hamburg Blue Devils330089621.000
Cologne Crocodiles10102131.000
Munich Cowboys1
Manchester Euro Spartans30204158.000
UK Conference
EuroSteelers220046201.000
EuroRaiders21103636.500
EuroMonarchs21104652.500
EuroBears20203656.000
European League – Continental Conference Standings 1993 [Ref: Compiled from 1-3; 5-7; 11-13]
DateHome TeamAway Team
Semi-Finals
26.09.1993Hamburg Blue Devils41Euro Spartans0
26.09.1993Cologne Crocodiles36Munich Cowboys42 (2ot)
3rd PlaceVenue: Hamburg
02.10.1993Cologne CrocodilesEuro Spartans
FinalVenue: Hamburg
02.10.1993Hamburg Blue Devils53Munich Cowboys30
European League – Continental Conference Final Four Tournament 1993 [Ref: 4-5]
DateHome TeamAway Team
Semi-Finals
24.10.1993EuroSteelersLEuroBearsW
24.10.1993EuroRaidersWEuroMonarchsL
Final
31.10.1993EuroBears14EuroRaiders12
European League – UK Conference Final Standings 1993 [Ref: Compiled from 7-8]

FLE 1994

 PWLTPFPAPct
Northern Conference       
*Stockholm Nordic Vikings10910465228.900
*Hamburg Blue Devils10730339264.700
Berlin Bears10280278466.200
Helsinki Roosters9180163245.111
Central Conference       
*Munich Thunder9720253210.778
*Amsterdam Crusaders10640295280.600
Great Britain Spartans9450240262.444
Frankfurt Gamblers9270196284.222
Football League of Europe Standings 1994 [Ref: 14]
DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
27.08.94Munich Thunder26Hamburg Blue Devils29
03.09.94Stockholm Nordic Vikings34Amsterdam Crusaders21
 Euro Super Bowl I   
17.09.94Hamburg Blue Devils35Stockholm Nordic Vikings43
Football League of Europe Playoff Results 1994 [Ref; 15]

AFLE 1995

 PWLTPFPAPct
*Bergamo Lions8710232178.875
*Stockholm Nordic Vikings8530239223.625
Amsterdam Crusaders85307890.625
Frankfurt Knights8350124140.375
Sheffield GB Spartans8080175235.000
Bavarian Blue Falcons000000.000
American Football League of Europe Standings 1995 [Ref: 23 Adjusted based on Results in 16-24]
DateHome Team Away Team 
 Euro-SuperBowl II   
02.09.1995Stockholm Nordic Vikings14Bergamo Lions0
American Football League of Europe Playoff Results [Ref: 23]

Report

The American Football League of Europe was a Professional American Football League that played under three different names over three seasons, filling in the gap between the demise of the World League of American Football, which played two seasons from 1991 to 1992 with seven teams in North America and three in Europe, and the WLAF’s revival as a Europe-only League in 1995.

The World League of American Football had been a Spring Development League in the United Statesof America, Canada and three countries in Europe, started by the National Football League as a much-needed development league, and also presumably to prevent a recurrence in the 1990s of another American Football League of the 1960s, World Football League of the 1970s and United States Football League of the 1980s.

The first season of the European League (ELAF) was played as two separate conferences, with a limited 1-3 games schedule per team. All four teams in each Conference (UK and Continental) reached the Conference Finals Tournament (won by Hamburg Blue Devils and EuroBears). The UK Conference was made up of four teams started by Terry Smith of the Manchester Spartans, all of which were named after NFL teams which the prefix Euro- added to avoid confusion. One was named the EuroMonarchs after the WLAF team in London.

The League became a full scheduled League in 1994, named the Football League of Europe, again with two conferences of four teams, Northern and Central, won by the Stockholm Nordic Vikings and Munich Thunder. The Nordic Vikings defeated the Hamburg Blue Devils 43-35 in the EuroSuperBowl.

The League renamed itself the American Football League of Europe in 1995, but suffered from the restart of the WLAF as a Europe-only league by the NFL. Only five teams started the season that year with the Munich team, Bavarian Blue Falcons dropping out just before the scheduled start. Playing in one conference of five, the EuroSuperBowl II was won again by the Stockholm Nordic Vikings 14-0 over the Bergamo Lions of Italy.

References

Newspapers

[1] Berry, Lee (1993) “Spartans Humbled in Hamburg” First Down. May 15, 1993. pg. 17

[2] (1993) “Happy Campers” First Down. August 14, 1993. pg. 20

[3] Berry, Lee (1993) “Germans Get Away with Blue Murder” First Down. August 28, 1993. pg. 18.

[4] Berry, Lee (1993) “Spartans humble” First Down. October 2, 1993. pg. ??.

Internet Archive

[5] Hamburg Blue Devils Fansite| Wayback Machine (2000) Die Hamburg Blue Devils 1992-2000 {internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/19991012165353/http://devils.de/ [Accessed 13 June 2020]

[6] Cologne Crocodiles (2020) Seniors Saison 1993 [Internet] Available from: https://cologne-crocodiles.de/seniors-saison-1993/ [Accessed 13 June 2020]

Newspapers

[7] Berry, Lee (1993) “They said it couldn’t be done” First Down. October 16, 1993. pg. 20

[8] Berry, Lee (1993) “Nuttall mints it with Raiders” First Down. October 16, 1993. pg. 20.

[9] Berry, Lee (1993) “Semi-Conscience” First Down. October 23, 1993. pg. 20.

[10] Berry, Lee (1993) “Near-Miss!” First Down. November 6, 1993. pg. 21.

Internet Archive

[11] Hamburg Blue Devils | Wayback Machine (1999) Devils History 1993 [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/19991012165353/http://devils.de/ +[Accessed 13 June 2020]

[12] Cologne Crocodiles (2020) Seniors Saison 1993 [Internet] Available from: https://cologne-crocodiles.de/seniors-saison-1993/ [Accessed 14 June 2020]

[13] Football-History (2020) GFL 1993 [Internet] Available from: http://www.football-history.de/?fbclid=IwAR2E2J86wMTRYljCjLjwKPjOJOzZHRXsNAo8sSrwuvh5UtckiLU_QLSTQGU [Accessed 14 June 2020]

Websites

[14] Google Groups – rec.sport.football.misc (1994) Message by Ludwig Alberter – 5 September 1994 [Internet] Available from: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.sport.football.misc/oNVilaWhNSY [Accessed 21 August 2018]

[15] Google Groups – rec.sport.football.misc (1994) Message by Dominik Kubla – 5 November 1994 [Internet] Available from: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.sport.football.misc/BRx_xxVsAoY [Accessed 21 August 2018]

Sources

[16] FD Reporter (1995) “Terry Launches Second Coming” First Down, May 20, 1995, P. 18.

[17] Rowlands, Neil (1995) “It’s back to the good old Haze!” First Down, May 27, 1995, P. 22.

[18] Anon. (1995) “I’ll give any unhappy fans money back” First Down, June 10, 1995, P. 18.

[19] Myatt, Steve (1995) “Sedin Death!” First Down, June 17, 1995, P. 21.

[20] Myatt, Steve (1995) “Defensive Disaster sees Spartans crumble to 0-5” First Down, July 15, 1995, P. 18.

[21] Anon. (1995) “We can bounce back, says Tel” First Down, July 1, 1995, P. 18.

[22] FD Reporter (1995) “Sitting on the dock of a bay” First Down, August 5, 1995, P. 19.

Online Encyclopedia

[23] Enciclopedia del Football Italiano (2019) American Football League Europe 1995 [Internet] Available from: http://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1995_afle_eur.pdf [Accessed 4 December 2019]

News Groups

[24] Google Groups | rec.sport.football.misc (1995) [FLE] Schedule of 1995 Season | Post by Domink Kubla 27 May 1995 [Internet] Available from: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.sport.football.misc/6Y8ECEnsSi0 [Accessed 8 August 2018]

[25] Google Groups | rec.sport.football.misc (1995) [FLE] Latest News and first result | Post by Domink Kubla 2 June 1995 [Internet] Available from: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.sport.football.misc/j1J9u7pcYPo [Accessed 8 August 2018]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Ralph Schmeer (Irish American Football Officials Association)

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 21 June 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

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