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After three International matches between Italy and Germany (even though the Berlin Wall was years from falling down the team referred to itself as Germany, although all players and clubs were from West Germany), a first European Championship was played in Vince Lombardi Stadium, Castelgiorgio, Italy.
Featuring five countries, Italy beat Finland 18-6 in the Final, with West Germany defeating France 27-20 in the 3rd Place match and Austria finishing fifth. (As this was an official tournament Germany played as West Germany).
 Massimo Foglio with Mark L. Ford (2017), Touchdown in Europe – How American Football Came to the Old Continent. Second Edition “A New World Championship at Vince Lombardi Stadium”. pg. 246. Published by the Author (2015, 2017)
 Suomen Amerikkalaisen Jalkapollen Litto (2020) National Teams | Gentlemen | 1983 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sajl.fi/maajoukkueet/miehet/historia/1980-luku-maaottelut/1983/ [Accessed 13 June 2020]
Thanks to Kevin Smyth, Ian Collins, Ian Clarke, Tony Meenaghan, John Malone, Robert Gorby, Jim Naughton, Brian Bird and Paul Hynes.
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