Around the Continent: More Upsets and Great Action in Europe!

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Spain - Osos Rivas

The Spanish league was idle this past weekend as three teams participated in intra country play. In Champions League West action, Osos Rivas dropped a 37-14 decision to France’s Aix Argonautes 47-14. Then the Pioners lost to the Milano Seamen 37-14 in Champions League Central play. Finally, in the European Football League the Badalona Dracs lost badly to Germany’s Allgau Comets 48-13.

With three games remaining in the Spanish league the Firebats still remain in first with a 6-1 record, but Osos Rivas is now in second followed by Badalona and the Giants. The Pioners still have a mathematical chance to make the playoffs but it will mean winning all three of their remaining games while the Giants would have to lose two of their last three.


The Swedish season gets underway on May 2 this year. But the Carlstad Crusaders traveled to Copenhagen and played the Towers in the first round of Champions League North play handing the hosts a 34-9 defeat.


Switzerland - Luzern v.Calanda2

In a surprising upset the Luzern Lions rushed for 426 yards and did not throw a pass in coming from behind to beat the previously unbeaten Calanda Broncos in overtime 50-42. Then the defending champion Basel Gladiators traveled to Winterthur and beat the Warriors 23-10 handing them their third straight loss. Calanda remains in first place in the Swiss league at 3-1 followed by the Gladiators at 2-1. Luzern is right behind in third.


Turkey - ITÜ Hornets action

The Turkish league is idle until May 9. In Turkey, the Koc Rams lead the league at 6-0 followed by the ITÜ Hornets at 5-1 and the Bogazici Sultans who are 4-2.

The Sultans will host the Vukovi Belgrade in IFAF Europe Champions League play on May 2.


Ukraine - Bandits action

The Ukrainian season kicked off as the Kiev Bandits defeated the Lviv Lions 40-19.

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Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.