Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – August 14th, 2014

CEFL (Central European Football League)

Vukvoi Belgrade (Europe #10) capped a grueling yet highly successful season earlier in July, by beating the Ljubjana Silverhawks 27-17 to win their second title of the year. Vukovi reached three championship finals winning two of them. A remarkable achievement.

Czech Republic

The Czech championship ended, as expected last month, with the Prague Black Panthers (Europe #8) taking the title beating the Pnbram Bobcats 40-0. With that, Prague finished a great season with a record of 13-6. They played more games than any other team in Europe.



The Danish season resumed finally after a four-week break and the Copenhagen Towers (Europe #15) picked up where they left off downing the Amager Demons 31-6.  The Triangle Razorbacks beat the Holbaek Red Devils 46-9 while the Herlev Rebels upset the Gold Diggers 24-23.  The Copenhagen Towers  lead the league at 7-0 and have scored 299 points in seven games while allowing only 32 against. Phenomenal numbers. They are first in Group 1 and have defeated both the Triangle Razorbacks and the Gold Diggers (two and three in Denmark) by a combined total of 58-6.


In Finland, the Helsinki Roosters (Europe #13), survived a scare as the Helsinki 69ers, with a new quarterback and versatile Charles McRae in the lineup, led the Roosters 14-13 at halftime. The Roosters rallied in the second half to finally win 31-25, but the 69ers have everyone talking in Finland’s Maple League.  The last playoff spot is up for grabs suddenly.  TAFT had no trouble in beating the Wolverines 31-14, after leading 24-0 at the half.  The Butchers handed the Crocodiles their second straight defeat with a 26-18 win. With that the Roosters now top the Maple League with 12 points and the Turku Trojans are second also with 12. The Crocodiles’ loss drops them to third at 5-2 and TAFT is fourth with a 4-3 record.

Rooster v. 69ers


The Thonon Black Panthers (Europe #18) won the French league in thrilling fashion a month ago. But they lost lost in the semi-finals of the inaugural IFAF Europe Champions League tournament to Vukovi Belgrade 19-7.

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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.