Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – September 11th, 2014


The Moscow Patriots were pushed to the limit by the St. Petersburg Griffins but found a way to win 27-26 in the first Russian semi-final matchup. The Griffins took the lead early and it was not until the fourth quarter that the Patriots made a comeback. . In the other semifinal, the host Astrakhan Gladiators took control early and never let up in demolishing the Nizhny Novgorod Raiders 52 58-8. Read the full recap on AFI.

A preview of the final will be published here on AFI.

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Moscow Patriots swarming a Griffins ball carrier.


Earlier this month, Vukovi Belgrade (Europe #10) made no mistake in the Serbian championship game beating rivals the Kragujevac Wild Boars 27-17, to cap a highly successful season. The Serbian squad also reached the finals of the the IFAF Europe Champions League tournament losing in a close one to Helsinki 36-27.


The season in June with the Badalona Dracs as new champions.


In the Swedish nationally televised championship final, the Carlstad Crusaders (Europe #6) proved why they are one of the elite teams of Europe with a thorough trouncing of the Orebro Black Knights 49-9. In fact in all three meetings between these clubs this season the Crusaders have outscored the Black Knights 139-38. Read the game story here on AFI.


The Basel Gladiators (Europe #17) won the Swiss Bowl in July for the first time in their history.

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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.