28 Countries in Europe Played American Football Last Weekend, Full Recap on Around the Continent

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Spain - Dracs v. Crusaders

There were no games in the Spanish league. The Badalona Dracs edged the Amsterdam Crusaders in EFL action 11-8. Meanwhile in IFAF Europe Champions League play the L’Hospalitet Pioners were beaten by the Thonon Black Panthers of France 41-0 while Osos Rivas were outmatched in their game against the London Blitz falling 55-0.

With only one game left to play in the Spanish league the Firebats will finish first with an 8-1 record, but Osos Rivas is in second at 6-3, the same as Badalona. So this weekend’s game between Osos Rivas and the Dracs will be for home field advantage in the semi-finals. The Dracs need to win by more than three to earn second.


Sweden - Kristianstad v. Griffins

The Swedish season entered its third weekend of play. The Kristianstad Predators played their first regular season game at home and blanked the visiting Limhamn Griffins 35-0. Then the Tyresö Royal Crowns played crosstown rivals the STU Northside Bulls ruining their home opener by beating them 62-25.

The Uppsala 86ers spoiled the coaching debut of Orebro Black Knights head coach Randy Beverly by blanking them 19-0. Finally the Västeras Roedeers posted their first win in their history in the Super Series beating the visiting  Stockholm Mean Machines 21-17.


Switzerland - Bern v Zurich2

There were two games on tap in Switzerland. The Bern Grizzlies moved into second place in the standings as they handily overcame the Luzern Lions 36-12. Then the Zurich Renegades earned a valuable two points in their win over the Wintethur Warriors 25-23.

Calanda remains in first place in the Swiss league at 5-1 now followed by the Bern Grizzlies at 4-2. The Basel Gladiators dropped to third at 3-2 but with a game at hand now. Zurich with the win keeps pace and sits in fourth.

The Basel Gladiators traveled to Innsbruck, Austria to face the Swarco Raiders in a Battle4Tirol game. The Raiders whipped them 47-7.


Champions League - Silverhawks v Sultans3

The Turkish regular season is over and with no playoffs the first and second place teams – the Koc Rams and the Bogazici Sultans – have qualified for the championship game.

Both the Rams and Sultans will now face each other in the Turkish championship game on May 30/31.

The Sultans played the Ljubljana Silverhawks in IFAF Europe Champions League group action but fell behind early and were beaten 47-14 by the host Silverhawks.


Ukraine - Kiev Bandits action

The Ukrainian season is fully underway. This past weekend in Group B play, the Vinnytsia Wolves handed the Lviv Lions their third straight defeat in beating them 30-8. Also in Group B,  the Kiev Bandits posteed victory number three in whipping the Uzhgorod Loggers 55-27.

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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.