Around the Continent – Week of October 2nd, 2014


The Lisboa Navigators capped an undefeated season by winning the Portuguese championship in the last week of May, beating the upstart Braga Warriors 34-7.


The Moscow Patriots overcame a stubborn Astrakhan Gladiators team 27-12. The Gladiators, who had to travel 1,400 kilometers to Moscow overnight, started slow and the Patriots looked impressive in the early going.  But Astrakhan gave Moscow all they could handle before succumbing to a very tough Patriots defense.

Read the recap above.

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Speedster Viktor But on his way to the end zone


Earlier this month, Vukovi Belgrade (Europe #12) 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.


With the final weekend of play coming up this weekend, the semifinal spots have already been decided. This weekend, the Kiev Bandits will finish the season against the Kiev Knights. On October 18, the league-best Bandits will face the Kiev Slavs. The Bandits have scored 268 points in five games while only allowing 38. In the other semi, the Kharkov Atlantes who won Group B will take on the Odessa Pirates.

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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.