26 Nations Battle Around the Continent: France, Spain Post-seasons Set; Germany in Full Swing

[tps_title]Around the Continent[/tps_title]

Spain

Spain - Badalona v. Osos

In the final weekend of the regular season in Spain, there were no surprises. As expected the Valencia Firebats overwhelmed the L’Hospitalet Pioners 47-0 to finish first in the league with a 9-1 record. The Badalona Dracs had no trouble with Osos Rivas dumping them 34-0 in preparation for meeting them in the playoffs. Finally, the Valencia giants ended the Mallorca Voltors horrible season beating them 54-0.

The Spanish semi-finals on June 6/7 will see the Valencia Firebats face the fourth place Valencia Giants. The Giants are the only team to have beaten the Firebats this year in Spain surprising them 26-20. In the other semifinal, the Badalona Dracs take on the demoralized Osos Rivas. Osos Rivas actually defeated Badalona earlier in the season 17-14.

 Sweden

Sweden - Carlstad v Stockholm

Photo: Tommy Andersson

The Carlstad Crusaders are beginning to kick into 2014 mode as they cruised to a 67-0 victory over the Stockholm Mean Machines. But the game of the weekend was a basketball shootout between the STU Northside Bulls and the Kristianstad Predators which the Bulls won 69-56! The Örebro Black Knights got their first win for new head coach Randy Beverly beating the visiting Limhamn Griffins 21-7. Then the Uppsala 86ers whipped newcomers the Vasteras Roedeers 46-7.

Switzerland

Switzerland - Bern v Zurich2

No games were played in the Swiss league this past weekend.

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.

Turkey

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.

Ukraine

Ukraine - Bulldogs v Slavs

The Ukrainian season is fully underway. This past weekend in Group A play the Kiev Bulldogs beat the Kiev Slavs 26-12. Also in Group B the Odessa Pirates blanked the Dnipropetrovsk Rockets 17-0.

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Roger Kelly
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.
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