Austrian Football League: 2014 Season In Review

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Leading to Austrian Bowl XXX, let’s look back at 2014 in the AFL!

The Austrian Football League 2014 season comes to an end on Saturday with Austrian Bowl XXX at NV Arena in St Pölten (kickoff 7 p.m. CET, 1 p.m. EST). Like the past three seasons, the two of Austria’s traditional power houses will face each other. In the semi-finals, the Raiffeisen Vienna Vikings took care of business against the Prague Black Panthers, 41-27, and the Swarco Raiders Tirol easily shut down the Danube Dragons, 34-00.

The 2014 AFL (Austrian Football League) season has been one of the most exciting in years. With only one import player allowed per team, no one team dominated the regular season and we saw a lot of close, exciting games. Let’s take a look back at the teams and season of the 2014 Austrian Football League.[/tps_header]

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The Graz Giants are have had a full rebuilding year and they were the only team in the league without an import.  Their 1-7 record does not reflect how hard they played and how close they were at times. They lost by one point to the Dragons, and by 12 combined points in two games against Prague. On top of  that, it took double overtime for the finalist Raiders to overcome the Giants by only 3 points. Typical situations from a very young squad with not much experience. Beating the Vienna Vikings in a mud-fest was their only win of the year but with the development of quarterback Christoph Gubisch and running back Alexander Sanz, they have a bright future in front of them.

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Vincent Lelard is a Frenchman and former Head Coach of La Courneuve Flash (France) and Offensive Coordinator of the Vienna Vikings (Austria). He has been involved in American Football in Europe for almost 25 years. Today he lives in Vienna and