ECTC: Dacia Vienna Vikings will face Swarco Raiders to decide European Club Team supremacy

The Swarco Raiders and Dacia Vienna Vikings will square off June 29 in the grand finale of the IFAF European Club Team Competition in Innsbruck’s Tivoli Stadium.

IFAF Europe Director Gregor Murth:

“We are finally able to present a real European championship of football club. I am particularly pleased that the finals can be played at Innsbruck’s Tivoli Stadium. This is the ideal setting for the biggest football game in Europe. The Raiders organization is a role model for football across Europe and this event is sure to set standards.”

Vienna’s road to the ECTC Final saw them defeat the Badalona Dracs from Barcelona, Spain 38-8.  They had soundly defeated Denmark’s Triangle Razorbacks in the opening game of the tournament. With that victory, the Vikings won the ECTC Central Division.

The Vikings were to have faced the Helsinki Roosters, winners of the Northern European Football League crown,  to decide the ECTC final, but Helsinki was unable to play in the final leaving the Vikings with a walkover.

Swarco needed a late-game rally to defeat the Calanda Broncos 46-42 in CEFL Bowl XIV to capture their third straight title and qualify for the ECTC final. They had previously defeated France’s Thonon Black Panthers who they dominated 41-7. They then manhandled the Milano Seamen from Italy, 50-23.

Murth is looking forward to the game between the two top clubs:

“Both teams have prevailed against various national champions and proven they belong in the final.  I expect a wide open game and can only advise every fan to watch this game. “

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.