ELF: Week 5 Kicks off Saturday with 6-game slate

Through four weeks of the 2024 European League of Football seasons, each team knows where they stand and are either pleased with their start to the season or disappointed in how they have performed. 

Week 5 will be another chance for 12 teams to take a step in the right direction, while 5 teams are out of action.

Saturday, June 22

Milano Seamen (1-3) @ Barcelona Dragons (2-2)

In a matchup between two weaker teams whose only wins have come against the Helvetic Mercenaries, this figures to be a close matchup.  This game means a lot in the Central Conference standings: a Barcelona win would give them a surprising record of 3-2, while a Milano win would take them to 2-3.

Raiders Tirol (3-1) @ Helvetic Mercenaries (0-3)

The Raiders got a huge home win against Munich last weekend in dramatic fashion.  Now, they travel to Switzerland to face the winless Mercenaries.  After an impressive debut last week, we shall see what new Raiders quarterback N’Kosi Perry has in store in his first road game.

Stuttgart Surge (3-0) @ Munich Ravens (2-2)

In perhaps the biggest game of the week, the Munich Ravens host the Stuttgart Surge at Max-Morlock-Stadion in Nuremberg.  These teams met in week 1 in an anticipated showdown, but the game turned out to be one-sided, as Stuttgart won 27-5.  Munich will surely want to put up a better fight this time around; can they pull off the upset?

Sunday, June 23

Vienna Vikings (4-0) @ Prague Lions (0-4)

After back-to-back narrow wins against the Wroclaw Panthers and Berlin Thunder, the Vikings travel to Prague for an easier matchup against the winless Lions.  Injury replacement quarterback Shelton Eppler looked solid in his debut against Berlin; let’s see what he can do against a suspect Lions defense.

Wroclaw Panthers (1-3) @ Fehervar Enthroners (0-3)

Wroclaw comes into this game at a disappointing record of 1-3, albeit against a brutal schedule.  This game against the Enthroners will be by far their easiest matchup of the year so far, but they should not overlook the scrappy Hungarian team with home-field advantage.

Rhein Fire (3-1) @ Berlin Thunder (2-2)

The Fire rebounded from their stunning loss to Madrid two weeks ago with an impressive road victory in Paris last week.  Now, they have another tough matchup on the road in Berlin against a Thunder team who let an upset victory in Vienna slip away last week.  Can the Thunder bounce back at home and hand the Fire another loss?

A current student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carter played football in high school and has been a lifelong avid football fan.