Europe’s Top 20 – Week of August 7th, 2014

This is the Top 20 for August 7th, 2014.

Again this week, Vincent Lelard has been invaluable in helping with our Top 20 rankings. Despite the fact that so many countries have finished their seasons, this week saw plenty of fireworks and it has affected the rankings.

The unsettled atmosphere in Berlin may have affected the team as they lost at home to Kiel in a key game for the Adler. They have fallen further down the list. Braunschweig, on the other hand, found a way to turn their game around against Dresden in the second half, and are making an argument for becoming number one again. The Dresden Monarchs may have lost and slid one spot, but they can give any team nightmares. Kiel is very well coached and getting healthy and playing the best football at the right time of year. They have moved up a spot. The Schwabisch Hall Unicorns were very impressive in their win over previously undefeated Stuttgart and have jumped up.

In Sweden, the Carlstad Crusaders are playing like a well-oiled machine and continue to perform at a high level every week. Finland’s Helsinki Roosters, re-found their form with new quarterback Sean Shelton behind center beating the Indians badly.

We welcome your opinions and suggestions. You may not like the changes and have a different idea. Or you don’t agree at all. But let us know. Send us an email.  If coaches wish to contribute, by all means do so. In brackets, we have added each team’s overall record, including IFAF, EFAF and transcontinental play.

If you have more information, along with comments or criticism, we welcome it. Please email me at [email protected] or [email protected].

RankingLogoClubOverall RecordCountrySince last week
1Raffeisen Vienna Vikings(9-3)AustriaSeason is over after capturing Austrian title
2Braunschweig New Yorker Lions(8-2)GermanyBeat the Dresden Monarchs 49-34 to improve their record to 9-2.
3Kiel Baltic Hurricanes(9-3)GermanyDefeated the Berlin Adler 21-20 in a thriller
4Dresden Monarchs(6-4)GermanyLost to Braunschweig 49-34
5Swarco Raiders(8-3)AustriaLost but could have won in Austrian final against Vienna
6Schwabisch Hall Unicorns(9-2)GermanyProved how good they are up[ending Stuttgart 48-28
7Cologne Falcons(6-3)GermanyBeat the Berlin Rebels 44-14
8Berlin Adler(7-4)GermanyLost second in a row, this time to Kiel 21-20
9Stuttgart Scorpions(9-2)GermanyLost 48-28 to Schwabisch Hall for first loss in German league play
10Prague Black Panthers(13-6)Czech Rep.Won Czech league championship
11Vukovi Belgrade(16-3)SerbiaWon CEFL championship and had an amazing 16-3 season
12Carlstad Crusaders(8-1)SwedenDefeated the Stockholm Mean Machines 69-7
13Helsinki Roosters(9-1)FinlandHanded the Kuovola Indians an 80-7 drubbing with new quarterback Sean Shelton playing
14Thonon-les-bains Black Panthers(10-2-1)FranceLost in the Champions League semi-finals to Vukovi 19-7
15Basel Gladiators(12-2)SwitzerlandWon Swiss championship
16Danube Dragons(3-5)AustriaLost to Swarco in Austrian semis 34-0 to end their season.
17Copenhagen Towers(6-2)DenmarkTotally dominating the Danish league, this time beating the Gold Diggers handily.
18Marburg Mercenaries(5-2)GermanyBeat Rhein-Neckar bandits 34-25.
19Milano Seamen(11-1)ItalyWon Italian championship handily
20Saarland Hurricanes(5-5)GermanyBeat Rhein-Neckar Bandits 28-27 to move into a playoff spot in Germany South


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.