Europe’s Top 20 – Week of September 10th, 2014

This is the Top 20 for September 11, 2014

Playoff football has proven why the elite teams rise to the occasion. Each league seems to have one team totally dominant. The Carlstad Crusaders bulldozed their way through the Swedish league, looking stronger as the season progressed and won the championship in a runaway. They could play even with any team in the Top 10.

The same could be said for the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions as they seem almost invincible. But the playoffs are always the playoffs, a new season. Although they have beaten their toughest opponents in Germany easily it seems, one can never know. They led the German league in scoring and overall defense and finished second in scoring offense behind Schwabisch Hall by one point a game. Unless someone derails this train, they will race all the way to the German Bowl. They remain at No. 1. Were Vienna playing, this would be a matchup to see. Cologne has picked up their game at the right time beating both Kiel and the Berlin Adler. They have popped up. The Schwabisch Hall Unicorns, like the Lions, swept away all opposition in the South. The Marburg Mercenaries have not looked good for the past month. They slid down again. Stuttgart fell too after another bad loss to the Unicorns.

In the United Kingdom, the London Warriors, who we have at Number 20, have qualified for the BritBowl in two weeks.

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RankingLogoClubOverall RecordCountrySince last week
1Braunschweig New Yorker Lions(13-2)GermanyLook almost invincible in Germany
2Raffeisen Vienna Vikings(9-3)AustriaSeason is over after capturing Austrian title
3Dresden Monarchs(9-4)GermanyFinished 2nd in German North after beating Dusseldorf 56-7
4Swarco Raiders(8-3)AustriaLost but could have won in Austrian final against Vienna
5Schwabisch Hall Unicorns(12-2)GermanyDominated the Stuttgart Scorpions
6Cologne Falcons(6-6)GermanyBeat two tough opponents to make playoffs, Kiel and Berlin Adler
7Carlstad Crusaders(13-1)SwedenDominated Swedish league and won championship easily
8Kiel Baltic Hurricanes(10-5)GermanyFaded and finished 4th in German North
9Stuttgart Scorpions(10-2)GermanyLost badly again to the Unicorns
10Helsinki Roosters(14-1)FinlandAdvanced to Finnish final beating Butchers 32-0
11Prague Black Panthers(13-6)Czech Rep.Won Czech league championship
12Vukovi Belgrade(16-3)SerbiaWon CEFL championship and had an amazing 16-3 season
14Berlin Adler(8-6)GermanyLost two of final three including playoff clincher to Cologne
15Thonon-les-bains Black Panthers(10-2-1)FranceLost in the Champions League semi-finals to Vukovi 19-7
15Danube Dragons(3-5)AustriaLost to Swarco in Austrian semis 34-0 to end their season.
16Copenhagen Towers(9-2)DenmarkUndefeated in Denmark.
17Basel Gladiators(12-2)SwitzerlandWon Swiss championship
18Marburg Mercenaries(9-5)GermanyLost two in a row fading in German South
19Milano Seamen(11-1)ItalyWon Italian championship handily
20London Warriors(11-0)UKClass of football in UK. Advanced to the final.

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.