Frankfurt Universe Win European Football League Final

The Samsung Frankfurt Universe have won the first major title in the club’s history Saturday downing the Amsterdam Crusaders from Holland at Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion in the European Football League final 35-21 with over 6,000 wildly cheering fans looking on.

Universe quarterback Marcus McDade threw two touchdown passes to David Giron and one to George Robinson and René Möll while scoring one himself in defeating the stubborn Dutch team.

Amsterdam quarterback Allan Bridgford scored twice for the Crusaders and threw a touchdown pass to Rajiv Hooi in the loss.

Frankfurt took a 22-14 lead into halftime after Amsterdam had gone up 14-13 midway through the second quarter. But Ricardo Rodrigues kicked a 26 yard field goal late in the second quarter and McDade tossed a touchdown pass to Möll to regain the lead which Frankfurt never relinquished.

Giron scored both his touchdowns in the second half extending the Universe lead to 35-14 before Bridgford managed to find the end zone again for a touchdown. But it was too little too late for a valiant Crusaders team.

MVP of the game was Frankfurt running back Jesse Lewis whose ground game kept Amsterdam off balance the entire 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.