Max Sommer re-signs as HC of European champions, Team Austria

The American Football Federation of Austria, AFBÖ, has announced the re-signing of Max Sommer as head coach of the Austrian national team.

The 35 year old Sommer., who took over the Austrian national team in 2019, led Austria to its first ever European championship two months ago by defeating Team Finland 28-0 in the gold medal final. This was Austria’s third final appearance. They had reached the European final in 2014 only to be defeated 30-27 by Germany in double overtime at home in Ernst Happel Stadium. Austria also made it to the final in 2018 but lost to Team France 28-14.

Since Sommer took over the program, Team Austria has yet to lose a game.

Head Coach Max Sommer on the contract extension:

“I am proud and pleased to be the head coach of Team Austria for the next two years. After the historic European Championship title, it is time for new goals. Germany’s participation in the next European Championship is of course a special incentive. We all know that there is still unfinished business here and a first win against the team from the north would mean a big milestone for Austrian football. Now we have to do our homework, open a new chapter and move into the 2024/25 European Championship with concentrated Austrian power.”

The next IFAF European Championship kicks off in 2024 with two games and culminates in late 2025.

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