Óscar Calatayud named new head coach for Team Spain

The Spanish Federation of American Football, FEFA (Federeracion Espana de Futbol Americano), have announced that Badalona Dracs head coach, Oscar Calatayud, will take over as head coach of the Spanish national team, Team Spain.

The Dracs won the 2021 Spanish title, the team’s fifth in a row, a week ago, defeating the Laz Rozas Black Demons 31-21.

He takes over from Talib Wise (current head coach of the Warsaw Eagles in the Polish Football League) who was head coach of Team Spain for two years.

Calatayud’s record as a head coach for Badalona is stunning. Since taking over the Dracs prior to the 2006 season, he has led them to six Spanish league titles, the last five in a row, and four Spanish Cup wins. His overall record since 2006 is 122-38-1 but since 2016 he has lost just two games against Spanish teams as head coach of the Dracs and won 56. Add to this the four league titles he won as a player and he is without equal.

Team Spain last played a game in October 2019 in IFAF Group B qualifying when they defeated Turkey 30-25 after having lost to the Hungarian national team 24-7 two weeks previous. The IFAF European Championship Group B was supposed to return to action in 2020 when Spain was to play Israel and Belgium, while Turkey was scheduled to face the Belgians and Team Hungary. However, due to the pandemic, those games were postponed but are planned for later this year.

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