PREVIEW: 2014 Football European Championships – Team Germany

“..although they have been a stronger team in the past few tournaments, the Germans must not underestimate the teams from the North!”

Everyday this week AFI will be bringing you an introduction to each country represented in this year’s 2014 Eat the Ball Football European Championship taking place in Austria from May 30th to June 7th. Game venues in the preliminary round will include Graz and St. Poelten, while the final games of the championship will be held at the Ernst Happel- Stadium in Vienna.

Today:

GERMANY

Reigning European champion and title defender, Germany has made it to the final game at every one of the last four European Championships. Apart from its titles in 2001 and 2010, Germany also won silver twice (’87, ’00) and bronze four times (’83, ’85, ’89, and ’93). The German National Team is one of the 2014 favorites in the race for the gold and one of the for one of the open spots in the Stockholm 2015 World Championships!

THE DETAILS

Team Germany has been in camp in Frankfurt since Sunday, doing two a days and will be traveling to Austria on Thursday. They have had little preparation as group apart from an international friendly against Japan a few weeks ago, the German-Japan Bowl.

The Germans open up the tournament with a Group A game against Finland on Friday, May 30th. They then a few days off before battling Sweden on June 3rd. Both games with be played in St. Poelten, Austria.

 WHO WILL QB?

The Germans return 27 of 45 players from the 2011 World Cup, when the Germans represented the top European team in their third World Cup appearance back in 2011. This might seem like a large number, but there might be some key roles still up in the air.

From journalist Nicolas Martin:

This is always difficult in a football national team. It’s going to be the first tournament in ages where Jo Ullrich is not the starting QB for Germany. Talent coming up at the position, Marco Ehrenfried will be starter I assume, more competition to come at the position in the next years.

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KEYS FOR GERMANY

The Germans must get into rhythm early in the tournament to compensate for lack of preparation compared to other countries. And although they have been a stronger team in the past few tournaments, the Germans must not underestimate the teams from Sweden and Finland, who have put together strong teams for the 2014 Eat the Ball European Championships!

First with Finland, no other pairing has been played more often at the European Championships then German versus Finland. This is the seventh time the teams have met here, each team winning three of the previous six meetings. Germany won most recently at the 2010 European Championships. The Finns are returning many players from that matchup for years ago, all four years strong and wiser and seeking revenge. This is sure to be a great match-up!

 TEAM GERMANY 45 MAN ROSTER

NumberNameClubPositionHeight (m)Weight (kg)
18Aurieus AdegbesanSchwäbisch Hall UnicornsWR205 98
33Baris AtakanBerlin RebelsWLB190 95
12Donnie AvantCologne FalconsCB190100 
76Oliver BeeckKiel Baltic Hurricanes C/G188127 
56Hendrik BleierCologne FalconsSLB190120 
7 John BrennerSchwäbisch Hall Unicorns H193100 
88Cedric ClarkFrankfurt UniverseDT207121 
75Kevin DornWiesbaden PhantomsT196126 
8 Marco EhrenfriedSchwäbisch Hall UnicornsQB196101 
13Manuel EngelmannDusseldorf PhanterQB193100 
65Robin Fensch Kiel Baltic HurricanesG/T190120 
22Fabien GaertnerMunich CowboysRB184 94 
54Simon GavandaDusseldorf PhanterDE190108 
21Patrick GeigerStuttgart ScorpionsRB178102 
6 Leonard GreenKiel Baltic HurricanesCB185 86 
71Robert HagerBerlin RebelsT197130 
85Dominic HanselmannNew Yorker LionsWR/LS180 90 
87January HilgenfeldtDresden MonarchsWR/K182 88 
50Kerim HomriNew Yorker LionsMLB180101 
26Falk Horn KielBaltic HurricanesSS185 88 
92Lars ImbergRhein-Neckar BanditsDT194123 
73Hannes IrmerNew York LionsC/G188115 
20Gerhard JägerSchwäbisch Hall UnicornsFS172 80 
9 Joseph JoynerFranken KnightsWR/KR183 86 
81Gregor LietzauBerlin RebelsWR/P182 85 
11Enrico MartiniTirol RaidersCB178 80 
58Nelson MokwenaNew Yorker LionsDT193120 
4 Paul MotzkiSaarland HurricanesCB180 82 
23Danilo Naranjo GonzalesBerlin AdlerWR192103 
43Mario NowakBerlin AdlerMLB186105 
44Thomas RauchSchwäbisch Hall UnicornsDL193105 
47Sven RiegerNew Yorker LionsNT197132 
84Niklas RomansNew Yorker LionsWR192 95 
69Christian RotheSchwäbisch Hall UnicornsG/T/C130 
64Sascha SauerKiel Baltic HurricanesG/C196145 
41Mark ScherenbergCologne FalconsSS183 90 
27Mario SchmittBerlin AdlerCB180 85 
31Ivo SchoenbernerDresden MonarchsFB180113 
3 Sebastian Schönberg BroichDusseldorf PhanterFS187 87 
89Benedict SchumannBasel GladiatorsTE194120 
30Phillipp StursbergLübeck CougarsSLB193115 
77Matthias UrmesFreiburg SacristansG/T196126 
2 Danny WashingtonRhein-Neckar BanditsRB175 95 
90Wild MaximilianMunich CowboysDT193110 
96Robert ZernickeNew Yorker LionsDE188 115

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John McKeon
John McKeon is a former professional and collegiate American Football player and coach now living and working in New York. His goal is to spread news, information, and opinion on the global growth of the sport he loves.
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