All but one 2018 European championship has been decided with the German, Danish and Ukrainian champions the last three titles. The final championship game for the Croatian title is scheduled for December.
Let’s take a look back at the 29 champions from each country and the Eurobowl, Central European Football League (CEFL), Northern European Football League (NEFL) and Superfinal (CEFL vx NEFL) champions. Click on the links for a recap of each championship game. Austria’s Swarco Raiders had the distinction of getting a hat trick, winning three championships; the Austrian title, CEFL title and the Superfinal.
In perhaps the most thrilling Austrian championship game on record, the Swarco Raiders outlasted the Dacia Vienna Vikings, beating the 51-48 in front of 5,500 fans in St. Pölten, Austria to win Austrian Bowl XXXIV.
The Riga Lions from Latvia defeated Team Estonia 28-20 to win the Baltic League title.
Central European Football League
With 4,000 fans looking on a Tivoli Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria, the Swarco Raiders defeated the Istanbul Koc Rams from Turkey 49-20 to capture CEFL Bowl XIII and repeat as CEFLchampions.
The Croatian championship game is scheduled for December.
The Braunschweig New York Lions captured Eurobowl XXXII beating the Frankfurt Universe 20-19, rewriting the Eurobowl history books in winning their fourth straight title and sixth overall. With the win, the Lions surpassed the Vienna Vikings who have won five.
The Helsinki Roosters capped a perfect and perhaps their most impressive, season in their 40 year long history by downing the upstart Kuopio Steelers 44-14 at Telia 5G Stadium in Helsinki, Finland in Maple Bowl XXXIX to win their seven consecutive Finnish crown.
The La Courneuve Flash defended their FFFA – Fédération Française de Football Américain title – Casque de Diamant – a week ago and won their 11th overall by defeating the Thonon Black Panthers 20-14 in a hard fought battle.
The Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns defended their German Football League title in a thrilling come-from-behind, edge-of-your-seat 21-19 victory over the Frankfurt Universe in German Bowl XL at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin.
The Budapest Wolves downed the Miskolc Steelers 34-30 in the Hungarian Football League’s championship final at Szusza Ferenc Stadium in Újpest, Hungary.
The Hilversum Hurricanes defeated the Lelystad Commanders 24-13 to win their third Tulip Bowl and first since 2001.
As the record-breaking crowd on hand at the new Kraft Family Sports Campus sang and danced throughout Israel Bowl XI, the Jerusalem Lions captured their second consecutive Israel Bowl title, and third overall in franchise history beating the Petah Tikva Troopers 28-20.
Northern European Football League, NEFL
The Oslo Vikings captured their third consecutive Norwegian title and 12th overall in trouncing the Åsane Seahawks 65-0 at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway and in front of a national TV audience in Norway.
The Warsaw Eagles have won their first Polish Superfinal title since 2008 with a convincing 33-12 win over the Poznan Kozly this past weekend in the Polska Liga Futbolu Amerykańskiego championship game.
The Portuscale Dragons defeated the Porto Mutts 6-0 to win their first ever Portuguese championship.
The Cluj Crusaders downed the Bucharest Rebels 10-0 to win the 2018 Romanian Bowl.
The Moscow Spartans have finally joined the ranks of only three teams that have managed to beat the dominant Moscow Patriots for the Russian title (only the now-defunct Black Storm and St. Petersburg Griffins have achieved that feat in 2013 and 2015 respectively). The Spartans outlasted the Patriots in a defensive battle, 7-3.
The Badalona Dracs ran into resistance for the first time in Spain this year and had to overcome a 19 point deficit before defeating the Murcia Cobras 33-26 to capture their third consecutive Spanish title and ninth in their history.
The Swarco Raiders capped a perfect Central European Football League campaign by defeating the Northern European Football League champions, Denmark’s Copenhagen Towers, 45-20 in the Superfinal in front of a sold-out crowd at Copenhagen’s Gentofte Sportspark stadium.
For the first time since 2010, there will be a new name on the Swedish championship trophy as the Stockholm Mean Machines stunned the Swedish American football community, beating the Carlstad Crusaders 42-41 in the Swedish championship final at Stockholm Stadion.
The Kiev Patriots defeated the Lviv Lions 44-6 to capture the Ukrainian championship.