Video – European League of Football: Rating the Berlin Thunder class of 2024 imports

The Berlin Thunder have been in the unfortunate situation of being in European League of Football purgatory for the past three seasons. They needed to make an impact with their import positions this season and they have certainly made an impact on the landscape for the 2024 ELF season. Today, we shall delve into what they have landed on for this year, many returning players, league greats and new faces to the Thunder.

The main focus of the defense is, of course, Kyle Kitchens. The two-time defensive player of the year in the ELF is returning for another season. He led the league once again while facing double teams for the majority of the season.

Alex Spillum at defensive back returns to the team so, he was one of the most underrated defensive backs in the league last season with five interceptions.  On offense, Aaron Jackson returns also, as one of the best return players in the league and an elite level receiver. Thunder fans will be ecstatic to have him back alongside their German receivers. Throwing the ball will be long-time Frankfurt Galaxy player and former Offensive Player of the Year, Jakeb Sullivan. The big question is, can Sullivan replicate his 2021 form and win another championship?

Get ready for a lot of northern European athletes on defense. Viljo Lempinen returns, the lengthy Finnish defensive back is looking to make a big impact in the secondary. His countryman, Aleski Olavuo on the defensive line will be the Swiss army knife of this team. Having a history with the Berlin Rebels at multiple positions, mostly including defensive tackle and offensive line. The Swedish athletes are also among Europe’s best.

Swedish LB Ludvig Myren Photo: Eric Muehle

Ludvig Myren is one of the best young linebackers in the league while Emil Hovde shares the distinction but on the defensive line. Lucas Lavin is one of the best European offensive linemen who is joining after seasons away in the States playing Div. 1 football. He will be a massive impact player from day one. Last but certainly not least, Harry Sayer, the former Milano Seamen offensive lineman was the starting right tackle on an underrated line in Italy. He now takes his talent to Berlin where he will be in an improved team where he could be in line for some more personal accolades.

Swedish DL Emil Hovde Photo: Eric Muehle

That will round off the group. A very interesting spine of a team with a clear emphasis on the offensive line and skill positions. The Berlin Thunder could be a very interesting team coming into the 2024 season.