Two German – Austrian Match Ups
Group B kicks off the BIG6 European Football league season with the Swarco Raiders visiting the Berlin Adler. For Group A the game of Vienna Vikings vs. New Yorker Lions decides the first Eurobowl XXX finalist.
In the duel of the Berlin Adler against the Swarco Raiders on Sunday, 3:00 pm at the Berliner Poststadium the Austrian team has to be favored. The Raiders have not only won all their games in the Austrian Football League but also all their games in the Battle4Tyrol.
For the Adler the situation is less clear. The GFL season starts May 7th, so they do not know where they stand yet. The most obvious new face for “Hauptstadtfootball” is Paul Zimmermann, a german QB who is only 19 years old. His head coach Eric Schramm is convinced that he will stand the test.
For the Adler it is a match up with their former Head Coach Shuan Fatah, who is now heading the Raider’s sideline. With him the Adler had won the German Bowl in 2009 and the Eurobowl in 2010.
In his first season for the Swarco Raiders Fatah lead them to a Eurobowl victory. His reputation in Austria even led to him being promoted to the Head Coach position of the Austrian national team.
Even though his team has won all games so far he warns his team to not take Berlin lightly. “The BIG6 are very strong this year. Against Berlin we have had some difficulties in the past. No matter how good or bad they are in any season, they know how to fight and they play hard until the last whistle. We need to bring our best game in order to win this weekend.”
In group A the Vienna Vikings host the New Yorker Lions. It is the game of the reigning Eurobowl Champion against the record holder. Vienna already owns 5 Eurobowl trophies, while the Lions won their third Eurobowl last season. Both teams together have won 22 national championships.
Chris Calaycay, Vienna’s head coach knows about the difficult task: “We have to play the reigning Eurobowl Champion and the Lions are the team to beat in the last two years. We expect a very strong team on Sunday. But we already have 4 wins and our own fans supporting us.”
For both teams only a win counts as only the first ranked team of both groups qualifies for the Eurobowl final. Vienna has already won its first game against the Aix-en-Provence Argonauts with 42:0.
It is the third time that those two teams meet. Both have one one of those matches, this time it is the first time that the game is played in Vienna. The Vikings will play their first BIG6 game in the FAC-Stadium in Floridsdorf.
So, April 24th, 15:00, FAC Stadion Floridsdorf: Vienna Vikings – New Yorker Lions
So, April 24th, 15.00, Poststadion Berlin: Berlin Adler – Swarco Raiders Tirol