AFI recaps American football week across Europe


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It was another busy weekend American football in Europe.

The German Football League finished the regular season while Finland Maple League the semi-finals have taken place. In Denmark, a match has been played while the European Football League also finished his regular season. Ultimately, Swiss National League played two games as the 2021 season draws to a close. Finally, the Norwegian American Football League kicked off his first season since 2019 with a game.

Denmark

The Søllerød Gold Diggers (5-1) retained the first place in the Danish National League by beating the Copenhagen Towers (4-2) 27-26 in overtime.

ELF

In a battle for last place in the ELF playoffs, the Wroclaw Panthers used a solid second half to beat the Leipzig Kings 21-13 to advance to the semi-finals.

The Frankfurt Galaxy (9-1) allowed just one late touchdown in the final game of the 2021 regular season against the Cologne Centurions (5-5), easily beating their opponents in the semi-finals 45-7 .

The Berlin Thunder (3-7) ended the 2021 ELF season on a high note by shutting out the Stuttgart Surge (2-8) 38-0.

Finland

The Helsinki Roosters were ruthless in their semifinal clash against the Porvoo Butchers of the Finnish Maple League, beating them 49-7 after taking a 35-0 lead in the third quarter. The Roosters face the Kuopio Steelers in the Maple Bowl.

Defending Finnish champions the Kuopio Steelers wereted no time in their semi-final clash against the Seinäjoki Crocodiles, taking a 35-7 lead in the third quarter before relaxing and climbing to a victory from 52-14. Kuopio will now face the Helsinki Roosters in the Maple Bowl.

Germany

The Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns (10-0) simply crushed the understaffed Stuttgart Scorpions (1-9), shutting them out 43-0 to end the German Football League season as the only undefeated team in the league.

The Dresden Monarchs (9-1) ended the German Football League regular season by whipping the Potsdam Royals (7-3) 63-7 to claim first place in GFL North.

The Saar Hurricanes (8-2) knocked out the Ravensburg Razorbacks (5-5) from the playoffs by beating them 27-15 in the last weekend of play in the GFL. The Hurricanes, the # 2 GFL South team, will now prepare to face the # 3 GFL North, the Cologne Crocodiles, in the quarter-finals.

The Munich Cowboys (6-4) earned the fourth and final playoff spot in the GFL South by beating the Allgäu Comets (6-3) 17-7. Munich will face GFL North # 1, Dresden Monarchs in the first round of the playoffs.

The Frankfurt Universe (1-8) claimed their first GFL win of the season in the final game of the year, beating the Marburg Mercenaries (2-8) 30-27.

The Cologne Crocodiles (6-4) consolidated their third-seeded place in GFL North by beating their division rivals, the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions (5-5), 33-21. The Crocodiles will now face the GFL South # 2 Saarland Hurricanes while the Lions will face the GFL South # 1, Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns.

Norway

Reigning Norwegian champions (2019) Oslo Vikings (1-0) opened the 2021 season with a clear 35-3 victory over VÃ¥lerenga Trolls (0-1).

Switzerland

The Bern Grizzlies (6-1) consolidated their second place in the Swiss league by defeating the Geneva Seahawks (3-3) 24-14 with one game left in the regular season.

The Basel Gladiators (2-5) claimed their second victory of the Swiss season by beating the Zurich Renegades (0-6) 28-7.

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