The German Bowl saw two completely new teams compete against each other, the Badener Greifs making their only appearance in the championship game to date, while the Berlin Adler won their first of, as of , six national championships.
Both teams went into the German Bowl without a defeat all season. The Adler also managed to remain unbeaten in and and only suffered one defeat in , at home against the Cologne Crocodiles.
The league, which had peaked at 26 clubs in four regional divisions in , was reduced to the two-divisional format, with eight teams per division.
The Panther earned their fourth title in , defeating the Munich Cowboys, which, in the following year, won the championship themselves, against Cologne Crocodiles, who suffered their fourth defeat in their fourth German Bowl.
Munichs title in an undefeated season was to be the last occasion for the next twelve years that a team from the South would reach the final, and the last time until , that a team from the South would win the championship.
The Bundesliga and the German Bowl were from now on dominated by the North. In , 14 clubs in two divisions of seven competed in the league, from , the division strength was reduced to six.
For the next 16 seasons, six teams per division was the set number, with occasional seasons going underway in reduced strength because of late withdrawals.
Also, an inter conference round was introduced in , with teams from different divisions now meeting for the first time during the regular season.
In , the Blue Devils then reversed the fortunes and defeated the Panthers in the final. The most dominant era of any team in German football begun in , when the Braunschweig Lions reached and won the German Bowl for the first time.
The Lions would play in every one of the next twelve German Bowls, up until , and win seven of those. Their first title, in , was won against the Cologne Crocodiles, who were now five out five in German Bowl defeats.
The following six seasons, the final was contested by the Lions and the Blue Devils on five occasions, with the Lions winning in and , while the Blue Devils won , and Only in did neither of those two win the Bowl, instead, the Cologne Crocodiles finally reversed their fortunes and won a championship in their sixth attempt.
Braunschweig lost a fifth final in a row in , when the Berlin Adler won their first title in 13 years.
After this, the Braunschweig Lions set a new record, winning four German Bowls straight, beating four different teams in the finals. In , the Blue Devils were once more the opposition, followed by two southern teams, the Marburg Mercenaries in and the Stuttgart Scorpions in , in an unbeaten season for the Lions.
The seventh title for the Lions came in , against the new force of the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes. Kiel also played in the final, losing to the Berlin Adler, before finally being successful in and winning their first title against the same team.
In , the league season has been expanded from 72 to 98 games because of the enlargement of the league. The season saw a return to northern dominance with all four southern teams knocked out in the quarter finals and the German Bowl contested by the revived Braunschweig Lions, now as the New Yorker Lions, and the Dresden Monarchs who made their first appearance in the championship final, with the Lions winning their eighth German Bowl in a close game with the only turnover coming with the last play when Dresden was driving down the field for a potentially game winning score.
The season began with the withdrawal of the Hamburg Blue Devils before the start of the season, leaving the northern division with only seven clubs.
Success in American football in Germany and at the German Bowl differs hugely between the clubs from the northern and the southern division, with the south, as of , only winning eight German Bowls and the north the remaining Similarly, southern clubs have only made 20 appearances in the Bowl, while northern clubs have appeared 54 times.
After the first three German Bowls, the final was never again contested by two southern clubs. Since the end of the golden era of the Ansbach Grizzlies in , southern clubs have only made nine appearances in the championship game and suffered a championship drought from to From to no southern team reached the German Bowl, with twelve consecutive finals played without southern participation.
On five occasions no southern team progressed beyond the quarter finals. In , , , and all four semi-finalists came from the northern division.
The disparity is also documented by the inter conference games held from to between the northern and southern divisions.
Of the games played in this era, the north won , almost 75 percent, the south only 48 while two were drawn: As a sign of the strong influence of Americans in the game in Germany, upon formation of the Bundesliga in , there was no restriction on how many foreigners a team could field.
The only stipulation was, that every team had to field a minimum of three German nationals at any time. Soon, this changed, and the allowed number of foreigners on the field for a team at any given time, in this case specifically, Americans, was reduced to five.
In , this number was reduced to four, in to three and, by , only two were allowed on the field for a team at any given time. In November , a new Bundesspielordnung , the rule book of American football in Germany, was published.
One major change was that the sport now placed citizens of European Union countries on equal footing with German nationals, meaning, restrictions on the number of these players per team on the field were now not in place anymore.
However, the restrictions on non-EU nationals remained in place, unless those players could prove that they had spent at least three years playing for a youth team in the sport in Germany.
For the season, a club can sign up up to ten non-EU players, have six of those on the line-up for any given game but only two of those on the field at any given time.
These restrictions are specifically in place for US, Canadian, Mexican and Japanese citizens and, on request, exemptions can be made for players from countries without established structures in the sport.
This rule is designed to prevent an advantage to the wealthier clubs, who could otherwise recruit a large number of players from the traditional American football countries.
German Bowl participants since The placings in the league since the renaming of the league to GFL after the season: This is a list of the winners of the regional divisions of the GFL.
The Ansbach Grizzlies still have won the secondmost titles in the south, seven, despite not having competed in the league since Since the inception of the Eurobowl in , German clubs have taken part in the competition in most seasons.
In most cases, the German Bowl winner of the previous season was qualified. In some seasons more than one German club took part in the competition.
On ten occasions clubs from Germany have won the Eurobowl. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. List of clubs in the German Football League.
The colours are derived from the 19th-century flag of the North German State of Prussia. In , the away colours then changed back to a black shirt and white shorts, but at the tournament, the team dressed up in the black shorts from the home kit.
The German team next resumed the use of a green shirt on its away kit, but then changed again to red-and-black striped shirts with white stripes and letters and black shorts.
Adidas AG is the longstanding kit provider to the national team, a sponsorship that began in and is contracted to continue until at least Germany plays its home matches among various stadiums, in rotation, around the country.
They have played home matches in 43 different cities so far, including venues that were German at the time of the match, such as Vienna , Austria, which staged three games between and Other common host cities include Hamburg 34 matches , Stuttgart 32 , Hanover 28 and Dortmund.
Another notable location is Munich , which has hosted numerous notable matches throughout the history of German football, including the FIFA World Cup Final , which Germany won against the Netherlands.
Germany has won the World Cup four times, behind only Brazil five titles. Germany also has the distinction of having an Elo football rating of following their victory in the World Cup, which was higher than any previous champion.
Germany has also won the European Championship three times Spain and France are the only other multiple-time winners with three and two titles respectively , and finished as runners-up three times as well.
The deciding game was a scoreless draw in Albania which gave Yugoslavia the edge, having won in their neighbour country. The team finished out of top eight only in two occasions, the tournaments of  and See also East Germany and Saarland for the results of these separate German teams, and Austria for the team that was merged into the German team from to The following players were selected for the friendly game against Russia and the Nations League game against the Netherlands on 15 and 19 November The following players have also been called up to the Germany squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
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