World Bowl '91
World Bowl 91, also commonly referred to as World Bowl I, was the first annual
championship game of the World League of American Football. It took place June
9, 1991 at London's Wembley Stadium. The game featured a matchup between the Barcelona Dragons and the London
Monarchs. The Monarchs would win 21-0 in front of 61,108 fans.
Both teams finished the 1991 season with the two best records in the WLAF. The
Monarchs' 9-1 mark qualified them for the playoffs as European division champions, while the Dragons finished 8-2 and qualified
as a wildcard. Ironically, the Monarchs' only blemish on their record came at the hands of the Dragons, 20-17, at Wembley
Stadium on the last week of the regular season.
Both teams had to travel to North America to win their respective playoff
games. The Dragons defeated the Birmingham Fire (North American West champions), 10-3, while the Monarchs won 42-26 at North
American East champion New York-New Jersey (a road game forced by a scheduling conflict with a soccer match at Wembley Stadium).
Quarterbacks for the game, Scott Erney and Stan Gelbaugh, played high school football less than five minutes away from each
other, at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High and Cumberland Valley High School.
Barcelona started the game with excellent field position, as London wide receiver Dana Brinson fumbled
the opening kickoff, and the Dragons took over on the Monarchs 18-yard line. However, the Monarchs defense shut down the Dragons
offense, and London recovered a muffed field goal attempt (the first of 6 Dragon turnovers on the day). The teams traded possessions,
with London taking over just before the end of the first quarter. Monarchs quarterback Stan Gelbaugh, who had finished the
season as the league's offensive MVP, hit Jon Horton with a 69 yard touchdown pass to give the Monarchs a 7-0 lead at the
close of the 1st quarter. On the Dragons' next possession, quarterback Scott Erney was intercepted by Dan Crossman, who returned
his second pick of the game for a touchdown. Crossman would add another interception later in the second quarter, setting
up a 14 yard pass from Gelbaugh to Judd Garrett, giving London a 21-0 lead and all the offense it would need.
tried, but could not come back in the second half, as the hometown Monarchs won in front of a raucous London crowd. The crowd
was also treated late in the game by the entry of running back Victor Ebubedike, born in London and a member of the Monarchs
as per WLAF rules; he would gain 3 yards on his only carry of the game.
The Monarchs' win turned out to be the only
shutout in World Bowl history. Judd Garrett finished the day with 13 receptions, a World Bowl record that would never be surpassed.
Dan Crossman's 3 interceptions easily earned him the World Bowl MVP award, the only time a defensive player would be so honored.
- TD Horton 59 yd pass from Gelbaugh (Alexander kick) - 15:00 elapsed 1st Qtr
- London - TD Crossman 20 yd
interception return (Alexander kick) - 2:42 elapsed 2nd Qtr
- London - TD Garrett 14 yd pass from Gelbaugh
(Alexander kick) - 14:17 elapsed 2nd Qtr
World Bowl '92
Surge won the game, 21-17, behind QB David Archer's MVP performance (22 of 33 for 286 Yards with 2 Touchdowns and 1 Interception).
The game would be the only World Bowl involving two North American-based WLAF teams, as well as the only World Bowl played
on North American soil. It would also be the last game either team would play, and the last WLAF game until 1995 as the league
sought to restructure.
The Surge and Thunder finished
with identical 8-2 records, the best win-loss record in the league. Orlando, the winners of the North American East division,
easily handled Birmingham 45-7 in the playoff semifinal round, while North American West champ Sacramento defeated Barcelona,
The Thunder struck first with a 12-play, 98-yard
drive that was capped off when Thunder QB Scott Mitchell threw a 10-yard TD pass to FB Mike Mathes for the only score in the
first quarter. In the second quarter, the Surge got into the game with Louis Orengo's 32-yard field goal. The Thunder's second
drive wasn't as successful as their first, so they had to punt. Fortunately for the Thunder, the Surge's All-World receiver
Eddie Brown fumbled the punt, allowing the Thunder to recover the ball at Sacramento's 9-yard line. Two plays later, Mitchell
threw an 8-yard TD pass to Willis Davis in the back of the end zone to increase their lead to 14-3. With the first half winding
down and the Surge in a desperate attempt to cut the lead, Sacramento QB David Archer's pass was intercepted by Thunder DB
Malcolm Frank at midfield and returned to the Surge's 9-yard line. However, the Surge defense held their ground and forced
the Thunder to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Tracey Bennett. Archer then piloted a quick Sacramento drive that resulted
in a 24-yard Blanchard field goal that reduced the Thunder's lead to 17-6 at the halftime break.
Both sides failed to
score in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Archer was finally able to get the Surge's offense going. He led a 10-play,
85-yard drive that ended with a 12-yard TD pass to TE Paul Green in the back of the end zone. After that touchdown, Archer
completed a two-point conversion pass to Mark Stock, allowing the Surge to trail by three points (17-14 Thunder). Afterwards,
both sides had missed opportunities. A good-looking Thunder drive fell apart as Mitchell fumbled the ball as he got hit in
the backfield. The Surge couldn't capitalize on the fumble recovery as their possession ended with a missed field goal attempt.
Afterwards, Orland tried to put together a time-consuming drive that would drain some time and increase their lead, but thanks
to the Surge pass rush, Mitchell was intercepted by Surge LB Mike Jones, who returned the ball to Orlando's 34-yard line.
Sacramento capitalized on the opportunity as Archer completed a 31-yard pass to RB Mike hill the start of a 4-play, 34-yard
drive that ended with a game-winning 2-yard TD pass from Archer to Eddie Brown (perfect redemption for his fumbled 1st Half
punt). Afterwards, the Surge defense denied any chance of a Thunder comeback, assuring Sacramento a World Bowl victory and
the WLAF championship, 21-17.
- TD Mathes 10 yd pass from Mitchell (Bennett kick) 11:27 elapsed 1st Qtr
- FG Blanchard 32 yd 5:16 elapsed 2nd Qtr
- Orlando - TD Davis 8 yd
pass from Mitchell (Bennett Kick) 8:12 elapsed 2nd Qtr
- Orlando -
FG Bennett 20 yd 14:06 elapsed 2nd Qtr
- Sacramento - FG Blanchard
24 yd 14:59 elapsed 2nd Qtr
- Sacramento - TD Green 12 yd pass from
Archer (2-point: Stock pass from Archer) 3:33 elapsed 4th Qtr
- TD Brown 2 yd pass from Archer (Blanchard kick) 9:16 elapsed 4th Qtr
World Bowl '95
World Bowl '95 (or World Bowl III) was the World League's third World Bowl and
the first World Bowl that was played since the league suspended operations in 1993. The game was played at Olympisch Stadion
in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on June 17, 1995.
This match-up was between the 6-4 Frankfurt Galaxy and the 9-1 Amsterdam Admirals. 23,847 fans witnessed the Galaxy pull off
an upset en route to a 26-22 victory and their first ever World Bowl title. Paul Justin earner MVP honors by going 18 of 36
for 308 Yards with 3 Touchdowns and only 1 Interception.
The Admirals won the first meeting 14-12 in Amsterdam, while the Galaxy took
the second meeting 28-13 in Frankfurt.
sides failed to put up a single point in the first quarter, the Admirals drew first blood by blocking the Galaxy's Darren
Alcorn's 36-yard field goal attempt. Afterwards, Admirals' QB Will Furrer put together a 12-play, 73-yard drive that was capped
off with a 5-yard pass to WR Ernie Jones. However, the Galaxy managed to set up a good kick return to put themselves on Amsterdam's
46-yard line. On just the third play of the drive, Galaxy QB Paul Justin connected with fellow WR Bobby Olive with an 11-yard
pass. Unfortunately, the extra point attempt was no good, as Amsterdam led Frankfurt 7-6 at halftime. In the third quarter,
the Galaxy managed to take the lead for the first time of the game, with a 4-play, 26-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard
pass to Olive. Afterward, the Galaxy increased their lead with a 4-play, 38-yard drive that ended with a 31-yard pass from
Paul Justin to Mike Bellamy. In the fourth quarter, Admirals RB T.C. Wright was hit by Galaxy rookie linebacker Jerry Harper
and fumbled the ball, setting up a 3-play, 44-yard drive that helped increase Frankfurt's lead, with a 30-yard run by Nate
Bolton (extra point attempt missed). Down 26-7, the Admirals needed points and they needed them fast. Furrer was able to put
up a 9-play, 78-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard TD run by T.C. Wright. Afterwards, the Admirals got a 13-play, 58-yard
drive that ended with a 9-yard pass to Wright. After the TD, Furrer connected with Sanjay Beach for the 2-point conversion.
Amsterdam recovered the onside kick and had 34 seconds to come up with a touchdown; however, key passes into the endzone were
deflected by Bernard Tobias, preserving Frankfurt's 4-point lead and giving the Galaxy their first World Bowl title.
- TD E. Jones 5 yd pass from Furrer 13:44 2nd
- Frankfurt - TD Olive 11 yd pass from Justin (PAT failed) 14:10 2nd
- Frankfurt - TD Olive 4 yd pass form Justin 7:28 3rd
- Frankfurt - TD Bellamy 31 yd pass from Justin 11:08
- Frankfurt - TD Bolton 30 yd run (PAT failed) 4:37 4th
- Amsterdam - TD Wright 1 yd run 8:06 4th
- TD Wright 9 yd pass from Furrer (2-Point: Beach from Furrer) 14:26 4th
World Bowl '96
World Bowl '96 (or World Bowl IV), the championship game
of American football's WLAF, took place at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 23, 1996. The 7-3 Scottish Claymores defeated the 7-3 Frankfurt Galaxy (the defending
champions) 32-27 and, led by head coach Jim Criner, completed the league's first ever worst to first turnaround. Claymores
wide receiver Yo Murphy was voted MVP for his 163 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.
38,982 fans were in attendance that
day, the highest in Claymores history and the largest crowd ever assembled for an American football game in Scotland.
Claymores swept the regular season series against the Galaxy (20-0 in Frankfurt & 20-17 in Edinburgh).
The game got off to a fast start as Claymore safety George Coghill, on the
opening kickoff, stripped the ball from Mario Bailey's arms. After the ball came out, Markus Thomas used his running back
speed to return the ball 25 yards for a touchdown, allowing Scottish rugby legend Gavin Hastings to kick the successful PAT.
However, the Galaxy would respond to the Claymores challenge, by having an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Jay Kearney
running 16 yards on a reverse play for a touchdown. The Galaxy also flexed their defensive muscle when CB Bernard Tobias made
2 of his game high 3 interceptions in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Galaxy QB Steve Pelluer would develop a 6-play,
30-yard drive that concluded with a 2-yard TD pass to Mario Bailey. For the first time in the game, the Galaxy led the Claymores,
but Scotland's finest refused to enter halftime trailing. Claymore QB Jim Ballard would lead two successful drives, late in
the half. First, a 2-play, 39-yard would set up a 6-yard pass to eventual MVP Yo Murphy (PAT failed). Then, a 3-play, 15-yard
drive would set the stage for a 16-yard pass to Murphy, but the 2-point try failed, due to the Galaxy's pass rush. Still,
the Claymores regained their lead, being ahead 19-14 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Claymores increased their lead
by adding Paul McCallum's 46-yard field goal to their score. However, the Galaxy would respond with a 4-play, 74-yard drive
that ended with a 32-yard pass to Mario Bailey, but they failed on the 2-point conversion. The Claymores would respond big
with a 71-yard TD pass from Jim Ballard to Yo Murphy (PAT failed). In the fourth quarter, the Claymores would get four points
on a 50-yard field goal by Paul McCallum. With the Galaxy down 32-20, they needed points and they needed them fast. They would
manage a 7-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard pass from Steve Pelluer to Mike Bellamy. After the Galaxy managed
to get the ball back, they had less than a minute to get a touchdown and defend their title. Some quick passes helped Frankfurt
get pass midfield, but when the Galaxy reached a 4th & short situation, the mood throughout Murrayfield Stadium was tension.
When the ball was snapped, the hand-off to Ingo Seibert was fumbled. Steve Pelluer managed to recover the ball and pick up
the first down, but then, a flag was thrown. The referees stated that the fourth down rule was in effect (see 4th Down rule
below). Since another player recovered the ball, the play was blown dead. It was that play and that rule that preserved the
Claymores lead, giving them their 1996 World Bowl title.
- TD Thomas 25 yd fumble recovery 0:11 1st
- Frankfurt - TD Kearney 16 yd run 6:27 1st
- Frankfurt - TD Bailey
2 yd pass from Pelluer 4:39 2nd
- Scotland - TD Murphy 6 yd pass from Ballard 14:02 2nd
- Scotland - TD Murphy
16 yd pass from Ballard 14:52 2nd
- Scotland - FG McCallum 46 yd 6:46 3rd
- Frankfurt - TD Bailey 32 yd pass
from Pelluer (2-Point failed)
- Scotland - TD Murphy 71 yd pass from Ballard 9:42 3rd (PAT failed)
- 4-point FG McCallum 50 yd 5:06 4th
- Frankfurt - TD Bellamy 5 yd pass from Pelluer 12:10 4th
World Bowl '97
World Bowl '97 (or World Bowl V) was NFL Europe's 1997 championship
game. The game was played at Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain on June
22, 1997. This World Bowl was played between the 7-3 Rhein Fire and the 5-5 Barcelona Dragons. 31,100 fans were
in attendance as the Dragons won their first and only World Bowl title in franchise history by beating the Fire 38-24. Dragons
QB Jon Kitna was given MVP honors, by going 23 of 31 for 401 Yards with 2 Touchdowns and only 1 Interception.
Dragons won the first meeting 27-12 in Düsseldorf, while the Fire won the second meeting 38-23 in Barcelona.
The Rhein Fire managed to get the game's early sparks going as they had a 9-play,
46-yard drive that led to a 31-yard field goal by Manfred Burgsmüller. However, the Dragons would put up some real fire
power, as Dragons QB Jon Kitna led a 4-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off with a 13-yard run by Terry Wilburn. Then,
more than halfway through the first quarter, as Rhein began a drive from deep in their own territory, Fire QB T.J. Rubley
threw an interception towards Dragons safety Carlos Brooks, who returned the ball 16 yards for a touchdown. In the second
quarter, the fireworks managed to start flying. Rubley would lead a 7-play, 39-yard drive and cap it off with a touchdown
on a 3-yard QB sneak. However, Kitna and the Dragons would respond with a 4-play, 79-yard drive that concluded with a 66-yard
TD pass to WR Marcos Martos. Then, a little later in the quarter, the Dragons would further increase their lead with a 5-play,
80-yard drive that ended with a 40-yard pass to WR Alfonzo Browning. However, the Rhein Fire refused to trail 28-10 at halftime.
Near the end of the half, Rubley would lead a 9-play, 56-yard drive that concluded with him running the ball in for a touchdown
on a 1-yard QB sneak. In the third quarter, both sides had their defenses stiffen throughout most of the quarter. However,
the Dragons would eventually get an 8-play, 90-yard drive working for them, as RB Terry Wilburn capped off the drive with
a 4-yard TD run. Trailing 35-17 heading into the fourth quarter, the Rhein Fire had to get some points quick and fast. Unfortunately
for them, the only score that they could get in the final quarter was a 22-yard pass from Rubley to WR Sean Foster. The Dragons
then capped off their World Bowl title with a 34-yard field goal by Jesus Angoy.
- FG Burgsmüller 31 yd 4:47 1st
- Barcelona - TD Wilburn 13 yd run 6:34 1st
- Barcelona - TD Brooks 16
yd INT return 11:05 1st
- Rhein - TD Rubley 3 yd run 0:58 2nd
- Barcelona - TD Martos 66 yd pass from Kitna
- Barcelona - TD Browning 40 yd pass from Kitna 9:01 2nd
- Rhein - TD Rubley 1 yd run 13:13 2nd
- TD Wilburn 4 yd run 12:54 3rd
- Rhein - TD Foster 22 yd pass from Rubley 1:29 4th
- Barcelona - FG Angoy 34
yd 6:11 4th
World Bowl '98
World Bowl '98 (or World Bowl VI) was NFL Europe's 1998 championship
game, located at Waldstadion in Frankfurt, Germany. On June
14, 1998, the 7-3 Rhein Fire went up against the 7-3 Frankfurt Galaxy for the NFL Europe title. 47,846 fans
were in attendance (which was the largest World Bowl crowd since 1991), as the Fire was able to avenge last year's World Bowl
collapse by winning 34-10. Fire QB Jim Arellanes managed to fill in for the injured Mike Quinn and earn MVP honors on his
first official start by going 12 of 18 for 263 Yards with 3 Touchdowns and No Interceptions.
Fire won the first meeting 31-14 in Frankfurt, while the Galaxy took the second meeting 20-17 (OT) in Düsseldorf.
In this World Bowl, two back-up QB's were given the starting job for NFL Europe's
biggest stage. For the Rhein Fire, it was Jim Arellanes and for the Frankfurt Galaxy, it was Chris Dittoe. Even in the thrashing
rain, the Fire managed to light first with a 29-yard field goal by Manny Burgsmüller. Then, near the end of the first
quarter, Arellanes led his Fire on a 10-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off with a 15-yard pass to WR Dialleo Burks. In
the second quarter, the Galaxy finally managed to score, thanks to a 13-play, 80-yard drive that concluded with a 3-yard run
by RB Jermaine Chaney. However, near the end of the first half, the Fire didn't want Frankfurt closing in on them, as Arellanes
lead a 4-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a 20-yard TD pass to Burks, to make the score 17-7 at halftime. In the third
quarter, the Galaxy struggled offensively to get points. In the end, all they could muster up was a 41-yard field goal by
Ralf Kleinmann. For the remainder of the game, it was all Rhein. After Frankfurt's field goal, the Fire wrapped up the third
period with a 74-yard TD pass from Arellanes to WR Marcus Robinson. In the fourth quarter, the Fire managed to put the game
away with Burgsmuller's 20-yard field goal and Jon Vaughn's 15-yard run. When the game clock reached 0:00, the Fire celebrated
their first-ever World Bowl title.
- FG Burgsmüller 29 yd 4:13 1st
- Rhein - TD Burks 15 yd pass from Arellanes 12:29 1st
- Frankfurt - TD
Chaney 3 yd run 4:13 2nd
- Rhein - TD Burks 20 yd pass from Arellanes 11:24 2nd
- Frankfurt - FG Kleinmann 41
yd 2:22 3rd
- Rhein - TD Robinson 74 yd pass from Arellanes 3:52 3rd
- Rhein - FG Burgsmüller 20 yd 11:01
- Rhein - TD Vaughn 15 yd run 13:07 4th
World Bowl '99
World Bowl '99 (or World Bowl VII) was NFL Europe's 1999 championship
game. It was played in Rheinstadion in Düsseldorf, Germany on June 27, 1999. The match-up was between the 6-4 Frankfurt
Galaxy and the 7-3 Barcelona Dragons. 39,643 fans were in attendance to the match-up, as they witnessed Pat Barnes, Jake Delhomme
(future Carolina Panthers QB) and the Galaxy avenge last year's World Bowl loss with a 38-24 victory over the Dragons. Galaxy
WR Andy McCullough captured MVP honors with 6 receptions for 151 Yards and 3 Touchdowns, with his longest reception at 45
The Dragons swept the regular season series against the Galaxy (21-15 (OT) in
Barcelona & 28-26 in Frankfurt).
With the help
of Dragon, Admiral, and Fire fans, Barcelona was able to go deep into Galaxy territory on their opening drive, but Frankfurt's
defense managed to hold its ground, limiting the Dragons to a 38-yard field goal by Jesus Angoy. The Galaxy had their fans
in the game after Ralf Kleinmann's 25-yard field goal tied the game at 3-3. However, the Dragons managed to take advantage
of a defensive pass interference penalty, eventually setting up RB Lawrence Phillips' 4-yard TD run. However, the touchdown
would come at a price. Phillips injured his hamstring shortly after the play and he would have to leave the game. This would
put the Dragons in the passing lane, rather than their normal running game. In the second quarter, the Galaxy would respond
to Barcelona's touchdown by having Galaxy QB Pat Barnes connect with WR Andy McCullough on an 11-yard TD pass. When Frankfurt
got the ball back, Barnes and McCullough hooked up with each other again, with a 32-yard TD pass. After both teams each had
two failed drives, the Galaxy entered halftime, leading 17-10. In the third quarter, the Dragons got back in the game by recovering
a fumble and then, capping off an 8-play, 25-yard drive with Dragons QB Todd Bouman throwing a 5-yard pass to Brian Finneran.
However, Frankfurt responded with a 7-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard run by Rene Ingoglia. Near the beginning
of the fourth quarter, Galaxy QB Jake Delhomme concluded a 14-play, 98-yard drive with an 8-yard TD pass to WR Mario Bailey.
Down 31-17, the Dragons had to get a lot of points really fast. They responded with a 2-yard TD run by Mario Grier. However,
the Galaxy managed to put the game away, with Barnes leading a 9-play, 80-yard drive that ended with MVP Andy McCullough catching
a 7-yard TD pass. With their victory, the Frankfurt Galaxy managed to become the very first NFL Europe team to win two World
- FG Angoy 38 yd 7:10 1st
- Frankfurt - FG Kleinmann 25 yd 11:41 1st
- Barcelona - TD Phillips 4 yd run 14:39
- Frankfurt - TD McCullogh 11 yd pass from Barnes 2:20 2nd
- Frankfurt - TD McCullogh 32 yd pass from Barnes
- Barcelona - TD Finneran 5 yd pass from Bouman 4:50 3rd
- Frankfurt - TD Ingoglia 3 yd run 8:29 3rd
- Frankfurt - TD Bailey 8 yd pass from Delhomme 2:34 4th
- Barcelona - TD Grier 2 yd run 6:02 4th
- TD McCullogh 7 yd pass from Barnes 11:42 4th
World Bowl 2000
World Bowl 2000 (or World Bowl VIII) was NFL Europe's championship game,
which would bring an end to the 2000 NFL Europe season. Played at Waldstadion in Frankfurt, Germany on June 25, 2000, the match-up was between the 6-4 Scottish Claymores and the 7-3 Rhein
Fire. 35,860 fans were in attendance to witness the Fire coming from behind to win a close match-up 13-10. Fire QB Danny Wuerffel
took home MVP honors, despite going 12 of 30 for 90 yards with no touchdowns and 2 Interceptions.
Fire won the first meeting 22-10 in Düsseldorf, while the Claymores won the second meeting 31-24 in Scotland.
In this low-scoring affair, the Rhein Fire struck first when they went 51 yards
on 11 plays in the opening drive, but they could only come up with a 21-yard field goal by Manfred Burgsmuller. The Claymores
responded with their opening drive, by going 75 yards on only three plays and gracefully capping it off with a 36-yard run
by RB Aaron Stecker. In the second quarter, the Claymores increased their lead by going 52 yards on 12 plays, yet ending up
with a 32-yard field goal by Rob Hart. The Fire managed to respond on an 8-play, 34-yard drive, but the Claymore defense made
Rhein settle for a 23-yard field goal by Burgsmuller. Heading into halftime, the Claymores led 10-6 and feeling confident
that they would win another championship title. In the second half of the game, both sides failed to score a single point
in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, it seemed like the Claymores had the game all but won. However, the Fire refused
to go down without a fight. Getting the ball with 5:07 left on the clock, Fire QB Danny Wuerffel led his team on an 8-play,
43-yard drive that was not only time-consuming, but Fire RB Pepe Pearson scored the game-winning touchdown from a yard out.
Even though the Claymores got the ball back and managed to gel some reasonable yardage, Hart's 40-yard field goal attempt
(which would have tied the game up) went wide left, preserving Rhein's small lead and giving them their second World Bowl
title in three years.
- FG Burgsmuller 21 yd 5:12 1st
- Scotland - TD Stecker 36 yd run 6:22 1st
- Scotland - FG Hart 32 yd 5:57 2nd
- Rhein - FG Burgsmuller 23 yd 10:01 2nd
- Rhein - TD Pearson 1 yd run 13:48 4th
World Bowl IX
World Bowl IX was the first World Bowl that didn't have the year that it was played in the title.
It was the 2001 edition of NFL Europe's championship game. The site was the Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
On June 30, 2001, the 6-4 Berlin Thunder took
on the 8-2 Barcelona Dragons. 32,116 fans witnessed Berlin's very first World Bowl title, as they pulled off an upset over
the Dragons, with a final score of 24-17. Thunder QB Jonathan Quinn earned MVP honors with his performance (25/38 for 308
Yards with 3 Touchdowns and 2 Interceptions).
Prior to this World
Bowl, the Dragons swept the regular season series against the Thunder (21-14 on the road and 55-35 at home).
After both teams failed to score on either of their respective opening drives,
the Thunder struck first with Scott Bentley getting four points on a 53-yard field goal. Near the end of the quarter, the
Dragons got on the board as Jesus Angoy kicked a 20-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Dragons got the lead for the
first time of the game with Angoy kicking a 29-yard field goal on Barcelona's opening drive of the second quarter. On their
next possession, the Dragons got the ball at their own 19-yard line. Despite an impressive drive, consisting of 12 plays and
covering 65 yards, the Thunder defense made the Dragons kick a 33-yard field goal instead. Nearing the end of the half, Jonathan
Quinn and the Thunder responded with a 4-play, 67-yard drive that ended with a 46-yard pass to Dwaune Jones. Howeve, the two-point
conversion pass to Ahmad Merritt was overthrown and no good. So, the score at halftime was 10-9, in favor of the Thunder.
In the only score of the third quarter, the Dragons used their second drive of the half to cover 74 yards on just 4 plays
and cap it off with a 58-yard pass from Dragons QB Jarious Jackson to Tony Simmons. Afterwards, Jackson managed to complete
a two-point conversion by passing to Trevor Insley. Trailing 17-10 going into the fourth quarter, Berlin needed to get a least
a touchdown with a successful PAT in order to [at least] tie. The Thunder would manage to get a 7-play, 68-yard drive and
end it with a 17-yard pass to Merritt (making up for the missed two-point). After Axel Kruse nailed the extra point, the score
was tied 17-17. On their next possession, the Thunder would use the opportunity to strike, as Quinn threw the game-winning
53-yard TD pass to Jones. After Kruse nailed the extra point, Berlin would hold off the following Dragon drive and win their
very first World Bowl title in franchise history.
- Scott Bentley 53 yd FG 9:32 1st (BER 4-0)
- BAR - Jesus Angoy 20 yd FG 14:10 1st (BER 4-3)
- BAR - Jesus Angoy
29 yd FG 3:39 2nd (BAR 6-4)
- BAR - Jesus Angoy 33 yd FG 12:30 2nd (BAR 9-4)
- BER - Dwaune Jones 46 yd TD pass
from Jonathan Quinn (conversion failed) 13:57 2nd (BER 10-9)
- BAR - Tony Simmons 58 yd TD pass from Jarious Jackson
(Trevor Insley 2-pt conversion pass from Jarious Jackson) 6:52 3rd (BAR 17-10)
- BER - Ahmad Merritt 17 yd TD pass
from Jonathan Quinn (Bentley kick) 5:13 4th (17-17)
- BER - Dwaune Jones 53 yd TD pass from Jonathan Quinn (Bentley
kick) 10:52 4th (BER 24-17)
June 30, 2001
Berlin Thunder 24
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jonathan Quinn threw for 308 yards and 3 touchdowns as he led the Berlin
Thunder to World Bowl victory in front of 32,116 fans in the Amsterdam ArenA. Quinn threw touchdown passes of 46, 17 and 53
yards, the last going to wide receiver Dwaune Jones with 4:08 remaining in the game.
But victory was not assured until
the final moments of the thrilling contest in the Netherlands when Jarious Jackson's fourth down pass from the 6-yard line
into the Thunder end zone was batted down by defensive tackle Jon Harris with 1:03 remaining. All that remained then was for
World Bowl MVP Quinn to take a knee and clinch the Berlin Thunder's first World Bowl.
The Thunder made a confident start
to World Bowl IX with Jonathan Quinn completing his first six pass attempts for 40 yards as Berlin moved into scoring range.
Quinn hit WR Ahmad Merritt twice for 16 yards and also connected with WR Dwaune Jones on two completions for 19 yards. The
Jacksonville Jaguars allocated passer also picked up a key first down on a fourth down quarterback sneak at midfield. But
the impressive opening drive stalled when Dragons defensive tackle Tim Engelhardt came up with the game's first big defensive
play. The All-NFL Europe League defensive tackle sacked Quinn and stripped the ball loose.
Barcelona defensive end Keith
Washington fell on the ball at his own 34-yard line to give the Dragons possession and end Berlin's scoring threat. The Dragons
handed the ball back to Berlin three players later with a turnover of their own. After catching a pass from Jarious Jackson,
Dragons wide receiver Trevor Insley was hit by CB Dwayne Stukes and fumbled.
Stukes recovered the loose ball at the
Dragons 42-yard line. Berlin couldn't advance further than the 36-yard line but Bentley was accurate with his four-point field
goal attempt from 53 yards. Berlin's next drive ended in bizarre fashion when Quinn was intercepted by Dragons defensive lineman
Teto Simpson at the Thunder 1-yard line. Barcelona couldn't find a way into the end zone as Berlin's defense stiffened and
Angoy was called upon to kick the 20-yard field goal.
A 48-yard punt return by Insley got the Dragons back into scoring
range early in the second quarter. Roderick Robinson hit WR Carlos Rosado for an 18-yard gain before the drive came to a halt
at the 12-yard line. Again, Angoy was on target to give the Dragons their first lead of the game with his 29-yard effort that
made it 6-4 to the Dragons.
Berlin went three and out on their next drive and Barcelona took over on their own 19-yard
line. Robinson continued at quarterback and hit Insley four times for 33 yards. Tony Simmons also caught 2 passes for 15 yards
on the drive. But a fumbled snap on third down forced Robinson to lose yardage by diving on the loose ball.
his third field goal of the first half - this time from 33 yards out to give Barcelona a 9-4 lead late in the second quarter.
But Quinn had one more big play up his sleeve and delivered a 46-yard scoring strike to Jones to give Berlin the lead at the
The Dragons missed a chance to take the lead early in the third quarter when Angoy's 33-yard field goal attempt
was blocked by Berlin DB Billy Gustin.
The key play on the drive was a 44-yard pass from Jackson to Simmons. But Gustin's
special teams heroics for the Thunder ensured Barcelona's drive ended scoreless.
After Berlin went three and out on
their next possession, the Dragons made no mistake as Jackson hit Simmons on a short comeback route. The New England Patriots
allocated star turned upfield and sped away from Thunder DB Lelan Brickus to record a spectacular 58-yard touchdown reception.
Jackson then hit a diving Insley in the end zone for the two-point conversion that gave the Dragons a 17-10 lead midway through
the third period.
Berlin struck back to level the scores with 9:47 remaining in regulation when Quinn lofted a 17-yard
touchdown pass to Merritt.
With the game reaching a critical stage, Quinn lofted the World Bowl-winning touchdown pass
to Jones, who caught 6 passes for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns on the night.
Jackson then drove the Dragons downfield
and looked set to tie the scores and send the game into overtime when Harris reached up and batted the ball down to secure
victory for the Thunder.
World Bowl X
World Bowl X was NFL Europe's 2002 championship game. The game was played at Rheinstadion in Düsseldorf,
Germany on June 22, 2002. It would be the final
event held at Rheinstadion before its demolition.
In this game, the defending champion Berlin Thunder were hoping to
protect their title after going thourgh another 6-4 season. This time, their opponent was the 7-3 Rhein Fire, who won the
World Bowl in 2000 and were hoping to take home another title. There were 53,109 fans in attendance (which it currently the
largest World Bowl crowd since 1998), who witnessed NFL Europe history. The Berlin Thunder became the very first NFL Europe
team to win back-to-back World Bowls, thanks to their 26-20 victory over the Fire. Thunder WR Dane Looker was given MVP honors,
after having 11 receptions for 111 yards and 2 Touchdowns, with his longest reception being 41 Yards.
Fire swept the regular season series against the Thunder (20-16 in Berlin & 24-14 in Düsseldorf).
Rhein's opening drive came to an abrupt end on the just the second play from
scrimmage, as Thunder DE Dwayne Missouri intercepted Fire QB Tee Martin's pass, setting up a 47-yard field goal by Danny Boyd.
On their next drive, Thunder QB Todd Husak led an 8-play, 85-yard drive that was capped off with a 41-yard pass to WR Dane
Looker. On their next possession (which would be the last one of the quarter), the Thunder failed on three passes to turn
an interception into a touchdown. So, they had to settle for a 27-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Berlin's defense
prevented the Rhein Fire from getting some needed heat and the Thunder offense managed to get a touchdown near the end of
the half, thanks to a 15-yard pass from Husak to Looker. With that touchdown, Berlin entered halftime with a commanding 20-0
lead. In the third quarter, the Fire finally managed to score, thanks to RB Tony Taylor getting an 8-yard TD run. However,
the Thunder responded with Boyd's 45-yard field goal. Trailing 23-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Rhein Fire needed points
and they needed them fast. The Fire's next touchdown would come from a 2-yard pass from Tee Martin to Scott Cloman. Unfortunately,
the two-point conversion pass to Oyeniran Odunayo Ojo failed. To make it even worse, the Thunder responded with a 38-yard
field goal by Boyd. Near the end of the game, Fire QB Tee Martin ran in a 1-yard TD. However, by that point of the game, that
touchdown meant nothing, since they failed to overcome a huge deficit. When the official clock reached 00:00, the Thunder
celebrated their second championship, which was also their first back-to-back championship title.
- FG Boyd 47 yd 3:28 1st
- Berlin - TD Looker 41 yd pass from Husak 9:59 1st
- Berlin - FG Kruse 27 yd 14:01
- Berlin - TD Looker 15 yd pass from Husak 13:04 2nd
- Rhein - TD Taylor 6 yd run 10:21 3rd
- FG Boyd 45 yd 14:34 3rd
- Rhein - TD Cloman 2 yd pass from Martin (Two-Point Failed)
- Berlin - FG Boyd 38
yd pass 7:00 4th
- Rhein - TD Martin 1 yd run 14:40 4th
World Bowl XI
World Bowl XI was NFL Europe's 2003 championship game. It was played at Hampden Park in Glasgow,
Scotland on June 14, 2003. The game was between the 6-4 Rhein Fire and the 6-4 Frankfurt Galaxy. The Fire was hoping to avenge
last year's loss to Berlin, while the Galaxy was looking for their first World Bowl title since 1999. 28,138 fans were in
attendance, as the Galaxy easily won 35-16 over the Fire. Galaxy running back Jonas Lewis earned Most Valuable Player honors,
when he ran 16 times for 126 yards (World Bowl record) and a touchdown, with his longest run being 42 yards.
The Fire won the first meeting 14-7 in Düsseldorf, while the Galaxy won
the second meeting 38-7 in Frankfurt.
drew first blood with a 4-point field goal, which was Jon Hilbert's 53-yard attempt. On their next attempt, Galaxy quarterback
James Brown led his team 8-play, 79-yard drive that ended with Lewis running the ball in from a yard out. The Fire tried to
responded with a touchdown, but Frankfurt's defense made them settle for a 39-yard field goal by Todd France. In the second
quarter, after the Fire goofed a punt attempt, Frankfurt quarterback Quinn Gray led his team on a 3-play, 15-yard drive and
he concluded it with a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Marc Lester. Again, the Fire tried to respond with a touchdown of their
own, but again, the Galaxy defense made them settle for another field goal, which was a 31-yarder by Ingo Anderbrügge.
Afterwards, the Galaxy would quickly respond with a 3-play, 79-yard drive that ended with running back Robert Gillespie running
29 yards for a touchdown. With only two minutes left until halftime, the Fire desperately needed a touchdown to keep up with
Frankfurt. At first, their drive showed promise as they started from their own 44-yard line and managed to get to Frankfurt's
9-yard line. Unfortunately, the drive stalled once the Fire got there and they had to settle for 27-yard field goal by Anderbrügge.
At halftime, the Galaxy had a comfortable 25-9 lead over the Fire. In the third quarter, Rhein got the ball to begin the second
half and on their opening drive and the Fire managed to get to Frankfurt's 1-yard line. However, they failed to get the ball
in on 3rd & goal. Then, on 4th & goal, Fire center Dustin Keith fumbled the ball and Galaxy defensive tackle Daniel
Benetka managed to recover the ball, preventing Rhein from another touchdown opportunity. After Benetka got the ball for Frankfurt,
Brown lead his team on a 10-play, 99-yard drive that ended with that ended with runnin back Adam Tate running in for a 1-yard
touchdown strike. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Fire trailed 32-9 and only a miracle could save any hope of Rhein winning
another World Bowl title. Alas, the Galaxy would just kick a 34-yard field goal by Ralf Kleinmann to increase their lead and
make the score 35-9. Even though the Rhein Fire would finally respond with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Chris Greisen to Dwayne
Blakely, it was too little, too late for the Fire. When the official clock reached 00:00, the Galaxy celebrated their third
World Bowl victory in franchise history.
- 4-Point FG Hilbert 53 yd 2:55 1st
- Frankfurt - TD Lewis 1 yd 9:18 1st
- Rhein - FG France 39 yd 14:04 1st
- Frankfurt - TD Lester 20 yd pass from Gray 5:07 2nd
- Rhein - FG Anderbrügge 31 yd 11:18 2nd
- TD Gillespie 29 yd run 12:54 2nd
- Rhein - FG Anderbrügge 27 yd 15:00 2nd
- Frankfurt - TD Tate 1 yd
run 11:47 3rd
- Frankfurt - FG Kleinmann 34 yd 10:23 4th
- Rhein - TD Blakley 47 yd pass from Greisen 13:05
World Bowl XII
World Bowl XII was NFL Europe's 2004 championship game. The game was played at Arena AufSchalke
in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on June 12, 2004.
In this game, the defending champion Frankfurt Galaxy returned to try and protect their title after going through a 7-3 regular
season. Their opponent would be the Berlin Thunder, as they entered the contest after a franchise best 9-1 regular season.
35,413 fans were in attendance to watch this championship bout. The Thunder's regular season record pretty much explained
their performance, as they stripped the Galaxy of their championship belt in a close match-up. The final score was 30-24,
in favor of Berlin. Thunder RB Eric McCoo won MVP honors by running 28 times for 167 Yards and a touchdown, with his longest
run being 69 Yards.
The Thunder swept the regular season series against the Galaxy (31-27 in Frankfurt
& 41-0 in Berlin).
World Bowl XII began with
the Galaxy getting the ball first, yet four plays and one "Delay of Game" penalty later, QB J.T. O'Sullivan tried
to pass to RB Skip Hicks and his pass got intercepted by Berlin DT Montique Sharpe, who returned the ball 28 yards for a touchdown.
The Galaxy would then start their second drive at their own 25-yard line. Despite going 66 yards on 11 plays, the Thunder
defense forced the Galaxy to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Ralf Kleinmann. In the second quarter, both teams prevented
each other from scoring for most of the period. It wasn't until the final two minutes of the half that the scoring would continue,
with J.T. O'Sullivan leading a 5-play, 55-yard drive and capping it off with an 8-yard TD pass to WR Derrick Lewis. With less
than a minute to go in the half, Thunder QB Rohan Davey got a 7-play, 51-yard drive going, yet Frankfurt's defense forced
Berlin to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Jonathan Ruffin, which gave the Berlin Thunder a 10-7 halftime lead. In the third
quarter, one play was all that was needed on their second drive of the half, as a little trick play helped QB Rohan Davey
get the ball to WR Richard Alston, who in turn completed a 60-yard TD pass to fellow WR Chas Gessner. The Thunder would later
continue to pour on their lead, as Ruffin kicked a 42-yard field goal to give the Thunder a 23-10 lead going into the fourth
quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Thunder got their final points of the game, as MVP RB Eric McCoo ran 69 yards for a touchdown.
With the Galaxy trailing 30-10 with under six minutes to play, they needed points and they needed them fast. They would respond
as O'Sullivan lead a 5-play, 64-yard drive and wrap it up with a 17-yard TD pass to WR Drew Haddad. On their next drive, O'Sullivan
would throw a 19-yard pass to Derrick Lewis. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late as the Thunder would wind the game
clock to zero and clich their third World Bowl title in four years.
- TD Sharpe 28 yd INT return 2:25 1st
- Frankfurt - FG Kleinmann 28 yd 7:42 1st
- Frankfurt - TD Lewis 8 yd
pass from O'Sullivan 14:01 2nd
- Berlin - FG Ruffin 38 yd 15:00 2nd
- Berlin - TD Gessner 60 yd pass from Alston
- Berlin - FG Ruffin 42 yd 12:23 3rd
- Berlin - FG Ruffin 40 yd 3rd 14:07
- Berlin - TD McCoo
69 yr run 4th 8:34
- Frankfurt - TD Haddad 17 yd pass from O'Sullivan 10:55 4th
- Frankfurt - TD Lewis 19 yd
pass from O'Sullivan 12:29 4th
World Bowl XIII
World Bowl XIII
|Amsterdam Admirals||Berlin Thunder|
| || |
|Stadium|| LTU Arena|
XIII was NFL Europe's 2005 championship game. It was played at the LTU arena in Düsseldorf, Germany on June 11, 2005. In this match-up, the 6-4 Amsterdam
Admirals managed to get back to the World Bowl after losing in World Bowl III and spending nearly a decade being on the outside.
Now, they had a chance to dig deep and win big. Their opponent for the match-up was the Berlin Thunder, who were coming off
their best year (9-1 and a victory in World Bowl XII) and made it back to the World Bowl with a 7-3 record, hoping to defend
their title. 35,134 fans were in attendance for the fight. After many years of suffering, the Admirals won their very first
World Bowl title by stripping the defending champion Thunder of their title, by a final score of 27-21. Taking home MVP honors
was Admirals QB Kurt Kittner, who went 15 of 28 for 239 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Admirals won the first meeting 31-27 in Amsterdam, while the Thunder took the second meeting 27-16 in Berlin.
The Admirals drew first blood on their opening possession as Admirals QB Kurt
Kittner lead his team on a 9-play, 68-yard drive and capped it off with a 22-yard TD pass to WR Ruvell Martin. It would turn
out to be the only score of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Admirals would quickly add to their lead.
They used their first full possession of the period on just one play, but it would be swift and painful, as Amsterdam took
advantage of a fumble recovery to take control at Berlin's 12-yard line. Afterwards, Kittner threw a 12-yard TD pass to TE
Mike Gomez. On their next possession, the Admirals continued to pour it on, as his Admirals stopped a 4th down conversion
from the Thunder and took over with good field position (Berlin's 27-yard line). Despite the good position, the Thunder defense
finally stiffened and the Admirals had to settle for a 32-yard field goal by kicker Chris Snyder. The Berlin Thunder would
finally be able to get on the board near the end of the half, as Thunder QB Dave Ragone led his team on a 4-play, 51-yard
drive and capped it off with a 10-yard pass to WR Aaron Boone. Despite the impressive resurgence, the first half belonged
to Amsterdam as they lead 17-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Admirals continued to show how much they want
Berlin's crown by striking on their opening drive. Kittner lead his team on a 4-play, 80-yard drive that ended with RB Jonathan
Smith running 18 well-earned yards for a TD.
Trailing 24-7 going into the fourth quarter, the Thunder needed a lot of
points in a hurry, if they wanted to defend their title. Continuing a drive that begin in the final seconds of the third quarter,
Ragone led his team on a 5-play, 80-yard drive that concluded with a 10-yard TD pass to RB Little John Flowers. However, the
Admirals continued to put the game further out of reach, as they responded with a 28-yard field goal by Snyder. Ragone and
his Thunder would respond with a 10-play, 78-yard drive and get a TD with Ragone himself running in on a 10-yard QB sneak.
With another long drive the Berlin Thunder set themselves up near the redzone again, where the Admirals forced the Berlin
Thunder to 4th down with 5 seconds to spare. That final play ended with Norman LeJeune writing history for the Amsterdam Admirals
when he batted away a Dave Ragone pass intended for WR Redd. The Admirals managed to pull off an upset by taking down the
defending champions and win their very first World Bowl title.
- TD Martin 22 yd pass from Kittner 4:52 1st
- Amsterdam - TD Gomez 12 yd pass from Kittner 3:03 2nd
- FG Snyder 32 yd 8:00 2nd
- Berlin - TD Boone 10 yd pass from Ragone 14:27 2nd
- Amsterdam - TD Smith 18 yd
run 5:14 3rd
- Berlin - TD Flowers 10 yd pass from Ragone 1:19 4th
- Amsterdam - FG Snyder 28 yd 5:51 4th
- TD Redd 10 yd pass from Ragone 10:05 4th
World Bowl XIV
World Bowl XIV
|Frankfurt Galaxy||Amsterdam Admirals|
|Head coach: |
|Head coach: |
|Stadium|| LTU Arena|
Bowl XIV was NFL Europe's 2006 championship game. It was played at the LTU Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany on Saturday,
May 27, 2006.
The game was between the
7-3 Frankfurt Galaxy and the defending World Bowl Champion Amsterdam Admirals (also 7-3). 36,286 people were in attendance,
as the Galaxy stripped the Admirals of their title in a 22-7 victory. Frankfurt RB Butchie Wallace was named MVP of World
Bowl XIV, by running 18 times for 143 yards (with his longest rush being 63 yards) and 1 touchdown.
This was the very
first World Bowl that wasn't played in June, as the league wanted to avoid a clash with the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Also, it
marked the third-straight year that a team would fall in a World Bowl after winning the title in the previous year.
Admirals swept the regular season series against the Galaxy (38-20 in Amsterdam & 17-12 in Frankfurt).
In a low-scoring first half, the Galaxy struck first with 1:55 left in the
first quarter. Frankfurt DT Jerome Nichols sacked Admirals QB Jared Allen in the end zone for a safety. However, in the second
quarter, the Admirals would respond with a 7-play, 55-yard drive that ended with Amsterdam RB Larry Croom running 12 yards
for a touchdown. It gave the Admirals a 7-2 halftime lead. However, these seven points would be all that the Admirals would
score. In the third quarter, Frankfurt QB Jeff Otis led his team on an 8-play, 66-yard drive that ended with RB Butchie Wallance
running 4 yards for a touchdown. On their next possession, Frankfurt Kicker David Kimball kicking a 29-yard field goal, which
would give the Galaxy a 12-7 lead going into the final quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Amsterdam Admirals couldn't get
any points onto the board, as Frankfurt's defense closed any hope of a comeback. Meanwhile, the Galaxy offense, led by Otis,
widened their lead with a 14-play, 62-yard drive that was capped off with a 37-yard field goal by Kimball. On their next possession,
Frankfurt delivered the final nail for the Admirals coffin as Galaxy RB J.R. Niklos capped off a 3-play, 74-yard drive with
a 12-yard dash to the end zone for a touchdown. With their victory, the Galaxy captured their fourth World Bowl title in franchise
- Safety Nichols sacks Allen 1:55 1st
- Amsterdam - TD Croom 12 yd run 7:32 2nd
- Frankfurt - TD Wallance 4
yd run 4:22 3rd
- Frankfurt - FG Kimball 29 yd 0:29 3rd
- Frankfurt - FG Kimball 37 yd 4:37 4th
- TD Niklos 12 yd run 1:06 4th
World Bowl XV
World Bowl XV
|Hamburg Sea Devils||Frankfurt Galaxy|
|Head coach: |
|Head coach: |
Bowl XV was NFL Europa's 2007 championship game, and the final game in the league's history. It was played at Commerzbank-Arena
in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday, June 23, 2007.
The defending World Bowl champion Frankfurt Galaxy (7-3) hosted the Hamburg Sea Devils (7-3) in their own home stadium.
game marked the third time that Frankfurt hosted the World Bowl. They were the host of World Bowl VI in 1998 and of World
Bowl VIII in 2000.
World Bowl XV was the only World Bowl under the new NFL Europa branding. It was also the first World
Bowl appearance for the Sea Devils, while the Galaxy made their 8th appearance, extending the record they already held.
Loaf and Neverland Express served as the game's pregame show performance. The United States Army Europe Band and Chorus from
Heidelberg Germany served as the game's half time show performance.
The Sea Devils won their first World Bowl championship
with a 37-28 win, becoming the highest scoring World Bowl in league history (65 total points). QB Casey Bramlet took MVP honors
by completing 20 out of 27 passes for 347 yards and he threw a World Bowl record 4 touchdown passes. 48,125 people were in
The Galaxy won the first meeting 20-17 in Frankfurt, while the Sea Devils took
the second meeting 36-31 in Hamburg.
The Sea Devils
drew first blood with QB Casey Bramlet completing a 3-yard TD pass to WR Justin Jenkins (followed with a failed PAT). Afterwards,
Bramlet went right back to work with a 35-yard flea-flicker TD pass to WR Marcus Maxwell. In the second quarter, the Galaxy
finally got going with QB J.T. O'Sullivan completing a 24-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Middleton, but Hamburg responded with
RB Jermaine Allen getting a 33-yard TD run. Frankfurt answered with RB Decori Birmingham getting a 5-yard TD run, yet the
Sea Devils closed out the half with kicker Shane Andrus getting a 24-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Galaxy played
some catch-up with O'Sullivan completing a 24-TD pass to WR Robert Ortiz. However, Hamburg would eventually respond with Bramlet
completing a 51-yard TD pass to WR Josh Davis. Frankfurt would eventually get one last score with RB Sha-ron Edwards getting
a 2-yard TD run at the end of the third quarter. However, in the fourth quarter, the Sea Devils took control for the rest
of the game. They would get the only score of the quarter with Bramlet hooking up again with Maxwell on a 10-yard TD pass.
With the win, Hamburg stripped the Galaxy of their championship title and won their first World Bowl title in their three-year
history. The win also marked the fourth-straight year that a team lost in the World Bowl after having won the title in the
- TD Jenkins 3 yd pass from Bramlet (PAT failed) 8:04 1st
- Hamburg - TD Maxwell 35 yd pass from Bramlet 3:28 1st
- TD Middleton 24 yd pass from O'Sullivan 12:28 2nd
- Hamburg - TD Allen 33 yd run 7:56 2nd
- Frankfurt - TD
Birmingham 5 yd run 4:28 2nd
- Hamburg - FG Andrus 24 yd 0:03 2nd
- Frankfurt - TD Ortiz 24 yd pass from O'Sullivan
- Hamburg - TD Davis 51 yd pass from Bramlet 4:27 3rd
- Frankfurt - TD Edwards 2 yd run 0:00 3rd
- TD Maxwell 10 yd pass from Bramlet 10:55 4th
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- The inaugural World Bowl set two firsts that are
yet to be repeated: The London Monarchs shut out the Barcelona Dragons, and Monarchs safety Dan Crossman is the only defensive
player to be named World Bowl MVP (the other awards have been collected by 7 quarterbacks,
3 running backs and 3 wide receivers).
- From 1998 to 2004, only German teams won the World Bowl – a
streak broken in 2005 by the single remaining non-German team, Amsterdam Admirals.
- Teams from the same country
have played in the big game six times. There was only one All-American final: World Bowl II (Sacramento Surge/Orlando Thunder).
The rest have all been German – VI (Rhein Fire/Frankfurt Galaxy), a three-year run: X (Berlin Thunder/Fire), XI (Galaxy/Fire)
and XII (Thunder/Galaxy), and XV (Hamburg Sea Devils/Frankfurt Galaxy).
- Three teams have won the championship
in their home stadium: the Monarchs in the inaugural World Bowl at Wembley Stadium, the Claymores at Murrayfield Stadium in
Edinburgh (WB IV) and the Dragons at the Estadio Olimpic de Montjuic (WB V). The Claymores' and Dragons' victories were possibly
predictable, as between 1995 and 1997 the league not only decided the venue with the leader of the league at the 5-week stage,
but also the first team to make it into the World Bowl. This was dropped after WB V, in favour of the top two teams after
10 weeks going to the big game.
- Since the league's 1995 relaunch, the World Bowl has been the league's only
postseason game. In 1991 and 1992 however, playoff semi-finals were held involving the three division champions and a wild
- There have only been 2 non-German teams been able to win the World Bowl when they were not playing
on their home field (Sacramento Surge, World Bowl II and Amsterdam Admirals, World Bowl XIII).
- Only one
non-German team has been able to win the World Bowl in Germany (Amsterdam Admirals in World Bowl XIII).
all three World Bowl berths the Admirals lost their starting quarterback before going to the World Bowl, leaving the big job
for the backup quarterback.
World Bowl Announcers
2007 - World Bowl XV (NFL Network) - Bob Papa and Brian Baldinger
2006 - World Bowl XIV (NFL
Network) - Curt Menefee and Brian Baldinger
2005 - World Bowl XIII (FOX) - Curt Menefee and Brian Baldinger
- World Bowl XII (FOX) - Curt Menefee and Brian Baldinger
2003 - World Bowl XI (FOX) - Curt Menefee and Brian Baldinger
2002 - World Bowl X (FOX) - Curt Menefee and Brian Baldinger
2001 - World Bowl IX (FOX) - Curt Menefee and Brian
2000 - World Bowl 2000 (FOX) - Sam Rosen and Bill Maas
1999 - World Bowl 99 (FOX) - Sam Rosen,
Matt Millen, and Bill Maas
1998 - World Bowl 98 (FOX) - Tim Ryan, Bill Maas, and Ronnie Lott
1997 - World
Bowl 97 (FOX) - Kevin Harlan, Matt Millen, and Bill Maas
1996 - World Bowl 96 (FOX) - Kevin Harlan, Matt Millen,
and Bill Maas
1995 - World Bowl 95 (FOX) - Nick Halling??
1992 - World Bowl 92 (USA) - Brad Nessler
and Boomer Esiason
1991 - World Bowl 91 (ABC) - Brent Musberger and Dick Vermeil
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