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Photo : Herbert Kratky


The AFBÖ Junior National Team won the European Championship three times in a row. The first title was won in Seville in 2011, which was defended at the European Championships 2013 in Cologne and 2015 in Dresden. Now it is to Paris and there the team of Neo Headcoach Roman Floredo the fourth title in series in attack.

This task is not easy, because above all Germany has ambitions to take the title again from the Austrians. At the qualifying tournament in Almere (NED), the German U19 team won 51: 0 against Switzerland and 43: 0 against Spain, making the qualifiers for the final round in Paris easy. Beside Germany, hosts France and title defending Austria are Italy as a fourth nation, who were in the qualification in Belgrade Serbia beating just 7: 6. Italy is also Austria’s opponent in the game on 14 July to enter the final. The second semifinals contest France against Germany.

After three of four preparatory camps – the last will take place in Amiens from July 10th to 13th – the 45 young men who are represented at the European Championship. Just over a third of the team, 17 players, comes from the Dacia Vikings Vienna. The Vikings will have an eighteenth player at the tournament: Leo Kober, the quarterback of the German national team, will play at Vikings in the second team.

Eight players come from the Swarco Raiders Tyrol, five from the Danube Dragons, four from the Vienna Knights, and three from the Spielberg Giants and Mödling Rangers project. Two players play at the Cineplexx Blue Devils, another two are active in the German Football League, a man comes from the second division Carinthian Lions.