1998 Rhein Fire season

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1998 Rhein Fire season
Head coach Galen Hall
General manager Alexander Leibkind
Home field Rheinstadion
Results
Record 7–3
Division place 2nd
Playoff finish World Bowl '98 champion
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1997 1999

The 1998 Rhein Fire season was the fourth season for the franchise in the NFL Europe League (NFLEL). The team was led by head coach Galen Hall in his fourth year, and played its home games at Rheinstadion in Düsseldorf, Germany. They finished the regular season in second place with a record of seven wins and three losses. Rhein won the first championship in team history by defeating the Frankfurt Galaxy 34–10 in World Bowl '98.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1998 Rhein Fire staff
Front office
  • General Manager – Alexander Leibkind

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Ken Karcher
  • Wide Receivers – Mike Jones
  • Offensive Line – Whitey Jordan
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Pete Kuharchek
  • National Coach/Defensive Line – Walter Rohlfing
  • Defensive Backs/Special Teams – Steve Carson


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Roster[edit]

1998 Rhein Fire roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen
  • 66 Chad Bates G
  • 78 Ron Florine T
  • 55 Bob Kronenberg G
  • 60 Garin Patrick C
  • 64 Leslie Ratliffe T
  • 73 Derek West T
  • 61 Randy Wheeler G

Defensive linemen

Linebackers
  • 53 Jamie Baisley OLB
  • 58 Vince Bradford OLB
  • 54 Mark Brook MLB
  • 57 Kevin Jefferson MLB
  • 52 Wardell Rouse OLB

Defensive backs

Special teams

  • 13 Nate Cochran P
  •  2 Danny Kight K
National players
  • 10 Manfred Burgsmüller K Germany
  • 50 Anthony Doghmi LB Germany
  • 98 Ole Meine DE Germany
  •  8 Babak Movassaghi WR Germany
  • 21 Tamon Nakamura RB Japan


Rookies in italics

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff [n 1] Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Saturday, April 4 7:00 p.m. Amsterdam Admirals W 16–13 1–0 Rheinstadion 22,102
2 Saturday, April 11 7:00 p.m. at England Monarchs W 31–7 2–0 Ashton Gate Stadium 5,523
3 Sunday, April 19 3:00 p.m. at Scottish Claymores W 20–10 3–0 Murrayfield Stadium 8,452
4 Saturday, April 25 7:00 p.m. Barcelona Dragons W 13–9 4–0 Rheinstadion 22,249
5 Saturday, May 2 7:00 p.m. at Frankfurt Galaxy W 31–14 5–0 Waldstadion 41,123
6 Saturday, May 9 7:00 p.m. Scottish Claymores W 17–10 6–0 Rheinstadion 20,480
7 Saturday, May 16 7:00 p.m. at Barcelona Dragons L 24–31 6–1 Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc 7,900
8 Saturday, May 23 7:00 p.m. England Monarchs W 12–7 7–1 Rheinstadion 21,288
9 Saturday, May 30 7:00 p.m. at Amsterdam Admirals L 17–21 7–2 Amsterdam ArenA 17,588
10 Saturday, June 6 7:00 p.m. Frankfurt Galaxy L 17–20 OT 7–3 Rheinstadion 41,212
World Bowl '98
11 Sunday, June 14 7:00 p.m. Frankfurt Galaxy W 34–10 8–3 Waldstadion 47,846

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Standings[edit]

NFL Europe League
Team W L T PCT PF PA Home Road STK
Frankfurt Galaxy 7 3 0 .700 177 163 3–2 4–1 W4
Rhein Fire 7 3 0 .700 198 142 4–1 3–2 L2
Amsterdam Admirals 7 3 0 .700 205 174 4–1 3–2 W3
Barcelona Dragons 4 6 0 .400 185 200 3–2 1–4 L3
England Monarchs 3 7 0 .300 158 205 2–3 1–4 W2
Scottish Claymores 2 8 0 .200 153 192 2–3 0–5 L3

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Game summaries[edit]

Week 5: at Frankfurt Galaxy[edit]

Week Five: Rhein Fire at Frankfurt Galaxy – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 3 7 14 7 31
Frankfurt 0 0 0 14 14

at Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, May 2
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 41,123
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
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Week 7: at Barcelona Dragons[edit]

Week Seven: Rhein Fire at Barcelona Dragons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 0 3 7 14 24
Barcelona 7 14 0 10 31

at Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain

  • Date: Saturday, May 16
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 7,900

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All times local to where the game was played.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Official 1998 NFL Europe League Fact Book. 
  2. ^ a b "Fire 31, Galaxy 14". European Stars and Stripes (Darmstadt, Germany). May 4, 1998. p. 26. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ The Official 2001 NFL Europe League Fact Book.