Australian rules football in Catalonia

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Australian rules football in Catalonia is run by the Catalan League of Australian Football (LFAC), member of Aussie Rules Europe.[1] In 2002 Aussie rules was first played in Valls, where was founded the first club, Belfry Valls.

There have been several teams playing the Catalan League: Belfry Valls, Cornellà Bocs, Barcelona Stars, Valls Fire, Wendells Salou, Coyotes Alt Camp, Gabas Tarragona, Lleida Coiots and Picamoixons Birds. In 2009 the Catalan league was played by Belfry Valls, Cornellà Bocs, Andorra Crows and Perpignan Tigers.[2]

LFAC champions and Grand Finals[edit]

Lliga Catalana de Futbol Australià
Year Champion Final
2005 Belfry Valls vs. Wendells Salou 40-30
2006 Belfry Valls vs. Barcelona Stars 57-48
2007 Belfry Valls No grand final
2008 Cornellà Bocs vs. Belfry Valls 115-48
2009 Belfry Valls vs. Cornellà Bocs 61-37

International Matches[edit]

The Catalonia national team has played three EU Cup's, in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

2005 EU Cup[edit]

Catalonia was in the first EU Cup in 2005 in London, playing with teams representing Scotland, England, Germany, Sweden, Israel, Netherlands, France, Austria and Belgium. Although other teams had expatriate Australians, all the Catalan players were from Catalonia, finishing in the seventh place.

2007 EU Cup[edit]

The second EU Cup was held in Hamburg, with twelve teams representing Austria, Belgium, Catalonia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and a team called EU Crusaders. Again, Catalonia played with no expatriates, and this time got the eighth place.

2008 EU Cup[edit]

The 2008 EU Cup was played in Prague, and Catalonia competed with England, Finland, Czech Republic, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland, Croatia, Sweden, Austria and the EU Crusaders. At the end, Catalans reached the seventh place.

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