Barcelona Dragons

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Barcelona Dragons
Barcelona Dragons logo
Logo
Year founded 1991
Year retired 2003
City Barcelona, Spain
Team colors Dark Green, Scarlet Red, Gold, White
Franchise W-L-T record Regular Season: 59–51–0
Postseason: 2–4
Championships
World Bowls (1)

The Barcelona Dragons were a team originally in the World League of American Football and later in the resurrected NFL Europe. Their home field in Barcelona was the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuic, the 1992 Olympic Stadium, and later the Mini Estadi. The Dragons were successful on the field, making it to 4 World Bowls (1991, 1997, 1999, 2001) and winning World Bowl V in 1997. The team was made part of the FC Barcelona organization in 2002 as the FC Barcelona Dragons. Despite these efforts, the franchise's fan support decreased and the team began to struggle financially. After the 2003 season, the Dragons were discontinued and they were replaced in the league by the Cologne Centurions.

For the entire duration of the Dragons' history they had only one head coach, "Cowboy" Jack Bicknell. His nickname was roughly translated by his adoptive city to El Caballero (meaning, literally, "The Knight" or "The Gentleman" in Spanish). From 1991–2002, Seymour "Red" Kelin was responsible for Defensive Coordinating duties. Bicknell and Kelin had been coaching together since their days at Boston College, where they helped lead the Eagles to a Cotton Bowl Classic victory in 1984.

Season-by-season[edit]

Season League Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
1991 WLAF 8 2 0 .800 2nd (European) 1 1 .500 Lost to London Monarchs in World Bowl '91
1992 WLAF 5 5 0 .500 1st (European) 0 1 .000 Lost to Sacramento Surge in semifinal
1993 WLAF suspended operations from 1993 to 1994
1994
1995 WLAF 5 5 0 .500 3rd (League)
1996 WLAF 5 5 0 .500 4th (League)
1997 WLAF 5 5 0 .500 2nd (League) 1 0 1.000 World Bowl '97 champions
1998 NFLE 4 6 0 .400 4th (League)
1999 NFLE 7 3 0 .700 1st (League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Frankfurt Galaxy in World Bowl '99
2000 NFLE 5 5 0 .500 3rd (League)
2001 NFLE 8 2 0 .800 1st (League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Berlin Thunder in World Bowl IX
2002 NFLE 2 8 0 .200 6th (League)
2003 NFLE 5 5 0 .500 4th (League)
Total 59 51 0 .536 2 4 .333

Head coaches[edit]

# Name Term Regular season Postseason Achievements
GC Won Lost Ties Win % GC Won Lost Win %
1 Jack Bicknell 19912003 110 59 51 0 .536 6 2 4 .333 World Bowl '97 championship
NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2001)

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