Marburg Mercenaries

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Marburg Mercenaries
Marburg Mercenaries.jpg
Founded 1991
League German Football League
Based in Marburg, Germany
Stadium Georg-Gaßmann-Stadion
Colors Red, White and Black
              
Championships EFAF Cup: 2005
Division titles GFL South: 2004–2006, 2008, 2010
Website www.mercenaries.de/de/

The Marburg Mercenaries are an American football team from Marburg, Germany.

Internationally, the club's greatest success came in 2005, when it won the EFAF Cup, followed by a losing appearance in the Eurobowl in 2007.[1] Domestically, the teams greatest achievement was to reach the 2006 German Bowl, where the team lost to the Braunschweig Lions.[2]

History[edit]

The Marburg Mercenaries were formed in 1991 under the official name of AFV Marburg Mercenaries e.V..[1]

The club entered competitive league football in the following year, playing in the tier-five Verbandsliga Hessen, a regional league in its home state of Hesse. The Mercenaries gradually worked their way up through the local league system, culminating in a title in the tier-three Regionalliga Mitte in 1997, which allowed the club to take up promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga.[1]

For the next five years, the team played in the southern division of this league, once more gradually improving its performances, to a point where they won their division in 2001 and 2002. In its first attempt at promotion to the German Football League, the team failed however, losing to the Franken Knights in both promotion games. It performed much better the following year, defeating the Munich Cowboys in both promotion games and moving up into the GFL.[3]

The Mercenaries first season at this level became a struggle, winning only one out of twelve league games, and having to defend their league place against the Simbach Wildcats in the relegation round. With this successfully achieved, the team moved on to much better performances from now on.[3]

The club became a constant contender for the division title from now on, winning it in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 and reaching, as a minimum, the play-off semi finals on each occasion. The team's best season domestically however was 2006, when it reached the German Bowl, where it lost 13-31 to the Braunschweig Lions.[1] Apart from the significances of this achievement to the club, it also broke a thirteen-year drought for the clubs from the southern division, as no southern club had reached the German Bowl since the Munich Cowboys won it in 1993.[3]

Internationally, the Mercenaries won their first title in 2005, when they won the second-tier EFAF Cup. In 2007, the team also participated in the European Football League, where it reached the final, the Eurobowl, but lost quite clearly to the Dodge Vikings Vienna.[3]

Marburg has since failed to reach another final, but remains a strong team in the southern division of the GFL. The team came second in its division in 2011, qualifying for the play-offs where they were knocked out by the Düsseldorf Panther in the quarter finals.[4]

In 2012 the club came third in the southern division of the GFL and qualified for the play-off where it was knocked out by Berlin Adler in the quarter finals. The club finished second in 2013 but was again knocked out in the quarter finals of the play-off, this time by the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes.

In the 2014 season the team came third in the southern division of the GFL and will face the Dresden Monarchs next in the quarter finals of the play-offs.

Honours[edit]

  • EFL
    • Participations: 2007
  • GFL
    • Southern Division champions: (5) 2004–2006, 2008, 2010
    • Play-off qualification : (11) 2004–2014
    • League membership : (12) 2003–present
  • GFL 2
    • Southern Division champions: 2001, 2002

German Bowl appearances[edit]

The club has only appeared once in the German Bowl:[2]

Bowl Date Champions Runners-Up Score Location Attendance
XXVIII October 7, 2006 Braunschweig Lions Marburg Mercenaries 31-13 Braunschweig 15,897
  • Champions in bold.

Recent seasons[edit]

Recent seasons of the club:[3][4][5][6][7]

Year Division Finish Points Pct. Games W D L PF PA Postseason
2005 GFL (South) 1st 17–3 0.850 10 8 1 1 350 174 Won QF: Berlin Adler (40–21)
Lost SF: Hamburg Blue Devils (41–42 aet)
2006 1st 20–4 0.833 12 10 0 2 471 214 Won QF: Cologne Falcons (62–0)
Won SF: Hamburg Blue Devils (33–20)
Lost GB: Braunschweig Lions (13–31)
2007 2nd 19–5 0.792 12 9 1 2 363 191 Won QF: Kiel Baltic Hurricanes (21–16)
Lost SF: Braunschweig Lions (21–26)
2008 1st 18–6 0.750 12 9 0 3 356 206 Won QF: Dresden Monarchs (33–21)
Lost SF: Braunschweig Lions (21–49)
2009 2nd 14–10 0.583 12 7 0 5 422 328 Won QF: Dresden Monarchs (64–63)
Lost SF: Berlin Adler (21–36)
2010 1st 20–4 0.833 12 10 0 2 437 216 Won QF: Braunschweig Lions (31–21)
Lost SF: Berlin Adler (6–17)
2011 2nd 22–4 0.846 13 11 0 2 392 240 Lost QF: Düsseldorf Panther (10–14)
2012 3rd 18–10 0.643 14 9 0 5 473 339 Lost QF: Berlin Adler (21–35)
2013 2nd 21–7 0.750 14 10 1 3 488 353 Lost QF: Kiel Baltic Hurricanes (9–47)
2014 3rd 18–10 0.643 14 9 0 5 476 431 QF: Dresden Monarchs (–)
  • RR = Relegation round.
  • QF = Quarter finals.
  • SF = Semi finals.
  • GB = German Bowl
  • The final game of the 2011 season against the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns was not played because of heavy rain on game day.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Geschichte (German) Marburg Mercenaries website - Club history, accessed: 16 January 2011
  2. ^ a b Bowls GFL website, accessed: 1 January 2011
  3. ^ a b c d e Football History (German) Historic American football tables from Germany, accessed: 2 January 2010
  4. ^ a b GFL 2011 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 18 September 2011
  5. ^ GFL 2008 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 2 January 2011
  6. ^ GFL 2009 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 2 January 2011
  7. ^ GFL 2010 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 2 January 2011
  8. ^ Heimspiel fällt den Fluten zum Opfer (German) Marburg Mercenaries website, published: 11 September 2011, accessed: 16 September 2011

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