National American Football Championship of Romania

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National American Football Championship of Romania
Country  Romania
Founded 2010
Number of teams 11
Levels on pyramid 1
Current champions Cluj Crusaders
Most championships Bucharest Warriors, Cluj Crusaders (2 titles)

The National American Football Championship of Romania (CNFA) (Romanian: Campionatul Naţional de Fotbal American) is the elite league for American football in Romania. It was formed in 2010. Playing rules are based on those of the American NCAA. Each end of season culminates with the championship game, known as the Romanian Bowl.

The popularity of American football in Romania can also be attributed to the nation's interest in the career of Romanian-born American punter for the New England Patriots of the NFL, Zoltán Meskó.[1]

History[edit]

The league is played annually, and follow NCAA rules. A flag championship is also organized every year, in order to promote better the sport.

The first-ever game in the history of the championship was played on July 24, and featured Timişoara Lions and Cluj Crusaders.[2]

On November 21, 2010, in Bucharest, Bucharest Warriors met Cluj Crusaders, in the first-ever Romanian Bowl. The home team won the game, 56-12, becoming the first champion of Romania.[3][4]

Bucharest Warriors retained the CNFA title in 2011, after 14–6 and 15-20 against the same opponent from the previous year, Cluj Crusaders.[5][6]

Teams[edit]

Current CNFA teams
Bucharest Dacians
Bucharest Predators
Bucharest Rebels
Bucharest Warriors
Cluj Crusaders
Constanța Sharks
Iaşi Sevens
Oradea Stars
Prahova Thunder
Resita Locomotives
Scăieni Jaguars
Timişoara 89ers
Vaslui Wolves
Mures Monsters

Romanian Bowl[edit]

The Romanian Bowl is the CNFA championship game, the Romanian equivalent of the NFL's Super Bowl.

Year # Winning Team Losing Team Score
2010 I Bucharest Warriors Cluj Crusaders 56–12
2011 II Bucharest Warriors Cluj Crusaders 14-6 & 15-20
2012 III Cluj Crusaders Bucarest Rebels 20-7
2013 IV Cluj Crusaders Timisoara 89ers 14-8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New England Patriots Punter Zoltan Mesko's Long Journey From War To Glory". thepostgame.com. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Primul meci de fotbal american la Timişoara". agenda.ro. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "cnfa2010 bucharest warriors vs cluj crusaders stats". warriors.ro. 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  4. ^ "Warriors a castigat primul campionat de fotbal american din Romania". gsp.ro. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  5. ^ "Cluj Crusaders @ Bucharest Warriors". dacians.ro. 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  6. ^ "Bucharest Warriors, câștigătorii RO-BOWL II". dacians.ro. 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-11.