Stuttgart Scorpions

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Stuttgart Scorpions
Stuttgart Scorpions.gif
Founded 1982
League German Football League
Based in Stuttgart, Germany
Stadium Gazi-Stadion auf der Waldau
Colors Red and White
         
President Markus Würtele
Head coach Jemil Hamiko
Championships none
Division titles GFL South: 1998, 2007
Website www.stuttgart-scorpions.de/

The Stuttgart Scorpions are an American football team from Stuttgart, Germany.

The club's greatest success came in 2007, when it reached the German Bowl but lost to the Braunschweig Lions.[1]

History[edit]

The Stuttgart Scorpions were formed in December 1982.[2] The new club spent its first couple of seasons in the 2nd Bundesliga, now the German Football League 2, where it played until 1985.[3]

The club, after having earned promotion, spent the 1986 and 1987 season in the central division of the American Football Bundesliga, now the German Football League, but was only able to win one game in two years and found itself relegated back to the second tier for 1988. At this league, the team once more was a top performer and won two division titles in 1990 and 1991, with the later also earning promotion to the Bundesliga once more.[3]

The Scorpions once more struggled at top level and were immediately relegated again. After coming second in 1993 and winning its division the following year, the Scorpions were able to defeat the Franken Knights 47-0 in the promotion round and moved up for a third time in their history.[3]

The club was now much improved at the top level and reached the quarter finals in its first two seasons back, 1995 and 1996. After a difficult 1997 season, when survival was only assured in the relegation round against the Saarland Hurricanes, the Scorpions would finally be able to deliver constant top-level performances. From 1998 onwards, the team was to reach the play-offs every season.[3]

The Stuttgart Scorpions won the southern division of the Bundesliga in 1998 and were able to reach the semi finals of the German championship for the first time. In 2001, 2002 and 2006, this play-off performance was repeated, in between, the club was knocked out in the semi finals. The 2007 season was to be the club's best-ever, first winning the southern division of the GFL for only the second time and then progressing all the way to the German Bowl. In this game, the Scorpions were defeated 27-6 by the Braunschweig Lions, despite playing at home in Stuttgart.[3]

Since then, the team's performances have fallen off, only being able to reach the quarter finals of the championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010.[3] In 2011, the side finished third in its division, qualifying for the play-offs once more, where they lost to the Mönchengladbach Mavericks.[4]

In 2012, the club came fourth in the southern division of the GFL and qualified for the play-off where it was knocked out by Kiel Baltic Hurricanes in the quarter finals. After 15 consecutive play-off qualifications the club came only sixth in 2013 and missed the finals for the first time since 1997.

In 2014, the club finished second in the southern division of the GFL but lost 28–33 to the Cologne Falcons in the quarter finals of the play-offs. After a third-place finish in 2015 the club lost to the Dresden Monarchs in the quarter finals of the play-offs.

Honours[edit]

  • German Bowl
    • Runners-up: 2007
  • EFL
    • Participations: 2008
  • GFL
    • Southern Division champions: 1998, 2007
    • Play-off qualification : (19) 1995, 1996, 1998–2012, 2014, 2015
    • League membership : (25) 1986–1987, 1992, 1995–present
  • GFL 2
    • Central Division champions: 1985, 1990, 1991, 1994
  • Junior Bowl
    • Runners-up: 1992, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008

German Bowl appearances[edit]

The club has only appeared once in the German Bowl:[1]

Bowl Date Champions Runners-Up Score Location Attendance
XXIX October 6, 2007 Braunschweig Lions Stuttgart Scorpions 27-6 Stuttgart 8,152
  • Champions in bold.

Recent seasons[edit]

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

Year Division Finish Points Pct. Games W D L PF PA Postseason
2005 GFL (South) 3rd 10–10 0.500 10 5 0 5 353 343 Lost QF: Hamburg Blue Devils (0–30)
2006 2nd 17–7 0.708 12 8 1 3 407 190 Won QF: Dresden Monarchs (47–27)
Lost SF: Braunschweig Lions (17–36)
2007 1st 20–4 0.833 12 10 0 3 390 144 Won QF: Hamburg Blue Devils (27–17)
Won SF: Berlin Adler (19–14)
Lost GB: Braunschweig Lions (6–27)
2008 2nd 16–8 0.667 12 8 0 4 302 195 Lost QF: Berlin Adler (6–9)
2009 3rd 11–13 0.458 12 5 1 6 331 302 Lost QF: Kiel Baltic Hurricanes (6–20)
2010 4th 8–16 0.333 12 4 0 8 228 280 Lost QF: Kiel Baltic Hurricanes (21–23)
2011 3rd 15–11 0.577 13 7 1 5 316 335 Lost QF: Mönchengladbach Mavericks (17–43)
2012 4th 18–10 0.643 14 8 2 4 344 271 Lost QF: Kiel Baltic Hurricanes (22–70)
2013 6th 9–19 0.321 14 4 1 9 272 430
2014 2nd 24–4 0.857 14 12 0 4 560 477 Lost QF: Cologne Falcons (28–33)
2015 3rd 20–8 0.714 14 10 0 4 429 342 Lost QF: Dresden Monarchs (14–55)
2016
  • RR = Relegation round.
  • QF = Quarter finals.
  • SF = Semi finals.
  • GB = German Bowl

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bowls GFL website, accessed: 1 January 2011
  2. ^ History: 1982–1989 (German) Stuttgart Scorpions website, accessed: 11 January 2011
  3. ^ a b c d e f g 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

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