Dominating performances under the radar in Week 2

The second week was full of surprises. We show you what you might have missed amongst all the highlights of the European League of Football this past week.

June 15, 2022
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Dominating performances under the radar in Week 2
Moritz Riedinger winning the deep battle. © Sarah Philipp

RB Dean Tanwani (Cologne Centurions)

Looking at the Cologne Centurions, their passing attack is something that catches your eye. With Lenhardt, Pounds, Geyer or Loercks, the Centurions are just as effective as they are diverse on offense.
Even without Tre King, who was released a few days ago, the run game was able to get going early in the game against the Raiders Tirol. With their offensive line, running back Dean Tanwani was incredibly productive forcing the Raiders to keep the run game in mind.
Frank Roser and his offense established the run with Tanwani and helped the offense to win the most important battles. 69 net yards and one touchdown by a quick and dangerous Tanwani were enough to wear out the Raiders defense on Saturday.

WR Moritz Riedinger (Stuttgart Surge)

Having the passing game in mind, the Stuttgart Surge stepped up their game from week one to week two. Steigerwald showed what he was able to do in a massive highlight catch but was supported in the passing attack by tight end David Meza and wide receiver Moritz Riedinger.
The 23-year-old, 1,89 meters tall receiver had 119 yards on seven receptions and was a reliable target for Randall Schroeder on the offense. After the departure of Louis Geyer to the Cologne Centurions, the Surge found an immediate replacement in Riedinger.

LB Cesare Brugnani (Barcelona Dragons)

He is back. Cesare was just activated before the game from the injured reserve list and delivered. He knows Sea Devils quarterback Salieu Ceesay from their time at the Lübeck Cougars and had him under stress all game.
With 13 total tackles, one and a half sacks, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, Brugnani was all over the field. Him and Alex Posito (also 13 total tackles) had a day to remember. If he doesn’t get hurt, you can expect 70+ tackles for Brugnani this season.

Cesare Brugnani in Hamburg. © Barcelona Dragons - Eric Ribé

LB Paul Seifert (Berlin Thunder)

The Berlin Thunder defense is underrated coming into Sunday’s game. Against the Hamburg Sea Devils, they already held up to a certain degree.
Against the Istanbul Rams, the Thunder then showed their strength: being robust. Led by Paul Seifert, the linebacker and safety was everywhere. Nine total tackles, two and a half tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against the Rams, Seifert seamlessly continues his productions from last season. In 2021, he had 56 total tackles, two INTs, two fumbles recovered, three kicks blocked.

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