European League of Football announce new franchise for 2024
On June 3, the European League of Football will start its third season. 17 teams from nine nations will be competing for a place in the Championship Game on September 24 at the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena in Duisburg. More than 22,500 tickets have already been sold in advance. One newcomer for the 2024 season has already been 2024 announced: Madrid will become the 18th location of the continental football league.
A city made for sports
"We are proud to be able to add another European metropolis to the map of the European League of Football. As the capital of Spain, Madrid is a very attractive location with a sports-loving population. We have been in contact with the group for some time and are very pleased that the contract has now been signed", says Zeljko Karajica, Managing Director of the European League of Football.
After the Barcelona Dragons, who are among the eight founding members and just came short of the final last season, Madrid is the second Spanish franchise. The team is being developed, with the name and logo to be announced by those responsible soon. A cooperation with the main regional teams, Las Rozas Black Demons, Osos Rivas and Coslada Camioneros, is planned. As per Jaime Martín, General Manager of the Madrid Franchise, “This three teams have been competing very well during the last seasons and showed us the potential that Madrid football has”.
"Next year, we will be joined by Madrid, a team that definitely has high ambitions in the European League of Football. Spain has many players with great potential, and I am very excited to see how they will perform at this level." said league Commissioner Patrick Esume, looking forward to the entry of the 18th franchise in the "Champions League" of European football.
While work is going on behind the scenes in Madrid, 17 teams from nine nations are preparing for the 2023 season. The league is presented by Berlin Thunder, Hamburg Sea Devils, Munich Ravens, Frankfurt Galaxy, Rhein Fire, Stuttgart Surge, Leipzig Kings and Cologne Centurions (all Germany), the reigning champion Vienna Vikings and Raiders Tirol (both Austria), Barcelona Dragons (Spain), Milano Seamen (Italy), Paris Musketeers (France), Panthers Wrocław (Poland), Fehérvár Enthroners (Hungary), Prague Lions (Czech Republic) and Helvetic Guards (Switzerland).