Weekly Roundup: four franchises announce tryouts ahead of the 2022 season

The Sea Devils, the Vikings, the Surge, and the Rhein Fire announce tryouts ahead of the 2022 season!

October 9, 2021
Tim Hanswillemenke
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Weekly Roundup: four franchises announce tryouts ahead of the 2022 season
Galaxy RB Rodney at a joint practice. ©Sarah Philipp

The European League of Football played its last game on Sunday in which the All-Star team came away with a win against the U.S. Federation National Team.

Although we are only a few days removed from the inaugural season, most of the teams were already active in re-signing key players, setting dates for tryouts, or announcing new front-office personnel.

Let’s have a look at all the latest news.

Cologne Centurions

The Centurions were active early on as they re-signed former Division I wide receiver Quinten Pounds to a new contract for the 2022 season. They also re-signed season-MVP Madre London who rushed for more than 2000 yards and scored over 20 touchdowns in his first season with the Centurions.

Cologne also parted ways with former Head Coach Kirk Heidelberg. The team announced that Heidelberg wanted to step away from his coaching duties “to concentrate on his professional and family commitments”.

Düsseldorf Rhein Fire

One of the new franchises already announced their General Manager. Patricia Klemm is the second female General Manager in the league’s history, joining Berlin Thunder General Manager Diana Hoge.

Rhein Fire also launched an application form for interested athletes and players to join the team. Dates for tryouts and combines will be made official soon, as the team announced on social media.

On top of that, Rhein Fire already signed some coaches and players who are not announced yet. However, the franchise stated that it will introduce the signed coaches and players in the next weeks.

Vienna Vikings

The Vikings announced a tryout that will take place on November 6th in Vienna. The registration for players will start on October 11th at noon, as the team announced.

Berlin Thunder

The Berlin Thunder parted ways with former Head Coach Jag Bal and signed Johnny Schmuck as their new Head Coach for the 2022 season. Part-Owner and Sports Director Björn Werner commented on the hiring of Schmuck: “Coach Johnny [Schmuck] was the first name on my list once I decided to be involved with the Berlin Thunder”.

The Thunder also hired Diana Hoge as their new their new General Manager. She is the first female General Manager in the history of the European League of Football, shortly followed by Rhein Fire General Manger Patricia Klemm.

Wrocław Panthers

The Panthers re-signed Head Coach Jakub Samel for the 2022 season. This marks an important first step for the Polish franchise to possibly return to the playoffs next season.

Stuttgart Surge

The Stuttgart Surge announced an open tryout on October 23rd at 3 p.m. CEST. It will take place next to their home stadium. The team further announced that more tryouts are planned.

Hamburg Sea Devils

As a fourth franchise, the Sea Devils announced tryouts in late November. Interested athletes and players can register by using the link in the team’s biography on social media.

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